When To Apply Spring Pre-Emergent

Broadleaf Plantain1 When To Apply Spring Pre Emergent

Seasonal weed seeds begin sprouting in late February and early March when the rest of the lawn is still dormant.  If you are a lawn purist the appearance of these seasonal weeds can be a little depressing right at the beginning of the season, but remember that with careful planning, and a schedule of treatment, you can get control of your lawn before the heat of the summer sets in.

Use:

The best time to lay pre-emergent is in March and April, although it depends on your climate and altitude.  Pre-emergent by it’s definition is designed to be applied to the lawn as it is just waking up from winter dormancy.  Once it is applied to the lawn it forms a 30 day plus chemical barrier on the soil line that prevents the germination of weed seeds, or lawn and flower seeds.  It must be applied as the soil is warming up to be the most useful.  Pre-emergent does not kill weeds that have already emerged, or those that have already put down roots and established themselves.  Pre-emergent also will prevent the growth of grass seed at the soil line, so it is best used to control weeds several weeks before you intend to patch the lawn with grass seed.

When to Apply:

If your zone thaws and begins showing fresh grass growth in March and April, then you should apply Pre-emergent in March.  If you see new growth in April and May, then you should apply Pre-emergent in April.  Always try to stay one step ahead of the weeds in your yard, and and earlier application is usually best as opposed to one that is applied when the weeds seeds are already emerging. Don’t waste the chemical by applying before the ground is fully thawed, or when frost is still a common occurrence, the only effect you will achieve here is expensive rain run-off out of your yard, and into the sewage system.

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The Perfect Shrub For DIY Bouquets & Arrangements

Bouquet The Perfect Shrub For DIY Bouquets & Arrangements

If you are like me, the winter months can become frustrating with the lack of floral fodder from the garden close at hand to create indoor arrangements. Craft stores, florists, and even your local grocery store have plenty of floral supplies to help you fill the house with blooms, but for the true DIYer who enjoys building their own centerpieces, the right floral accent to make your designs stand out is as close as your local garden center. Why not save some money in the long term, and plant the perfect “ting” alternative in your very own yard?

There is a great plant on the market that has become a favorite in the florist industry for winter weddings and crafts. It is easy to grow, and available a many garden centers now across the country. This fabulous find is Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick.

Decorator Designs For Every Season:

  • Spring: Mix curly stems into a tall vase of Daffodils, and hang Easter eggs and neatly strung spring cut-outs from the boughs.
  • Summer: Prune smaller branches off the shrub, pick the leaves off, and use the twigs in place of ‘ting’
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