By now, most of us have our crabgrass preventer applied and the product is controlling crabgrass seedlings as they germinate. For All Seasons Lawn Food Plus Crabgrass and Weed Preventer from ferti-lome will work most of the season. I do recommend also applying Hi-Yield Weed & Grass Stopper in the hot spots of your turf, and along curb lines, sidewalks and drives for season long control as the heat shortens the life of For All Seasons a bit. Weed & Grass Stopper contains no fertilizer and is great for landscape areas as well.
Summer turf weeds differ a bit from our early spring weeds in that their life cycle requires a later control window. Weeds such as clover, spurge, black medic and others germinate later in the season, not being controlled by our earlier applications. Visit our Weed Finder to help identify the weeds you're seeing in your lawn and landscape. Weed Out or Weed Free Zone from ferti-lome will control broadleaf weeds effectively during the summer months. I recommend applying these when the weather is in the 80’s for a bit. Always follow label directions for best results. Contrary to popular belief, more product isn’t better!
I have not seen any at this time, but nutsedge will soon be appearing in our landscapes. Several control options are available. First off, I’ll use ferti-lome Weed Out Nutsedge Control in a ready to use applicator. Controlling broadleaf weeds and nutgrass, it’s a good weed control to keep handy.
Enough about weeds! Let's talk about something fun in the garden. Jeremy is always on the lookout for a new or unusual plant for gardeners. He recently came across a hardy lily, which is a hybrid that reaches up to 6’ in height. It's a tree lily called ‘Frisco’, and the literature describes it as follows:
‘Frisco screams for attention with flamboyant crimson flowers, delightfully scented with an abundance of large and attractive blossoms for a month in mid-summer’
Bees and butterflies love the plant. It’s recommended that they are planted in groups of at least 3. I planted 5 for my grouping. With only 75 bulbs available, they’ll sell out quickly. I’m not sure why, but they are also referred to as the ‘Silk Road’ Lily.
The Silk Road, through the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, is another ride I have on my bicycling bucket ride list. The Silk Road was a network of trade routes connecting the East and the West in ancient and medieval times involving three continents: Europe, Africa and Asia.The term is used for both overland routes and those that are marine or limnic. The bike race is held every summer; maybe one day I’ll attempt it.
Your friend in the garden,
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center
Another thing on my Bucket List.