As spring quickly approaches, we start thinking of our lawn waking up from its long winter nap.
It’s vital to give your lawn the proper food and care before the official start to spring, so you can reap the rewards for the rest of the year. Think of how much better you function after a hot cup of coffee or tea and a healthy breakfast to start the day– your lawn deserves the same!
Fertilome has a great group of lawn care products that will feed the lawn and help keep weeds at bay.
The program is a 3 step process that starts in last days of winter, as early as March 1.
Step 1 is Fertilome’s For All Seasons II Lawn Food plus Crabgrass and Weed Preventer. It comes in two sizes- one for 5,000 square feet and one for 10,000 square feet. This product has a balanced lawn fertilizer and Prodiamine as a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weed seed from germinating in your lawn, especially crabgrass.
Apply step 1 in March to early April. Prodiamine lasts in the soil for up to 6 months- there’s no need to worry about putting this down too early like you do with other crabgrass prevention applications. A word of caution before application is: you cannot plant grass seed where you apply it, as it will not allow any seed to germinate in that area for up to 6 months.
Step 2 is Fertilome’s Lawn Food plus Iron it comes in two sizes as well 5,000 sq ft and 10,000 sq ft. This product only contains a well-balanced fertilizer for the lawn and is applied in September. The combination of fast-release nitrogen and iron will green up your lawn quickly.
Step 3 is the same product as step 2 Fertilome’s Lawn Food plus Iron and is applied 4-6 weeks after Step 2- usually in late October or early November. You can set a reminder around Halloween or Election day.
Applying these two products in the fall will allow your lawn to store energy for the winter and especially next spring. Since we could not put grass seed down in the spring with Step 1, you can plan on putting your grass seed down in the fall. September is typically the best month for fall seeding. If September is hot and dry, then October is also acceptable.
Application of granular fertilizers is best done with a broadcast spreader. For small areas, a handheld spreader is alright to use, but for large areas a walk behind broadcast spreader is best. If you use a drop spreader for fertilizer, be very careful that you don’t overlap too much or miss a strip, as you will see the effects of too much or too little fertilizer. We carry both handheld and walk-behind spreaders at the Garden Center, feel free to ask about the different options & available inventory.
Weeds not controlled with Step 1 such as dandelions can be easily spot treated any time you see them with Fertilome’s Weed Free Zone.
What makes Weed Free Zone stand out among other weed killers like Weed B Gon and Weed Out, is that it can be used in colder temperatures. Most broad leaf weed killers need the temperature to be around 60 degrees but Weed Free Zone can be used as cold as 40 degrees which makes it ideal for early season weed killing. Weed Free Zone lists over 80 broad leaf weeds that it controls which makes it a must have for keeping a beautiful lawn.
Liquid week killers can be applied with a ready to use spray bottle or as a hose end attachment. You can also buy it as a concentrate and mix it in a pump sprayer for larger areas. Be sure to read and follow all instructions on each individual product, as they can differ.
We’d love to help ensure the best start to the season for your lawn, so feel free to call or come down and we can outfit you with the products and knowledge to a happy & healthy yard this year.