What’s in our May Gardening Forecast? Insects, post-emergent weed control, and more fertilizer!
With the normal May temperatures, lawns should be ready for feeding. Russell Feed & Supply has a great line of lawn fertilizers. Choose from 15-5-10, 15-5-10 slow release and 28-0-0 slow release. Apply now for a darker, rich looking lawn. You can learn more about Nutra-Gro fertilizers, specially formulated for North Texas lawns, at the link here. Prefer an organic approach? Find information on organic fertilizers from Nature’s Guide here.
Are broadleaf weeds still hanging around in your lawn? Use a product containing 2-4-D in the lawn area to get rid of them. Russell’s has a large line of 2-4-D products like Hi-Yield ready for you to apply to your lawn.
If fleas and ticks were a problem for you last year, get a jump on them now! Apply insect killing granules or insect sprays to your yard in early May. We also have Frontline and Capstar topical and oral treatments for your pets after you treat your lawn. For our organic treatments, apply beneficial nematodes or diatomaceous earth (DE, for short) over the lawn area. Beneficial nematodes have been known to kill some 200 kinds of insects in the soil. You actually apply the DE directly on your pets (or diatomaceous earth) to repel pests from biting your pets. Russell Feed & Supply carries food grade (meaning it’s safe to feed to your pets and livestock) diatomaceous earth in a variety of quantities. This amendment made from crushed oyster shells does the trick in killing fleas and ticks by shearing them as they move across treated soil and lawns. Therefore, it is a “slow and steady” treatment and should be applied during drier periods and reapplied often especially after rains to be effective.
As soon as you see small grasshoppers, start applying Nolo Bait. Nolo bait is great for killing grasshoppers and crickets. It leaves your beneficial insects and wildlife alone. It’s a wonderful organic method to combat the grasshoppers. Fly control is also a big concern with all the rain— we have a variety of ointments, sprays and fly masks to control flies around your horses and livestock.
The risk for West Nile Virus tends to increase this time of year. Now is the time to take preventative action against mosquitoes and their larvae. Remove all standing water, place Mosquito Dunks in birdbaths and rain barrels. Apply organic CedarCide granules or spray before outside events to help repel mosquitoes and other insects.
As you may have already seen evidence of fire ants emerging in your yard or around your house–it’s time to apply granule with your broadcast spreader. Russell Feed & Supply offers a variety of ant control, including Amdro, Surrender, and Talstar Xtra, to thoroughly treat your lawn. We’ve also got Bug Blaster II Turf Insect Control Granules from Hi-Yield, which controls ants and other lawn pests. Be sure to treat around the base of your foundation to stop fire ants from intruding into your home, too. Extinguish and Extinguish Plus is very effective particularly for treating around animals and forage areas. Extinguish will not harm good bugs and is safe for use around livestock. For organic or natural treatments, we carry a variety of products to control ants, such as Dried Molasses, Orange Oil, Diatomaceous Earth, Beneficial Nematodes, Fertilome Come and Get It Fire Ant Killer with Spinosad and more!
There is still time to start a vegetable garden; check out our excellent selection of vegetable and herb starter plants as well as non-GMO, heirloom seeds from Botanical Interests.