Mar 6, 2020
Safer. Better. Greener.
Feb 27, 2020
Ever step on one of these in the middle of the night?
Yeah, not fun. Try mowing a lawn full of stickers- ouch!
Stickers/ Goat heads/ Sandburs are an annual grassy weed that if left alone can cause havoc in your lawn. Stickers germinate in the Spring and continue to be a nuisance during the summer until the first hard freeze.
GOOD NEWS! Stickers can be controled with pre-emergents to keep them from coming up before they germinate. Then during the summer months, the goal is to keep them smoothered out by maintaining a thick healthy lawn (watering lawn and mowing lawn weekly is a "must do").
To have a sticker free lawn, there is a process and you must be vigilant. These weeds do not play nice! But we are here to guide you in the process to have a sticker-free lawn that you, your family, and pets can enjoy!
The Plan of Attack
Step 1. Apply three pre-emergents each year at proper timing to keep many weeds, including stickers, from coming up in the first place. No worries, we will automatically apply pre emergents at proper timing for you.
Step 2: Water pre-emergents into the lawn as soon as possible. Water DEEPLY 20 minutes per zone/area.
Step 3. Have you noticed that sticker balls love areas in your yard where you have thin or no grass? In the summer, keep stickers smothered-out with thick healthy bermuda grass.
How to create a thick healthy lawn?
- Fertilize on a regular basis (this is part of your program with Irish Green)
- Water your lawn on a regular basis. Think “long drinks of water” to encourage thick healthy roots and consequently thick bermuda grass.
- Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/irishgreenlawncare for watering instructions as seasons/temperatures change. Watering instructions will also be emailed to you by your tech the same day as applications are completed.
Step 4. Bag when you mow
This is the step everyone wants to skip, but will make a huge difference in how fast you will get this hated weed under control. First let me tell you why it is such an important step in the process: those dreaded sticker balls each have 5 seeds in them! So no, it is not your imagination, stickers multiple at a ridiculously fast pace. So the solution is to pick-up as many sticker balls as possible, as often as possible (at least weekly) and dispose of the sticker balls. If you have a large lawn and tons of stickers, tie a burlap bag, piece of old carpet, or a furry blanket behind your riding mower. Pick-up as many sticker balls as possible and dispose. Repeat weekly until stickers are gone. Once you have stickers under control, dig out every single plant as soon as you see it!
The Battle Won:
In addition to the pre-emergents being safer for your children, pets, and our watersheds, we can work together so you will be able to enjoy a healthy lawn that is safe for you to walk on barefoot without those spikey weeds hiding, waiting to hurt you like legos in the carpet.
Safer. Better. Greener.