Our Regular Program consists of 6 treatments per year.
Each treatment has applications of slow release, golf course quality fertilizers or a Soil Amendment (Once per year) and broadleaf weed controls when weeds are actively growing. You’ll also benefit from a crabgrass pre-emergent and a crabgrass post emergent. We also add micro nutrients that are essential for plant health. Many customers also choose to add a grub control during the late spring and summer.
TRADITIONAL 6 APPLICATIONS PER YEAR
Do you want a healthy, green lawn without the hassle? You can count on us to make it happen. With every lawn being different, our expert technicians provide a tailored treatment, featuring superior weed control & fertilization. With our lawn care in the Minneapolis – St Paul area, your lawn will thrive. And the best part? You won’t have to lift a finger!
Round 1: Slow Release Fertilizer, Crabgrass Pre-Emergent, Broadleaf Weed Control
Round 2: Slower Release Fertilizer, Crabgrass Post Emergent, Broadleaf Weed Control, Micro Nutrients
Soil Amendment Round: Soil Amendments, possibly humic and fulvic acid, gypsum, lime or micro nutrients. Won’t interfere with the timing of the other applications.
Round 3: Organic Based Fertilizer with Broadleaf Weed Control, Crabgrass Post Emergent and many customers choose Grub Control for this application (additional charge)
Round 4: Full, balanced Fertilizer, still slow release, broadleaf weed control for fall dandelions & creeping charlie.
Round 5: Fall Feeding – Faster release, higher Nitrogen fertilizer for fall feeding, root growth and carryover for spring health
Optional but highly recommended – Lawn Aeration
Optional: Grub Control – this is increasingly a favorite application of customers to control grub worms in the lawn.
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Traditional or Natural
Is a Natural Alternative for me?
A traditional program includes Professional Fertilizers, applied properly and at just the right times of the year. The fertilizers are the very same ones golf courses use to get the most out of their feeding program. Crabgrass Pre-Emergent control and Broadleaf weed controls are used as well, controlling creeping charlie, wild violets, dandelions, clover, thistle and over 60 other broadleaf weeds. All Materials are registered with the EPA and have been registered with the MN Department of Agriculture. We always take your safety seriously when we choose our materials. During most applications, we just ask that you stay off the lawn until the material dries, or about one hour.
NATURAL PROGRAM Fact or Hype?
We offer a natural program. We don’t recommend this though. Generally, customers are not satisfied with the results. If it’s really important to you and you can keep expectations a little lower, we will put you on a natural program. It actually costs us a little less for us and easy for us to apply.
It’s not that some other company is using a better product than us, there just isn’t enough Nitrogen to make the lawn green and healthy. The other problem is that much of the hype of “organic based” and organic fertilizers is that it is often made with human feces from Milwaukee called Milorganite. Milorganite has heavy metals in it, although below EPA regulations, but it defeats the purpose of using organic fertilizers. It’s pretty safe, but it still cannot be used to fertilize USDA certified organic crops. https://www.milorganite.com/faq And in Minnesota, where we care about water quality, it has a very high phosphorous rate (2-4%)!
It isn’t that Milorganite is bad, at best it’s fair and with the Phosphorous and Cadmium, why bother with it?
“But natural fertilizers feed the soil”. There isn’t enough product to make a meaningful change in the soil. If you look at your current lawn care service, they are probably applying a 50/50 mix of synthetic fertilizers and milorganite at a rate of 4 pounds per 1000 Ft2. That’s 2 pounds of Milorganite per 1000. The recommended rate on the Milorganite bag is 12.8 pounds per 1000 Ft2 so your current rate is 85% less than recommended.
Another way to look at it is that a 2 pound per 1000 milorganite app works out to .001875 pounds per square foot. If you wanted to change the rootzone of 6 inches, topsoil weighs about 40 pounds per cubic foot. That means you’re adding 0.00009375% more organic matter.
Is there a product that works better? Yes, compost is best. Blood Meal, Feather Meal. We really like Humates. This program isn’t quite available yet, but we are working on it and should have a proper mix sometime later in the spring. Bottom line is as of 2019, we will perfect the fertilizer before we offer more natural programs.