Our full program consists of 7 applications of fertilization. We use a custom blended granular fertilizer on 6 services and a balanced liquid fertilizer with the late spring service.
We guarantee treatment for more weeds than our competitors. While other companies charge extra for the more difficult weeds like crabgrass and nutsedge, we include them as part of our regular
service, and back up our guarantee with unlimited free service calls. We use the top product on the market, SedgeHammer, to control nutsedge. And, of course, a pre-emergent is included in the spring to keep grassy-weeds from invading your lawn.
Topical Insect Control
Pro Turf includes a topical insect control as a part of your regular service. This treatment is applied in late summer when turf-damaging insect such as sod webworm, army worms, and chinch bugs, begin feeding on your grass.
Our full program consists of 7 total lawn applications starting in March and each application is roughly 4-6 weeks apart, heavily depending on Mother Nature.
We apply grub control in the early summer to target grubs during a time when they must feed constantly to survive. Our product takes effect as the grub worms begin to feed and leaves them to naturally fertilize the lawn from below. If by some chance grubs are able to break through our treatment, we will come back with a different product designed to kill grubs instantly. Once we have them eliminated we will repair the damage FREE OF CHARGE! Communication between a lawn service and customer is very important at this time of the year, if you see any sudden damage to the lawn, please contact us immediately!
We apply lime treatments in early spring, as well as late fall. Lime is applied to adjust the acidity of your soil to a range that will allow grass to flourish. Some indicators for acidic soil are: bare areas surrounding trees and protruding outward, moss growing in the yard, a purple tinge visible in late summer to early fall.
It is important to note that fruit-bearing trees will add acidity to the soil every year. If you have larger trees, an annual lime treatment may be needed to keep your soil in the correct range.
Aeration and Seeding
Aeration and seeding should be done in the fall not only to relieve soil compaction, but also to repair summer insect and drought damage. Aeration and seeding will also ensure that your lawn continues to thicken and develop a strong root system for the next growing season.
For those unfamiliar with core aeration, this is the same service that is performed on golf course greens. It is a process that extracts “plugs” of existing soil and deposits them on the surface of the lawn. The aeration service:
- Relieves soil compaction allowing grass roots to expand.
- Allows air, sunlight, rain/water, fertilizer and nutrients to penetrate deep into the root system where it is needed.
- It brings microorganism’s to the surface. While they are working their way back into the soil, they help to break up the thatch layer that can accumulate on the surface of the soil.
- The cores (plugs) break up over a week or so, providing a light “top dressing” of fresh soil, which also aids in the decomposition of any accumulating thatch.
- The aerator holes create a moist, protected, environment for seedling growth.
- It permits the root system to go deeper where the ground temperature is cooler and more moist, allowing the grass to stay greener longer in the heat of the summer.
For the best results, we recommend that seeding be done following an aeration or verticutting. This will allow you to create a seed bed by loosening the soil with the aeration or verticutting, thus allowing you the most “seed to soil” contact, which is crucial to seed germination.
The best time to do seeding is in the fall! By following the natural life cycle of most grasses, which go to seed during summer and then germinate in the early fall, you will get the best, most vigorous stands of grass. Competition is at its lowest point of the year from weeds and insect pests and you also avoid the chance of newly seeded grass from getting burned in the hot summer months.