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!
First 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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