Residential Lawn Care: The 6-Step Program

The cool season grass types that populate New England lawns face many challenges. In addition to temperature extremes from the intense heat of the direct summer sun to the winter wind chill on bare lawns, our lawns are also subjected to both drought and flood conditions. These temperature regimes and conditions can change rapidly as we progress through our distinctive four seasons. In order to maintain lawn health, we need to be ahead of the game, providing key nutrients at just the right time and targeting both insect and weed infestations in their infancy.

The turf experts at Lawns of Southern NH have created a premier lawn care program that provides a specific combination of both fertilization and preventative lawn care treatments. We use slow-release fertilizers, which provide the turf with the essential nutrients that promote growth and are vital to the health and well-being of the lawn. Healthy turf grass is better able to out-compete weeds, preventing them from dominating your lawn environment.

We also offer lawn care services that include preventative applications to help eliminate infestations of both insects and invasive weeds like crabgrass and broadleaf as well as fungal diseases. Our custom developed applications encourage the optimal growth that increases your lawn’s resiliency to drought and temperature shocks.

Our Lawn Care Program includes the following seasonal applications which, when complemented by our best practices, will yield the perfect lawn.

Spring Lawn Application (April through mid-May)

April and May mark the beginning of our annual lawn care program. Our spring lawn application includes a balanced slow release fertilizer and preventative crabgrass and broadleaf weed control. During application, our team of lawn specialists will also treat weeds (such as dandelions and clover) that can spread quickly and overtake a lawn. Crabgrass control is an important element of our spring lawn application because early prevention helps to keep the annual grassy weed from germinating during the summer months.

Early Summer Lawn Application (Mid-May through June)

During the early summer season, our lawn care specialists apply a balanced slow release fertilizer. Additional treatments include broadleaf weed prevention, nutsedge inhibitor, and post-emergent crabgrass control.

Grub Control (Mid-May through June)

The larval stages of Japanese beetles, June beetles, and chafers are referred to as “grubs” and they can destroy a lawn quickly if not treated in time. The damage is done when the grubs feed on grass roots, causing discoloration and irregular areas of dead grass to appear during the spring and fall.

Lawns of Southern NH uses a method that has proven to be effective in protecting lawns from infestations of all the turf-destroying insect varieties that flourish in the New England climate. This preventative approach targets the egg stage of the beetles and is applied during these months. All of our regular customers are under this protection plan. Sometimes a new customer will hire us after an infestation has already occurred and, in these cases, we use a different product which can be administered in either the spring or the fall that delivers a “quick knock-down” of the grub population. Once the infestation is under control, we revert to only using the preventative treatment.

Late Summer Lawn Application (July through mid-August)

As the late summer months approach, your business or home lawn will receive a granular slow release fertilizer that will feed your lawn during the hottest part of the summer when the sun can cause the most damage. This is the time when crabgrass and other lawn weeds produce seedlings. To ensure success in controlling these lawn damaging weeds, our lawn care specialists will apply a post-emergent application for both crabgrass and broadleaf weed control.

Fall Lawn Application (Mid-August through September)

The introduction of cooler fall weather is the best time to fertilize your business or home lawn. During the month of September, Lawns of Southern NH experts apply a granular slow release fertilizer that helps to promote recovery from summer drought stress and insect infestations. Together with the cooler nights and extra rainfall of the autumn months, this creates an optimal environment for your lawn.

Winterizer Application (October through November)

In order to prepare your business or home lawn for the winter season, our lawn care specialists apply a winterizer application that promotes the root growth and food storage that is vital to your lawn’s winter survival. The treatment includes a granular application that naturally feeds grass plants through their root systems. This application, applied during the months of October and November, also creates a strong foundation for the growth of next season’s lawn.

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