The Holiday Method - Maintain Your Lawn
May 24, 2016 - Maintaining Your Lawn – the Holiday Method
Hi Bryan here, with my latest blog post for the regular everyday homeowner. The holiday method is an easy way to remember what to do when.
If you do not put down a crabgrass preventer, Step 1 is a weed and feed application before Memorial Day. Step 2 is a small feeding application around the 4th of July. However, the emphasis during this time of less rain and higher temperatures is more on insect control than weed control. This is the time of year when ants, no see ums, fleas, and ticks are starting to rev up. If you have sandy soil and pets, you really need to focus on insect control. Remember fleas and ticks can hatch in 18 days, so the ones you killed in July are not the same ones you see in August. For some yards you may only need one application. But, if you are in sandy soil, or near water, you will need to spray multiple times as the new flea and tick eggs go through egg, larval, pupal and adult stages. To learn more about the flea lifecycle visit PetMD.
After the 4th of July, you can take the summer off! You don’t really need to do anything except water your lawn until after Labor Day. Fall is the prime time for weed control. Step 3, think of your fall application as setting yourself up for a great spring. As the temperature drops after Labor Day, your lawn, and the weeds in your lawn, really begin drawing in as many nutrients as the can to last through the winter months. Think of a power lifter gobbling up all the protein they can as they go through their load phase….or maybe, think about the skinny guy who ate 62 Nathan’s hot dogs to win the hot dog eating championship. Yep, that is what your weeds are trying to do before it snows. When they are gobbling up every possible thing they can, it’s easy to see how hitting them with weed killer now is perfect timing. That’s it! It really is that simple, until next spring, when you start all over again! Remember Kent Equipment for all your lawn and garden needs, we love turning work into play! Thanks again. – Bryan