Winter, summer, spring and fall – with each new season comes a different set of lawn maintenance needs. Knowing when and what to do is vital to keeping your lawn weed and disease free. For your convenience, we have put together monthly lists that will help you plan, organize and complete your goals so your lawn is in tip-top shape all year long.
Rake and aerify your lawn before applying Earl May Season Long Crabgrass Preventer.
When sowing lawn seed, be patient for it to germinate. Cool soils in March will delay germination until April in most seasons. Remember, regular crabgrass preventer will also prevent lawn seed from germinating. Be sure to apply a crabgrass preventer that is designed for new lawn seed.
Nightcrawler mounds may be a nuisance, but your lawn is much better off with the worms underground aerifying your soil naturally and bringing beneficial bacteria to the surface. Use a garden rake to level out the mounds where they are a problem.
Apply Weed & Feed when there is a dew on the lawn and no rain in the forecast for a day or two. This application needs to be 3-4 weeks after your last application of fertilizer.
Use Earl May Super Brush & Weed Killer to control hard to kill weeds like Ground Ivy (Creeping Charlie) and Wild violets. Trying to kill these weeds later in warm summer conditions is very difficult. They are much easier to kill in April and May. For best results add Turbo Spreader Sticker when spraying.
Moles can do a lot of damage to lawns. They are tunneling in search of grubs and earthworms as a food source. Repel moles with Castor Oil based granules or kill with baits. Traps are the most effective control device when used correctly.
Monitor your lawn for signs of disease and treat as soon as a problem is noticed. Powdery Mildew and Leaf Spot are common lawn diseases in May. Mow frequently to avoid letting your grass get too tall.
If you haven’t applied Earl May Weed & Feed there is still time. Apply when there is a dew on the lawn and no rain in the forecast for a day or two. This application needs to be 30 days from your last application of fertilizer.
Spot spray broadleaf weeds with Earl May Super Brush & Weed Killer.
Mow bluegrass and tall fescue lawns at a 3 inch height.
Surface insects that damage turf and a host of nuisance insects make their appearance in May. Control almost all outdoor insects with Super Eight Insect Control. Apply as a foundation treatment to protect your home and as a general spray on your lawn and in your landscape plantings.
Apply Season Long Grub Control. Be sure it gets watered in to move it into the root zone. Don’t worry about getting grub control in your landscape plantings. They will benefit from the added insect protection also. Keep in mind that no one grub controls will control 100% of the grub population, just enough to reduce the amount that cause serious turf injury.
Your lawn can be mowed at the highest setting during the summer months. Just be sure to mow often to avoid disease problems. Mowing high will delay summer dormancy of bluegrass and help keep a thicker lawn in shady areas.
To control mosquitoes, asian lady beetles, boxelder bugs, ticks, Japanese beetles, ants, borers, termites and more, use Earl May Super Eight.
Bluegrass lawns will require at least 1 inch of water a week to keep from going dormant. If you decide to water your lawn, be sure to do so in the morning, this will reduce the amount of disease pressure in the lawn. A good deep watering is better than frequent light waterings. This promotes deep rooting and a drought tolerant lawn.
Fertilize lawns with Earl May Summer Lawn Food designed to green lawns without making them grow so fast. Earl May Summer Lawn Food is designed with extra Iron and Sulfur to do just that. Iron provides the extra deep greening while sulfur lowers the soil Ph making the iron more available to the lawn. Iron is the secret for the deep green golf courses you are familiar with. Be careful though. This iron will stain any concrete surface it lands on. It must be blown or swept off any concrete surface.
August and September are the best time of year to start a lawn from seed. Germination is quick in warm soil, while cooler temperatures that follow make watering much easier. By the time next summer’s heat arrives, your lawn will be well established and filled in completely.
Apply Kleenup Weed & Grass Killer prior to seeding lawn seed to insure tough perennial weeds are killed out completely to the roots. Seeding is possible within 7 to 14 days of application. Till deeply to prepare a loose seed bed that will fill in quickly.
Repel gnats and mosquitoes during your late summer parties with all natural mosquito repelling granules. Made from food grade organic ingredients, it will repel insects with a clean pleasant odor.
Grub damage in lawns will appear as off color or dead patches in your lawn. Holes may be present where birds have been eating the grubs. The turf can be peeled back to reveal white ¼” to ½” grubs. At this stage a curative grub control is needed. Visit your local Earl May Nursery & Garden Center for the best control options.
August and September is the best time of year to start a lawn from seed. Germination is quick in warm soil, while cooler temperatures that follow make watering much easier. By the time next summer’s heat arrives, your lawn will be well established and filled in completely.
An application of Earl May lawn food in September will help your lawn rejuvenate after a long hot summer.
Late in the month, Core aerate your lawn to improve soil compaction and reduce thatch.
Apply Earl May Fall Lawn Food at about the time of your last mowing. This is when the winterizing process will be the most effective as the turf is storing foods for next year. Turf experts say this is the single most important time to fertilizer a lawn.
October is the best time of year to kill perennial broadleaf weeds, especially ground ivy (creeping Charlie) and wild violets. The secret is the fact that weeds that are not completely killed in fall are weakened to the point that winter will finish most of them off. Whatever survives into spring can then be spot killed. Be sure to spray twice, 7 to 10 days apart, around the middle of October with Earl May Super Brush & Weed Killer mixed with Turbo Spreader Sticker.
Rake fallen leaves as soon as possible from your lawn. Leaving leaves on your lawn for any extended amount of time will weaken it and could lead to disease issues and eventually kill the lawn if left long enough. Mulching a small amount of leaves when you mow also works well.
Apply Earl May’s Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn food. In addition to crabgrass, it prevents spurge, foxtail and other annual grassy weeds from germinating. It also feeds your lawn with a quality timed-release fertilizer.