A Tip from DAN…
While the days will be getting longer and the weather warmer, it’s hard not to think about your lawns and getting them back into shape. Another winter is behind us that wasn’t too harsh, but that doesn’t mean all is well. The lack of cold temperatures and snow could mean more weeds and insects survived and could appear earlier this year. But don’t worry, Herbein’s Lawn Center is here with the products and advice to help you in your lawn care throughout the whole season. A brief month-by-month overview follows:
Don’t let the unseasonal weather fool you. March is mostly for getting ready for spring but you can still overseed the first half of the month. Get things cleaned up, purchase your products and get ready for a beautiful year.
April is the month to get started. After sharpening your mower blade and raking the debris from your yard, it’s time to put the crabgrass preemergent down. Around the 2nd week, apply your crabgrass control and water it within 3 days with at least 1/4″ of water. It takes 2 weeks for it to make its barrier 1/4″ below the surface. You can use TurfBuilder with Halts, Proscape with Dimension, Concern with Corn Gluton, Mesotrione, or Tupersan, with results lasting about 90 days. You can then do a 2nd application in 6 weeks with just the preemergent and no fertilizer. Apply the crabgrass control for 3 consecutive years then take a few years off until it becomes a nuisance again, then start the 3 year cycle again. Late April is also the time to sow grass seed the regular way. Grass seed needs ground temperature of 55° in the morning to germinate. You can not plant if using a preemergent other than Tupersan or Mesotrione. With or without fertilizer, organic or non-organic, Herbein’s has the right product for you. We carry the Scotts Four Step Program for season long care and for organic users, now the Espoma Organic Four Part Program. Stop by and check these out. Weeds like chickweed, henbit and dandelions become bothersome at this time, but it’s too cool for a weed killer other than Weed Beater Ultra – the Cadillac of weed killers.
May is the time to do some overseeding and patch work on the lawn. Remember you can’t seed in areas with preemergent. Temperatures are ideal for quick germination of grass seed. Early in the month is a good time to dethatch, aerate and overseed. It is also warm enough for Broadleaf weed killer like Trimec, WeedBeater Ultra, or a combination product like TurfBuilder Weed and Feed, Proscape with Trimec Weede & Feed, or 2 Way Green Power. It’s time for the 1st fertilizing of the year so make sure to follow the suggestions from your Penn State soil test done in early spring. Other suggestions for fertilizers at this time would be Greenskeeper 20-0-8 which is a Homogenous fertilizer, TurfBuilder with Iron, Espoma Organic 20-8-6, or Milorganite 6-2-0. This month is also the time to get your GrubEx down so as to have it in place by the time the beetles lay their eggs. This can be as early as late May for the May and June beetles, which are a good month ahead of Japanese Beetles. Milky Spores is the organic alternative for Japanese Beetle control. Late May is also a good time to apply a second application of Halts to extend crabgrass control right through the summer.
Things start slowing down, but it’s still a good time to plant early in the month. If you haven’t applied your GrubEx grub control yet, now is the time to do so. It must be watered in within 3 days and takes 14 days to get to the roots. This control will protect the rest of the season. You can also use Milky Spores, which is an organic treatment that works only on the white grubs of the Japanese Beetles. It requires 3 treatments a year for at least 2 years with the result being up to 15 years of protection. If you have had problems in the past with summer diseases such as brown path, dollar spot, and powdery mildew, get your preventative disease control – like Bonide’s Infuse – down.
One last reminder…if you haven’t had your Penn State soil test done recently, now is a good time to have it done. It will only take a few minutes of your time and the benefits will be great.
Espoma Organic 4 Part Program
Scotts 4 Step Program (Rebate Avail.)
Concern Corn Gluten (Organic Preemergent)
Lebanon Proscape w/Dimension 19-0-5 (Preemergent & Fertilizer)
Lebanon Proscape w/ Dimension 16-0-5 (Preemergent & Fertilizer)
Scotts Halts (Preventative)
Scotts TurfBuilder w/Halts (Preemergent & Fertilizer)
Scotts Step One w/Halts (Preemergent & Fertilizer)
Scotts Step One For Seeding (Preemergent & Starter Fertilizer)
Bayer Grub Killer Plus
Scotts GrubEx (Preventative)
St. Gabriel Milky Spore (Organic, Preventative)
Greenview Starter Fertilizer 10-18-10
Lebanon Greenskeeper 20-0-8
Lebanon Proscape w/Trimec 20-0-7 (Weed & Feed)
Scotts PatchMaster (All-In-One Grass Seed Fertilizer & Mulch)
Scotts TurfBuilder w/Halts (Preemergent & Fertilizer)
Lebanon Treflan 5G Preemergance
Lebanon Weed Control w/Trimec (Postemergence)
Scotts Super TurfBuilder Lawn Food
LAWN FUNGUS CONTROL
Scotts Lawn Fungus Control
Scotts Moss Control
Greenview Seed Accelerator
Penn Mulch w/Fertilizer
Scotts Seed Starter & Weed Preventer
Scotts Step 1 Seeding 18-23-4
Scotts Step 1 Seeding 21-22-4
WEED AND FEED
Fortify (Weedkiller With No Fertilizer)
Lebanon Weed Control w/Trimec
Scotts TurfBuilder Weed & Feed
White Clover Seed Available!
White clover seed is a great cover crop, bee crop and erosion control crop. White clover grows vigorously even in poor clay subsoil around new home construction. If you want all the benefits of a cover crop but don’t want to till early or mow, clover is your best bet. Getting a good stand of white clover seeds is a first and critical step to success with this high quality, persistent crop. Since white clover is usually grown with a cool season perennial grass (may be planted alone too), it is usually either seeded at the same time as the grass or seeded into an existing grass stand.
REED AND PERRINE GRASS SEED
Tri-Rye Perennial Rye Blend
Tall Fescue Blend – Shade & Sun Mix
Full Sun Mix
Shady Lawn Mix
Dense Shade Mix