Spring is close and so is application #1; Here’s what you need to know

Spring is on its way and thanks to a relatively mild winter, you can expect a visit from our lawn care technicians soon.

Many of you will receive fertilizer, pre-emergent crabgrass control and some spot weed control in your first application. If you are on our natural program, it will be natural fertilizer only. This first application does not need to be watered in to be effective. It will start working to help your turf green up once we have more consistent warm weather.

FAQs about Application #1

What do I need to do before my first application?

Largely, nothing at all. If you have a lot of leaves or debris, that should be picked up before your first application. A light raking is also ok, either before or after your first application.

My landscaper likes to dethatch. Is it ok to have my application first?

No. Many of your first applications will contain a pre-emergent crabgrass control. Basically, we are putting down a barrier to stop crabgrass from germinating. It’s the easiest way to control crabgrass. Your landscaper’s dethatching will ruin that barrier. We do not typically recommend dethatching. It’s unnecessary for most lawns, and can actually pull out beneficial grass. However, we know many landscapers swear by it. Please let your landscaper do a spring cleanup before we do your first application.

I have all of these tunneled areas in my lawn. What is that? Can you help?

During the winter, especially when there is snow, small rodents (i.e., mice, moles, and voles) will tunnel under your grass to find some food. These tunnels may make your lawn look yellow. Often, those areas affected by the tunnels will recover on their own.

I’d like to reseed my lawn this spring. Will your applications help?

We do not usually recommend seeding in the spring unless your lawn is more dirt than turf. April showers bring May flowers and spring seeding brings crabgrass and weeds. We can’t control crabgrass if you seed in the spring (Yes, there are products you can buy. They are very expensive and work less than half of the time, so we don’t use them). If you seed in the spring your lawn will compete with crabgrass all season. Crabgrass usually wins. However, if you really want to seed, wait until after our first application. Then, in those areas you want to seed, rake up the soil well. Adding topsoil is even better. That will destroy the pre-emergent barrier and your seed should germinate.

Please call us and let us know if you have seeded. That way we will avoid those areas products that may harm your seedlings. Fall remains the best time to seed.

My Town is telling me not to use phosphorus on my lawn. Do you use phosphorus?

Our regular fertilizers contain no phosphorus. Phosphorus will be present in fertilizers we use to help newly seeded areas and/or if we tested your soil and determine that your lawn needs this nutrient.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-294-5296 or send an email to email@seascapeinc.com. We are so happy that spring is finally here and we can get back to making your lawn healthy.

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