Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lawn Care Q and A - Part 1

Frequently asked questions about your lawn

Q: How do I get rid of weeds?
A: The best way to stop weeds is to get them before they start. Annual weeds that grow from seed can be prevented with the application of a pre-emergent herbicide prior to seed germination in the early spring. There is also a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent many perennial type broadleaf weeds. After the weeds appear, you can apply a post-emergent herbicide or pull the weeds by hand. We recommend a program that will control weeds and feed your lawn for healthy growth.

Q: Are dry fertilizer products better than liquid?
A: In some cases granular can be better, but in other cases, the liquid material may be the right choice. Granular applications allow for a slower release over time. This helps with ongoing pre-emergent weed control and nitrogen feeding for turf. Liquid applications are more effective on some established weeds for quicker kill and control. We use a combination of granular and liquid spot applications to achieve great results for our clients.

Q: What is core aeration and why is it important?
A: Core aeration is one of the most important processes used in keeping turf healthy. An aerator is used to reduce compacted soils and greatly reduces thatch build up, allowing the turf to breathe, which reduces the number of attacks by insects and diseases. Aeration also helps nutrients and water to reach the root zone, encouraging healthy root growth.