Late spring is a strange time for your lawn. Depending on the year it can be cold, hot, dry, wet, or any strange combination of these conditions. Heck, the latest recorded snowfall in Massachusetts history took place on June 7th, 1816! This can make it hard to determine the best time to put down your late season weed control. But… Why do you even need it? Shouldn’t the first wave of fertilizer take care of it? And when then weeds do show up, aren’t there plenty of sprays and fertilizers available to take care of those pesky things? Those are some great questions, so let’s answer them!
Why Use Late Spring Weed Control
A yard full of weeds is an eyesore, but more than that, it’s a lawn that won’t be alive for long. Weeds choke out grass, both by stealing water and nutrients from the soil, but also by covering the grass in shade and denying it the sunlight it needs to grow.
If you’re using a step program you might be aware that the first round of fertilizer also comes with a crabgrass killer (for most programs). Typically, this early spring fertilizer will kickstart your lawn and help prevent germination of crabgrass, but not prevent other hostile weeds from taking over your lawn. Late Spring Weed Control gets in there and takes care of these germinated weeds before they can strangle your yard.
Weeds start to germinate in Spring, which means that late spring weed control can help to eliminate any weeds that have broken ground and those that are still under the soil. It’s the best of both worlds! Eliminating weeds in spring means your lawn will get food, water, and sun all summer long.
If you’re putting down Step 3 and 4 later in the year, you’ll certainly notice a healthier lawn with fewer weeds!
When to Use Late Spring Weed Control
Your late Spring weed control will go down depending on two factors:
- Did you use a step 1 fertilizer?
- What’s the weather like?
If you put down a step 1 fertilizer then you’ll want to wait about 30 days to put down your Late Spring Fertilizer with weed control. If you haven’t put down step 1, all you need to do is wait for the right weather to show up. You’re looking for a day after rain, where the sun is forecasted to be out for 2 straight days. A particularly heavy morning dew can be used in lieu of an actual rainstorm if the time to put your fertilizer down has come and there’s no rain in sight. In New England, you can expect to put Late Spring Weed Control down after Memorial Day, but before the first day of summer. This gives you a 3-week window to find the right day, and that should give you plenty of time!
Help! I Still Have Weeds!
Oh no! Don’t worry, we have everything you need to take care of weeds all season long! We sell fertilizers with weed control that can be put down from spring to fall, as well as a huge selection of dedicated weed killers both organic and synthetic. They can be applied with spreaders and sprayers, and our expert staff will work with you to make sure you have the right product and the right knowledge to take care of any problematic weeds in your lawn!
Having a yard full of weeds is terrible, but fixing it is easy! If you have any other questions, then feel free to reach out to us online or at any one of our stores. Our experts are ready to answer your questions and help you get the lawn of your dreams!
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