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What’s up y’all, hope you’re having a great April thus far!

Lots of questions coming in this week, many more than normal and most are all around the same topics - so this email today is going to help answer some of those - simple and sweet.

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First off, I want to remind you, in case you missed it:

I have a full guide to pre-emergent herbicide applications. What to use, when to use it, and even a support video on how to apply it.

Remember, we go by soil temperatures as our easy-to-understand milestones.

If you are anywhere up in through Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and working across to the northeast upstate NY over to New Hampshire - you are coming into the optimum window over the next few days.

Get your prodiamine down when you are ready!

Here is how things look in Madison, WI right now (GreenCast Tool).

Remember, 55F is the target - we want our first application of pre-emergent down as soil temps are leading up to that mark. That is our first step to preventing crabgrass in the lawn.

As I am writing this, it’s Monday, April 8 and the optimum perfect date for Madison is April 25, just 17 days from now.

Sounds like you are good to go, the window is open.

Pick the best weekend or day over the next 2-3 weeks that works well for you to get your first application down. Water it in, it’s that simple.

What if I’m late?

“Allyn, I just found your YouTube channel and realize I have missed my first application of prodiamine, am I too late?”

  • Donald, Springfield, MO

This question is coming in more often. In this case, it’s not too late at all.

Sure, you missed the “perfect window” but I promise, starting up now in Springfield and preventing 85% of the crabgrass is better than preventing none of it.

The other thing here is now you can just do one application. I talked about this in the podcast last week (time stamped to the right place in the vid) and you can just do the two apps all as one if you are late.

If you are using our prodiamine .38% granular product, instead of doing 2 “split” applications of the prodiamine, since you are a little late, just apply the two together and use a rate of 6 lbs/1,000 sq ft all at once, water it in and you are protected for 5-6 months from crabgrass, all good.

From there, just pick up the regular program with fertilization and soil optimization and you will be good to go!

Further South Too Late?

What about Jackson, MS? You guys are right there in the party zone and not too late, but almost.

Your window will be closed sometime in early May so if you want to get some protection down now is the time!

Points slightly further north, Oklahoma City, Huntsville, AL, Charlotte, NC - you are not quite so far behind but definitely you want to get down that app soon! Don’t wait...

Florida Lawn Weeds

These pics come courtesy of Mike M from here in SW FL. He sent me these and I figured I would share since so many of you need help with these.

The first one is wild bermudagrass and in this picture, it looks like it is winning the war against the St Aug. I can tell you that I fight this in my lawn too. There are only 3 ways to cure it.

  1. Start over with new St Augustinegrass sod. Just know that no matter what you do, the Bermuda will be back inside of a year. The only cure is constant monitoring and surgery.
  2. Get Scotts Provista St Augustinegrass that is glyphosate tolerant. Just an FYI - I’ll be applying an application of glyphosate to mine here soon and will share results.
  3. Live with it. Just feed the heck out of the lawn and try and find a mowing height that both grass types can tolerate, probably somewhere around 3”.

This second one also has wild Bermuda in it, but it also shows some yellow nutsedge. This weed is closely related to kyllinga that we also deal with here in Florida.

If you live in Florida, you are NOT too late for your pre-emergent application, and in fact, you are right in a good window for Pennant Magnum.

We have the rainy season coming up and that is going to make the nutsedge and kyllinga go even more crazy.

Pennant Magnum does a decent job of suppressing new growth of both. It will not completely prevent but it does suppress quite nicely.

It also prevents Doveweed which will be a problem coming into summer and also does well on crabgrass and pusley.

Here is a refresher video on how to apply liquid blanket sprays with a pump sprayer.

Now to get rid of the ones that are currently growing - if that is really the primary problem you have, then the cheapest and easiest way to go after nutsedge and kyllinga is with Sedgehammer.

It can be used on your St Aug, Bermuda, Bahia, Zoysia, and Centipede (cool season lawns works for you too!).

It’s also easy on turf although a little slower acting. I do recommend you try it for your nutsedge problems before moving onto something harsher.

If you need more info on post-emergent weed control, here is the free guide I wrote for you as well as a video here and here on shopping at the store for it on your own.

Upcoming in the next few weeks:

I’ll see YOU in the lawn!

-AL