As the weather starts to warm, the yellow dandelions will begin to appear. During the important first application to prevent crabgrass, we are generally unable to treat broad leaf weeds like dandelions due to the cold evenings and frost. Unfortunately, there is no control for the broadleaf weeds during these conditions. We will begin treating weeds as conditions allow. With that said, early treatment will not effectively control weeds. As conditions change, usually by mid April, we will begin treating and removing the weeds. There are several things that you can do to keep the weed invasion in your lawn to a minimum.
- To reduce weed germination, it is important to keep your soil shaded. You can do this by mowing higher (setting the blade at 3” or higher)
- During dry times, watering enough will keep the turf healthy and growing (1” to 1½” of water per week)
- Aerating the soil, at least annually, will encourage healthy root growth giving you a thicker lawn
- Reseed any thin or bare areas and consider overseeding the lawn every fall. A thick healthy lawn is the best weed prevention.
Combining these cultural practices, plus Brookside’s quality lawn treatments, will provide you with a
thick, green and weed–free lawn.