In early spring, Thin areas and bare spots show up quickly as the rest of the lawn begins to turn green.
Winter injury to newly seeded areas is apparent. Dead crabgrass and foxtail
form brown patches and bare spots in the otherwise green turf. Heavily shaded areas
look particularly forlorn and muddy. New construction around patios and driveways, as
well as larger open areas are barren and in danger of erosion. All
these areas need prompt attention if they are to be seeded and well-established before hot summer weather arrives.
good news is that Mother Nature wants to give you some help in greening up your
lan and filling in those unsightly bare spots. Grass plants have
a biological clock and will beging to sprout and fill as the weather warms.
The bad news is that common lawn weeds will also begin almost as fast. The secret to a successful
spring seeding project on your lawn is to start early and get the good turf grasses to
fill the bare spots before the weeds do.
Can I seed now? The
question is always the same. The answer is almost always:
YES. Although fall is considered the best time to plant, 70 percent of all grass seed sold in the
United States is sold for spring seeding. Today’s lawn problem
needs attention today. Waiting for August is simply not acceptable.
Weed Control. Weed control problems can raise the frustration level associated with spring
seeding. But patience and timing will help guaranteed success.
First, you must distinguish between broadleaf type weeds and annual grass weeds. Broadleaf weeds are the leafy flower type weeds like dandelions and clover that are common in April
are a serious problem, broadleafs should be treated once before starting to
seed. Weed control products containing Trimec do an
excellent job in cool weather. Readily available products include liquid Trimec, Speed Zone, or granular Loveland Weed and Feed. A single application will not kill all your broadleaf
weeds, but it will slow them down enough to begin seeding.
five days after weed treatment,
water the lawn once and then begin your seeding program. Although some seed may
be lost by seeding so quickly, the greater risk is summer’s approaching hot weather.