A Tip from DAN…
With the end of winter fast approaching, now is the time to check your lawn where over-seeding may be helpful.
Two things are important to remember:
- When over-seeding, don’t expect the new seed to germinate until your established lawn turns green. Your lawn will not come out of its winter dormancy until it is warm enough. The new seed needs the right temperature for it to grow.
- Spring is also the time for crabgrass preemergent, but you can not plant new grass and apply the crabgrass control at the same time. If you choose to control your crabgrass – Herbein’s Lawn Center has several great options. Stop by and see which one is right for you.
Before applying fertilizers in spring, be sure of the amount you need by FIRST performing a soil test. The most thorough test is by Penn State and you can purchase that at Herbein’s for only $10.00!
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:
March is basically for getting ready and planning for spring. Get to the Garden Center, see what’s new and purchase the products you need for a successful year.
Applying crabgrass control can sometimes be tricky. If you apply too early, it may run its course before the crabgrass is done germinating, too late and you could miss the early seeds. Since crabgrass needs temperatures to germinate that we usually see in early May and takes up to two weeks to work into place after being watered, the ideal time to apply the control is Tax Day – April 15th. This is an easy way to remember! Whether you want to use a crabgrass preemergent with or without fertilizer, organic or non-organic, Herbein’s has a supply of products that will work for you. Early weeds like dandelions, chickweed and henbit can become a nuisance around this time, but it’s still too cool for a weedkiller other than Weed Beater Ultra
May is the time to get some over-seeding done and do a little patch work on your lawn. Remember that you can’t seed in any areas where preemergent has been applied. By mid-May the temps are warm enough to apply a weed and feed on tough weeds that have survived the winter. Treatment options include “Weed and Feed” combination products, granular Trimec, and liquids like Weed B Gone and Weed Beater Ultra. Just be aware that even the best products will need to be applied several times to totally eliminate the weed problem. You can also plan to put GrubEx down this month so it’s in place when the beetles lay their eggs. This can be as early as late May with the May and June beetles which are a good month ahead of the Japanese beetles. Be sure to water it in within 3 days and it takes 14 days to get to the roots. Milky Spores is the organic alternative for Japanese beetle control and requires three treatments a year for at least two years with results lasting up to 15 years. Late May is also a good time to apply a second application of Halts to extend crabgrass control right through summer.
If you have had problems in the past with summer diseases such as brown patch, dollar spot and powdery mildew, get your preventative control – like Bonide’s Infuse – down NOW.
“Spend your money to grow things, not kill them.” -Dan
One last reminder…the key to a weed free lawn is not about the amount of weed killer you apply, but about how thick your lawn is. The weed seeds need sun to germinate, so by fertilizing and over-seeding, you’ll have a much more cost effective weed free lawn.
Espoma Organic 4 Part Program (Rebate Avail.)
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