Lawn Care Tips for our Customers
This page is intended for our customers use. Each new customer will receive a letter informing them of some basic lawn care tips upon signing up, but for your convenience, we have made it more accessible.
Applying nutrients is needed in maintaining your lawns health and appearance. We apply a variety of fertilizer and broadleaf control throughout the year. The timing and amount are dependent on the time of year and weather.
- Early Spring 16-0-4 Pre-emergent Crabgrass preventative (April)
- Late Spring 24-0-6 Slow release with focus on broadleaf weed control (May)
- Early Summer- 24-0-6 light feeding as grass is going into dormancy (June)
- Late Summer/Early Fall- 24-0-6 slow release with focus on broadleaf weed control (September/October)
- Late Fall- 24-0-6 Heavy feeding to help winterize lawn before snowfall (October/November)
If you are on a 5 application program, expect a large gap between your early summer application and late summer/fall applications. Applying fertilizer on a dormant lawn or a lawn lacking in moisture can have serious side effects. Although grass is very resilient, you want to take caution when stimulating growth or causing damage during certain times of year. Remember that temperatures and rainfall are different every year. We adjust our programs to fit the weather which may result in alternate application timing.
Proper mowing height and practices are very important in maintaining a healthy lawn. We recommend a 3.5” cut, while not removing more than 1/3 of the blade each cut. Taller grass retains moisture better, aids in weed prevention and gives your lawn a more lush appearance. It also allows the grass to take in more sunlight which is needed for grass to use the nutrients provided. Improper mowing is the main cause for lawn damage and failed expectations on lawn appearance. Do not cut grass when it is wet as it can cause disease. Also avoid unnecessary cutting in the summer as it can stress grass out resulting in damaged areas.
Removing clippings is a personal preference but there are some things to consider if you are doing so. Leaving clippings can provide up to 25% more nitrogen to your lawn as the breakdown of thatch over time supplies the lawn with much-needed organic matter. With that being said, if you are leaving your clippings, it is important to rake out excess thatch or add an aeration to your program. Aerating will bring micro nutrients to the surface, assisting in the breakdown of thatch. ½” of thatch is a healthy amount.
During the spring and fall, the Indiana weather typically provides an adequate amount of water. June through September, however, rainfall can be very inconsistent. This is when it is important to monitor the amount of water your lawn is receiving. Your soil type will determine the amount of water you need to provide. Clay soils will need watered for longer duration’s (30-40) minutes of heavy watering, where soils with more sand will need watered for shorter duration’s (15-20) minutes. 3 days a week in the early morning hours. The goal is to saturate your lawn while the dew is still on the grass. If you water in late morning or evening, you are prolonging the amount of time the grass stays wet, which will result in a turf disease.
Remember that it is the soil that needs watered and not the grass. For those of you who have irrigated lawns, adjustments may be necessary throughout the season.
Some things to remember
Application spacing is determined by program and weather. Our application start date is usually Late March or early April and we end our season in mid-November. Customers receiving 5 applications or less can expect a 6-8 week gap with a break in August, where those receiving more can expect a 5-6 week gap.
Weed control is an ongoing process as new seedlings develop year after year. This is why we spray in the spring and the fall, every year, as different types of weeds germinate throughout the year as the ground temperature changes. It is also important to know that any bare or sparse areas are more attractive places of advantageous weeds to grow. They will continue to grow until those areas have filled in. We spot spray the perimeters of driveways, sidewalks and landscape beds in order to prevent them from growing, but it may be necessary to do some re-seeding if recurrence of unwanted weeds continues.
Recovery takes time. It typically takes 12-18 months to achieve the lawn you are hoping for. Some lawns take little time to respond to treatments where others take several applications and additional services. We will make recommendations as needed.