Treatments





A well-balanced nutrient plan will keep your grass healthy throughout the year. We could write hundreds of pages of information on the nutrients given to the lawn but we have chosen a few key ideas we feel are the most important. Listed below are some of the most important things to remember when applying nutrients to the lawn.

  1. Use slow release products applied at consistent intervals. Slow release products will generally last at least six to eight weeks. When these products are applied at consistent intervals it provides a slow steady release over a long period of time. Avoid sporadic treatments with fast release fertilizers. You will have quick surges of growth and then rapid slow downs. Quick surges and rapid slow downs create added stress to the grass plant.
  2. When selecting fertilizers, choose products that have an analysis with a ratio of 1:0:1 or 2:0:1. The first number is Nitrogen, which is the “energy” for the plant. It is the major nutrient for energy. The middle number is Phosphate, which helps promote seed germination. Phosphorus is vital when seeding to help with seed germination. This nutrient is not mobile in the soil, it stays in place and the grass is rarely deficient. The third number is Potash, which helps the grass with drought tolerance and heat stress. That is important for the summers in Iowa.
  3. Apply fertilizers with Micronutrients. Micronutrients are not less important than the macronutrients (N, P, and K). They are just as important; they are just needed in smaller amounts.
  4. During the entire season you should apply 3-5 pounds of Nitrogen for every 1000 square feet of grass. This will assure that the grass is not deficient but also that fertilizer in not wasted over feeding the lawn.




5 Treatment Plan

Treatment #1
Applied Late March-Early May
Slow release granular fertilizer
Pre emergent grassy weed control

Treatment #2
Applied May-June
Slow release granular fertilizer
Broadleaf weed control as needed

Treatment #3
Applied July-August
Light slow release fertilizer application
Post emergent grassy weed control
Spot treatment of broadleaf weeds

Treatment #4
Applied Late August-Mid October
Slow release granular fertilizer
Broadleaf weed control as needed

Treatment #5
Applied Mid October-November
Late fall slow release granular fertilizer

Learn more about the fertilizer we use.

4 Treatment Plan 

Treatment #1
Applied Late March-Early May
Slow release granular fertilizer
Pre emergent grassy weed control 

Treatment #2
Applied May-June
Slow release granular fertilizer
Broadleaf weed control as needed 

Treatment #3
Applied Late August-Mid October
Slow release granular fertilizer
Broadleaf weed control as needed 

Treatment #4
Applied Mid October-November
Late fall slow release granular fertilizer

Learn more about the fertilizer we use.

3 Treatment Plan 

Treatment #1
Applied Late March-Early May
Slow release granular fertilizer
Pre emergent grassy weed control 

Treatment #2
Applied May-June
Slow release granular fertilizer
Broadleaf weed control as needed 

Treatment #3
Applied Late August-Mid October
Slow release granular fertilizer
Broadleaf weed control as needed

Learn more about the fertilizer we use.

Additional treatment options available

*Organic fertilizer program available 

Preventive Grub Control
Applied Early July 

*Compost topdressing
Best done in the spring or fall 

*Core aeration
Best done in the spring and fall

*signifies treatments that can be done to improve turf nutrition and quality with minimal use of pesticides.

Weed Control

In most cases weeds are present in a lawn because something is wrong. Compaction, thin areas, wrong type of grass for the sight, and grass that is under stress creates a suitable environment to support weed growth. When a weed is sprayed with a herbicide you are only killing what is actively growing. You are not fixing the problem that caused the weed to be there. It is important to use weed control materials as a tool and not a fix all when maintaining your lawn. Follow the above steps to help reduce stress on the grass plant, thicken the grass, and to aid in choosing the suitable grass type for the job.

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