Lawn Care Acworth Ga - Fireweed

Weed ID – Fireweed

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

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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.

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DIY Lawn Care – Is it really better to do it yourself?

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.lawn care acworth ga - crabgrass pre-emergent

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 downLawn Care Acworth Ga 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.

 

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Lawn Turn around of the Week – Acworth, GA

This is another transformation of one of our customers who signed up with our lawn care program in Acworth, Ga just this year.
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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)

 

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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.

Weed ID – Virginia Buttonweed

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.

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Virginia Buttonweed in Acworth, Ga

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