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Old 03-14-2014, 11:16 AM
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Valk Valk is offline
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How much actual thatch do you have? Thatch is dead root system and is fibrous. Thatch is not clippings.

I speak only for my region:
I prefer not to fertilize in the early Spring at all...just makes for too much top growth. There are pre-emergents w/o fert. One can fertilize in May if they receive enough rain or regularly irrigate.

Properly timed late Fall fertilizer is what your lawn will use the next Spring...making any early Spring fertilizer like adding gas to a fire.

Your best defense against weeds is TALL/THICK turf.
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