Where do I start to get that nice green lawn I’m looking for?
The most important thing for a healthy and vibrant lawn is to begin with the soil. Most of us here on the Island are blessed with what one might say are not the best soil conditions. Grass plants like any other plant need healthy soil from which they feed on the nutrients available in the soil to maintain optimum growth. The soil is a micro environment in itself in which micro organisms sustain themselves by feeding on organic matter and converting those nutrients into a form on which plants can then feed. Building up the nutrients in the soil can be achieved by adding organic matter to the soil or by using fertilizer to supplement the supply of nutrients that is available in the soil. Usually what is needed is a little of both with the best approach being to provide the grass with the nutrients it needs for growth while building the soil to sustain the health of the lawn in the longer term.
A good place to start in the spring with an effective lawn care program is to begin with providing your lawn with the essential nutrients it needs for healthy and sustained growth. Most lawns will require one or more sources of feeding through the application of the proper fertilizer or from an addition of good organic matter such as compost or a good organic fertilizer. Spring is also a good time to apply lime to help bring the pH level of the soil up to where it is optimal for most grass varieties.
Into May and early June the needs of lawn care change to dealing with broadleaf weeds emerging and possible control of fungus problems. Post emergent weed control is usually done using products that are specificaly formulated as herbicides for lawns that selectivly kill weeds but not grasses. These products can be specific lawn weed control such as Bonide Weed Beater of a combination weed and feed such as Jonathan Green Weed and Feed. Typically the weed and feed products are the second step in most four step programs. Most of these products are best applied when the lawn is wet so the product can stick better to the unwanted weeds yet remain dry for a period of 24 hours after application.
Fungus in lawns is a problem that usually begins to show as the weather warms into May and June. There are many different fungus types that can affect lawns, many times problems with fungus can first be noticed when an area of the lawn begins to show signs of ’just not looking quite right’. If fungus is suspected in a lawn it is best to try to identify the specific fungus before application of a fungus control product. If in doubt about a fungus problem you can bring us a fresh sample of the affected area for identification, from there we can make recommendations on using the appropriate control product.
Crabgrass Preventer Plus Green-up™ Lawn Fertilizer
Features Dimension Crabgrass Control Herbicide.
Can be applied up to 4 weeks later than other Crabgrass Preventers.
Controls Crabgrass both BEFORE & AFTER it germinates.
Controls Crabgrass all season long. Low use rates. Non-staining!
Premium Green-Up fertilizer, with polymer coated technology
Provides the nutrients needed for a beautiful, green thick, lawn.
5,000 sq. ft.
10,000 sq. ft.
15,000 sq. ft.
MAG-I-CAL™ Pelletized Calcium Fertilizer
Easy to spread pellets
Can be used throughout the yard
Boosts lawn’s color, reduces stress, improves soil texture, aids in water uptake
Save on: labor, fewer refills, less handling, fewer empty bags to dispose, storage space
5,000 sq. ft.
10,000 sq. ft.
1,000 sq. ft.