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Crabgrass Prevention

I’m back. Last week was hectic.  Between interviewing new employee candidates and being home with sick children, I was almost happy it was Monday :)

It sounds like we will have a blast of winter this week. I have heard estimates as low as 1′ and up to 12″.  I enjoy the snow and winter activities, but I was getting ready for spring.

Speaking of spring, let’s talk about how you can be prepared to get your lawn started out right.  Spring can be a tough time for grass, but given the proper nutrients and care we can combat any weeds that may be lurking under the surface.  Once we get the weeds controlled we then work on either maintaining your lush lawn or we can help you get your lawn on track for years of enjoyment.

The best way to get your lawn started in the spring is to apply a crabgrass preventative.  There is a short window of opportunity for applying these products.  If applied too early the product will be gone before the weeds get a chance to use it.  If applied too late the weeds will have already germinated and the pesticides will have no affect.  So when is the right time to apply crabgrass preventative?  When they start to germinate, which happens when the soil temperature is 60 degrees for 3 consecutive days.  We try to follow this guideline to get maximum control from our products.  Since we can not apply all of our clients applications in a 3 day window, we have products available to us that have longer residual affects, which allow us to apply the products earlier.

Along with the crabgrass preventative we mix in a fertilizer application for the established grass. Sometimes crabgrass will still pop up, even when applications are timed and applied correctly.  Why is this you ask?  Crabgrass is stubborn.  Once it germinates and starts to grow, then an application of post-emergent product will need to be applied.

Another thing that often happens is dandelions.  Many people think the dandelions should go away or be stopped once they apply their first application of crabgrass preventative.  Unfortunately, dandelions are not crabgrass and need to be treated separately with a broadleaf control.  We try to apply our first broadleaf application in late Spring.

The easiest and often most economical way to control weeds is to call a professional.  We would love to get you a free estimate if you are in the Menomonie, Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Pepin, or Durand area. Just contact us and ask about any specials we have going on.  info@pudenzirrigation.com or 888.264.8858

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