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It’s not uncommon this time of year to see lawns scattered throughout neighborhoods that have been sprayed blue or in some cases a neon green.  What’s up with that?

Basically, it is just a dye that some companies add to their weed control applications.  The color adds nothing to the effectiveness of products being sprayed.  The added dye doesn’t help the weeds die faster or disappear sooner.  It doesn’t make the pre-emergent last longer, and it doesn’t cause the grass to come out of dormancy quicker.

It does, however, make a mess on concrete and fences.  Generally, the color breaks down quickly in sunlight, but until that happens, you are stuck with it.

So if there is no real value to the turf, why do some companies use it?

Some companies use it a training tool for new, untrained employees to learn how to cover the entire lawn adequately.  Others use it as an advertising method, hoping that if you see your neighbors yard all of sudden turn blue, that you will call and want yours turned blue too.

Here at LawnAmerica, we don’t make a practice of using a blue dye in our Round 1 applications.  Rather than investing in dyes, we use that money to invest in the best pre-emergent, Barricade, along with top of the line post-emergent and liquid fertilizers, and the best employees in the industry to make sure your lawn performs at its best.

There is one exception where we utilize a little bit of blue dye in our backpacks. When we are spraying for fescue clumps in warm season grasses, we will incorporate a dye to make sure we got to all of the clumps.  Spraying fescue clumps is just one of the extra steps that LawnAmerica provides to our customers.  Many companies charge extra for spraying these clumps, but here it is just part of your program.

If you haven’t scheduled your Round 1 Pre-Emergent application to prevent crabgrass this year, now is the time to get it done.  Soil temperatures are warming up, and Spring will be here before you know it.  Give us a call at 1-866-567-5296 or head over to our website to sign up today!

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