Gerry's Blog



For the gourmet chefs- it seems that "baby" vegetables are the way to prepare foods in a new way. Baby carrots, baby spinach, baby peas. 

Is this a good thing for a world where we have a food shortage? If we let the crops grow to maturity, we would have more food. Instead of harvesting the vegetables when they are young, the same plant will produce a lot more edible produce if left to maturity. Are 'baby' crops a waste of resources?

Anyways, I digress.

Was harvesting some asparagus in the garden today. In the soil, I can see a few weeds starting to germinate. Clover and crabgrass. Clover will germinate with cooler soil temperatures- so I have been pulling them out for some time. 

Crabgrass on the other hand needs warm soil temperatures before it will germinate. In lawns that are shaded by the grass blades, it takes longer for the soil to warm up. In my asparagus bed, there is almost no shade. An asparagus spear casts very little shade. So here is a photo of a "baby" crabgrass. The crabgrass seedling is just starting to grow. Just before pulling it out, I thought a photo may be helpful.

Baby Crabgrass, Seedling, Just Germinating

Young crabgrass plants are harder to identify. Once they become more mature, their characteristics are more easily noticed.  Then they are a problem for lawn care operators.

In a lawn with a good stand of grass, the soil will likely be still too cool for the crabgrass to germinate. If, however there is a patch of bare soil in your lawn, the crabgrass may have an opportunity to sprout and germinate.


We do tell people that weed treatments are not easy, Fiesta is the only registered product in Ontario that is labelled to control dandelions.

But if one uses the organic weed treatment on a regular basis. (Turf King recommends 4 treatments per year) and a lawn care program that provides top quality fertilizer to keep the lawn thick and healthy- much can be achieved.

Weed Treatments make a Difference in Lawn Care

The property in the foreground has been treated by Turf King for the past 3 seasons. It is irrigated and maintained by a Landscape company.

The lawn across the road- who knows what has been done-??

If you zoom in- you may be able to see a number of dandelions in the lawn in the foreground, but they are few and far between (not perfect by any means) and a great deal better than not doing anything.

Call Turf King Lawn Care for a healthy green lawn.

A Dandelion root is quite long

I have used dandelion pullers and if you are lucky, you may get 4-5 inches of roots removed. 

But often the dandelion will grow back

And no wonder- here is a rather skimpy dandelion that pulled out easily in some soft garden soil. 

See our blog post on dandelion roots

Dandelion Roots are Long

To rid your lawn of Dandelions- see Turf King's lawn care programs with weed treatments using Fiesta iron products.

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