Re: Lawn Care - Do I Apply Treatments Sooner?
This is tough and will take a lot of focus throughout the year, but we can get you a good start which will keep getting better.
Originally Posted by borc4cy
1) weeds steal your fuel and fertilizer. Get them first.
- get a pump sprayer to use with herbicides early (never us on plants around the house)
- spray 2,4-d and dicamba to kill the current weeds ASAP.
- I got some Bayer advanced weed and crabgrass killer from home depot that worked well. It has a spray nozzle version that hooks to a hose that makes it easy if you like. Do not spray over 80 degrees.
2) go to a coop or tractor supply and look for some 10-10-10 fertilizer and apply liberally ASAP. You need the p and k bad in the N-P-k analysis bad. DO NOT get phosphorus free unless you live along a lake or a pond. You'll need this for quick strong root establishment.
3) apply a grub killer - preferably imidacloprid - immediately with the fertilizer.
- Water or do a rain dance -
4) in 1 week get a lot of Kentucky bluegrass seed and rent a lawn seeder or aerator. Aerate and apply seed or seed with a seeder, and water. Frequently. (you need to wait a week due to the dicamba and crabgrass seeder). Depending on how it gets started, you may need to fix patches in may, and overseed again in late August.
5) get some of that Bayer advanced or ortho weed and crabgrass killer in the spray bottles and attack on sight as the weeds emerge throughout the summer. Again - do not spray if over 80, the sprays can move and drift and kill flowers.
In August - apply more 10-10-10 or 13-13-13 type mix.
If the lawn turns yellow or lighter green in June, look for a high N product like 20-0-5.
That is a quick - what I would do -