Snow in April – what does it mean for your lawn and landscape?
SeaScape began making applications only to get hit with a snow storm and up to 5-6 inches of snow. What does this mean for your lawn? Will the treatment still be effective?
All applications made prior to the snow will still be 100% effective. The fertilizer used is slow release, and very slowly soluble in water. The snow that now covers your lawn for a few days will have no effect on the fertilizer – it will still be available as warmer weather returns and your lawn resumes growth.
Along with the fertilizer, first applications included pre-emergent crabgrass control. As the snow melts, it will provide the water necessary to fully activate the product. Additionally, all crabgrass control products are designed to not leach or runoff, so there is no risk of the product moving off site.
The crabgrass control product will still be 100% effective. Crabgrass controls are effective for 5-6 weeks after application and once the soil turns warmer. Cold soil temperature will only delay the normal biological degradation of the controls, and they will thus be effective later in the spring as soils warm up and crabgrass attempts to germinate.
As soon as the snow melts SeaScape will resume first applications.
TREES & SHRUBS:
Most trees & shrubs have not yet leafed out, although if you look close you’ll see the buds are swelling. The recent snow will not harm the buds or the leaves of plants about to leaf out.
Many early flowering shrubs, such as witch hazel and forsythia, have already begun to flower, especially those in protected areas and on the south side of building and homes. Daffodils are up and blooming in most areas.
A few days of cold weather and snow will not harm any of the outdoor plants that have begun flowering. For those plants that have not fully flowered, the process will slow down, but will resume when the warm temperatures return.
Plant Health Care treatments will resume as soon as the snow is off of the trees & shrubs. This will mean that Tree Solutions will resume treatments even if there is still snow on your lawn. Winter moths HAVE BEGUN ACTIVITY, and plant health care treatments should be made as soon as possible to minimize damage.