Greg says, "I do not know what a spot or blanket treatment means."
Thanks Greg for asking that question. Blanket or spot refers to two different types of spray applications. Generally, in reference to weed treatments.
A blanket spray - means the whole yard is treated,
A spot spray means that the areas with weeds are treated and not areas where there are no weeds.
With the organic products, the product cost is more. So, blanket treatments require a lot more product than spot sprays. If the lawn is in good shape, a spot spray is usually adequate. A very weedy lawn will likely need a blanket spray- at least to start.
Spot spraying originally was something that the lawn care industry instituted to meet the needs of the customers. When pesticides were used to control weeds, people would feel better if less pesticides could be used. So lawn care companies would spot spray lawns instead of blanket spraying the whole lawn whether it needed it or not.
Back then, spot spray programs would generally reduce pesticide use by 50% or more. In general, spot sprays would not do quite as good a job as a blanket spray, but people were willing to have a few weeds knowing that there was less pesticide used on their lawn. When spot spraying, the technician may not treat an area that appears to be weed free, but there may have been small weeds starting unseen below the grass.
This is the backyard of a fairly new home in one of Hamilton's suburbs. The homes behind have a lawn already, but here it is just mud, snow and more mud. The winter came too soon for the lawn to be installed last fall.
So, the mud and snow are waiting for an extreme makeover to be done by the builder.
Now the kids and pets are anxiously peering out the window in hopes that a carpet of green will soon appear. They are anxious for a chance to get some fresh air and sunshine. Their parents don't want them playing in the street- besides, with all the new construction still going on, parts of the streets are almost as muddy as the back yard.
Lawn care experts are predicting a later than normal spring, so it may be a while before the young are rolling on the lawn instead of squishing through the mud.
Mothers are keeping the washing machines on standby- the detergents at the ready. But are muddy socks better than grass stains on the knees?
*To be read whilst listening to " The Green Green Grass of Home"