The KPRC Radio Gardenline Tip By Randy Lemmon For 01-15-04 Printer-Friendly Version
Warmer-Than-Normal Winter Tips
Howdy Gardening Enthusiasts!
We've had what is arguably a warmer-than-normal winter, which also means that the weeds are popping up quicker than usual. With that in mind, I need you to refer back to two of some of the more intense email tips from our recent past. The first has to do with greening up the lawn early in February while suppressing the weeds. We just need to apply these concepts earlier-than-normal, thanks to our wacky weather.
And then there's the email tip discussing the pros and cons of the Weed & Feed Fertilizers with Atrizine. Most of you who have listened to me long enough on the radio, know I'm very ANTI-WEED & FEED. However, if you'll read this tip sheet from our not-so-distant past, you will notice that there is limited window of opportunity and for a specific area that I think some people can use it.
There's also a new product on the market from Fertilome called Weed Free Zone which is actually the best thing anyone can use right now as a broadleaf weed killer if you have lots of clover, thistle, Virginia Buttonweed etc. That's because it's designed to work in the cooler weather. It even kills off the dreaded Virginia Buttonweed, but only at this time of the year. In other words, it likes to be used with the temperatures are between 45 and 75 degree. BIG WARNING: If you try to use Weed Free Zone when the daily high temps are consistently above 80 degrees, you likely will kill your grass.
So, in summation, if you have weeds now like clover and thistle, try the Weed Free Zone from Fertilome, but don't wait too much longer. If you're bound and determined to use a Weed & Feed, please make sure you keep it away from the roots systems of trees and shrubs. And if you haven't started following my fertilization schedule, what are you waiting for?
Until next issue, here's to
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