It’s that time of year when your lawn needs special attention in order to grow strong and healthy for the upcoming year. A pre-emergent fertilizer is crucial early in the spring because it helps deter weeds from growing in your lawn so your lawn can strive throughout the year.
What is Pre-Emergent Fertilizer?
Pre-Emergent fertilizer is simply a fertilizer that is applied to your lawn early in the season to prevent unwanted weeds from growing. Pre-Emergent fertilizer only works if you apply it before the weeds start to grow. Once the weeds have started growing, the pre-emergent fertilizer will not kill the weeds and you may be stuck plucking the weeds out of your lawn by hand… and that’s no fun.
When Should Pre-Emergent Fertilizer Be Applied?
Pre-Emergent fertilizer is applied early in the spring shortly after the snow melts and before weeds have a chance to plant their roots. Generally, you want to apply pre-emergent fertilizer when temperatures reach above 55 degrees for five consecutive days.
Why is Pre-Emergent Fertilizer Important?
Besides the obvious fact of eliminating the potential for many weeds to begin growing in your lawn, pre-emergent fertilizer allows the healthy blades of grass in your lawn to absorb more water and nutrients to grow greener and heathier.
What types of weeds does Pre-Emergent Fertilizer Kill?
Some of the most common weeds that pre-emergent fertilizer kills include crabgrass, dandelions and plantain. For a list of common weeds in Minnesota be sure to check out list of MN weeds here.
At Peter Doran Lawn and Landscaping, we offer a year round fertilizer program that is designed to eliminate weeds and promote a healthy lawn year round. You can view our year round fertilizer schedule here. If you have any questions about our fertilizing services, or other services we offer, please reach out to us at 763-315-0052
Dethatching is important to the overall health of your lawn and should be done every spring. In this article, we are going to look at what dethatching is and what it does to give your lawn a great start to the upcoming season.
Dethatching is the process of removing grass that has dies over the winter season from the lawn. Do it yourselfers usually use a hand rake to comb through their lawn and remove the dead grass. This process can take hours, even days, and is physically demanding.
At Peter Doran Lawn, we use commercial equipment attached to your commercial lawn mowers to speed up the process. Our rakes combined with our lawn mowers allows us to remove more dead blades of grass in a shorter period of time than hand raking. Just take a look at what your lawn could look like using our equipment.
Dethatching is important because dead and damaged blades of grass in your lawn will continue to pull nutrients from the ground to try and survive. These dead blades of grass are stealing the important nutrients that your healthy blades of grass need to grow strong and healthy. Over the year, a yard that is not dethatched can become spotty and ugly. However, a lawn that is property dethatched tends to grow evenly and remains healthy throughout the year.
Dethatching is a great start to a healthy lawn, but you should also consider applying a round of pre-emergent fertilizer to your lawn. Pre-emergent fertilizer will help the healthy blades of grass collect and store nutrients as well as defend against unwanted weeds from growing in your lawn.
At Peter Doran Lawn and Landscaping, we offer year round services to help your lawn grow and stay healthy. Contact us today to get a free estimate before the year gets into full swing and we are at full capacity.