Great lawns don't happen by accident. Developing and maintaining a lawn filled with lush green turfgrass requires consistent attention and upkeep. In addition to keeping the lawn areas mowed and edged, various treatments are applied over the course of the year to insure that the grass is healthy, grows well, and is as beautiful as it can be.
A good fertilization program is essential for healthy turf. Without a fertilization program you will usually get thin weedy pale green grass. The fertilizer helps control weeds and keeps the turf full, lush and dark green. Our fertilizers are custom blended for each application. We use soil analysis, type of turf and surrounding conditions to determine the correct fertilizer blend. Fertilizer technology advances continuously, and we make sure to stay informed of all new products to help get the best results for our customers. One of the latest advancements is the wide availability of organic, eco-friendly fertilizers, which are available to all of our commercial landscaping clients.
Fertilization intervals will vary depending on the type of grass and plants, and the blend of fertilizer that is used. Typically fertilizer will be applied anywehere from 3 to 6 times per year.
Weed control is essential to making a property look well maintained. If left unchecked, weeds can quickly take over large portions of the turf, making it hardfer to get under control. For effective weed control , it is important to both kill established weeds and prevent them from appearing at all. We use a spray pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds from germinating and a post-emergent to control the weed that did appear. Some common weeds we battle here in the Dallas - Fort Worth area include:
Our typical weed control program consistes of two Pre-Emergent treatments and three Post-Emergent treatments. However, since each commercial property, lawn and landscaping are unique, we can customize a program to meet its specific needs.
Disease control is another component important to lawns. Areas that have been effected by disease are usually discolored and unhealthy looking, and are prone to spreading if not treated. Although diseases can effect any type of turf, we have found that we most often see problems such as Take All Patch and Brown Patch, which are fungal diseases, in St. Augustine grass here in the Dallas - Fort Worth area.
As part of our lawn care program we constantly monitor the landscape for insects and disease. If a property has a problem with a disease we will apply a preventive treatment otherwise, we will treat only when we detect a symptom. Diseases will build up immunity to the chemicals, so we do not apply them unless we detect a problem. There are some environments that are prone to insects and disease so we monitor those areas closely. Lawn disease treatments are separate from fertilization and weed control, and usually require only one or two applications to be effective.
Insects are always going to be part of any outdoor environment. Unfortunately there are some insects which are harmful to to the health of valuable turf and plants.
Insects destructive to turf include:
Insects destructive to plants include:
We utilize different control methods for the different kinds of insects we may find on a property. Ants are treated using a granular or pwder application. Scale is controlled via dormant oil. All other insects are treated using a spray application. Once we know which insects are a problem at your property we can also institute an Integrated Pest Management program. This consists of introducing "good' insects into the area which feed on the "bad" insects.
Treatments for lawn insects are separate from fertilization, weed control and disease control. Depending on the specific insects, we can usually have them under control in one to two treatments.