March: Lawns

The weather may not act like it, but it's spring! That means it's time to get your lawn work under way for the year. For more detailed information, come in to Betty's to pick up a free copy of our lawn calendar. Our turf experts will be happy to help you solve any lawn issue.

March is one of the most important times of year in the lawn.
Food: Start the spring with an application of a high-nitrogen, slow-release fertilzer like Betty's Show Turf. If you haven't limed your lawn in the past year, do it now.
Weed prevention: Apply Gallery broadleaf weed preventer now if you didn't do so late last fall. If not seeding, Dimension is the best crabgrass preventer. Crabgrass is a problem only in sunny lawns. Apply Dimension March 15 through April 20.
Insects: Apply Dylox grub killer after March 20th to stop pests seven kinds of grubs, sod webworm, and thirty other lawn insects. It will prevent Japanese beetle grubs and the moles and voles that show up where these grubs and insects are.
Moss: This can be a problem in shady areas with acidic soil. First kill the existing moss with a liquid or granular moss killer, available at Betty's. Then aerate the soil to correct compaction issues. Sweeten the acidic soil by spreading lime. Finally, spread a layer of Soil Builder compost over the soil before applying shady seed.
Seed: Early spring is the time to seed shady lawns. Be sure to use a seed mix especially formulated for shady areas. Betty's has formulations for light, medium, or dense shade. A shade lawn is one that has less than four hours of direct full sun between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Late March to April is the time for this seeding. Grass seed struggles to germinate when night time temperatures dip below 45 degrees. Betty's Lawn Calendar provides greater detail.
Spring is not the best time to seed in the sun. If at all possible, wait until September. For small sunny areas, consider using sod. Most crabgrass preventers will also prevent the germination of grass seed. The weed preventer Tenacity allows selective prevention when seeding in the sun.

Watering Information

Be sure to water in Dylox thoroughly immediatly after application.
Grass seed should be watered at least once a day. The warmer the weather is, the more appropriate it is to water after 5
Sod must be watered extremely heavily when installed, until the soil beneath is saturated. The sod must have two to three inches of water the first week. At the end of the week, when lifting the sod, it should be rooted into the underlying soil.