This is a time sensitive and critical application that sets the tone for the entire season. A quick release source of nitrogen fertilizer stimulates rapid growth to fill in the lawn from winter damage and also gives the lawn a head start to outcompete emerging weeds.
A control release of fertilizer provides nutrients for steady and healthy growth during the spring and early summer growing season. Micro and Macro nutrients are blended in to buffer the soil pH and maintain proper soil fertility. As the summer heat approaches, it's important not to over fertilizer and stimulate excessive top growth. Mowing practices are critical at this time and irrigation systems should be adjusted correctly. We spot spray broadleaf weeds at this visit as well.
A lower rate of fertilizer is applied to provide steady, slow growth during the hot summer months. A systemic insecticide is utilized to prevent surface and sub-surface insect damage. This application prevents late season grub damage as well as mid-season chinch bug damage. We continue to target broadleaf weeds as well as summer annuals.
We target summer annuals and broadleaf weeds at this time during the peak of the summer heat.
This is a heavier fertilizer application that aids in recovering from any summer stress and conditions the lawn to take full advantage of the cooler fall weather. We continue to spot spray weeds and also assess the lawn for any seeding, aerating and renovation needs.
At this time we apply a heavy blanket application of nitrogen fertilizer packed with micro and macro nutrients such as calcium and magnesium. The nitrogen fertilizer not only keeps the lawn green and healthy going into the holidays but also stimulates aggressive root development into the winter. The macro and micro nutrients are liming agents that buffer and maintain proper soil pH.
Overtime, the soil profile compacts and limits root respiration and water penetration. Core aeration is an excellent cultural practice to alleviate compacted soils and reduce the thatch layer.
The right grass species and cultivar is critical in establishing and maintaining a high quality lawn. For the majority of our lawns we utilize a tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass mix. It has excellent heat and drought tolerance and provides a dark, lush green color all season long.
Irrigation systems are very sensitive and if not programmed properly and can do more harm than good. Over irrigating will often lead to disease issues during the summer if the root zone is too saturated and if the leaf blades have excessive moisture. It's ideal to water for longer less frequent intervals.
Proper mowing is extremely critical and often over-looked. It is one of the biggest reasons a lawn may have issues. You should never cut off more than a 1/3 of the grass blade as this can scalp the lawn. Mower blades need to be sharpened often to provide a clean cut and its ideal to change the mowing pattern weekly. It also doesn't hurt to skip a week during the stressful summer months. We encourage our clients, if they don't mow on their own, to work with a landscaper that understands proper mowing.