And So It Begins….Round 1

Round 1 begins today! For our lawn application customers this means we will applying a Pre-Emergent that will help fight Poa Annua and crabgrass. Watering in this application is crucial! 1/4″-1/2″ of water is necessary to be effective.

Timing is everything when it comes to spring weed control. Normally, the blooming of forsythia will approximate the time of crabgrass germination and provide a window of several weeks to apply pre-emergent herbicide.

While the flowering of forsythia is a good cue, crabgrass germination actually occurs after the soil temperature has reached 55ºF for several consecutive days. A pre-emergent herbicide is a weed killer applied prior to the emergence of the weed from the soil. Some chemicals prevent all seeds from germinating, including grass seed. Therefore, grass seed should not be applied for 6-12 weeks after application.

Tip: Corn Gluten Meal is an organic alternative initially used as feed on hog farms but discovered to have pre-emergent characteristics.

It has been said that “weeds begat weeds” and it is true. Once a weed dies, the opening in the turf canopy is an open invitation for the next season’s weed seed to germinate. A pre-emergent herbicide is used to control germinating weed seed, but consider that most of these products will also control any grass seed that has to be applied.

Mid-late spring also a good time to spot spray weeds like dandelion and clover. If you can eliminate them before they go to seed, you’re ahead of the game.
These measures will give you a great head start on the weeds and provide an advantage to the turf so you can spend more time enjoying the lawn.

Weeds exploit poor quality turf. The best weed control is a thick, healthy turf, so your detective work needs to uncover what factors are limiting turf performance. Are there soil-related problems such as pH, fertility, poor drainage, or compaction? Could the limiting factor be shade? Was the turf previously damaged by an environmental extreme or pest attack? Weeds possess incredible capacities to occupy and dominate environments where other plants cannot survive. Therefore, we need to focus on providing growing conditions that optimize turf growth and development.

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4 Lost Branch Ln.,

Greenbrier, AR 72058

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325 W. County Line Road,

Springdale, AR 72764

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