8 step lawn plan

Weed Control & Fertilization

Our yearly weed control and fertilization program focuses on creating a healthy, weed free lawn. Treatments are typically applied every 30-45 days.

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Treatment one

January 1 - February 28

This round begins for during the first part of January and will go through the end of February. More time for this round is allowed as weather conditions are taken into consideration. Any time during this window is ideal to receive the first portion of pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds such as crabgrass during the summer. Warm season grasses such as Bermuda and Zoysia, even dormant, are often sensitive to damage during this time as they prepare for green up. Research shows that splitting the rate of the pre-emergent products into two applications will help with turf safety and provide better and extended control vs. applying a single dose of pre-emergent during the spring. We will also apply any needed post emergent herbicides to address weed issues that are currently present. This may be done by spot spray or by adding herbicide to the broadcast mix. This treatment will be activated by rainfall. Very rarely would we have a period long enough without rain to require irrigating your lawn. If it does not rain within 2 weeks make plans to irrigate the product with ½ inch of water for best results. A blue dye is added to this mix as a tool for our technicians to assure full spray coverage. Be cautious of pets when the product has not dried to avoid the risk of bringing the blue dye inside your home. 

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Treatment tWO

March 1 - April 15

The second half of the pre-emergent will be applied for weeds such as crabgrass. This will be combined with a broadleaf killer for any breakthrough of weeds such as henbit or dandelions. Research shows that splitting the rate of the pre-emergent products into two applications will help with turf safety and provide better and extended control vs. applying a single dose of pre-emergent during the spring. Any needed post emergent herbicides will be applied by spot spray or within the broadcast mix to address weed issues that are present such as poa annua or winter grasses. This treatment will be activated by rainfall. Very rarely would there be a period long enough without rain to require irrigating the lawn. If it does not rain within 2 weeks make plans to irrigate the product with ½ inch of water for best results. A blue dye is added to this mix as a tool for our technicians to assure full spray coverage. Be cautious of pets when the product has not dried to avoid the risk of bringing the blue dye inside your home. 

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Treatment three

April 15 - May 31

Lawns should be green or turning green during this time under normal circumstances. A combination of nutrients such as liquid urea, Iron, and sulfur will be applied. This is done as a broadcast spray and combined with a sedge killing product. This should give growing grass a nice boost in color and jumpstart in growth. Sedge is a perennial weed that is not controlled by pre-emergent products. The success rate of controlling sedge seems to be higher by spraying it during this period while it is in its early growth stages. Dallisgrass, another stubborn perennial will also germinate now. An attempt will be made to control this during this time, but better results are seen when temperatures are much warmer. This is a great time for additional services such as aerations and application of additional soil and fertilizer nutrients. Inquiries for these services may be made through our website or by calling the office line. During this time, certain issues such as spring dead spot becomes noticeable. Spring dead spot is a disease that is active in the fall causing dead circles approximately 1 foot in diameter. Treatment for this is done in the fall as a preventative. If present this will have to repair over time throughout the growing season. Winter damage is also noticeable now and can vary from year to year. Factors that would affect this would be frigid temperatures, snow, and heavy rains. Damage from winter is more common on low lying areas, shade areas, and slopes. 

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Treatment four

June 1 - July 15

Grass should be green and growing nicely by now. A granule fertilizer high in nitrogen for growth and added iron to enhance the color even more will be applied. Ideally few weeds should be present, however some weeds may present themselves and will be addressed as needed by either spot spraying or applying a broadcast spray. Dollar Spot Disease may appear during this time. It is prevalent during with hot and humid climate. The nitrogen included in this application can be used as treatment for such disease. If it does not fix the issue or dollar spot is severe a fungicide application may be needed. 

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Treatment five

July 15 - August 31

A balance fertilizer with a lower rate of nitrogen than the previous treatment will be applied to prevent a surge in growth. This fertilizer will contain a high rate of potassium for root growth and development helping grass prepare for the fall. Iron is added to enhance color. Weeds will be addressed that are present such as Dallisgrass. 

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Treatment six

September 1 - October 15

A broadcast spray treatment consisting of a pre emerge product focusing on preventing the germination of poa annua in the spring will be applied. Poa annua is the most problematic weed during the spring. Prevention with this treatment is key as it is more difficult to control once it has emerged. Additional weed control products will be used to control sedge, spurge, and other weeds that have germinated. 

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Treatment seven

October 15 - November 20

A broadcast spray containing a pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicide will be applied. The pre-emerge will focus on preventing broadleaf weeds during the early spring. The post-emerge portion will help remove any weeds visible and any poa annua that germinated since the last treatment. 

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Treatment eight

November 20 - December 31

A granule lime application will be applied. The granules applied are brown/grey in color so they aren’t very noticeable. We will also apply a post-emerge spot spray to help kill out weeds that remain for the year. The lime application will help raise the soil pH to a more optimal level. Proper soil pH will allow the lawn to use nutrients more efficiently the following summer. 

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