Spring is on the way! It’s the time of year when we start thinking about healthy green lawns, beautiful spring flowers and enjoying time outside in the yard. Grass Roots wants to help you achieve those spring dreams.
Spring Lawn Clean Up
After a long, cold winter your lawn and landscaping can use a refresh. Do you need shrubs and trees pruned or debris removed? Are your beds in rough shape? We can clean them up, add fresh mulch and give them a nice, crisp edge. Contact us to discuss what we can do for you.
Your lawn is only as good as your soil. Does your lawn contain all the required nutrients for healthy, thick growth? A complete soil test is the only way to know the nutrient status and pH level of your soil. Lab results provide recommendations for fertilizer, lime, and other nutrients, if needed to create the perfect environment for your lawn to thrive. If you have any questions about soil testing or would like to schedule a test, please contact us.
Fertilizer with Pre-emergent Crabgrass Preventeer
An important part of spring lawn maintenance is applying a fertilizer with pre-emergent crabgrass preventer. This application will supply nutrients to your lawn while helping to control germination of crabgrass seeds.
According to Virginia Tech, “Crabgrass continues to be the number one pest in lawns worldwide. No matter how much effort you’ve taken in previous years to control crabgrass, our soils remain a veritable seed bank of crabgrass from years past. These seeds grow like mad under optimal temperature conditions.”
Crabgrass is a warm season annual. It germinates, lives, drops seeds, and dies all in a single year. Each plant produces up to 150,000 seeds before it dies. The seeds wait on your soil ready to germinate next spring. To stop this cycle, you need to prevent the seeds from germinating. We use products that are called “pre-emergent” herbicides. They target the seeds before they grow above the soil, by stopping germination and root development. The timing of these applications are very important. The preventers need to be applied before germination. Crabgrass seeds can germinate from early spring until summer when soil temperatures are right. Because of this long germination window, two applications are often necessary. If the seeds germinate and the crabgrass grows you can no longer use a pre-emergent. At this time, you need to use a post emergent to kill the crabgrass plants.
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Thank you for choosing Grass Roots Lawn and Landscaping to be your lawn care provider. We are looking forward to serving you again soon.