6 steps to a lush, weed-free lawn

For lawn fertilizing and weed control, call Greenlawn

Greenlawn’s most popular service is a six-step program of lawn fertilizing and weed control that starts in early spring.

The first application occurs just as lawns are waking up in the areas of Southeast Michigan influenced by the waters of Lake Huron, St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair. Greenlawn times it for maximum effectiveness.

The six-step service combining weed control and lawn fertilizing continues periodically, about every five weeks, through late fall on a well-timed schedule planned by Greenlawn.

Customers in St. Clair County, Sanilac County, Macomb County and the Grosse Pointe swear by Greenlawn’s program of lawn fertilizing and weed control.

The program is most effective when the property owners help. Here’s all the customer needs to do:

  • If it’s a liquid application we ask you to avoid watering and mowing for a 24-hour period to let the application settle into the turf.
  • If we apply a granular application, it works better if you irrigate your lawn to activate the product.
  • Maintain a lawn mowing height of 3 – 3 1/2 inches during the growing season to maximize shading of roots. Sharp mower blades are imperative to reduce blade tearing.
  • Irrigate lawn in times of drought. A typical lawn needs at least 1 inch of rainfall/irrigation per week to maintain lush, green color.

By the way, the professional-grade lawn fertilizing and weed-control products we apply have a strength and formulation not available at a big-box store.

Each time Greenlawn does an application, we tell you exactly what we’re applying and any instructions that you can help with.

Greenlawn’s six-step lawn fertilizing and weed-control program meets or exceeds all state and federal requirements for environmental responsibility.

The pros at Greenlawn are very familiar with the predominant soils throughout the service area and adjust the six applications accordingly.

However, every homeowner is encouraged to do a soil test, have it analyzed by the MSU Extension Service, then share the results with Greenlawn so we can further customize our approach to your landscape’s needs.

In St. Clair County, Port Huron has an MSU Extension Service. In Macomb County, it’s located in Clinton Township.

Application 1 – Early Spring

Greenlawn fertilizes your lawn and attacks crabgrass before it starts sprouting. The fertilizers we use include urea and potash, and for newly seeded or sodded lawns, a dose of phosphorous. At the same time, we select and apply a weed-control product for pre-emergent control of crabgrass and many other broadleaf weeds.

Application 2 – Late Spring

This fertilizer application consists of a balanced nitrogen, phosphate (if needed), and potassium plus iron to promote greening. The weed-control products we include with this application target dandelions, plantain, chickweed and other unwanted plants in your lawn.

Application 3 – Summer

Another shot of fertilizer and weed control formulated for summer weather conditions. This application may be granular and may be combined with our grub-control application if included in your program.

Application 4 – Late Summer

A late summer weed-and-feed application combines our specially formulated fertilizers and weed controls to arrest those dandelions, plantains and chickweeds whose seeds have drifted into your yard.

Application 5 – Early Fall

By early fall, most perennials will have come and gone and your annual flower plantings will have peaked, but weed seeds are still active. So, Greenlawn applies another dose of lawn fertilizer and weed control, adjusting the products to get the best results possible for our fall weather conditions in Southeast Michigan.

Application 6 – Late Fall

Believe it or not, fall is the best time to control weeds. Weed control products applied at this time are transported to the roots, killing the entire plants instead of just the parts above the soil surface. The late fall lawn-fertilizing formula keeps your grass healthy right until the time it goes dormant and becomes covered with snow.

Healthy Lawn Care program protects waterways

Endorsed as a Healthy Lawn Care provider, Greenlawn Landscape Management offers an alternative to our six-step fertilizing and weed control program that appeals to the most environmentally conscientious gardeners.

An initiative of the Michigan Green Industry Association, this endorsement reflects Greenlawn’s offering of certain individualized options for lawn fertilizing and weed control.

The Healthy Lawn Care program tailors the type and amount of products to the specific needs and areas of each lawn. It features:

  • Spot weed treatment — no blanket herbicide
  • Use of only slow-release nitrogen so as not to reach the water table
  • Client education
  • Environmentally-friendly application methods (which have long been a hallmark of Greenlawn’s service)

Greenlawn Landscape Management owner Ron Skover said, “As life-long residents of the Blue Water Area, we at Greenlawn care as much as anyone about our Great Lakes, rivers and streams. They are ours to protect.”

He added, “We’re proud to be recognized as a company that can meet the high standards of this program.”

Call Greenlawn to discuss options to achieve a green, weed-free lawn via the Healthy Lawn Care approach.

Your customized program will start with a soil test. Greenlawn encourages every property owner to do this simple test, but for this program it’s a requirement. How do you know what products your lawn needs until you know what nutrients are present and what’s missing?

Your soil test starts with obtaining a $25 test kit from the MSU Extension Service bookstore.  Follow instructions to collect one cup of soil from your yard. Two weeks after mailing it in, you’ll have your test results. Easy.