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The importance of Spring Fertilizer and Weed Control



Hey there, fellow lawn enthusiasts of the Inland Northwest! Four Seasons Lawn and Pest is

here to help get your spring started off right, whether you do it yourself or you need a helping hand from the professionals. As the days get longer and the temperatures start to rise, it's time to shift our focus to one of the most critical aspects of lawn care: spring maintenance. If you're serious about achieving that lush, green carpet of grass that makes your neighbors green with envy, then paying attention to the needs of your lawn during this crucial period is paramount.

Here in Idaho and Washington, where our cool season grasses reign supreme, it's essential to understand the significance of applying spring fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicide. Let's delve into why these two practices are absolute must-dos for your lawn's health and beauty.

The Importance of Spring Fertilizer:

Picture this: after a long, cold winter, your lawn is hungry for nutrients. Spring fertilizer acts as a hearty meal for your grass, providing it with the essential nutrients it needs to kickstart vigorous growth. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are the primary ingredients in most fertilizers, each playing a vital role in promoting healthy root development, vibrant color, and overall resilience against stressors like pests and disease.

But here's the kicker: timing is everything when it comes to applying spring fertilizer. Aim to fertilize your lawn just as it's coming out of dormancy, typically around late March to early April on the Palouse or February to March for the LC Valley (depending on what crazy spring weather we get). This ensures that your grass can make the most of those nutrients as it gears up for the growing season ahead.

The Lowdown on Pre-Emergent Herbicide:

Ah, weeds—the bane of every lawn enthusiast's existence. Fortunately, with the right approach, you can nip those pesky intruders in the bud (quite literally) before they have a chance to take over. Enter pre-emergent herbicide, your secret weapon against unwanted weeds.

Pre-emergent herbicide works by forming a barrier in the soil, preventing weed seeds from germinating and wreaking havoc on your lawn. But here's the catch: timing is crucial yet again. Apply your pre-emergent herbicide before soil temperatures reach the threshold for weed seed germination, typically around 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In our region, this usually falls between late February and early March, depending on Mother Nature's whims.

By staying ahead of the game with pre-emergent herbicide, you'll save yourself the headache of battling a weed-infested lawn later down the line, allowing your grass to thrive without competition for nutrients and sunlight.

Putting It All Together:

As proud homeowners in the Inland Northwest, we take great pride in our lush green lawns, and rightfully so. By following these simple yet effective tips for spring lawn care—applying a nourishing dose of fertilizer and laying down a barrier against weeds with pre-emergent herbicide—you'll be well on your way to achieving the envy-inducing lawn of your dreams.

Of course, if you find yourself needing a helping hand along the way, don't hesitate to reach out to your friendly neighborhood lawn care professionals. We're here to ensure that your lawn stays healthy, vibrant, and the talk of the town all season long.

Here's to a spring filled with lush, green grass and endless backyard barbecues in the great outdoors of the Inland Northwest!

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