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Just “Seed Heads”, Not Weeds

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Many lawns in the neighborhood are developing “seed heads” or “flowerstalks”. This is a typical occurrence in the springtime. All fescue and bluegrass blends produce “seed heads” this time of the year, depending on the grass type and weather conditions. Recent cool weather has prolonged the weedy looking seed heads. But once warmer weather returns, they will die off. Seed heads make your lawn look as if a strange weed has invaded your lawn. But they are really only a normal part of the tall fescue life cycle.

What to do? These seed heads are sometimes difficult to mow cleanly, and mowing at a lower setting is not the answer to eliminating them. In fact, that may add additional stress to your lawn. The best advice is to bag your clippings as you mow to pick up the seedings.  Then, just wait out the warmer weather! Your lawn will return to its normal thickness soon, as long as it is properly mowed, fertilized and irrigated.

It’s time to fertilize again! Actual weeds are also trying to grow. But you can take care of them and the fertilizing at the same time. How your lawn looks right now will determine which type of fertilizer you need to put down. You may want to just add fertilizer if you don’t have many weeds. Or, you can apply fertilizer plus weed control. Either way your last application of fertilizer should go down before Memorial Day. Then, we wait until fall. Your lawn needs to spend the entire summer fighting weeds, fungus, heat, and whatever else comes along. It’s not the time to grow thicker and stronger!

See Page 25 in our Handbook for more information. Don’t have a copy of the Handbook? Download it here:  Lawn Club eBook

 

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Killing Weeds…Naturally

Don’t Let the Weeds Get You Down!

2014-04-24 19.07.08     As we outlined in the MAY section of our Lawn Club Handbook (Lawn Club eBook), this is the month that your grass should really begin to look great. After fertilizing 4-6 weeks ago (you did fertilize, right?), and the recent rain and the upcoming sunny days, will really get it going. But that will also promote the many types of warm season weeds to sprout also. That’s our next battle. In the Handbook in the May section, you will see examples of the “good”, the “bad” and the “ugly”. Unfortunately there are some ugly lawns beginning to appear. Make sure you get out this weekend to take care of the weeds that have started, or will begin shortly.

spring weeds 4Besides the formal methods to kill the weeds (Weed-B-Gone, Round-Up, etc.), I thought I would mentioned a few more natural (no chemicals) ways to eradicate them around sidewalks and driveways. Here are three that I found:

1) SALT  Spread salt on the your driveway and sidewalk cracks to kill the weeds. But be careful where you put it, since it will also sterilize the ground for several years!

2) BOILING WATER   Pour boiling water on them to safely kill weeds.

3) BY HAND   If you don’t have many weeds, it might be simply easier to just pull them out. Make sure you get as much of the root that you can. I usually just pull the isolated ones as I cut the grass.

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Nothing is more unsightly than leaving leftover cut grass in the street or sidewalk! Please help to maintain our neighborhood 2014-04-24 19.24.17curb appeal by blowing/sweeping this back on to your lawn. Not only will if make things look much better, but it will actually help to fertilize your lawn with clippings (one of the main reasons for mulching mowers).

Reminder: One more round of fertilizer before Memorial Day. See the Lawn Club eBook  for details.

That’s it for now.  The sun is coming out and the lawn needs cut (after it dries out, of course)   😉

 

 

 

They’re Baaack!

Spring is finally here! But with spring, we also get the return of the weeds! Not that we didn’t have any over the winter. (And you did remember to kill those ‘winter weeds’, right?) Well, a quick walk around the neighborhood reveals one of our ongoing battles is back. And it’s time to take care of the pesky weeds NOW! If you let it go, they will continue to grow and spread into your lawn and the cracks of the sidewalks and curbs. (How do they even grow in concrete anyway?) Whether it’s PoaAnnua, Bittercress, Chickweed, or some other left over winter weed, they can all be controlled with Weed-B-Gone or RoundUp. But don’t make the mistake of using RoundUp on your weeds in the lawn, as it will kill everything, including your lawn. That’s what Weed-B-Gone is for. It will kill the weeds but keep the lawn.

If you have a lot of weeds in your lawn and you haven’t fertilized yet, you can use a fertilizer plus weed killer like Scotts Turf Builder Plus 2. This will save you some time and it’s very effective. Whichever method you use, make sure you do it soon (like this weekend) before the rain comes next week.

eBook Reference: Page 7 in the Lawn Club eBook  (click Lawn Club eBook to get a copy if you don’t have one)

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Use Weed-B-Gone if the weeds are in the lawn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Please don’t neglect the weeds in the curb. Kill them now before they spread!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Be very careful using RoundUp on weeds this close to the lawn.

The Time is Now…

As I am putting away my spreader from its first use of the season, I’m thinking that this is probably the best thing I can do for my lawn all year. I just applied the initial coat of fertilizer (Scotts). But it wasn’t just your normal

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Scotts TurfBuilder Plus HALTS

Scotts TurfBuilder. It was the TurfBuilder (fertilizer) Plus HALTS (crabgrass pre-emergent). Now, I’m not saying that you have to use Scotts. There are a number of fine products similar to Scotts (check Southern States). But what is important is that you don’t just apply a fertilizer this month. It MUST have a crabgrass pre-emergent (deters crabgrass from growing) also. This is so important this time of year. I see so many lawns look so bad when it comes to August and the crabgrass is everywhere. You can even tell where you missed applying the granules of fertilizer/HALTS on your lawn. Those places will have crabgrass! And the crabgrass may not even wait until August to appear!

So, if you don’t do anything else for your lawn this year, at least get down that application of fertilizer AND crabgrass pre-emergent. This weekend would be ideal! Go get that bag and be ready! Reference: Page 3 in our eBook

Crabgrass is Waiting for its August Arrival

Crabgrass is Waiting for an August Arrival

One other item on your agenda this month should be trimming your Crape Myrtle tree. These bushes/trees love to be trimmed back each year. It makes them more hardy than ever! But do it the correct way. Don’t trim it down to the ‘knuckle’. Give each branch a little more space. I’m going to reference Page 6 in our eBook to find out more about trimming these.

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Trim these now before they begin growing

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