Fertilizing

Fertilizing is important to maintain the overall health of a landscape. We can split this up into two categories; turf and landscapes. We have a 5-step fertilization plan for turfgrasses that begins in early spring and ends in fall. Landscapes do not need to be fertilized as often as turf, beds with more flowering shrubs and perennials will need more nutrients than evergreens and non-flowering plants.

Turfgrass

Early Spring – April/May

In spring we start off with a Pre-emergent herbicide and fertilizer mix. This helps to prevent weeds from germinating and provides some nutrients for early spring growth. We would spray for weeds at this time.

Early Summer – Mid June

This application is slow release fertilizer. Slow release fertilizer helps to minimize fast growth which is not beneficial to the turf. Slowly releasing nutrients helps create a better root system and a healthier turf that can withstand poor conditions better. At this time we are trying to help the turf get established to help it withstand any summer drought conditions. We would spray for weeds at this time.

Summer – Late July

This application is of slow-release fertilizer is to help feed the turf and keep it growing. We would spray for weeds at this time.

Early Fall – Early September

This application of slow release fertilizer is to help with the late Summer/Fall growth as temperatures drop. We would spray for weeds at this time.

Fall – Early October

In fall we apply a fertilizer to help the roots to grow. Turf puts more energy into growing roots in the fall so that it can withstand the winter and be ready to grow in spring. Any fertilization at this point is for growing the roots and putting nutrients into storage for use in spring. We would spray for weeds at this time.

Landscape

Fertilizing in the landscape occurs much less than fertilizing turf. Most trees and shrubs need to be fertilized once a year. Some beds with a large number of flowering plants may require a more intensive plan consisting of soil tests, multiple applications per year and incorporating compost. We also can incorporate pre-emergent herbicides into the plant beds twice a year to help control weed growth. We can come up with a program that will take care of the whole landscape.