A Tip from DAN…
Are you tired of dealing with those early spring weeds? It seems like chickweed grows before the grass turns green. The best way to beat & easiest way to beat this is to put a preemergent down now, in late summer as these weeds begin their life cycle in the fall.
Here at Herbein’s Lawn Center we have several very effective & familiar products.
For those wanting just a preemergent, we offer Scotts Halts ($19.99/5,000 sq.ft.) and Lebanon Pro Prodiamine ($39.99/10,000 sq.ft.) If you would also like to fertilize at the same time try Lebanon Pro 16-0-5 with Dimension or for those who prefer to go organic try Concern with Corn Gluten.
These products and just a little work now will make like so much easier come spring when we all want to see things grow again and not to have to think about killing those nuisance weeds.
Herbein’s Lawn Center is here with the products and advice to help you in your lawn care throughout the whole season. Here is a brief month-by-month overview follows:
If you haven’t already, be sure to set your mower height at the highest level and mow less often to allow your grass a chance to increase its root growth. You can also apply at least one inch of water once a week to help keep it from drying out. Nutsedge is a familiar problem this time of year and requires a special control for it alone. Herbein’s Garden Center carries Ortho Nutsedge Killer and Bonide Sedge Ender to treat this pesky weed.
The end of this month and the beginning of next month are ideal times to plant grass seed in our part of the state and Kentucky Bluegrass is probably the best for sunny locations. It is heat, cold, and drought tolerant and fills in bare spots faster and better than bunch-type grasses like Perennial Rye.
You’ve made it through summer, and hopefully your lawn has minimal damage after the severe hot months. Now is a good time to pamper your lawn again and prepare it for fall and winter months. This can involve several things including over-seeding, fertilizing, aerating, and attacking tough spring weeds like chickweed using Halts. Over-seeding not only enhances your lawns appearance but also helps to choke out future weeds. If you are NOT over-seeding, you can apply a Weed & Feed like Scotts TurfBuilder Weed & Feed or Lebanon ProScape with Dimension.
There is still time in early October to do things like aerate or do patch seeding. By now, major lawn renovations should wait until early spring. There’s not enough time to get good growth before dormancy. If you must plant a lawn this time of year, PERENNIAL RYE BLEND is your best option. It comes in fast, typically within 7-10 days, and holds up well over the winter months. Overseeding may be necessary in the spring. Overseed under deciduous trees. With the leaf drop and dormancy, there is more light and less competition for nutrients and water. Fall is the best time for liming your lawn. Lime added to the surface of a lawn takes a long time to work its way down and raise the pH. Thus, a fall application will produce results by the spring growing season. The only way to know whether you need lime & how much to put down is to have a PENN STATE SOIL TEST done. Everything else is just guess work. October is also a great time to attack those hard to kill weeds such as ground ivy with a weed killer such as Bonide’s Weed Beater Ultra or Ortho’s Weed Be Gone.
The last cut of the year should be this month, and by mid month your lawn should be well on its way to dormancy. Clean up your mower and store it away for the winter (hopefully). It is now time for the second fall fertilizer/winter application. This will help your lawn survive the winter and thrive in the spring. We have a great fall fertilizer such as Scotts Turf Builder and Lebanon Turf Greenskeeper.
NEVER spray your lawn with weed killer when temperatures are above 86°
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