Because soil does not always provide adequate elements for your grass plants, fertilizer is often applied at appropriate levels to promote a healthy lawn. Most fertilizers are made up of a combination of 3 elements: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). These elements are called primary macronutrients and are naturally part of the soil makeup. Most fertilizers used by Tomlinson Bomberger are slow-release and will let out the material at a slow pace ensuring safety for the surrounding environment. As part of a custom lawn program or one of our lawn maintenance programs, we can help establish the proper fertilization treatments for your property.
Your property may be under attack by weeds. Weeds crowd out healthy turf grass and can leave your property looking poorly maintained. When selecting the correct lawn weed control measures, we offer a variety of specialty herbicides such as crabgrass control, pre-emergent herbicides, nutsedge control, and broadleaf weed control. Whether part of a comprehensive lawn care program or a custom-built program, we are capable of helping with your weed control solutions.
The best defense is a good offense! Keep your lawn thick and mow no lower than 3″. This will help make it more difficult for most weeds to grow and will encourage better growing conditions for your lawn. When the mowing season comes to an end, remember to mow your lawn lower in order to protect against snow mold issues going into the early spring.
This annual weed is a common problem in most lawns and typically grows in sunny areas. Crabgrass will typically begin emerging in late May to early June and grow more mature into the hot months of the summer. As this weed matures, it will choke out turfgrass, and drops thousands of seeds in the soil for next year’s crop of crabgrass. Mature stands of crabgrass will leave large vacant spots on the lawn after it dies off from frost in late fall. Using pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides, crabgrass is treatable, but treating it before it emerges is your best bet. This weed control is included in our lawn care programs.
There are dozens of broadleaf weeds that grow in turf in our area. These weeds will germinate at different times of the season, depending upon their variety. Whether winter annuals, summer annuals, or perennial broadleaf weeds, there are different recommendations for controlling each. Broadleaf weeds are best controlled while actively growing, shortly after they emerge. Because of weed pressure occurring throughout the year, it is advisable to have multiple broadleaf weed control visits on a lawn care program. Our lawn care programs do a good job of addressing the common weeds that are easy to control such as dandelion, chickweed, white clover, henbit, plantain, etc. Harder to control weeds such as ground ivy, violet, oxalis, thistle, and others will take repeated efforts, year after year, to reduce populations. Weed control applications are included in our lawn care programs.
Nutsedge is a common weed that will start to emerge in our area in late spring and grow throughout the summer. Selective herbicides exist to control nutsedge. This weed is very persistent and control efforts will typically control existing plants, but repeat applications should be made as this weed will regenerate and appear again throughout the summer. Because of nutsedge’s persistence during the season and subsequent years, treatment is recommended as a part of a proactive lawn care program which includes repeated visits for this hard to control weed.
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