If you've read our recent blog posts you may notice a recurring theme...timing is everything!
So what is a weed and feed exactly?
There are a variety of different lawn chemicals with the purpose of weed and feeding. It helps promote a healthy lawn by killing unwanted weeds, adds necessary growth nutrients, and improves your lawn's ability to absorb water! All these things come together to give you a nice, weed free yard. The chemicals we use focus on broad leaf weeds (you know - the pesky ones). Pulling these weeds can leave pits in your yard, weakening the roots of otherwise healthy grass, which is why chemicals are recommended instead. The blends of fertilizer used in a weed and feed vary by brand, but all of them are focused on providing nutrients, promoting growth, and leaving you with a healthy looking lawn.
Now that's a healthy looking lawn!
You may be thinking, will your healthy grass die along side the weeds being sprayed? Luckily, no! The granules are absorbed by the broad leaves of the weed, and your grass is safe. Liquids can also be used in place of granules, which are equally effective. Grass is hearty and tough, but if you apply too much of any chemical to it, it will burn and damage, so it's better to take a less is more approach when dealing with chemicals!
If you've noticed a problem with Junebugs and other beetles in the early summer months, and patches of dead grass on your lawn by late summer, you probably have a grub issue. Grubs can be the larvae of many different species, including Japanese Beetles, Chafers, and the dreaded June Bug. These pesky beetles lay their eggs in your grass, and when they hatch they feed on your roots and grass, leaving dead and brown patches scattered across your yard.
Think you have a grub problem? 10-15 grubs per sq/ft is considered an infestation, and will cause issues down the road.
We are experts in getting rid of grubs, while still being conscientious of the environment. We follow the Intergrated Pest Management guidelines, which aims to suppress pest populations below the economic injury level.
If you have a grub problem, you may even be able to peel back patches of dead grass in your lawn. This is because the grubs feed on the roots of the grass, killing the blades and leaving them floating on your lawn, dying from lack of nutrients from the soil. Your yard may feel spongy, as if it were freshly laid sod.
You may also notice signs of other critters in your yard, like raccoons and birds digging up your lawn. They're looking for a feast of their own, the large and mature grubs growing in your lawn!
The key to managing your grub problem is to take care of it before they hatch and begin to cause ...
Crabgrass can be tough to get rid of, but we're here to help. It pops up in chunks and the thick blades soon take over and give your yard a messy look.
One of the biggest weapons you have against crabgrass is timing. Applying pre-emergence herbicide in the spring before the crabgrass can sprout helps kill the emerging seed sprouts and keeps things manageable for the upcoming summer months. Our 6 and 7 step treatments plans attack crabgrass and other unwanted weeds at multiple intervals throughout the year, ensuring they don't stand a chance! Timing is everything, and if you don't get signed up with us early enough to get the pre-emergence down, don't fret! We can still help you maintain a consistent and healthy looking lawn by taking the proper steps.
Once the soil has warmed up and your yard begins teeming with life (wanted and unwanted), the time window for pre-emergence has passed. You may think pulling is effective, but think twice! If the seed head tines have spread out like a fork, you'll end up scattering fresh crabgrass seeds and may make the problem even worse! If the roots are embedded too deeply, you may also end up pulling up perfectly good grass chunks as well, leaving you with bare spots in your yard and convienient holes for the crabgrass seeds to fall in to.
As part of our 6 and 7 step treatment programs, we spray post-emergence herbicide directly on to the crabgrass after it...