Our 6 Application Program
The first treatment of the year, usually applied in March or April, includes a balanced rate of granular fertilizer with pre-emergent crabgrass preventative herbicide designed to enhance root development while increasing disease and drought tolerance. Have your yard ready by removing sticks and branches as well as any debris left from winter. This will ensure an effective application.
To help resist crabgrass and summer annual weeds, we apply a balanced rate of granular or liquid fertilizer with pre-emergent herbicide to get a jump on the summer weeds. This nuisance weed starts to come out in the summertime when the temperatures at night remain warm. Once crabgrass makes its home in your grass, it is very unpleasant and difficult to eliminate, so it is important to receive this treatment early in the year to prevent crabgrass from germinating.
We re-apply a granular or liquid treatment of balanced fertilizer during the early summer along with broadleaf weed control & insect control, too. Your home is a great place to live and it is that very reason that pests want to share it with you. The fact is 90% of bugs come from outside the home, and a pest control program is a way to control insect invasions in your home. It provides an insect shield around the base of your home that will keep out a variety of insects.
During the hot days of summer, we use a balanced rate of slow release granular fertilizer and apply surface insect or weed control as needed. The combination of high summer temperatures and a lack of rainfall can do a number on even the most cared-for lawn. This is usually the time we overseed in preparation for fall aeration. Let our time-tested summer application program keep your lawn healthy, and most importantly, green, during the long summer days & nights.
After a summer drought, fall is the best time to rejuvenate a lawn that has been stressed from the long and waterless summer with another round of a liquid fertilizer usually. We also recommend Aeration — one of the best things you can do to improve your lawn — and fall is the best time to do so. Aerating allows oxygen gets to the roots and soil and allows them to breathe, making for optimal seed germination conditions and a good time to overseed.
In order to promote root development, allowing for optimal early spring green up, we apply a balanced rate of granular fertilizer. Typically, grass stops growing around 50 degrees, but if grass blades are long when snow covers them, the moisture will accumulate, freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw, etc. This stresses the lawn and also creates snow mold – a fungus caused by excess moisture — something we want to help prevent from happening to your lawn with our winterizer treatment.
Guidelines for a Proper Lawn
Most lawns should be mowed at 3 inches or above on a regular basis, and right up to the point when grass stops growing. Frequency of mowing really does depend on how fast the grass is growing. During peak periods of growth, especially in the spring when it rains more often, this may be a couple times a week. During summer when it heats up and rains less, it may not need mowed at all in a weeks time. If you are mowing on a regular basis, clippings need not removed, but remember to always keep mowing equipment kept sharp and properly adjusted.
While it is obviously important to water your lawn regularly, especially during hot stretches in the summer, it is also important not to over-water the lawn especially around fertilizer treatments. It is best to leave the lawn treatment on any weeds until it is fully absorbed. This process usually requires less than 24 hours though, and while light rain or watering generally does not affect the weed control treatment, we want optimal performance from our fertilizer to keep your lawn looking fresh and green all year long.
Aeration and Overseeding
Aeration is the process of removing plugs of soil from the turf area using a core aerator, creating an artificial system of large pores that ferry moisture, lime, or plant nutrients more directly into the soil. Aeration should be performed during periods of cool weather to best facilitate recovery of the grass and is usually done in combination with over-seeding. Over-seeding is done by making 6-8 passes over the lawn with a core aerator, and it is especially important that the seed comes into contact with the soil with space to germinate and develop.
Lime is what your lawn needs! Why Lime? Liming is an important part of a turf management program as your soil’s pH has much to do with the health of your lawn. When a lawn’s pH level is off, it affects your lawn in several ways. it is more susceptible to rapid thatch development, it will lose its vigor, fungus activity will increase, and the effectiveness of fertilizers / pesticides used on your lawn will be low. Excessive acid in the soil is proven to be detrimental to your grass rooting system. Your lawn’s natural resistance to disease decreases when the soil is too acidic, so it is important to keep pH levels in check using a regular liming application.