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How Does My Fertilization/Weed Control Program Work?
What You Need To Know
- Our lawn techs keep several products with them to address a variety of different turf conditions at any time. We are always prepared for whatever condition your lawn is in.
- We give the lawn the food it craves to have a rich, green color
- Different weeds are addressed throughout the year to kill them out and keep them out
- Read your leave behind for your watering directions and other tips
- We visit 5 times a year and we route geographically to save you from surcharges for time/fuel costs, so it may be a few weeks from your sign up date to your first application.
- We charge the card on file the day after service and email you the receipt
**Please note that there will be an additional charge to control uncommon weeds like Yellow Nutsedge
**Any fungicide or insecticide treatments needed for your turf will need a separate treatment plan
Round 1: Early Spring – Pre-emergent and Fertilizer
A pre-emergent barrier is established to help prevent crabgrass and foxtail later in the season. This barrier has a life expectancy of roughly 8 weeks. We also use fertilizers that will help jump start color and pull the lawn out of winter dormancy. Most of the time when we come through during this round, any visible weeds are not yet mature enough to be sprayed. If we spray them, nothing will happen. This is all dependent on when spring comes and what soil temperatures are at the time of the application.
Round 2: Late Spring – Pre-emergent, Fertilizer, and Weed Control
Another pre-emergent application to prevent crabgrass/foxtail, which provides another 8 weeks of protection. By the end of those 8 weeks, we are out in the middle of summer and these weeds are no longer germinating. Another feeding to the grass, we usually rely on frequent spring rains to assist with health so we adjust the fertilizer accordingly to not overdo it on the lawn. We begin spraying weeds now if they had not been mature enough to spray in Round 1.
Round 3: Summer – Fertilizer and Weed Control
We are doing a general feeding of the grass and providing the nutrients that it needs during this point in the year. We know the weather will be very hot and have humid evenings by this point, meaning the possibility of disease and fungus starts to develop. We adjust our fertilizers accordingly for these conditions and the heat and growing cycles of the grass at this time. Any visible weeds are sprayed, assuming the weather allows us to do so. High heat and winds can prevent us from spraying and consequently damaging the lawn. Grub control is applied in conjunction with this application if it was signed up for.
Round 4: Early Fall – Fertilizer and Weed Control
Feeding of the grass with a blend specific to this time of year. This is the best time of year to spray and kill any visible weeds. The products are the most effective and the weeds are in a portion of their growing cycle where they eagerly absorb anything we spray on them (which will kill them). If an overseeding project occurred, this is also the time of year that would happen and a starter fertilizer would be used to help the new seed.
If a seeding project has taken place at your property, please note that we will not be able to spray for weeds at this time. Spraying for weeds in the turf at this time could potentially kill new grass. Grass needs to be cut at least 3 times before any weed control products can be used in the turf. We are usually able to start spraying weeds again by November, or weeds will be addressed the following spring after the new grass has been established.
Round 5: Late Fall – Fertilizer and Winterizer
Spot spray weeds only if needed and weather permits. A special blend of fertilizer is used for root development going into the winter and early spring green up next season. The type of grass you have will also influence how fast the lawn greens up. Fescue and Bluegrass develop at different soil temperatures in the spring time. 99% of the time this application is granular, meaning leaves on the ground will not interfere with its ability to perform. The pellets will fall between the leaves when they are tousled, raked, or mowed and go down to the soil.