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Lawn Care Basics

Good lawn care goes beyond just lawn maintenance, it's important to know exactly how to care for your lawn so it remains healthy, lush and beautiful. Not every lawn care company provides the same service - at Soil Service we combine decades of experience with a expert knowledge to help your care for your lawn throughout the year.

Fertilome All Seasons Lawn Food & Crabgrass Pre-emergent: Apply in early spring or fall 2 to 3 weeks prior to seed germination to obtain control of grassy and broadleaf weeds, including Henbit, Oxalis, Poa Annua, Chickweed, Crabgrass, Foxtail, Purslane, Shepherd’s Purse, Prostrate Spurge and Knotweed. Do not apply if you are planning on grass seeding in the spring!

Corn Gluten: Corn Gluten is an organic way to add a pre-emergent to your lawn! This is a 9-0-0, 100% slow release Nitrogen that feeds your lawn up to 4 months!

Fertilome Weed-Out: This broadleaf weed killer comes in two ways, with fertilizer or without. The type of grass you have will determine which one you should use. Bluegrass like more fertilizer, so Bluegrass is the type you will want "with fertilizer." Around April, when the weeds are growing, use this broadleaf killer to suppress them. Apply when the yard is wet so the weed killer sticks to the leaves of the weeds. Weed-Out controls Dandelions and over 200 broadleaf weeds!

Hi-Yield Turf Ranger: A wonderful insecticide made of Deltamethrin. This product kills ants, fleas, ticks, chinch bugs, and many other surface insects. This is not a necessary step for bluegrass and fescue lawns but, it is getting mandatory for Zoysia. Zoysia gets infested with chinch bugs and bill bugs. These bugs can destroy entire lawns if not treated! Turf Ranger gives you 1 month protection once it has been watered in!

Grub Killers: Grub Killers normally need to be put down around Father's Day. This allows the prevention of ever getting them in the first place. Merit, or Imidacloprid, is the active ingredient that gives you yard season long protection. If there is an outbreak in your lawn before you have had a chance to protect it, Dylox is the answer. Dylox is a contact killer that will rid the yard of the grubs it comes in contact with. For the organic lawns, we have Natural Guard Grub Control. Natural Guard Grub Control is made up of a Green Chemistry Award winning formulation called Mach 2. Mach 2 causes the grubs to rapidly molt, ultimately causing them to die.

Feeding in July: If you don't have Zoysia, and would like to feed your yard a little bit in the hot month of July, we recommend Milorganite. Milorganite is an organic, slow release Nitrogen fertilizer that also has iron in it to green up your lawn! If you have Zoysia, it has just started growing. You want to put an all purpose fertilizer, like Fertilome Lawn Food Plus Iron, onto your lawn. Water it in and watch it grow! Note: Even Zoysia lawns would like some waterings in the drought seasons!

Fall Fertilizers: When fertilizing in the fall, you have to know if you are going to be grass seeding or not. If you are grass seeding Fertilome New Lawn Starter is one key to a success grass growing experience. A good all purpose fertilizer, if you are not seeding, would be Fertilome Lawn Food Plus Iron. This not only feeds the lawn but, the iron makes it a nice green color again! For the organic lawn, use Natural Guard Lawn Food 8-0-4. This feeds the yard and adds humates that help feed the yard without you have to put anymore applications down! It also replenishes depleted lawns and improves your soil structure! Natural Guard Lawn Food contains 8 species of beneficial microbes which improve fertility and productivity of your soil.

Winterizer: After fall feeding, winterizing lawns with a high nitrogen fertilizer, such as Fertilome Winterizer, is a necessary step for growing vigorous, healthy turf. High nitrogen fertilizers are converted by grass plants into sugary starches. When applied in warmer months, these sugars are used by grass plants to create new leaf blades, which in turn leads to more mowing. When nitrogen is applied in late October-December, the converted starches are stored in root systems and utilized by grass plants to grow root systems through the cold winter months, as long as the ground is not completely frozen. Properly winterized, a lawn will spring out of dormancy and green up with increased vigor, while also being more drought and disease resistant. By the time summer heat & drought arrive, a well-fed, winterized lawn will survive stress much better than an underfed lawn.