April is a great “jumping in” point for my lawn care schedule, since it’s time to apply the slow-release fertilizer. And if you got it down earlier this month, I give you permission to jump ahead to the pre-emergent herbicide application.
By the way, if you put down the fertilizer a day or two before the deluge that hit us Saturday night, you might consider a re-application. BUT, at half the dosage.
As for the summer application of pre-emergent herbicides, the schedule calls for them starting May 1. However, I would encourage getting it down immediately, since excessive rains and their winds often bring a plethora of weed seeds. If you did the pre-emergent already, consider re-applying - again at half the dosage.
You may be wondering - since it looks like we are in for more rain – if you really should put it down now. Yes! Although we are expecting additional rain, there is no indication it will be excessive. I’ve always contended that it takes three or more inches in a 24-hour period to make it necessary to re-apply anything in my schedule.
If you’ve been following my advice for long, you know “it’s never too late to do the right thing.” Well, with recent circumstances, “it’s never too early to do the right thing.” Besides, May 1 is just next Wednesday!
As you may have noticed, weeds are popping up at a rapid clip. While a pre-emergent herbicide is there to block weed seeds from germinating, a new application can prevent growth from seeds that settled in thanks to flood waters.
If you want to do some post-emergent spot treating, try to knock them out with tips you’ll find HERE.