The numbers on the bag or label (18-0-5) tell you what percentage of each ingredient is in the mix of fertilizer and they stand for Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium.
Nitrogen helps it grow and get greener, Phosphorous stimulates root growth and helps seeds sprout, and Potassium helps grass withstand stresses like disease and drought. So, make sure you use the right type of fertilizer for your property. Not all fertilizers are the same, typically a slow-release fertilizer is preferred.
Step #1 - Early Spring Fertilization & Crabgrass/Early Broadleaf Weed Control (March-April)
We apply a slow release fertilizer very early in the season for an early-spring green up. This is also the time when we can most effectively control crabgrass and will apply crabgrass preventer. We spot-treat for broadleaf weeds, as needed.
Step #2 - Crabgrass Preventative plus
Broadleaf Weed Control (late April-May)
We spray to kill all broadleaf weeds-- dandelions, creeping charlie, buckthorn, etc. This is a very important step. Please remember that we can only control those broadleaf weeds showing at the time of application. We also apply crabgrass preventative to insure season-long control.
Step #3 - Grub Control / Fertilizer (late June-July)
We apply this step in June/July, depending on the seasonal conditions. This applied chemical gives season-long control of grubs. This step must be watered in after being applied or it will not be effective! A slow-release fertilizer is applied at this time to sustain your lawn through the high stress of summer heat.
Step #4 - Broadleaf Weed Control/ Fertilizer (August-September)
Another application of a slow-release fertilizer is applied to maintain a healthy turf into the fall season. We will also apply broadleaf weed control to combat fall weeds.
Step #5 - Fall Fertilization (late October-November)
Fall is the best growing time of the year for turf grass. We’ll apply a final application of fertilizer to help promote good root growth, which in turn, will help maximize recovery from any summer stresses and give a boost for the spring season.
Types of Weed Control
Chemicals that prevent or kill existing weeds are known as herbicides. While all herbicides control weeds, the key is knowing which one is most effective for your weed problem. It’s important to first properly identify the weed you wish to eliminate. This will enable us to choose the appropriate herbicide product and correctly time its application to achieve optimum weed control.
Preemergence herbicides are most effective when applied a few weeks prior to the germination and emergence of weed seeds. They will not control established weeds. These herbicides create a weed control zone on the soil surface, preventing seeds from germinating.
Postemergence herbicides are applied after the weed is established and actively growing. While a few products work through soil application, the majority of postemergents work on contact. They are absorbed through the surface of leaves and translocated throughout the plant. It is recommended that applications be made during a dry, eight-hour period, since rain can wash off the material and reduce control. Most broadleaf weeds are controlled by postemergent herbicides.
POPEL Landscaping and Design, can help you to determine which application is best for your lawn.