Lawn Fertilization & Weed Control Program
To keep your lawn green, growing and looking its best, a consistent program of fertilization is essential. Regular fertilization will lead to a thicker, healthier lawn that reduces erosion, filters pollutants, provides natural cooling and cleans the air. Plus, your lawn will be less likely to suffer from weed, insect and disease problems when it’s fertilized on a regular basis. And perhaps best of all, your lawn will need less water when it gets the nutrients it needs throughout the year.
Early Spring Treatment (Round One)
A balanced granular blend of fertilizer with crabgrass control and micro nutrients to build the soil. This treatment is designed to help control crabgrass, feed the grass root system and give a quick spring green up. Weed control may be applied when weather permits.
Spring Treatment (Round Two)
A balanced granular blend of fertilizer with crabgrass control and micro nutrients to build the soil. We also use a liquid broadleaf weed control. This treatment is designed to help control crabgrass, feed the grass root system which will enhance the color and control weeds.
Summer Treatment (Round Three)
This treatment consists of granular slow release fertilizer, liquid broadleaf weed control (spot treatment). This will help to improve the color, control summer annual weeds and help make the lawn more tolerable to heat and drought stress.
Late Summer Treatment (Round Four)
This treatment consists of granular slow release fertilizer, liquid broadleaf weed control (spot treatment). This will help to improve the color, control difficult summer annual weeds and hold make the lawn more tolerable to heat and drought stress.
Early Fall Treatment (Round Five)
This granular treatment consists of fertilizer with micro nutrients and a liquid broadleaf weed control. This treatment will help your lawn recover from summer stress and control broadleaf weeds.
Late Fall Treatment (Round Six)
This dormant treatment consists of fertilizer designed to stimulate root development and provide early spring green up.
WHAT’S IN FERTILIZER, ANYWAY?
Fertilizer contains three primary (and many secondary) nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Nitrogen promotes strong color and top growth, phosphorus stimulates root development, and potassium helps with disease resistance and water retention. For the best results, your lawn should be given these nutrients in evenly spaced treatments throughout the year.
HOW DO LAWNS USE FERTILIZER?
After fertilizer becomes mixed with the moisture in the soil, it’s absorbed by the plants through hair-like feeder roots. once inside the plant, nutrients are distributed to the areas where they’re needed and can go to work building new roots, promoting fuller leaf growth, warding off diseases and helping the grass hold water throughout the seasons.
Based on our local history, we know the best fertilizer for your particular needs, and we can apply it in the right amounts at the right times of year to ensure beautiful, healthy growth. Call us today for more information on our fertilization program, or to schedule your lawn for this very important service.
Every lawn has some thatch. It is when a lawn has too much thatch that problems occur. Thatch is the layer of living and dead organic material that lies on top of the soil. It is made up of surface roots, stems and crowns of grass plants. Studies have shown that grass clippings left on the lawn do not increase thatch. When thatch accumulates to over 1/2″, it often becomes a home to various types of insects and fungus spores that can damage or kill your lawn. Thatch also prevents water, fertilizer and air from reaching the soil and grass roots. This can cause the death of grass plants and serious thinning of the lawn.
Solving thatch problems. The best cure for thatch is to prevent buildup in the first place. The best way to do this is through regular aeration of the lawn. Aeration breaks up the thatch layer and mixes soil with it to speed up natural decomposition. Annual aeration helps keep thatch within acceptable limits.
If a lawn is seriously damaged or has a thick layer of thatch, the best remedy is usually to slice-seed the lawn, which cuts open the thatch, mixes soil with it and plants seed directly into the soil beneath it. Another solution is dethatching with a power dethatcher, which uses angled blades to pull the thatch up. After dethatching, the loosened thatch needs to be raked or vacuumed and removed.
Thatch can cause serious problems if allowed to accumulate too long. Regular, professional thatch management is strongly recommended.
Lime “sweetens” your soil. In areas where soil is naturally “sour” (acid), lime is extremely important for growing healthy turf. Lime helps to improve lawn color and density, helps to control thatch, and increases root development.
Our lime application helps to keep the chemistry of your soil in balance so that you can have, and enjoy, a thicker, greener, healthier lawn.
LIME AFFECTS COLOR, THATCH AND ROOT DEVELOPMENT
When your soil ph is too low (acid), it needs lime to bring it back into balance. soil that is too acid causes “fertilizer lock-up.” this means that fertilizer and important micro- nutrients become locked up in the soil and are unavailable to the grass plants.
Lock-up may result in grass becoming thin and yellow, thatch building up faster, and root growth slowing down.
A lawn in this condition is called “unthrifty,” because even when properly fertilized, it can’t make use of the plant food applied to become thick and stay green.
We suggest annual liming for acid soils. It helps everything else we do work even better. that’s what makes lime such a great lawn value for you.
Tree & Shrub Care
Your trees and shrubs are a growing investment that should increase in beauty and value with each passing season. But landscape plants often fail to flourish, and may even go into decline, due to lack of proper nourishment. Proper feeding of your ornamentals offers many benefits, including improved flowering, increased resistance to disease, and increased ability to ward off insect attacks. Root feeding injects the proper plant foods directly into the root zone of the plants, which allows the fertilizer to be easily absorbed and quickly put to work.
Feeding helps compensate for poor soil or less-than-ideal planting locations. Over time, poorly located plants may gradually “decline” if not given proper care.
Feeding your trees and shrubs at least once per season is good preventive maintenance. The right diet helps to prevent many types of stress that weaken plants. When your trees and shrubs are in top health and growing well, they’re often strong enough to fight off many infectious diseases or insect attacks without suffering serious or permanent damage.
Balanced root feeding, scheduled on a regular basis, helps to improve and protect your growing landscape investment.