Spring Garden Prep for Heat Season, Cool Season & Transition Zone Lawns

The 2023 spring season is upon us and it isn’t even official spring but! March 20 – June 21 is the official calendar spring – however the climate is method forward of that!

The nice and cozy spells proceed to brush throughout the midwest and to the east. Appears fairly early doesn’t it?

Here’s a image I took in mid-April 2014 of crocus arising at my home.

Crocus isn’t only a cool band identify, they’re truly the very first bulbs to bloom each season. Most years they arrive up via the final of the snow in early early March. They sign that each one the remainder of the bulbs will likely be blooming quickly. However in 2014,when this was taken it was mid April earlier than they got here up. Tremendous Late!

Now I really feel like we’re on the opposite excessive of that right here 9 years later in 2023. Here’s a image I snagged from my good friend Luke who lives in Crown Level, IN very near my outdated home – he has an image of daffodils arising this week!. They’re often SECOND place to the crocus adopted carefully by early tulips. I believe bluebells are in there someplace too however who am I, the gardening nut? NO!! Ha ha!
Do you agree that these are early too? Are they early the place you reside?

It’s been enjoyable to look at your feedback on the assorted social websites, FaceBook, YouTube, Instagram additionally. In case you’re on Twitter, give my good friend Luke a comply with. You’ll be able to comply with me right here too, over bye dare!

Cool Season Lawns:

These of you in snowy areas (cool season lawns) are at that time now the place the climate is teasing you. You’ll go from 40 levels with gentle rain and grey skies for weeks after which, for someday, often on a Monday whenever you’re working… you get a blazing solar and cloud-proof blue sky day… …the excessive crosses 58 levels at 1PM and holds for about 3 hours till sunset.
You make any excuse you possibly can to get outdoors on these days. You’ll be able to odor it within the air – the spring is close to.

Proper now, in case your floor will not be frozen, you may get out and provides the garden a pleasant minimize. Go forward and minimize one notch decrease than regular in order for you. Get leaves and particles cleaned up and rake out any areas which are matted. Tons and plenty of raking my associates. Keep in mind, airflow is the important thing to getting that garden woken up.
Here’s a enjoyable video from 2014 the place I present you ways necessary all that raking is:

Early March issues – Cool Season Lawns:

Get my free DIY Garden Care App that will provide you with the fitting timing to get began this season.

Order your pre-emergents now. Begin the season with Prodiamine. We have now granular prodiamine and wettable dispersible granule, combine in a battery backpack sprayer and blanket spray – this is a bit more troublesome however provides you a lot better management.

Here’s a video I did the place I present you easy methods to bucket take a look at and spray.

Additionally combine in 3oz per gallon RGS with it you probably have some readily available.

You’ll want to water it in! (I’m fairly positive spring rains will care for this one for you. However be able to deal with it your self anyway)

The important thing soil temperature for this primary software is whenever you cross 50F heading to 55F. Remember, these are soil temperatures. Right here is the total pre-emergent information that outlines the technique intimately for you. Right here is my app that provides you soil temps for your home in your pocket!

Query from the sphere: “Allyn, if I apply my pre-emergent and get a heavy downpour proper after, did all of it wash away?”

This can be a robust one to logic your method via. I completely perceive the sensation that you’ve about it. You actually need it to work and are questioning in case you ought to re-apply?

You learn and comply with my methods and that I stress the truth that prodiamine must be watered in with at the very least ¼” of irrigation or rainfall and ½” would even be higher. So that you depend on the rain and for some purpose, you get a “heavy storm” (not a technical time period) and also you assume perhaps it was an excessive amount of?!

After I get this query in from clients, it’s exhausting for me to reply – I simply don’t have any actual exhausting info to go on. Was it actually a “heavy storm” or is it simply the primary heavier rain of the yr and it appears heavy? You see the place I’m going with this?
What I do have although is empathy for the truth that you assume you will have had your software washed away and wasted.

So my reply all the time is to: belief the method.

2010, reviewing the day’s pre-emergent studies at TruGreen Merrillville, IN.

After I labored for TruGreen-Chemlawn, we utilized 1000’s of functions of prodiamine that bought rained on each single spring. I ran the Merrillville, IN operation in 2009/2010. In these days, my staff of garden technicians produced $35,000 per day in garden functions — at a median software worth of $75. Do the mathematics, that’s numerous pre-emergent!

We used the VERY SAME prodiamine that I now make out there to you although my web site. At TruGreen, we did some functions dry and we did some liquid and utilized it from ride-on spray tools or from skid-sprayers mounted on the again of pickup vans.

What I’ll inform you with 100% confidence is that I by no means witnessed widespread pre-emergent failure in our lawns. I can criticize TruGreen for lots of issues however one I can’t is their skill to remove crabgrass issues utilizing pre-emergents. We had been superb at it and that’s why I educate those self same methods right this moment (extra on that under)

Backside line: prodiamine is “sticky.” So be affected person with it and belief that you simply made a correct software and it’ll do its job. I can inform you from expertise, it is going to be tremendous.

Break up Utility Technique

Subsequent, I’ve redundancy constructed into this system for you simply in case. This is the reason I like to recommend the “break up software technique” that provides us that second coat of paint (prodiamine) 35-35 days later.

Your second software can also be prodiamine and it goes down when soil temps cross 65F heading to 70F. This overlap of the 2 functions provides you piece of thoughts that you’ve protection if the primary one did get rained on too closely.

So there’s that too! All good, get the app and thrower down!





Transition Zone Lawns

What about you transition zone of us?

You guys within the Carolinas, you might be working sizzling too. Have a look at the soil temps for the previous a number of days in Charlotte, NC

The blue line is 2023 precise temps and you may see it’s been working FAR above the black and inexperienced strains that symbolize the 5 and 10 yr averages for that very same day.

Keep in mind, “go-time” on your first crabgrass pre-emergent is true when the soil temps go 50. As soon as they hit 55 is when crabgrass seeds *can* begin to germinate.

Usually, proper about now could be whenever you guys can be getting began with pre-emergents. Perhaps per week in the past or so. However proper now, you possibly can see we’re working up above 63F already which is 10 levels above regular. Prefer it says within the screenshot, you’re working sizzling!

Query from the sphere: Allyn, I’m in a transition zone and haven’t utilized a pre-emergent but – I missed the early window – Ought to I nonetheless apply?

First off, get my app so you have got your precise soil temps in your pocket!

Now right here’s the factor, chances are you’ll be a bit late, however you aren’t terribly late and also you for positive can apply prodiamine and cease a few of the crabgrass, perhaps even numerous it!

You see, not ALL of the crabgrass seeds within the garden germinate on the identical day because it hits 55F. Some are buried deeper and it takes longer for the warmth to succeed in them. Others could also be in shaded areas the place the soil heats up a bit later. Others simply might lack moisture for some purpose till later into the season.

Regardless of the purpose, if you’re nonetheless contained in the 50F – 75F (soil temps) zone then you possibly can and may apply prodiamine ASAP.

This goes for ALL grass sorts within the transition zone, heat season and funky season, NOW is the time to get your prodimaine down and forestall crabgrass for this season.



Heat Season Lawns

Heat Season Buddies, the place you at? I’ve not forgotten about you! In case you are following together with the pre-emergent information then you might be in all probability getting near your second software of prodiamine.

In lots of circumstances, you might be additionally having to get out and begin spraying weeds that the pre-emergent doesn’t cease. Remember, prodiamine is principally for crabgrass, goosegrass and signalgrass in spring nevertheless it doesn’t cease every part.

That’s why I’ve been spending alot of time speaking about weed management in heat season lawns. Here’s a video I did exhibiting you easy methods to combine up and spray Picture for Southern Lawns which is a wonderful retailer purchased weed killer that you should use on all heat season grass sorts. It’s tremendous on dormant bermuda and zoysia if you’re a bit additional north however nonetheless have weeds.

Bermuda and Zoysia

Now can also be the time to scalp your garden you probably have bermuda or zoysia. I did a full video right here exhibiting you the method. I even have a followup video right here the place you possibly can see the outcomes simply 21 days later.

RIGHT NOW is the time for many of you throughout the south to get this scalping accomplished however keep in mind, it’s for bermuda or zoysia lawns solely!

Did You Cease Carrying Celsius?

Actual fast, we needed to cease carrying the massive bottles of Celsius weed management. It’s one other one which works nice on heat season lawns and in case your day temps are over 85F you possibly can nonetheless use it!

We now have the only use packs that may be put into 2 gallons of water and canopy as much as 2,000 sq ft (excessive price) or you possibly can combine that very same pack in 4 gallons of water and canopy as much as 4,000 sq ft on the low price. We have now a restricted quantity of packets so get yours right here.



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