PREPARING FOR THE 2014 SEASON

S P R I N G ~ R O U N D  1
This application contains a balanced, slow release fertilizer to gently wake up turf. Pre-emergent crabgrass control will be applied in the “hot spots”. The next application will include a full application of crabgrass preventer. Crabgrass germinates in late May to early June. In addition, we treat for broadleaf weeds.

W A T E R I N G
You will want to water in this application within 5-7 days (If we don’t get a good spring rain), sooner is better.

Hose and sprinkler: 30-60 minutes per location.
Underground system: 15-30 minutes per location.
After initial watering, apply 1″ of water per week. In the spring, it’s better to water heavily and infrequently. This will promote a better root system that is better prepared for the hot and dry weather ahead.

M O W I N G
The first mowing should be LOW and the clippings bagged. Be sure to avoid SCALPING the lawn. This damages the lawn and causes a weed problem later. After the first mowing, set the mower to about 2.5 to 3 inches and mow often enough to remove no more than 1/3 of the grass blade in any given mowing. Mowing frequently is more important than height. Frequent mowing=mowing less than 1/3 off=less plant stress=happier plant=thicker turf.

T I P S
• Keep the mower blade sharp and balanced.
• Determine proper mowing height, set mower on concrete surface, and measure from the concrete to the lower edge of the mower deck (the blade is about 1/4″ from this point).
• Vary mowing directions.

W E E D  C O N T R O L
Please call if you see weeds 3-4 weeks after spring application. With all the moisture we have this winter, weeds may germinate at a quicker rate. As temperatures rise, this will also aid in the germination of weeds