Lawns need the proper amount of nutrients to thrive. Regular feedings are critical to the overall health of your lawn. A good general rule of thumb is that you should feed your lawn when it is actively growing. A fall feeding is the exception to this rule. A fall feeding will help prepare your lawn for the dormancy period ahead. The timing of this feeding gives your lawn the reserves it will need over the winter months.
NOTE: For best results your lawn will need to be fertilized 5 times a year. With Eco-Lawn System Program.
Early spring (March to April) —
Spring feedings replenish nutrients used up over the winter months and provide the needed nutrients for the upcoming heavy growing season. This is also a good time to apply crabgrass preventer.
Spring (March to May) —
This feeding replenishes the nutrients that the actively growing lawn has used up and is also a good time to control broad leaf weeds.
Summer (May to August) —
Summer stress caused by heat, drought, wear and insects takes a toll on your lawn. A summer feeding will help your lawn recover from summer stress damage and replenish the needed nutrients.
Fall (September to November) —
Fall is the most important time to feed. This feeding will strengthen roots and provide your lawn with the proper nutrients needed over the winter months and increase nitrogen storage for an early spring green up.
Lawn Weed Control
Weeds take much-needed nutrients and water from a lawn. It is very important to keep weeds under control. You can substantially reduce the amount of weed pressure you have in your lawn with good mowing habits and by following a regular fertilizing schedule. By keeping weeds under control you will have a healthier, better looking lawn. DO NOT seed for at least 90 days after a pre-emergent has been applied. Pre-emergent weed killers are designed to prevent seeds from germinating and can remain in the soil for up to 90 days. Check pre-emergent label for exact time period to wait before seeding. Do not apply a weed control herbicide until the newly seeded area has fully germinated and become established (usually after the 3rd or 4th mowing).
Importance of Core Aerating
Caring for your lawn also means caring for the soil. Lawns where soil oxygen (air), water and nutrients are easily accessible by grass roots produce a healthier, thicker lawn. Soil that has become compacted over time does not allow grass roots to receive adequate oxygen (air), water and nutrients. A great way to correct this is by aerating or “core aerating” your lawn.
What is Aeration?visit our aeration page.
Aeration or "core aeration," occurs when small holes penetrate the soil removing a portion of the soil, grass and any other material at the soil level. The holes should be at least ¾” diameter, penetrate 3” to 4” deep and be approximately 3” to 4” apart.
Aerating allows water, oxygen (air) and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the soil, resulting in better nutrient availability for grass roots. This also encourages the grass roots to grow deeper as the soil is easier to penetrate.
• It is usually recommended to aerate annually in the fall.
• Aerating machines are available at most rental centers or you can hire Eco-Lawn System, LLC.
• We recommend using a machine that removes the “plugs” from the soil.
• Always aerate a moist soil for best results, not too wet and not too dry.
• The removed plugs do not need to be removed as they will disappear in a few weeks.