With the cool fall weather upon us it is time to begin thinking of preparing the lawn for the winter months. An integral part of our acworth lawn care program is properly timed pre-emergent applications to prevent cool season weeds such as Poa Annua, Henbit, and chickweed. Poa Annua is the main weed you want to prevent this winter because if given a chance to germinate it can be very tough to get rid of in the spring, and can be very unsightly. Give us a call for a free quote on getting this important application done before the window of opportunity closes for the pre-emergent application. Our Acworth Lawn Care program consists of 7 carefully timed applications throughout the year to keep weeds down to the bare minimum and keep your lawn healthy. Give us a call today to get on the program and start making a difference in your lawn care this year.
A common weed to see in the lawn in Acworth, Ga in mid to late spring is Fireweed. Fireweed is a quick growing weed that may seem like a huge threat at first because it can pop up in a short amount
of time and in great numbers, However this is a very easy to eliminate weed. As a part of our Acworth, Ga lawn care program we monitor and treat as needed for Fireweed as well as other broadleaf type of weeds. Unfortunately Fireweed is one of those weeds that the the Pre-Emergent applications applied in Fall and early spring normally will not usually prevent, due to the fact that Fireweed is able to grow above the pre-emergent barrier and in the thatch layer. To help minimize Fireweed in the lawn we recommend mowing weekly during the growing season. Fireweed is unable to root well in lawns.. Between regular weekly mowings and summer heat this weed is a short lived problem. The summer heat usually will burn it out pretty quick. For our current Acworth, Ga Lawn Care customers we monitor and treat for Fireweed and other broadleaf weeds with each visit.
Fescue grass is an excellent choice for properties that do not get a great deal of sun. Fescue lawns area cool season grass that will look good most of the year during the cooler months, but will decline in the summer months. Here are a few Maintenance tips to help optimize your fescue lawn care in acworth, ga during the HOT summer months.
- Watering Watering in the early A.M. hours only is recommended. Fungus problems in fescue lawns are common during the summer on fescue lawns in acworth ga. Watering in the A.M hours will ensure that the lawn dries out by the evening and minimize chance of disease problems. 1 inch per watering per week is in one longer watering is recommended to promote a deeper root system.
- Sharpen the mower blade! – You should mow your lawn with only a sharp blade. A dull blade will shred the grass blades and make the lawn more susceptible to brown patch disease.
- Mowing Height - During the hot months we recommend raising the height of cut. 3 to 3.5 inches is a good idea.
- Mowing Frequency – Fescue can slow its growth in the summer months during the hottest times. Its a good rule of thumb to not remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade per mowing.
- Identifying a Lawn fungus – There are a few different diseases that can occur in fescue lawns in the Acworth, Ga area. Things to look out for are Circular Patches, White fungal growth, and lesions on the leaf blades. Their are many different fungicides treatments available to stop the disease, give us a call if you want to discuss treatment options for disease problems in your lawn.
- Aeration and Overseeding - We recommend Aeration and Overseeding each fall to help the lawn recover from stresses of the summer. We offer this early fall each year and its highly recommended each year for your fescue lawns.
If you have any questions about fescue or any of the stresses that occur in the summer then feel free to get in touch with a professional at Sharplawns Turf Care.
At this time of the year it is a good idea to apply a pre-emergent application to get a jump on preventing weeds in the spring. Crabgrass in particular is a weed that is best controlled by preventing it from happening in the first place. The spring pre-emergent application is an integral part of our Lawn Care program in Acworth, Ga. Our Crabgrass Pre-Emergent also controls many other broadleaf weeds as well that can also be a problem in the summer. Preventing weeds at this time of year is a good idea for the over all health of the lawn. Waiting until they are already emerging is never good because treating weeds in the summer with post emergent products can be tough on the grass in the Acworth, Ga Heat. So, even though the lawn may be dormant and not growing, there are still important steps that can be taken to get your lawn ready for the summer.
Today I just want to look at and compare the cost of doing your own Lawn Care Fertilization and Weed Control Vs. Hiring a Professional. I was out last week and was in one of the large retail stores and was glancing over the lawn care aisle and checking out many different products in stock. I know many of us like to save money by doing this our self. I believe that in most cases with the service we provide at Sharplawns that is typically the same cost to have us do it and in some cases even cheaper to just hire us.
What do you need to do it yourself?
So, lets take a look at what you will need.. So its finally spring, you want to get down that pre-emergent and weed control treatment.. A bag of pre-emergent is going to be around $50 if you are going to be taking care of a lawn that is around 1/4 acre. This does not even cover any weed control to control the weeds that are already up, so atleast $20 more if your gonna get something to spray out of the hose end sprayer. Now, your gonna have to buy a spreader which can be up to another $50. So, for a 1/4 yard your already up to $70 in the basic products alone.. and this doesn’t cover anything special to handle any difficult to control weeds.
Applying your products correctly
Now that you got what you need, your gonna have to check out the instructions on the bag.. Calibrate the equipment.. It may be a bit messy.. But, once your done, hopefully you put it down correctly. Timing everything is important as well. When you hire a professional you know that the treatments are going down correctly and at the right time of year.
Does that come with a guarantee?
So, there is obviously no guarantee with any of the products you buy from the store to put on your lawn, its up to you to put them down correctly at the right time. If the weeds don’t die, or something doesn’t go right and you aren’t getting the results you need.. you will either have to go back to the store to get more weed control, or end up having to call a service after all. With Sharplawns turf care program we offer free service calls between every visit. If a treatment isn’t working as it should, we will come back out and re-apply at no charge if it is needed. That’s a guarantee you will not get with the products you will get at the store to put out yourself.
So, in conclusion… if you want to save yourself some money, time and hassle.. Give Sharplawns a call for a free quote. Click Here to fill out our online estimate request.
The Problem: We took on this lawn onto our lawn care program in late March of 2014. As you can see from the above photo, there is very little grass, many weeds and what would appear to be little hope to improve the lawn without new sod. A lawn like this can always be a problem if your in and HOA with strict guidelines on the appearance of the front of your property. Good thing the customer gave Sharplawns a call. We were able to make a big improvement in the lawn, in a rather reasonable amount of time. (See Above)
The Solution: We started this lawn on our Acworth, Ga Lawn Care Program in late march 2014. We started with post-emergent weed control, pre-emergent weed control and special blend of slow release high nitrogen fertilizer. We made a grand total of 6 visits this year since they missed the first treatment. However, as you can see we where able to get it into reasonable shape in 7 months compared to the condition it was in when we started. The customer above followed our watering and mowing instructions very well.. while the results aren’t perfect, we felt like it was a significant enough transition to share! And… The price for this transformation was under $300. Sounds alot better than paying thousands of dollars for a sod installation! (See Above)
How our Acworth, GA lawn care treatment works: We use a combination of Liquid treatments and Granular treatments to get the best of both worlds to get the best results possible. We make it a point to use the latest and best products available to get the job done right. We stress to all our customers starting up with us that the lawn treatments alone isn’t the only thing that will fix a lawn problem.. Proper maintenance and cultural practices go hand and hand with our program which in combination will get us the results we want to see. With this being said, not only are we using good products and state of the art application techniques to get the products down correctly, we also use our knowledge and experience to keep our customers aware of the proper maintenance and cultural practices that they need to be doing on their end to get the best results from our treatments. Once you start up with Sharplawns, we aren’t just there to show up to do the work and leave… We are always readily available and can be reached at anytime if you have any questions or issues with the yard throughout the year.
Fall is here, its still not to late to start thinking about getting that pre-emergent down to prevent some of those difficult to control weeds such as Poa-Annua and Henbit. A fall pre-emergent application is an integral part of any lawn care program in acworth to prevent these weeds that are much easier to prevent than to kill once they are up. At Sharplawns we use top of the line pre-emergent products to achieve the best possible results from our lawn care program. We are Knowledgeable, Experienced and Easy to work with. We provide lawn care application (fertilization and weed control) to the Acworth, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Dallas and Hiram areas. Give us a call for a FREE quote on for lawn care today, or visit us online at http://www.lawncareacworth.com to request a free quick quote from our website.
Poa Annua is a light green colored grassy type of weed that produces white seedheads. Its an agressively growing plant that can be hard to control once it emerges. Poa annua will favor cool damp and shady areas of your lawn.
Prevention of Annual bluegrass (Poa) is an important step of our lawn care program each year in Acworth, Ga. Poa Annua begins to germinate when soil tempatures dip below 70 degrees. We apply a pre-emergent in early fall and in late fall for prevention of Poa Annua.
Poa Annua is very hard to control once it emerges, however it will die off each summer with warmer weather. We recommended staying on a regular lawn treatment program year to year to minimize all weeds in your lawn in Acworth, Ga.
Crabgrass is a common problem weed found in Acworth, Ga during the summer months. Prevention of this troublesome weed with a good lawn care program is the best way to be crabgrass free in Acworth, Ga. Crabgrass will germinate when soil temperatures are a consistant 55 degrees.
The best time to apply crabgrass pre-emergent is Mid march or earlier, since the seeds start to germinate when the soil temp’s warm up. In Acworth, Ga this can be as soon as March or April. Crabgrass is much harder to control once it starts to germinate.
Post Emergent Control
There are many different products available to control crabgrass that has already germinated, however these are generally more effective on the younger crabgrass, and the full grown crabgrass left to spread can be very hard to get rid of without damaging the turfgrass in the process.
The good News!
So you procrastinated and missed your window for crabgrass pre-emergent? The good news is the crabgrass will die out with the first frost in october, and you will get your chance to prevent it next year!
At Sharplawns Turf Care, we have a full 7 step lawn care program designed to prevent weeds of each season in Acworth, Ga. Our spring treatments start in late January and are great at preventing crabgrass and many other spring weeds. Give us a call today for a free quote, or request a free estimate online. Its never to early or to late to start thinking about lawn care in Acworth, Ga!
Virginia Buttonweed is a low growing perennial weed that can be a hard to control weed in lawns in Acworth, Ga as well as many areas in the southeast. It will tend to grow in damp areas and has a root system that grows very deep into the soil and can be very difficult to control with a lawn care program in Acworth, Ga. Pre-emergent applications are generally ineffective when preventing this difficult to control weed.
Proper cultural practices can help minimize virginia buttonweed in the lawn. Watering deeply at 1 inch per week can help promote a deep root system of your lawn which can help the turf grass better compete with Virginia Buttonweed and many other problem weeds in your lawn in Acworth, Ga. Frequent mowing would also be very helpful in minimizing this and other weeds in the lawn. We recommend mowing within the recommended height for your turf type, and be sure to never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time with each mowing. Mowing your lawn every 2 weeks is a common mistake we see many of our customers make who are on lawn care programs in Acworth, Ga. Use care when mowing so that you are not scalping areas of the lawn. These scalped areas of the lawn will be more prone to future weed infestations. Keeping a thick, healthy lawn will be the key to keeping weeds to a minimum.
There are many products out there for post emergent control of Virginia Buttonweed that have proven to keep buttonweed minimized by 80 to 90 percent. Proper care of the lawn with the correct cultural practices and a good year round fertilization and weed control program can greatly reduce the problem weeds in your lawn in Acworth, Ga