As the University of Wisconsin recommends, you can have a nearly perfect lawn with three well timed fertilizations, weed control and sometimes some tree pruning to increase the amount of sunlight reaching the turf, while minimizing the amount of pesticide used. A thick stand of turf grass maintained at three inches is the most effective way of preventing erosion and runoff as well as resisting drought and controlling weeds.
Crabgrass Preventer and Fertilizer
Early spring crabgrass preventer will destroy the germinating seeds of unwanted annuals. Preventing these seeds from establishing while fertilizing the desirable turf will encourage the lawn to fill in. If over-seeding is an option, fertilizer without herbicide should be used.
Broadleaf Control and Fertilizer
Second application containing broadleaf control should be made in later spring. Once last year’s weeds are fully emerged, they will become vulnerable to herbicides. We use both liquid and granular products depending on conditions. If weeds are extensive we will apply a liquid application in late May to early June. This method minimizes the amounts of chemical herbicides used.
Turf grass becomes dormant during the heat of summer. Applications made at this time are a needless waste of resources and chemicals but once the cooler nights of August and September return, fertilization will thicken the lawn and encourage rooting and winter hardiness. Broadleaf control may be warranted at this time if weeds are present.
Extra Options that may be needed
Every season is different and may require something new. Our applicators will be paying close attention to other possible lawn problems such as grubs, fungus or excessive weeds. We offer additional applications if necessary.