The early spring lawn application consists of a 40% slow release fertilizer to encourage early spring color and a pre-emergent crabgrass control to reduce annual grassy and broadleaf weeds. Typically weeds are growing too slowly for good weed control until after April 20 to 25 at which time we start adding broadleaf weed control to our program. Any customer with objectionable weeds should call for a service call at no additional charge.
MOWING: If you have a sunny lawn that was clipped shorter the last time in fall power raking will likely be unnecessary and there shouldn't be much spring yard work to do. Shady lawns will likely have late dropped or blown-in leaves to clean up. Wet tree leaves will damage the grass so it is best to remove any leaves as soon as the lawn is dry enough for yard work. Set your mower at a 3½" cutting height until year end (4” with riders) and check the blade for sharpness. Taller mowing (4”) is recommended if the lawn is rough or watering will be less than perfect. Tall mowing promotes deeper roots which help the grass resist drought, insects, diseases, shade damage, tree competition, traffic and weeds. If the lawn was shaggy over the winter, clip it at around 2½" the first time only, to get rid of the brown grass. Several short mowings shortens roots and it takes the plant about 60 days to recover. DO NOT CONTINUE TO MOW SHORT.
RAKING: Light raking to remove trash will not harm this application; however, power raking and extremely heavy hand raking can damage the crabgrass barrier that was applied.