4 Step Lawn Maintenance
Our experienced staff is licensed and trained to fulfill the specific needs of each individual lawn. With each application, they also monitor your lawn for any disease, weed, and insect problems.
Step 1 – April / May
- • Balanced Granular
- • Lawn Food
- • Pre-Emergence Crabgrass
This treatment will nourish your lawn after its winter dormancy and help it to become lush and green.
Crabgrass is especially targeted in this step to control its growth both before and after germination. Once the weather starts warming up and soil temperature rises, crabgrass seeds start to “wake up”. This step will hinder the growth of the crabgrass seedlings as they start to grow. Remember it is easier to try to maintain crabgrass before it reaches its mature stages. Crabgrass preventer is effective for approximately two to three months; however, weather conditions and disturbance of the barrier may shorten its efficiency.
The best time to dethatch your lawn is prior to this step.
After this application, we recommend that you water your lawn thoroughly to get the treatment to soak deep into the soil. It is best to wait 2-3 days before you mow after this application.
Step 2 – May / June
- • Balanced Lawn Fertilizer
- • Broadleaf Weed Control (liquid application)
This treatment will increase the level of nitrogen once again to keep your grass healthy and stimulate growth.
This step will also eliminate and control all broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions. It is important to keep your lawn healthy (watered and groomed) as this will help prevent weeds from growing. The healthier the lawn, the less likely it is to have weed and disease issues. We will also monitor and treat the hard to control weeds, such as clover, wild violet, and purslane.
It is especially important to keep your lawn mowed at a high setting (generally 3-3 1/2 inches) as we approach the hot season, however this should be common practice all summer long. Keeping your lawns at a taller height during this period of time will not only help control weeds and crabgrass (because it blocks sunlight needed for weeds to grow), your lawn is more likely to remain healthy through hot, dry weather and more likely to tolerate less water and heat stress.
If you begin to see crabgrass plants in your lawn please call us ASAP. The sooner we stop the spread of crabgrass the better.
Step 3 – July / August
- • Balanced Lawn Fertilizer Granular (slow release)
- • Full lawn analysis / inspection
- • Spot treatment for broadleaf and hard to control weeds
This application of fertilizer is used to stimulate growth in your lawn through the hot, dry summer months. It also makes it less susceptible to heat stress and dormancy from dry weather. The fertilizer used in this step includes iron and micronutrients to help your lawn grow healthy and full.
The weed control in this treatment is designed to specially target hard to control weeds such as spurge, spotted spurge, plantain, clover, and wild violet.
Step 4 – September / October
- • Granular Winterizing Fertilizer
This step prepares your lawn for the long, cold days of winter. It helps the roots of your grass grow to absorb and store more nutrients for its winter dormancy. This step will make your lawn greener and healthier the following spring.
This is the best time of year to aerate, over seed, and reseed your lawn. It is important to over seed all bare spots as it will help to prevent weeds from growing there. If you have planted new grass, make sure to mark it as any treatments may harm and hinder its growth.