When shoud I spray my lawn?

This could be the most asked question of all time for homeowners or “do-it-yourselfer’s” in the lawn care world. Why? It is not only about when to treat your lawn but what to treat it with. West Tennessee lawns consist of several different turf types and each one requires its own treatment plan. Treating your lawn at the appropriate time is critical. Once you know what to spray, timing of the application is imperative in your lawn’s overall health and curb appeal. Strategic planning is key in making your lawn and keeping your lawn in tip top shape.
So you may think getting a plan is easy. In the words of Lee Corso,(ESPN College Game Day Analyst) “NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND!”
The initial plan is often very time consuming and will come easier than its execution. There are many rules and instructions that need to be followed when pesticides are applied to secure your lawns safety as well as your own.
Labels on each container of pesticides and current environmental conditions are two of the major factors when considering the right time time to apply. The label on each container is actually the law and regulated at that federal level by EPA and also at the state level(Tennessee Department of Agriculture). When the label directions of the pesticide is followed properly, you will minimize your risk and ultimately be able to achieve your lawn care goal(s).
Then, there is Mother Nature. The weather conditions play as much of a role as anything in providing the conditions that are favorable for your lawn to thrive. Wind, rain, and temperature conditions are hurdles that most applicators will encounter before choosing the time of application.
Windy conditions make it very difficult to apply correctly, especially in the spring and fall, not to mention the concern of drift. (Pesticide drift refers to the unintentional diffusion of pesticides on a site other than which it was intended) Rain is also important when deciding when to apply. Not all products are the same but most of them have an amount of time that needs to pass before any type of precipitation or irrigation is applied.
And lastly, temperature is also considered while planning a pesticide application. Some pesticides cannot be applied over a certain temperature due to temperature inversion. Temperature inversion is temperatures colliding and forming a cloud over the ground that can allow pesticides to turn to gas and drift to an unwanted site. There are also other concerns to be aware of such as creating buffer zones around ponds, lakes, stream, etc. to prevent contamination.
So pesticides are not bullet proof and should be handled with extreme caution and according to your particular turf type. At times, it is well worth the money to hire an experienced professional to perform these types of services. If you are considering doing so, be sure to make sure they are a chartered company in your state and are also licensed, bonded, and insured. Or… you can just click the link below. 🙂

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