Grass must be properly fertilized to stay the right color, thickness, and health. Also, a well-fed grass recovers more quickly from stress and is more aggressive against weeds. As with all living things, proper nutrition is important to prevent diseases and insects.The major nutrients needed for quality lawns are nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and iron. All are needed for quality turf, but some are more important than others. Grasses use nitrogen more than any other nutrient.
The goal of any fertilization program is to compensate for nutrient deficiencies in the soil and provide those nutrients that are needed by grass plants to sustain healthy growth and remain competitive against diseases, insects, and weed invasion. Few soils contain enough available nitrogen to maintain healthy turfgrass. Nitrogen shortages lead to very slow growth, yellowing of the plants, thinning of turf, weed infestation, and increased incidence of some diseases
Six Steps to a healthy weed free yard
Our six step program is designed to optimize results in our region. This is not a “canned” program distributed across the nation, but a program specifically designed to meet the challenges of the soil and weather conditions that exist in the Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut area.
This application will generally consist of a Balanced Fertilization and broadleaf Weed Control. The purpose of this visit is to give your lawn an early start, quick green up, and knock-out any cool season weeds that may be invading your lawn.
This application will consist of a Balanced Fertilizer to help maintain the color and thickness in the lawn. We will spray for all weeds such as dandelions and clover. Plus we apply a Pre-Emergent at the maximum rate to help control crabgrass and foxtail now and throughout the rest of the season.
Summer can be a stressful time for your turf, this application will prepare the lawn for summer through a balanced fertilization and Broadleaf Weed control application. This visit will occur during the time of year when we begin to see disease and insect activity, and we can inform you of the options that will
best control, or prevent these problems.
This time of the year is important for the preparation of the turf for the fall season. A slow release fertilization will allow nutrients to be fed to the lawn over an extended period of time. Even lawns that normally go dormant will receive benefit from this treatment.
Optimum development of the turf occurs during this time of the year. We take advantage of the root development period for the lawn and supply it with increased levels of the nutrients it needs. We will also make recommendations on seeding, aeration and other beneficial services, as needed on an individual basis.
This is generally the winterizer to your lawn. This application will consist of the valuable nutrients that your lawn needs to have early green up in the following season, and to make it through our unpredictable winters.
Grubs are an annual problem that is treated during the early summer. Grubs will feed on your lawn’s root system mainly during the summer. Damage usually doesn’t start to show until late July – October; by then it’s too late. Our control treatment can significantly reduce the chance of grub damage to your lawn. We are licensed pesticide applcators, and are trained to use these materials safely and effectively.
Lime / PH
Lime is applied to the soil of home lawns to increase the soil pH. Soil pH, a measure o the soil’s acidity or alkalinity, can directly influence the vigor and quality of the home lawn. When the pH is below 7.0, the soil is said to be acidic. Most lawns in the Ozarks fall in this category.
When the soil pH drops below 6.0, a number of nutrients necessary for proper growth become less available for use by your grass. These include: nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium, magnesium and molybdenum. As these nutrients become less available, the lawn’s color, vigor and ability to resist (or recover from) heat, drought or traffic stress will be reduced. Applications of enough lime to raise the soil pH above 6.0 can increase the availability of these nutrients, thus making it easier to maintain the quality and vigor of the lawn.