Summit Lawns has been making grass greener and healthier across Nebraska ever since we first opened our doors. After the first couple of seasons in business, we noticed that many of our customers kept asking us how we are able to create such perfect lawns when they had never been successful in the past. The truth is that proper lawn care is a slow process, but following the correct steps and having a little patience will lead to gorgeous, green results!
The steps laid out below incorporate our 6-step fertilization and weed control program, as well as helpful tips on mowing, watering, aerating, and more. While you should be able to achieve success on your own by following this guide, remember that nothing beats the experience and expertise of a professional lawn care company when working toward the perfect lawn.
A pre-emergent barrier is established to help prevent crabgrass and foxtail later in the season. This barrier has a life expectancy of roughly 8 weeks. We also use fertilizers that will help jump-start color and pull the lawn out of winter dormancy. Most of the time when we come through during this round, any visible weeds are not yet mature enough to be sprayed. If we spray them, nothing will happen. This is all dependent on when spring comes and what soil temperatures are.
Another pre-emergent application to prevent crabgrass, which provides another 8 weeks of protection. By the end of those 8 weeks, we are out in the middle of summer, and crabgrass is no longer germinating. Another feeding to the grass, we usually rely on frequent spring rains to assist with color, so we adjust the fertilizer accordingly to not overdo it on the lawn. We begin spraying weeds now if they had not been mature enough to spray during step 1.
Aeration is one of the most underutilized lawn care services, but it can work wonders for your grass. Just as lawns and plants begin to bloom, aerate your lawn in order to allow the soil to breathe better and absorb the most nutrients. If you notice any bare spots on your lawn as it starts to return to full strength, overseeding can be combined with aeration to fill in those areas. Loosened soil created by aeration is perfect for dropping in grass seed to start turning those bare spots green again.
We are doing a general feeding of the grass and providing the nutrients that it needs during this point in the year. We know the weather will be very hot and have humid evenings by this point, meaning the possibility of disease and fungus starts to develop. We adjust our fertilizers accordingly for these conditions and the heat and growing cycles of the grass at this time. Any visible weeds are sprayed, assuming the weather allows us to do so. High heat and winds can prevent us from spraying and consequently damaging the lawn. Grub control is applied in conjunction with this application.
Summer fertilizer is applied at the same time we apply grub control. This is a preventative application to control white grub worms, meaning we are addressing the issue before it occurs. Some companies do not put down preventative grub control and then must use very expensive products to kill grubs after an infestation takes place. There is also the cost of reseeding or resodding to repair any damaged areas of the lawn. This grub control application helps prevent this from ever being an issue.
Feeding of the grass with a blend specific to this time of year. This is the best time of year to spray and kill any visible weeds. The products are the most effective, and the weeds are in a portion of their growing cycle where they eagerly absorb anything we spray on them (which will kill them). General overseeding takes place at this time of year with a starter fertilizer to help kick start new growth.
Late August to early September is the absolute best time to perform aeration on your turf. If you choose to aerate only once per year, this is the timeframe during which it should occur. This is also the optimal time to apply seed over struggling areas of your lawn. Aerating now will reduce the likelihood of bare patches and weeds reappearing in the following spring. We highly recommend taking advantage of our aeration and overseeding services at this time rather than trying to perform these tasks yourself, as our technicians are regularly trained on the best methods of aerating and seeding.
Spot spray weeds only if needed and weather permits. A special blend of fertilizer is used for root development going into the winter, which stabilizes the turf for winter dormancy and assists in early spring green-up next season. The type of grass you have will also influence how fast the lawn greens up the following spring. Fescue and bluegrass develop at different soil temperatures in the springtime. 99% of the time, this application is granular, meaning leaves on the ground will not interfere with its ability to perform. The pellets will fall between the leaves when they are tousled, raked, or mowed and go down to the soil.