Lawn care schedule in central NJ?

gilar(Z6B/7A NJ)March 24, 2005

Hi, I had neglected my lawn for the last few years while building up my flower beds and it is full of weeds and I get a load of crabgrass too. So I am planning to rennovate my lawn this year. I prefer to use organic products, but I may have to use some pre emergent to prevent the crabgrass. I know fall is the best time for seeding, but I found out that Scotts make a product that is a crab grass preventer and lets you seed at the same time. I am in Monmouth county. What would be the approximate dates for application of pre emergent and seeds for this area?



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njtea(NJ Z6)

Gila, the "old timey" guide for preemergents is after the forsythia blooms and before the lilacs bloom. Seed, on the other hand, should be going down now, so it takes full advantage of the spring moisture.

Hope this is of some help.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2005 at 5:47PM
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ladychroe(z6 NJ)

Doesn't it need to get warmer before the seed will germinate? I live in Somerset county, and we are still getting frost fairly often.

Also, how established would the newly planted grass need to be so the pre-emergent doesn't kill it?


    Bookmark   March 25, 2005 at 2:05PM
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birdgardner(NJ/ 6b)

that's what i'm wondering - I'm in Somerset Co. too with clay soil and afraid the seed would rot so early.


    Bookmark   March 25, 2005 at 6:00PM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

Lisa and Christine, the seed will sit dormant until the temps get into the 60's - which they are supposed to do later this week!!!!!

The frost/thaw process will help move the grass seed down into the soil. I've seeded on top of snow and, if the birds didn't get the seed, had fairly good results.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2005 at 8:58AM
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gilar(Z6B/7A NJ)

Thanks for the posts; NJTea, I saw one of my neighbors put down some seeds and saw a whole host of birds coming down on his lawn and I am wondering whether I should wait till the fall to overseed! The scotts stuff that allows you to seed (with the active ingredient called Siduron) is fairly expensive if you have a large lawn. Does anyone know of a similar product that is less expensive?


    Bookmark   March 26, 2005 at 4:27PM
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ladychroe(z6 NJ)

I had success last year by putting a layer of peat moss over the grass seed so the dratted birdies don't see it. It's easy to spread thinly and it's inexpensive, and it looks better than straw.


    Bookmark   March 28, 2005 at 2:59PM
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gilar(Z6B/7A NJ)

Christine, thanks for the great idea! I have a couple of bags of peat moss in my shed from last year!

Now does anyone know how to get rid of creeping charlie and chickweed??


    Bookmark   March 28, 2005 at 4:24PM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

Creeping charlie - try a solution of borax (do a web search) or fertilize using Espoma's Plant Tone which contains boron in the proper percentage. It might take a couple of applications over a couple of seasons to start to bring it under control.

If you're not averse to chemicals, brush-b-gone can also help to control creeping charlie (ground ivy) - it might brown or yellow your grass for a while but should not kill it.

As I posted in the stilt grass thread, when I lived in CA, ground ivy was sold by the flat for $15 as a ground cover!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2005 at 5:26PM
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Check with your County Extension service - they have fact sheets to guide you to renovate your lawn. They are listed under County in your phone book
Good luck

    Bookmark   March 30, 2005 at 5:25PM
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