Straight from Red Hen’s FAQ Vault … Should I apply Crabgrass Preventer in the Spring? And WHEN?

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CRABGRASS Image Source: Purdue Turf Tips

CRABGRASS
Image Source: Purdue Turf Tips

Hi everyone.
I hope everyone is faring well with the winter we have been dealt with this year.

We’re about 2 weeks away from the official first day of Spring, and this time of year one of the most asked questions asked about fertilizer is when is the best time to apply.

My own recommendation for the Michiana area is usually within a few days of what Purdue forecasts, so here we go…

I know in my yard I have a few spots where the turf has thinned and I know these are areas where crabgrass will take over, so I am going to apply 13-0-5 with Barricade (crabgrass preventer) on my yard on April 18, 2015.

But remember your yard can be different than mine. Just a few variables that you should look for include:

  • Were your sidewalks edged last year exposing the soil?
  • Is your soil compacted next to the sidewalks, drives and decks?
  • Is your turf thin in certain areas?
  • Are you able to regularly irrigate to keep your lawn growing?

If you have any of these problems, I would apply a crabgrass preventer. It is a lot easier to prevent crabgrass before it happens.

If you have any lingering questions feel free to call or email us.

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Early Spring Rundown from Red Hen Turf Farm: Jump Start Your Lawn for 2014

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We are excited to get the season kicked off, and wanted to let you know about a few things that are coming down the pipeline…

Start of the Season – We’re are optimistic that we will begin harvesting sod on April 7th. This is, of course, dependent on the weather. Give us a call if you want to be added to our “First to Know List,” and once we officially decide when our first day of cutting will be, you’ll be among the first to know.

Red Hen's NEW SHOP

Red Hen’s NEW SHOP

Red Hen’s NEW SHOP – We broke ground on our new – MUCH LARGER – shop last fall, and have started moving our equipment over there.  The Office part of the shop is still being built, but we’re hoping to be completely moved by mid-year.  We’re excited about the fact that our new shop will give us the space to keep larger inventories on hand, so we can readily supply you with the fertilizer, seed, straw blankets, and an ever-growing list of other lawn care-related products.

WHERE is our new shop at?  You’ll be able to see it when you come visit us because it’s located in our current parking lot, just west of where our shop has been located for decades.

2014 … Best Year in a Long Time?  – We sure hope so!  Never hesitate to let us know how we can help make this happen for you.  We’re always happy to give you sod quotes anytime, on any size job.
If you have questions about our 100% Kentucky Bluegrass Sod, grass seed, fertilizer, herbicides / pesticides, or even problems/issues you need a second opinion on when it comes to your customers’ job sites …We’re just a phone call <574-232-6811> or email <jcooper (at) redhenturf (dot) com> away.

Crabgrass  – Is it time to apply a crabgrass preventer?  No, not yet.  We’ve been looking at weather forecasts for the next few weeks, and it looks like April 15th – May 1st would be a great time to apply a crabgrass pre-emergent like our Pro-Ap 15-0-3 Fertilizer PLUS Calvalcade Crabgrass Preventer (here’s the label).

Details on our 15-0-3 + Crabgrass 

  • Size of bag: 50 lb.
  • A 50 lb. bag covers 12,500 sq. ft. when applied at 4lbs/1000 sq. ft.

SNOW MOLD – Image Source: Purdue Cooperative Extension www.agry.purdue.edu

Snow Mold  – If there is a year to see SNOW MOLD in your yard, this is the year.  Any raking or mowing that you can do in matted turf will help disturb and limit further disease development.  LEARN MORE about it via Purdue Extension’s publication at THIS LINK.

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