Today, we want to talk to you about the first steps to a healthy lawn. The main to-do list item in March, is weed prevention.

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Today, we want to talk to you about the first steps to a healthy lawn. The main to-do list item in March, is weed prevention. There are two types of weeds that you need to be concerned with: BroadLeaf and Grassy. Broadleaf weeds include dandelions, chickweed, heubit, and spurge. Grassy weeds include crabgrass, foxtail, stickers, and others. Grassy weeds are named for their appearance looking like grass even though they are weeds. Take a look at our steps below to see how and what to do for your specific lawn care needs.

Pre-Emergent

This is an essential step for Bermuda type of grass. If you haven’t done this step yet, that is your first step to a beautiful lawn. It can be done either in February or March, so make sure to put it on the top of your to do list. Pre-emergent is a key step because it keeps seeds from germinating. You want to keep any weeds from starting to grow. Many take root right about this time in spring, but you can nip them in the bud literally with pre-emergent. Now, this step is specific to bermuda grass, because if you have fescue and plan on overseeding to fill in patchy spots, it will prevent those seeds from growing along with the weeds. 

If you have a yard 5,000 sq ft, we recommend using granular chemical. Simply spread and water it.  If you have a larger yard or acreage, a liquid pre-emergent is the best route. It does require some extra finesse to make sure the speed of your spray and concentration are optimized for your needs. You can find these instructions on your spray or any commercial cutter is extremely familiar with this concept and can get it done for you professionally. We recommend Prodiamine chemical, also known as Barricade. It does a great job for lawns in Oklahoma. 

Overseeding

Fescue has to be seeded and overseeded. Also make sure you spray at the right time and the right way. Fescue can be killed even in dormancy. If you spray incorrectly, it can kill your seed and overseeding efforts for up to 6 months. If you have weeds in fescue grass, we recommend a spot treatment with Round Up or Killzall instead. 

Spraying is the first step to a beautiful lawn. Before fertilizer even, you need to get rid of the weeds and prevent problems later on in the year.

Scalping 

Scalping picks up all the clippings to keep from having a thatch build up problem. This is another preventative step for Bermuda grass.  If you have thatch build up, you likely have an issue with aeration and drainage. There are many reasons this problem starts, like bad watering practices, cold soil temperatures, misuse of chemical pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers. Clear out thatch and solve these key issues to achieve a beautiful, luscious lawn like a pro. 

We hope you enjoy these simple steps to a beautiful lawn!

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