Lawn Care Grand Rapids, MI
There’s nothing better than thick, green grass during a Michigan summer. There’s just something about the look and feel of a healthy lawn. Although a healthy yard is pleasant to look at, there are a number of variables that go into creating and sustaining a lush, green lawn.
It’s important to understand the relationship between mowing, fertilizing, and broadleaf weed control. Maintaining a healthy lawn is much more than the occasional mowing or sprinkling. Mowing, fertilizing, and broadleaf weed control are essential components required in order to have that beautiful Michigan lawn.
Mowing tips –
- In Michigan, it’s best to mow between 3.25 and 3.5 inches on a weekly basis. A healthy root system is the foundation for a beautiful lawn. Deeper roots provide increased access to moisture and nutrients your grass needs in order to thrive in a Michigan climate.
- Although there are several methods for tackling weeds and insects in a lawn, the best defense against weeds and insects is assuring the health of your grass. Healthy turf is a great defense against unwanted leafy or crawly insect guests.
Here, we can see how the length of the grass corresponds to the depth of the roots:
Fertilizer and broadleaf weed control tips –
- Like any other living organism, grass requires nutrients on a regular basis. Fertilizer serves as an important component to maintaining a thick, green lawn.
- In a climate like Michigan, a 5-step fertilizer and broadleaf weed control program is recommended. Here, a slow release fertilizer assures your lawn is fed throughout the growing season. In addition to fertilizer, broadleaf weed control is applied to your lawn, providing a necessary level of protection against the presence of weeds in your lawn.
- Utilizing a licensed professional is recommended when applying a broadleaf weed control program. The state of Michigan requires that all commercial applicators are licensed. Not only does this mean that a higher level of education and trainng is required to apply fertilizer and weed control, but licensed applicators have access to professional grade products not found in your local home improvement store.
Our 5 step plan consists of the following applications.The first application includes a spring fertilizer that contains Dimension. This will green up the lawn and prevent crabgrass from germinating. The second through fourth applications include a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen to help your lawn green up and grow. We also spray your weeds with broadleaf herbicide and spray any crabgrass that may have sneaked past the pre-emergent we put down. The fifth application includes a fertilizer that is low in nitrogen and high in potassium. This is the most important application of the season, and will help winterize your lawn and prepare it for the following year. This is also the best time to spray weeds, so we apply a broad leaf herbicide to kill any perennial weeds so they do not show up next year.
Most lawns will benefit from Core Aeration. This service includes us going around your entire lawn and pulling out 2-3 inch plugs of dirt. This service allows your grass to grow deeper roots because it increases the oxygen level as well as the ability for water and fertilize to get to your lawns roots. Sticking a screw driver in your lawn is a good way to tell if your lawn needs aeration. If there is any resistance when your try to stick the screwdriver in your lawn, your lawn needs aeration. If there is no compaction and it slides right through, your lawn will receive no benefit.
Timmer Lawn and Snow LLC is dedicated to providing exceptional quality and competitive pricing. In addition, Doug Timmer (owner) holds a degree from Michigan State University in Landscape and Lawn Management. Doug leverages his education to assure the best possible care for your lawn.