Basic Lawn Treatment and Fertilization Advice

Before you know it, winter will be over, the snow will be melted and the dandelions and crab grass will once again rear their ugly heads. Will you be ready with the right lawn treatment plan?

From my experience, most of you guys that read this article are just not prepared. But it is okay, you just need to take some of the simple advice offered here and you can have a nice lawn in no time. Stick to the plan!

growing-grassFirst off, you need to consider the fertilizer you will apply. I never recommend super high nitrogen fertilizers as they do nothing but over-push the growth of the lawn. It is best to find something with a better balance of potassium and phosphorus to help the lawns root structure.

I also recommend you get an organic based fertilizer for the summer months. As many of you know, Milorganite is my favorite and it is what I use in my own lawn.  Organic lawn fertilizers types of fertilizer release into the soil very slowly, thus preventing browning from over application. They also provide a great source of long term, slow release elements that are healthy for the turf.

After we have chosen our fertilizer, we need to figure out how we are going to eliminate the impending weed infestation. Now, I really don’t want you guys to use over the counter weed and feed products like you can get at Home Depot or Lowes. These are completely bad for the environment because spreading them just slings the weed killing chemicals everywhere. We need something with more control.

Always use liquid weed control and spot spray or target the weeds where they are and no where else. Get a pump up can sprayer to kill weeds, and follow the directions on the concentrate you buy. If you are too lazy to mix your own weed control (and many of you are) then buy the stuff pre-mixed and spray that. Just make sure your weed killer reads, “safe for lawns.”

To put the final touch on this thing, we need to get in some micro nutrients like iron. Iron will turn the lawn blue! If you use Milorganite, then you are all good as it already contains iron for the lawn.

In addition to that, you should lay down an insect treatment as well, just in case the grub worms attack. If you really get into it, lay down a quick application of fungus control in the later spring too why don’t you!

I guess that’s about it you guys. We are all set as long as the snow stops sometime soon. Just remember, you need quality fertilizers, easy to apply liquid weed killer and some iron and insect control and you are good to go. Lawn care is fun and rewarding when you apply these simple tips!

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Grub Worms in Your Lawn this Spring are NOT a Concern

grub wormJack from Chicago asks: “Should I be concerned with grub worms this Spring if my neighbor had them in his lawn last Fall?”

In the same vein, Brian from Louisville asks: “I found grub worms in my lawn while digging around recently, are they a concern?”

That’s a very good question and one that can be easily answered by saying, “no.”
Here’s why…

Grub worms are the larvae of the Japanese beetle or June Bug. These beetles are actively flying around in early summer…, eating trees and shrubs, warming themselves on your porch lights, and getting caught in my pool skimmer. In July and August they begin laying eggs in well-watered lawns. These eggs develop into larvae called grub worms.

Grubs feed on the roots of the grass plant, causing dead patches that begin to show up in early Fall.
Just before winter, they go deep into the soil and hibernate until June, when they emerge and the process starts all over. With this in mind, some grubs will grab a quick snack in April and May just before they take off, but usually this is not going to be enough to cause any noticeable damage to your turf.
 

Long story short: Your neighbor’s grubs are in his lawn to stay until June, and even if you had some of your ownjapanese beetle last year, any early feeding they do this year will not cause noticeable damage.
We wouldn’t want you spreading pesticides in your lawn when they are not needed… just keep your lawn properly fertilized and mowed, and you’ll be all good.
I would recommend this summer you put down a grub worm preventative product such as Scott’s Grub X. Japanese beetle populations have been extremely high in the Midwest in the last couple years… but not until the summer!

Final Note:for those of you who don’t believe what I wrote above and still want to know what to put down this spring for insects, your best bet is poduct containing Dylox.