Friday, February 26, 2010

Got Grass?

It's time to start thinking about the lawn, so if you have one read on. Mid February through mid March is the time for spring weed control. We recommend an application of liquid Atrazine. Atrazine is a selective herbicide with good cool weather performance. It is both a pre and post emergent weed killer. This means that it will kill most weeds that are already up and it will stop seeds from germinating for about 2-3 months so it helps keep weeds at bay through the spring greenup. Atrazine will not hurt your grass, but it doesn't know that shrubs and flowers aren't weeds so use caution when spraying. You can spray it on the ground under shrubs and trees just don't get it on the leaves. Atrazine does not kill weeds overnight, so give it up to 2 weeks to see results. We carry liquid Atrazine in a one quart bottle that will cover 3,720 square feet for $7.99. You cannot use it once temperatures are staying consistently above 85, so now is the time to take advantage of this product. If you plan to use a hose end sprayer, you must be able to adjust the dilution rate, so if you aren't sure just bring your sprayer into the store so we can set it for you. We also carry a fabulous sprayer that takes all the guesswork out of mixing. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

If you haven't limed your yard recently, now is the time to do that too. Pelletized lime is $4.99 for a 40lb bag. Lime raises the pH of your soil so the grass can absorb nutrients better.

The next step you will take for your lawn will be to apply a granular Weed and Feed. We recommend waiting until St. Patrick's Day to start fertilizing because that's when the lawn is starting to green up. Fertilizing earlier is just feeding the weeds and it won't make your grass green up any sooner. We carry Weed and Feed for all types of grasses, so if you aren't sure what kind you have just bring us a sample when you come in so we can help you select the proper product.


Anonymous said...

question here. I mistakenly put down granular weed n feed with atrazine under my shrubs(loropetalum). I removed the top 2 inches of soil and irrigated the soil around the shrubs as soon as I realized what I had done, within ten minutes. Is there anything else I can do? Also, will this granular atrazine harm my palms? All of the said plants are well established. Thanks!

Hester and Zipperer said...

Atrazine should not harm plants unless the product is applied to the leaves.