Springfield Lawn Fertilization Service
If you want a healthy and luscious-looking lawn, it takes more than just watering and mowing it regularly. Fertilizing your lawn is an important aspect of lawn care that most people don’t ever consider. When it comes to fertilizing your yard, we focus on the 3 important components that go into it:
Using the right ingredients: Lawn fertilizer is comprised of three major nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Nitrogen makes grass plants grow and become greener; phosphorus stimulates root growth and seedling development, and potassium promotes disease tolerance as well as drought tolerance.
Timing: Timing of fertilization treatments is also important to achieve a healthy-looking yard. Proper lawn fertilizing factors in “nitrogen release rate.” How fast the nitrogen is released determines how fast the grass will green up, how much it will grow, and how long the results will last. Lawn grasses require a steady and controlled feeding to create a thick, green lawn that is free of patches.
Proper distribution: According to the University of Illinois, two important factors to consider when fertilizing lawns are how much and when to apply. About three pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per growing season is suggested for most full-sun lawns.
The Wellman’s Way: Our six step fertilizing program has been carefully developed to provide for maximum turf health and the prevention and/or elimination of unwanted pests and weeds. The application schedule is primarily based on the time of year, though weather conditions and specific turfgrass issues may also play a role in determining the ideal time for a specific treatment.
The following is a brief summary of each step in the program. Note that each step includes some form of turf fertilizer.
Step 1 – Crabgrass preventer + slow release fertilizer (early to mid April):
Helps to prevent crabgrass and certain other weed grasses from germinating.
Step 2 – Crabgrass preventer + slow release fertilizer, Liquid broadleaf weed killer (mid to late May):
Existing perennial broadleaf weeds (ie. dandelions, etc.) are eliminated.
Step 3 – Slow release fertilizer (late June to early July):
Helps to relieve stress and ensure maximum resistance to warm, dry weather during mid summer.
Step 4 – Grub & insect killer + slow release fertilizer (late June to early July):
Kills any subsurface and surface feeding insects & larvae including grubs, cutworms, and sod webworms.
Step 5 – Liquid broadleaf weed killer (granular optional) + fertilizer (mid September):
Any existing perennial broadleaf weeds (ie. dandelions, etc.) are eliminated.
Step 6 – Winterizer + slow release fertilizer (early to mid October):
Promotes healthy fall growth with prolonged greening, and helps to ensure winter vigor.