Broad leaf weeds are often easiest to spot, though hardest to identify as weeds. These include foliage such as sunflowers, clover, and fleabane. Many of these weeds appear as lovely flowers, and therefore often aren't identified by customers as problematic for lawns. These types of weeds, however, have the potential to kill turf and grass by spreading quickly and crowding out healthy lawns.
Grass-like weeds present their own sets of challenges. They are often difficult to spot and recognize because they have the ability to blend in with your lawn and turf. Orchardgrass, a type of grass that is often used as fescue for livestock, is often found mixed in with healthy lawns. This grass is designed to grow quickly and regenerates at a rapid rate to help feed horses and livestock in paddocks. But when it mixes in with your own lawn, it can very quickly overrun your entire yard.
Our combination of pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides help to eliminate both broadleaf weeds as well as grassy weeds. Our pre-emergent weed-killers are applied at key agronomic stages throughout the year to provide the most benefit and best possible weed-prevention. Pre-emergent fertilizers work best on certain types of weeds to prevent germination of seeds. These are most often applied in the spring and in the fall during peak germination periods for certain types of weeds--particularly crabgrass. Post-emergent weed killers are applied as necessary throughout the seasons to help keep your lawn beautifully maintained and weed-free. Eliminating weeds with post-emergent weed killers will help prevent further infestation by weeds and include systemic herbicides as well as contact herbicides. Your WinLAWN professional will help decide which ones would be most effective to keep your yard looking beautiful and free of weeds poking their ugly little heads.
WinLAWN Lawn Care Tip #2: Fertilization
Georgia lawns provide a unique challenge to Alpharetta lawn care services. The balance between fertilizing enough to provide nourishment and over-fertilizing is a difficult balance to maintain. Georgia lawns experience a fungal problem known as Rhizoctonia solani. This is a fungus that can take hold in both warm and cool weather turf, and can be exacerbated by fertilizing with high amounts of nitrogen. What makes it so prevalent in Alpharetta? The combination of warm temperatures, humid air, and high decomposition rate of grass clippings (increasing nitrogen levels in the grass and soil) create the idyllic environment for this fungus. Rest assured, the experts at WinLAWN know the perfect balance of fertilizer to prevent the easily spotted "smoke rings" in your lawn. We apply fertilizers at just the right time to help prevent the buildup of nitrates in your lawn, while still providing the necessary nourishment to keep it rich, green, and luxurious.
Our experienced professionals also know the right time to use liquid fertilizers, granular fertilizers, nitrogen-based fertilizers, and organic fertilizers. What's the difference and which one is best for your Alpharetta lawn care needs?
Liquid Fertilizers: Liquid fertilizers are fast-absorbing and can be spread more evenly. Liquid fertilizers can also be professionally mixed to achieve the exact level of nourishment for your lawn and provide the most personalized and customized lawn feed available. Liquid fertilizers provide one of the best applications for a combined treatment of pesticide and lawn feed with minimal chance of missing areas of application and work well with the humid climate of Georgia.
Granular Fertilizers: Granular fertilizer is a more cost-effective method for applying nourishment to your turf. There is less room for error, however, with granular. During dry spells or drought, granular fertilizers work well because it doesn't become "active" until it gets wet. Granular fertilizers provide a slower release of nourishing minerals for your grass, which works best in the hottest months of the year.
Nitrogen Fertilizers: Most fertilizers contain either nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium. But fertilizers containing nitrogen or nitrates are some of the most common. Ammonia, urea, or other nitrogen-containing compounds are some of the most prevalent in fertilizers. These are often used in nutrient-lacking soils such as clay or sand.
Organic Fertilizers: These usually are derived from human or animal waste or decay or compost. They are carbon-based compounds that are becoming increasingly popular. They are typically considered safer for pets and children when applied to lawns.
Of course, knowing which fertilizers to apply to your lawn and when can vary significantly depending on your soil composition, location within the city of Alpharetta, condition of your lawn, and your individual lawn and turf-care goals.
Fertilizing can be tricky business, and mastering the right combination of fertilizers and weed control can be the lawn care equivalent of rocket science. Our professional technicians can decide which ones will make your lawn the envy of your neighborhood and apply them according to professional standards.
Healthy Soil, Healthy Lawn
Part of WinLAWN's focus is a healthy soil. Healthy soil promotes healthy turf. Our professional lawn care technicians are dedicated to providing the best environment for lawns to thrive. This includes keeping the ecosystems within soil thriving. Of course this means maintaining proper soil pH, promoting healthy organisms such as probiotics and encouraging other symbiotic systems which promote a healthy ecosystem within the soil. WinLAWN gives all out lawns at least 1 treatment of lime per year to improve the nutrient availability in your lawn.
It's a scientific fact that plants require sunlight to live. Sunlight is converted to food for plants through photosynthesis, and the chlorophyll within the individual blades of grass require good, quality sunlight to stay green, lush, and strong. Certain types of grass do better in certain areas of your yard, and the area underneath shady trees or on the north side of your yard might require different seeding, feeding, and treatments than the rest of your yard. Let our WinLAWN professionals help keep your ENTIRE lawn growing thick and green.
Soil becomes compact and hard throughout the life of your lawn. Whether it is from heavy traffic, or simply poor soil quality, aeration is a necessary requirement for a healthy lawn. While it seems counter-intuitive to remove thick clumps of earth and grass to promote a thicker, healthier lawn, it is absolutely essential for yards. It helps to allow better, more even distribution of water, minerals, and fertilizers to the soil and eliminates areas of matting which can be prone to fungus and other lawn maintenance issues.
Alpharetta is a quickly growing city. With rambling lawns and rolling yards, visitors to the city experience greener, open spaces than other places of the country. It's no wonder the Atlanta suburb has had more lawns and landscapes featured in magazines than any other area of the country! The Georgia climate offers a unique set of benefits and problems for lawns, though. When it comes to Alpharetta lawn care services, the professionals at WinLAWN provide customers with comprehensive lawn care solutions. The extensive knowledge, know-how, and experience make WinLAWN a winning choice for customers to have the most beautiful yard in the neighborhood. Contact us today for a free quote!