THE OLD SIGN PHILOSOPHER, THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

LIFE IS FULL OF.......UPS AND POUNDS

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I RECIEVE NUMEROUS "ASK THE PRO" QUESTIONS DAILY AND I JUST REALIZED THAT THE QUESTIONS OFTEN ASKED ARE PROBABLY THE SAME QUESTIONS THAT ALOT OF PEOPLE HAVE. SO STARTING TODAY, I'LL SPOTLIGHT THE QUESTIONS AND THEIR ANSWERS.....NO NAMES WILL BE USED!!!

When is the best time this year to put down crabgrass preventer? I know it is weather dependent, is there some trigger that could tell me when it is too early or too late to put it down?

Greenscape Gardens reply;

Generally when the soil temperature reaches 45, its the triggering of potential crabgrass germination. Actually, when you see the forsythia's blooming, its time to apply pre-emergent crabgrass control. If you have had crabgrass in the past, I would recommend applying a half rate of additional crabgrass control 6 weeks after the initial treatment.

Don't waste your money applying in shady areas and do not apply to warm season grasses until they come out of dormancy.
thanks john

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THE GROCERY LIST COLLECTION

Several years ago, St. Louis resident Bill Keaggy stumbled across an abandoned grocery list in a Schnuck's parking lot. He picked it up, scanned the items scribbled on it, and decided his new hoppy was to start collecting shopping lists for one simple reason: he found it funny. Since that fateful day, he's amassed almost 200 lists, some short and sweet, others long and detailed, and many painstakingly hard to read on this site.

Bill's observation about Americans and their shopping habits included: 1. Almost everyone buys milk, eggs, and onions; 2. Beer is a very popular beverage; 3. Americans have trouble spelling; 4. Many lists are beyond explanation. Bill is always following the paper trail, so if you happen upon on a wayward grocery list, foward it to Bill. Check out the grocery list.