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what is the best fertilizer & do I plug or aerate

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jonathan bradley, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. Jonathan bradley

    Jonathan bradley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Hi, I'm planning to fertilize my lawn tomorrow and was wondering what type to use.I also am planning to aerate or plug which one should I use. do I fertilize before or after I plug or aerate. I ave heard lime woks well is that so.we have quite a few weeds.
  2. wiseguyslawn

    wiseguyslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 464

    Use a pre-emergent herbicide for your first application. Waiting till after you aerate would be most productive since a pre-emergent leaves a layer of chemical on the soil, so when the weed germinates it hits the layer and dies out. I usually recommend plugging it is a deeper aeration provinding more oxygen to the soil and reduces the compaction in the yard. Mostly lime is a myth. It is only to be used when soil ph is to low. In late May spot treat with a liquid post-emergent herbicide. Granulars are less uniform in trying to may contact with the weeds present.

    Hopes this helps.

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