Degree Lawn & Landscape provides a turf fertilization program that is engineered to deliver a superior lawn. Premium products, top-notch technicians, and our environmentally sensible program are guaranteed to take your lawn to the next level. Our six step treatment plan plus core aeration delivers a lush, green, weed & pest free lawn that you can be proud of.
A lawn that follows a balanced fertilizer and weed control program is superior to other lawns in health and aesthetics. The natural elements that are essential for function and health of the grass plant are typically deficient in the soils on which grass is grown. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are generally the elements that we consider with a fertilization program because of the role they play in the overall function of the grass plant. Generally speaking, the analysis of fertilizers that are applied to grass have a combination of these three mineral elements. Nitrogen is the mineral element used in the greatest quantity by the grass plant; therefore it is the element that is the focus of a fertilization program. A professional fertilization program needs to be balanced and timed correctly. An unbalanced program can lead to insect and disease problems, discoloring, and improper root and tissue growth.
There has been vast improvement in the composition of fertilizers available today. Due to the increased cost of these products, many choose to stick with the old form of urea based nitrate fertilizer. At Degree Lawn & Landscape, we are focused on staying ahead of the curve and only use the best products available. All of our fertilizer rounds use granular products where the nitrogen is “stabilized.” This advancement in fertilizer technology has many benefits. Stabilized nitrogen allows for longer residual activity because it is not susceptible to loss from leaching, volatilization, and denitrification. With a Degree Lawn & Landscape fertilization program, you get continued feeding for health and dark green color while being environmentally sensible. Our professional fertilization program is as follows:
Round 1) All Mineral Fertilizer + Pre-Emergent Herbicide
This round is designed to deliver a ½ pound of Nitrogen per thousand square feet to enhance spring green-up and to provide a preventative herbicide application for inhibiting broadleaf and grassy weed germination.
Round 1A) Herbicide Blanket Spray
This round is designed to eradicate cool season weeds post germination. Weeds controlled, but not limited to are: chickweed, bittercress, henbit, dandelion, plantain, corn speedwell, and knotweed.
Round 2) All Mineral Fertilizer + Spot Treatment for Weeds
This round is designed to deliver ¾ pounds of Nitrogen per thousand square feet to re-charge the grass plant after the spring surge and to ensure a beautiful green color heading into the summer months.
Round 3) All Mineral Fertilizer + Spot Treatment for Weeds w/ the option for Grub Control
This round is designed to deliver a ½ pound of Nitrogen per thousand square feet to provide that extra boost to cope with the increased stress of the summer months. The option is available with this round for season long protection from sub-surface damaging insects.
Round 4) All Mineral Fertilizer + Spot Treatment for Weeds
This round is designed to deliver ¾ pounds of Nitrogen per thousand square feet to re-charge the grass plant after the long summer and to ensure a beautiful lawn throughout the autumn months.
Round 5) All Mineral Fertilizer + Spot Treatment for Weeds
This round is designed to deliver 1 pound of Nitrogen per thousand square feet to feed the root system of the grass plant and aid in spring green up. This is the single most important round for turf health.
Core aeration is the most important cultural practice that can be done to benefit turf health. The top layer of the soil in which grass is grown typically has a spongy layer known as thatch. The thatch layer consists of decomposing organic material and roots. Moderate thatch layers are acceptable in a lawn because it can serve as an insulator to extreme temperatures, a barrier against weeds, and improved wear tolerance. When thatch layers become excessive, problems begin to arise. Some of the greatest disadvantages of excessive thatch are poor water and air penetration, poor rooting, and severely increased insect and disease pressure. Core aeration mechanically removes plugs of soil and thatch to keep the growing medium healthy. Core aeration also relieves compaction and allows for increased light, air, and water penetration into the soil. The voids left in the soil from aeration stimulate root growth of the grass plant that in turn provides a healthy grass stand.
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