Fertilization & Weed Control Service
IN LINCOLN, ALL LAWN CARE FERTILIZERS ARE NOT EQUAL. AND NOT ALL WEED CONTROLS ARE EFFECTIVE FOR WHAT YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH.
In fact, most homeowners are not aware that fertilizer and weed control are two entirely different products in the lawn care process. You can go to the big retail stores and buy a pretty fertilizer package that promises green grass and a weed-free lawn. But because it’s shipped nationwide, the ingredients in that package may not even be relevant to the soil and grass types here in the Lincoln area! That’s where we come in. Even in Lincoln, it is important to recognize that areas like Capital Beach have totally different soil and grass types than the South Pointe area. That’s why our licensed lawn technicians assess your lawn at each visit to provide a more encompassing lawn care service and give YOUR lawn exactly what it needs. If a green and weed-free lawn is your destination, our Premium 6-Step Fertilizer/Weed Control Program is the highway to get there.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
Your lawn has a growing season. This is all dependent upon weather and soil temperatures, but generally speaking, our program begins in March/April and ends in November/December. We offer a 6-Step Program that includes grub control in it. Throughout the growing season, there are 5 separate and specific fertilizer/weed control applications. Different times of year call for different types of fertilizers that your lawn is hungry for. We feed your lawn the nutrients that it craves during each point in the season to grow thick and strong. Healthy, thick grass is your best prevention to ever having a problem with weeds in the first place.
However, your lawn is still susceptible to an army of different weeds that come in separate waves during the year. Fortunately, our technicians have the enemy weed’s battle plans. We know what time of year each type of weed wants to attack, and we know how to fight back for the best weed control.
WHEN DO I BEGIN?
It is important to understand that getting a thick, green lawn is a process. One application of fertilizer and lawn treatment to spray weeds will not solve long term problems. You can sign up at any point during the season and hop into the current application rotation, but this service is designed to work as an ongoing program. We are encouraging the grass to grow thicker with each application, and continually killing off new weeds as they appear. So when is the best time to begin? Today!
DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING AFTER A LAWN TREATMENT?
In short: sometimes yes and sometimes no. When it comes to your lawn, there are three variables at play: anything we do, anything you do, and anything nature does. We work together with you to combat whatever nature throws our way. What does that mean? After each fertilizer application, we provide you with a summary of what we did, what you can expect to see, and any directions you may need to complete. This is where you will find any pertinent watering directions for this specific application.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Our lawn techs keep several products with them to address a variety of different turf conditions at any time. We are always prepared for whatever condition your lawn is in.
- We give the lawn the food it craves to have a rich, green color
- Different weeds are addressed throughout the year to kill them out and keep them out
- Read your leave behind for your watering directions and other tips
- Our basic program provides 6 applications a year and we route geographically to save you from surcharges for time/fuel costs, so it may be a few weeks from your sign-up date to your first application.
- Grub control is included in the basic program
- We charge the card on file the day after service and email you the receipt
**Please note that there will be an additional charge to control uncommon weeds like Yellow Nutsedge
**Any fungicide or insecticide treatments needed for your turf will need a separate treatment plan
LAWN GRUB & INSECT CONTROL
THIS CRITICAL STEP IS INCLUDED IN OUR BASIC 6 STEP PROGRAM, SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY IF YOU’RE RECEIVING IT OR NOT!
WHAT ARE GRUBS?
White grubs generally come from the larvae of June Bugs and Japanese Beetles, which Lincoln has a large population of. The bugs mate and lay their eggs in the soil, where these critters hatch and begin eating grassroots. Slowly but surely, large brown spots begin developing in the yard. Not only do the grubs destroy your lawn, but they also attract other animals like raccoons and opossums that will tear up your lawn to find and eat the grubs. No matter what you do, lawn grubs are going to find your lawn. Small quantities are fine and of no concern. However a large infestation can occur without warning signs, so it’s best to prevent them to begin with. It’s much more cost-effective to prevent lawn grubs than to reseed or re-sod your lawn to repair the damage full-grown lawn grubs can cause.
Grub control is included in our basic 6 step program, so you don’t have to worry if you are getting it or not! The product helps ensure grub eggs die as soon as they hatch, so your lawn stays healthy and green. After the application, the technician will leave you instructions for watering to help you get the best results.
WHAT IF I ALREADY HAVE GRUBS?
Although it is cheaper and easier to simply prevent lawn grubs, don’t lose hope if your lawn already has grubs. The best warning sign is a large dead spot developing in the lawn. The grass will peel away like a roll of carpet and you should be able to see white grubs in the soil. In the event that you do find yourself with a grub problem, they can still be eradicated. We also offer repairing services like overseeding and sodding of the area that the grubs destroyed.
If you’re ready to talk about preventing lawn grubs for your property, get in touch with us.
WHY OVERSEED YOUR LAWN?
Your lawn can take a beating throughout the year thanks to weather, kids, and pets. There are nearly limitless possibilities why your lawn can start to thin out. Overseeding is an easy and effective way to strengthen your lawn and thicken your grass to help naturally protect against weed problems.
WHEN TO OVERSEED
The best time of year to overseed your lawn is in the late summer and early fall. That way the soil is still warm, but the air is cool, providing optimal growing conditions. We avoid overseeding in the spring due to interference with our weed control program. Since overseeding goes hand-in-hand with aerating, we perform both services at the same time.
HOW WE OVERSEED
Overseeding cannot be done without proper aeration. As we have previously discussed in our aeration post, we aerate the lawn first to open up the soil and get the seed down into the soil, making growth faster and easier.
New grass seed is pretty sensitive and needs to follow a consistent watering schedule to get the best results. Your technician will leave you watering instructions.
If you’re ready to thicken up your lawn, get in touch with us.
The quote form we provided shows how much each individual application costs. During each step, we are doing different things. Some times of year call for special fertilizer while other times need specific weed controls to prevent certain types of weeds from becoming an issue. We simply price each step equally. A rough run down would be as follows:
- ROUND 1: EARLY SPRING
- ROUND 2: LATE SPRING
- ROUND 3: SUMMER
- Round 4: Grub Control
- ROUND 5: EARLY FALL
- ROUND 6: LATE FALL
Round 1: Early Spring – Pre-emergent and Fertilizer
Mid-March – Early May
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.
Round 2: Late Spring – Pre-emergent, Fertilizer, and Weed Control
Early May – Early July
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 in Round 1.
Round 3: Summer – Fertilizer and Weed Control
Early July – Mid August
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. Round 4 Grub control is applied in conjunction with this application.
Round 4: Grub Control
Early July – Mid August
Round 3 Summer Fertilizer is applied at the same time as Round 4 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 re-sodding to repair any damaged areas of the lawn. Our Round 4 Grub Control application helps prevent this from ever being an issue.
Round 5: Early Fall – Fertilizer and Weed Control
Early September – Mid October
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.
Round 6: Late Fall – Fertilizer and Winterizer
Mid October – Early December
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.