CUSTOM LAWN CARE PROGRAMS
Custom Lawn Care Programs That Work
Our custom lawn care programs are what set us apart from the competition.
Every lawn is different and that’s the most exciting part of lawn care. In fact, the same lawn can have several different issues in different areas. This requires the technician to be vigilant in every step that’s taken on the property. Also, this means there is a need for a high performing program basis to begin each and every attempt at improving a property. Understanding the regional differences and soil conditions can help us give you the lawn of your dreams.
We have a base program we use as an approach to every lawn. Our base program is extremely powerful in tackling even the worst issues; however, our technicians understand that our program is simply a starting point. There are many times we have to reach into our bag of tricks to solve specific issues. So while we do have a program that will apply to every lawn, that is where our work begins. The real work comes in the form of a series of judgement calls to set the lawn up for its best chance of success.
Our Commitment to Your Lawn
Our technicians are graded on results – delivering the best results possible the first time. Therefore it is adventitious for us to make the best decisions possible for success. Luckily, our program is so strong that they won’t encounter too many issues, but in the event we do, we have the skills to be able to tackle them.
Fescue/Bluegrass Lawn Care Program
1. LATE WINTER
Application: Ammonium Sulfate + N-Ext RGS + Pre-emergent + Weed control
Date: Late Jan – Early March
N-Ext RGS is designed to apply appropriate amounts of carbon to the soil to create an aerobic condition for soil microbes to thrive. The ammonium sulfate is an immediately available nitrogen source that does not rely on hydrolysis to provide useable Nitrogen. This means better fertilizer response even in cooler wither. With the addition of ammonium sulfate, it will provide a quick green with sustainable color. The sulfate ion will create a short lasting acidic soil surface that can help mitigate formation of disease and also provide a necessary plant element: sulfur, that is crucial in our high phosphorous soils.
N-Ext RGS Video:
This time of year, I run an ester based broadleaf weed control formulated to powerfully knock down weeds – even in cool weather. This will control onions, chickweed, dandelions, henbit, etc, that are so common over the winter. The crabgrass pre-emergent prevents the emergence of crabgrass and other summer annual seedlings before they have the chance start growing.
2. Early Spring
Application: Ammonium Sulfate + Potassium Sulfate + N-Ext RGS + Pre-emergent + Weed control
Date: Early March-April
Around this time frame, the turf starts to stretch and yawn as it shakes off the cold winter. A balanced organic fertilizer will maintain color, safely, without the flush growth known to promote brown patch disease. Again, utilizing ammonium sulfate as a nitrogen source, this fertilizer will also contain potassium sulfate. The potassium in sulfate form will again increase beneficial oxygen at the soil surface to attract soil microbes. The potassium itself will aide in enzyme activities through the plant that fight stress. While it may seem like a good idea to apply high amounts of K because of the stress fighting response in the plant, it’s actually not a smart thing to do. Research out of UGA shows that over supplementation as well as under supplementation leads to visual quality decline.
Our soils in East TN are usually sufficient in K levels except in new construction sites or sites with very few trees. A soil test performed will tell us how we need to proceed with further potassium supplementation
3. Early Summer
Application: N-Ext RGS + Systemic Fungicide + Micronutrients
Unfortunately, in our area, rhizoctonia solinai is ever present in our soils. It’s a naturally occuring pathogenic fungus that effects tall fescue once day time temperatures reach 85 and night time temperatures reach 60. There are many thoughts as to how to control brown patch WITHOUT the use of fungicide, but according to data from NC State, there has been no sure fire guarantee of prevention through cultural control.
In lieu of the high probability of brown patch disease in fescue, we use fungicides to control the outbreak and potential damage of the disease.
From a business, result, and quality perspective, attacking fungus is one of the main obstacles that sets our lawns apart from our competitors in summer.
4. Early Summer
Application: N-Ext RGS + Systemic Fungicide + Micronutrients
Date: Mid June – Late July
Again, another fungicide application is performed with micro-nutrients and a carbon source (N-Ext RGS). The goal of this second application of fungicide is to take us through those late summer showers that often cause a recurrence of disease pressure. Afternoon rains lead to higher humidity in the turf canopy which is unfortunately a perfect storm for not only brown patch, but also pythium. While pythium is very rare, sometimes it is an issue during this time of the year. In the event of a pythium outbreak, we will communicate with you how to approach controlling the disease.
The N-Ext RGS will allow for efficient delivery of the micro-nutrients. The micro-nutrients will allow for more efficient plant performance through the period of stress.
5. Late Summer
Application: Grub Control + Anuvia
Date: Late July – Late August
Grubs are becoming more prevalent in our area. They are the larvae of japanese beetles and survive by feeding on the tender roots of turfgrasses. Once populations reach 4-5 larvae per square foot, they cause irreversible damage. This application is a preventative product that will eliminate the grubs as they attempt to feed on the roots of the turfgrass.
At this time we also apply Anuvia fertilizer. Anuvia is a newer product on the market that’s showing tremendous results.
6. Early Fall
Application: Organically Enhanced Granular Fertilizer (Often done in Conjunction with aeration and overseeding)
Date: Mid September-Halloween
Summer stress can be quite significant on fescue lawns -especially in the transition zone. This time of year, I use a organic material base fertilizer to help the lawn recover. The product applies beneficial bacteria, fungi, and micros back into the soil to establish a healthier root zone, meaning beautiful, deep green top growth.
7. Late Fall
Application: Slow Release Organically Enhanced Fertlizer + Soil Test
Fescue, being a cool season turf, needs as much rooting to take place during the cool season to be able to withstand as much of the summer stress as possible. This fertilizer will provide a slow, yet consistent feed to the turf to promote root tillering all winter long with the bulk of it being released the following spring. The result is better color, stronger root mass, and more turf density. At this time, we will also test the soil pH level. With this information we can show you if, and how much change needs to take place.