If you have been living in the Kansas City area for the last few years, you may have noticed that our winters seem to be getting shorter and shorter every year. It's currently 60 degrees outside while I type this post on December 1st! What you may not realize, however, is what that means for your lawn.
The general rule of thumb for a long time has been to get pre-emergents out mid March or even as late as April. We don't believe that'll cut it anymore. Of course, we don't know what will Ol' Man Winter has in store for us this year, but we are already planning on putting down the first round in mid February. February seems crazy... but hear us out!
Milder winters and quick spring warm-ups mean ground temperatures will heat up quick - germinating those annual grassy weed seedlings ahead of schedule (think: crabgrass). Getting down the first round of pre-emergent as early as possible will inhibit seed germination and give you a better looking lawn come summer.
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