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So, what are your feelings about weeds?

Specifically in lawns?  Most people don’t enjoy them at all!  So here are some tips on how to avoid them altogether:

The secret is pre-emergent applications, and not just twice a year.  For maximum effectiveness, apply every 60-90 days whether you see weeds or not.  Weeds are either coming up from roots already established  in your lawn or from seed, and pre-emergent works by preventing weeds from germinating no matter the source.

Weeds are extremely diverse and germinate or sprout at all different temperatures so the key is re-application every 60-90 days. Some of the pre-emergents contain fertilizer, and those should only be applied when the grass is 30% green in the spring and should not be applied after September.

Bonide Weedbeater Complete is unique; it’s both a pre and post-emergent.  And since it doesn’t contain fertilizer, it can be applied all year round. This product should not be applied in landscape beds, just on lawns.

Hi-Yield Turf & Ornamental Weed and Grass Stopper is a post-emergent only and can be used in landscape beds as well as lawn areas, which keeps things very simple.

Ferti-Lome Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food should be applied when the grass is actively growing.

Ferti-Lome For All Seasons Lawn Food Plus Crabgrass and Weed Preventer controls a wider variety of weeds than the last product mentioned.

For existing weeds, spot spray with Ferti-Lome Weed Free Zone, which is effective in cooler temperatures.

Solidify your new powers; read on! Be sure to read the instructions carefully on each bag because the application rates vary.  If you like the idea of a great lawn, but don’t want to buy a spreader, The Good Earth has a couple for you to borrow.  And as you might guess, fertilizing and weed preventing are not the only ingredients to the perfect lawn.  Water is just as important, and proper watering doesn’t happen as often as you might hope!  This is a great time of year to get an inspection of your sprinkler system so that dry spots are found before the temperatures get high this summer.  The Good Earth offers this service, and has an experienced sprinkler team that can address issues as they are discovered.  And remember; apply pre-emergent every 60-90 days!