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WHAT: Greenview Crabgrass Control Plus Lawn Food with GreenSmart
WHEN: April 1st to April 25th
HOW: Apply in early spring to prevent crabgrass from germinating and to give your lawn its first fertilizing for the season. Use a walk behind spreader to spread fertilizer, following the directions on the bag for proper fertilizer settings. You will need to water in thoroughly in order to activate the fertilizer. If sowing grass seed, use Greenview's Seed Starter Fertilizer Plus Crabgrass Preventer.  It "knows" the difference between germinating grass seedlings and crabgrass.
WHAT: Greenview Weed Control Plus Lawn Food with GreenSmart
WHEN: May 15th to June 15th
HOW: This step takes a little planning and timing. It is used to kill weeds that are actively growing in the lawn, not as a preventive. Do not get anxious and apply when you see the dandelions first appear. If you use it then, you will only kill the dandelions. 85% of the weeds that will grow will appear at a much later time. Follow directions as follows: mow your lawn a few days in advance, watch the weather closely so that there are a couple days with no rain anticipated. Apply when grass is wet, usually early morning dew works fine, or sprinklers. The product must stay dry for at least 24-48 hours while sitting atop the lawn (this allows the chemical to get into the system of the weeds). Then you will need to water it in thoroughly to activate the fertilizer.
WHAT: Greenview Lawn Food with GreenSmart
WHEN: June 15th
HOW: This is to give you a good fertilizing to stimulate the grass during the hot summer months. At this point you should have your lawnmower raised to at least 3 inches, and if drought conditions are occuring, wait until there is some rain before you apply. Simply follow the directions on the bag for spreader settings, and water in thoroughly after application to activate the fertilizer. This is also a perfect time to put down any insecticide for surface feeding insects such as ants, spiders, fleas, chinch bugs, sod webworms and cutworms. Dursban is recommended control for surface feeding insects because it will not harm earthworms, which are beneficial to your soil. Note: Space this step at least 4 weeks from the 2-Way Weed & Feed so that the lawn is not over-fertilized.
WHAT: Greenview Fall Lawn Food with GreenSmart
WHEN: September 1st - 15th
HOW: Raking or catching grass clippings will not prevent a layer of matted dead grass material called thatch. When a thatch layer in the grass becomes 1/4 or 1/2 or more, problems will arise from insects, disease and lack of water penetration to the soil once the thatch dries out. It is best to remove a thatch layer by renting a mechanical thatcher in April or September. Then, overseed immediately with a grass mixture that includes a high percentage (70% or more) of fine-bladed perennial ryes plus a starter fertilizer to rejuvenate the lawn. Or, use Greenview Wintergreen to stimulate root growth, in order to make the grass plants stronger and healthier for the winter. Follow directions on bag for spreader settings. Water in thoroughly to activate fertilizer.
WHAT: Greenview Fall Lawn Food with GreenSmart (2nd application)
WHEN: October 30th
HOW: This fertilizer is designed to stimulate root growth, in order to make the grass plants stronger and healthier for the winter. Follow directions on bag for spreader settings. Water in thoroughly to activate fertilizer. This would also be the absolute best time to over-seed any parts of the lawn that are thin or bare, because they do not have to compete with any weeds. Fertilizing in late October will cause an earlier green color in your lawn in early spring.
WHAT: Pelletized Lime or Encap Fast Acting Lime
WHEN: November
HOW: Pelletized lime should be applied every other year (approximately 15 lbs. Per 1,000 ft) once you have your soil pH to its optimum level, which is between 6.0 and 6.5. A soil test should be taken to determine where your soil pH is now.

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