The sun is shining and the temperatures are getting warmer, so that can only mean that Spring is just around the corner. While its still too early to get annuals, vegetables and herbs in the ground, now is a good time to get that yard in shape. Maybe you have one of these three dreaded challenges in your yard; moles, moss or weeds? We can help you with all three of them!
Moles get quite active in the Spring and can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time. There are several ways to combat these guys from reducing their potential food source in your yard, to repellants to deter them from coming into your yard and then mole killers in chemical and trap form. A moles favorite meal includes earthworms, grubs, snails, spiders, small animals, and other insects. Because moles require a lot of food for energy, they eat more than their one-pound body weight in food each day. Applying a grub control insecticide in early summer can help reduce part of their food source supply, but doesn’t do anything for you this Spring.
Effective mole repellants include Mole Scram, Mole Go and Mole Max. These products contain natural ingredients that moles find offensive to their senses and deters moles from coming into the area where the product was applied. These are temporary measures however and will need to be reapplied following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Lastly we have two mole killer options; a chemical worm and the mechanical trap. The chemical worm is effective in killing moles, but we do not recommend them if you have a pet that likes to dig. The best option to eradicate moles would be the mechanical trap which works very well and is highly effective when installed properly. We have found that the “Mole Eliminator” mole trap is the most effective and easiest to use.
Moss is another Spring season challenge in your yard. Moss thriving in lawns signals that grass is weak and has thinned for some reason, allowing the moss to take over. There are many potential causes, including excessive shade, compacted soils, poorly drained soils, low soil fertility, high or low soil pH, and poor air circulation. Cures for eliminating moss from your yard include raking the moss up and reseeding, pruning away tree branches that may reduce the amount of available sunlight or air circulation, aerating your soil to allow better drainage and more organic material to accumulate in your yard and adjusting your soils Ph level either up or down depending on what it needs. A low soil Ph can be increased by adding Aluminum Sulphate or Soil Sulphur to your lawn or the Ph can be lowered by adding Agricultural Lime. If raking your lawn is not a favorite pastime, “Moss Max” is another option that can be applied to your lawn in granular or liquid form to help get rid of moss quickly.
Don’t fret is your beautiful lawn has weeds; managing your turf is a continual process and by taking the right steps can lead to some gorgeous results. We suggest the following steps to help establish a great lawn.
1) Thick, healthy grass is a great natural weed preventative as the grass itself doesn’t allow air born weed seeds to make contact with the soil and germinate. So if you have a healthy lawn, we suggest you simply apply a weed preventer with your Spring feeding to make sure those pesky weeds stay away. Control any broadleaf weeds that may still appear regardless of your best efforts with a foliar spray like Fertilome’s “Weed Free Zone” or “Weed Out”.
2) If your lawn has bare spots or week areas that need attention, do not apply a weed preventer in the Spring as this will prohibit your ability to sow more grass seed. Instead, we suggest you reseed bare spots at a rate of three to five pounds grass seed per thousand square feet and also apply a “Lawn Starter Fertilize” to help promote good root growth. You can then apply a broadleaf weed control spray like Fertilome’s “Weed Free Zone” or “Weed Out” to unseeded areas once weeds are actively growing. Note: The more weed foliage that you can spray with the weed killer, the better chance you have of controlling the weed. Do not apply a broadleaf weed killer to newly seeded areas until after you have mowed the seeded areas about three times or more. Crabgrass is another annual nuisance to lawns and can be controlled with “Weed Out” once the grass is actively growing. Crabgrass seeds begin to sprout in mid-spring, as soon as the soil temperature reaches 55 °F, and crabgrass can quickly become a problem during the summer because it is able to grow vigorously in hot, dry conditions.
Our knowledgeable staff can assist you with any of your lawn questions and will help you create a plan to have “one of the most beautiful lawns in Cincinnati”