April Lawn Tips

April 7th, 2011

We are about to the end of time to put down your lawn crabgrass preventer. It is effective if you have a problem with crabgrass. You need to get it put down soon in order for it to be effective.

In Colorado it is typically time to turn on our sprinklers about April 15th. Remember that the reason for waiting this long is just to protect the backflow prevention device which is most likely to freeze in cold weather during colder temperatures this time of year. Even though it is typically safe to have it on, we can have weather cold enough to put your back flow prevention device in jeopardy, so watch those night time temps.

Okay, so when we have our water on, let us talk about fertilizer. Your first application  of lawn fertilizer should go down when you water for the first time. Let’s get it green!  If you have a thatch problem, don't power rake as it could be quite damaging. Thatch is a layer of living and dead organic matter between the green growing part of your lawn and the soil. Soil Activator is the way to go instead of power raking. It can be put down at the same time as the first application of fertilizer. Soil activator breaks down the thatch in your lawn and the lawn puts it to use, no raking involved!