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Lawn Full of Weeds?

If you’ve worked hard all summer to have a beautiful lawn and it’s still full of weeds – you’re not alone. With all the rain we’ve had this summer, both grass and weeds are thriving, but there is good news. Cooling temperatures mean it’s a great time to apply lawn fertilizers and weed control.

We’ve got a two-step process to help kill weeds, crabgrass and boost your lawn before fall. 

1. First, apply a weed-and-feed (granules of herbicide mixed with fertilizer).

This will help give your lawn a nice growth boost while knocking-out pesky lawn weeds such as dandelions, clover and yellow-rocket.  Weed-and-feed works best when applied in the morning on a dew covered lawn that won’t be rained or watered for a couple of days.  This timing offers an ideal condition for the fertilizer/herbicide to be absorbed into the weed’s leaf and root systems.  While offering an overall improvement, a weed-and-feed may not knock-out the weeds entirely or kill nuisance crab-grass and nut-sedge. 

2. After about two weeks, or so, consider spraying your lawn with a broadleaf weed killer such as Spectracide® Weed Stop® For Lawns Plus Crabgrass Killer; it’s a great supplement to the weed-and-feed you applied a couple of few weeks prior.

My experience with most weed-and-feed fertilizers is that they give your lawn a great growth boost but don’t ‘entirely’ kill weeds and have little, to no, effect on weed grasses like crabgrass and nut-sedge. The hose-end spraying insures a thorough application of the weed killer on any remaining weeds and nuisances grasses. Afterwards, your lawn should see both a greener and less weedy lawn. Good luck!

Money-Saving Tip: Like generic medicine at your corner pharmacy, there is nothing wrong with using the store brand lawn products such as Expert Gardener by Wal-Mart. Often, the active ingredients within the store-brands are identical to the brand-name alternative and at a noticeable discount. They offer great results (in my opinion) and save you money too. Always be sure to carefully follow all manufacturer’s instructions on whatever product you select.

Spring 2018:  Apply pre-emergent crabgrass preventer by March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day…your grass will thank you!

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Contact Paul Lepard to discuss your landscaping needs at 610.265.8323 or [email protected].