It has been a challenging year thus far with a severe winter, a late and short spring, followed by a drought. Your lawn will need some TLC to prosper this summer.
An early June application of Love Your Lawn-Love Your Soil will be especially important this year. Love Your Lawn-Love Your Soil provides increased air circulation to the soil which will help to reduce compaction and spur the beneficial soil microbes - helping them to free up soil nutrients and also nutrients from the fertilizer that you have already spread on your lawn. The amino acids, molasses and humates will keep them nourished and working hard.
An application now of Love Your Lawn - Love Your Soil will help to minimize the inevitable stress that will come in the months ahead. Proper watering is also essential. A total of one inch of water per week, including rainfall, is desirable. Watering deeply two or three times a week in the morning for 30-45 minutes per zone or lawn area, when necessary, is most beneficial for your lawn, encouraging deep root growth. Avoid frequent watering for short periods of time and avoid watering at night. Short duration waterings don't force the grass roots to grow deep in search of moisture and night time waterings promote turf disease.
If you have a crabgrass history, you may want to consider an application this month of Crabgrass and Weed Preventer to extend control throughout the full season of crabgrass germination. Do not mow 48 hours before or 48 hours after application. This product should be watered in.
Nutsedge is already up in some areas! For the best control of nutsedge, treat with Ortho Nutsedge Killer (Sulfentrazone) which also kills Yellow and Purple Kyllinga and 50 other tough weeds.
The best way to insure that you do not get grub damage this fall is to apply Bayer Complete Insect Killer For soil & Turf . This product protects you lawn from top to bottom against insect dammage for up to 3 months.
Some things to look for - Unusual bird activity on your lawn. If suddenly there's a lot of birds are on your lawn - THEY'RE EATING SOMETHING! Suddenly appearing brown spots. This is where it gets a little tricky, be careful not to mistake an insect problem for a fungus problem and vice versa!
Espoma Summer Revitalizer:
A June application of Espoma Summer Revitalizer would be a multi beneficial addition to your lawn care regimen. The 8-0-0 fertilizer will gently feed while greening up your lawn and supplying much needed bacteria to your soil to keep your lawn healthy. Espoma Summer Rivatilizer supplies Nitrogen, Calcium, Sulfur, and Iron to help keep you lawn looking its best during the heat of Summer.