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Summer: This step is needed if you have a disease in your lawn
Crabgrass Preventer Plus Green-up- Features Dimension Crabgrass control herbicide. Can be applied up to 4 weeks later than other Crabgrass preventers. Controls Crabgrass both BEFORE and AFTER it germinates. Controls Crabgrass all season long. Low use rates and non-staining! Premium Green-up fertilizer, with polymer coated technology. Provides the nutrients needed for a beautiful, green thick lawn. Slow release formula will not burn the lawn (You can not re-seed in the spring if you use this product.) Lasts for 4 months.
Crabgrass Preventer plus New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer - Prevents Crabgrass and grassy weeds from germinating, and allows you to apply grass seed on the same day without injuring seedlings. Controlled release Nitrogen feeds new seedlings gently and longer. Smaller particles provide better weed control. Use with sod lawn installations. Contains Tupersan.
In early November, apply Green-Up Lawn Fertilizer as your 2nd feeding. Green-up Lawn Fertilizer is an ideal balance of fertilizer for today's high quality turf requirements with the added benefit of Green-Meter Technology Controlled Release Nitrogen, which continuously feeds the turf for up to 12 weeks. Green-up's release is unaffected by excessive rainfall, thereby reducing grass clippings. Green-up also provides a readily available form of Potassium and a uniform particle size for even spreader distribution. The addition of Iron and Sulfur to Green-up's formula helps your lawn withstand drought and disease.
Step 2: Seed and Feed
Core aerate your lawn (not spike aerate). This helps air move into the soil and provides a soil exchange, improving moisture retention up to 70% versus losing 70% from compacted soil. After aerating, top dress your lawn with Bio-com Compost at a rate of 1.5 cubic yards per 1000 sq ft (this will give you 1/2" of coverage). Bio-co Compost is a soil builder that replenishes the soil microbes responsible for nutrient uptake and improves water management.
Repeat this process in the spring. Each time you add compost you improve your soil and each time you aerate you improve water retention.
*We do have core aerators available for rent as well as tillers, dethatchers, bed edgers, a track loader and a John Deere tractor. These items are available for pickup and delivery. You may make reservations for rental equipment. Rental equipment is only available at our Yorktown location.
Lime is a key component of a successful lawn program.
Nutrients are most readily available at a pH of 6.5
Bring in a soil sample for a FREE pH test to determine how much lime is needed for your lawn. Apply as directed. Fill a 16oz cup for each sample and estimate the square footage for each sample area (length X width).
Step 1: Improve and prepare the soil
September 1st - October 31st: This is the time to prep and seed you lawn!
This is our Lawn Maintenance Schedule. This program is what we have found works best for our area with fescue lawns. If you have any questions about anything you find on this schedule, please feel free to contact us.
Lawn Maintenance Schedule
Green-up Lawn Fertilizer: an ideal balance of fertilizer for today's high quality turf requirements with the added benefit of Green-Meter Technology Controlled Release Nitrogen, which continuously feeds the turf for up to 12 weeks. Green-up's release is unaffected by excessive rainfall, thereby reducing grass clippings. Green-up also provides a readily available form of Potassium and a uniform particle size for even spreader distribution. The addition of Iron and Sulfur to Green-up's formula helps your lawn withstand drought and disease.
Weed and Feed Lawn Fertilizer: Controls Dandelions and over 250 other Broadleaf Weeds in lawns while feeding your lawn with slow, controlled released fertilizer. Three way action provides superior weed control. Feeds desirable grasses longer while weeds gradually disappear from the lawn. Apply when weeds are actively growing throughout the year. Do not mow 2 days before or after application.Apply to moist grass. So not water 1-2 days after application and delay application if rainfall is expected within 24 hours. After apply this product, do not seed for 4 weeks. Lasts up to 3-4 weeks.
Middle-End of May:
Please give us a call to inquire about pricing and availability on our rental equipment and any of the products listed in this Lawn Maintenance Schedule!
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Once you have improved and prepared your soil, you are ready to seed. We recommend the Titan Rx grass seed for this area. Titan Rx is a tall turf-type fescue that grows in sun and shade. Titan Rx is heat tolerant, disease, pest and drought resistant as well as shade and cold tolerant. Titan Rx also has self-repairing rhizomes and aggressive tillers that help fill in bare spots. Titan Rx is a medium-dark green grass with a root system that can get up to 6 feet in length. Titan Rx is a PURE seed and not a blend. It is blue tag certified and is on Virginia Tech's list of top preferred fescues. Not all varieties in blends make that list.
*For more information on the Titan Rx grass seed please see our Titan Rx page.
We recommend using Jonathon Green New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer. It's high phosphorus helps build a vigorous root system and gets new grass plantings off to a fast start for a thicker, greener lawn, and contains Iron for deep-greening. Apply at the same time as the seed. Feeds up to 6 weeks.
Best method when repairing/over seeding an existing lawn:
Till your existing soil to a depth of 4". Cover with Bio-com Compost at a rate of 3 cubic yards per 1000 sq ft (this will give you 1" of coverage). Re-till the Bio-com Compost into the existing soil. Grade your soil and if your soil is to soft to walk on then it is suggested to roll your soil. The deeper you can incorporate Bio-com Compost into your soil, the stronger your root system will be.
Best method when starting over:
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