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Is It Too Late For Pre-Emergent?

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. Also, if you want to hear even more common lawn questions from across the country, be sure to subscribe to the podcast either on YouTube, Itunes or Google Play. I always keep it light and positive so if you are looking for some good background noise during work or something to get you through your afternoon commute, please, give it a listen. 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...

Cool Season Lawns ready for GO TIME

I’m writing today’s email from the plane. I just spent the last 5 days up in NW Indiana working on the cool season project spring lawn steps with my good buddy, Jake The Lawn Kid. In case you’re new here, we started work on this lawn last year in the fall and have a full playlist you can follow starting right here.   I was happy to see how the lawn came through winter (video coming). It’s already April 1 and many more areas across the country have now opened up for their first application of pre-emergent for the spring. In fact, this particular weekend when we did our application - Friday, March 29th - is what I’d call the very beginning opening of the pre-emergent window for that area (St John, IN - not far from Chicago, IL). What I’m going to talk about in today’s email is the strategy in writing and review so that when the actual...

Official First Day of Spring - Mouse Damage and Fert Calcs

Official Spring is this week, March 20. Congratulations, you made it! Temps are warming across the country and many of you got outside this past weekend to see your lawns for the first time in months!! My friend Ryan Knorr is in Iowa and made a video showing what his lawn looks like coming out of winter this season so far. Another friend you all know, Tim the Grass Daddy also showed his lawn and he is WAY up in the northeast! Check out this picture I got from our FB group - I bet a lot of you are seeing this and wondering what it is!   What those are from are field mice, also called “voles.” They are running trails all through the lawn under the snow during winter. This is very common and usually nothing that is long lasting. I recommend that you get out there first chance you get (as long as turf is not frozen...

Hello springtime... almost...

March starts this week... you know what that means right? It means March 10 is almost here. That’s the day to “Spring Forward” on the clocks so the illusion of longer days comes back into the public psyche and weeknight lawn work can resume! While living in Indiana I learned quickly that the first couple weeks of March is when your mood begins to change and you know that warm days are just around the corner. Your spirit and outlook lift, just a bit. That said, I figured this week we would go back and talk about soil temps again, relate them to pre-emergents, and then see where we stand in a couple spots around the country. Don’t forget, I have a free infographic for you that helps you easily keep track of the best window for your area. Pre-Emergents: Prodiamine Additionally, if you live in the south or transition zones even up into the Midwest, we have prodiamine available...

How To Choose A Weed Control For Your Lawn

This one is mostly for our warm season turf friends (St Aug, Bermuda, Centipede, Zoysia, and Bahia), but there is some solid overlap for you folks with the KBG, perennial rye and turf-type tall fescue too! Here is the video from last weekend that goes along with this post: (I’m going to do this same thing at a store up north here very soon)   Spraying and Praying - Weed Killer Spraying weeds is a necessity when you are first starting your lawn care strategy. For most folks it actually remains a necessity for a couple seasons, even three. The ultimate goal, of course, is to get a thick stand of healthy, weed-free turfgrass and the quickest way to reach that goal is to push growth on your good grass, and kill weeds selectively as you do it. Add in frequent mowing and you have a recipe rapid improvement. Once you do get it looking good, then you back everything...