How our program works
Normal lawn maintenance takes several applications per growing season. For proper weed control, the first application is the most critical. It is the building block on which the rest of the applications are based. It is a combination of two things, pre-emergence (weed preventer) and weed killer (kills weeds currently growing), applied together in one application. This first application is called the "Combo".
Most people will need a second spraying approximately 4-6 months later. This second spraying is called "The Booster" and it will usually extend weed control for the rest of the year. All weed control is accomplished by spraying. Lawn growth and health is accomplished by applying fertilizer. Fertilizer does not control weeds.
During the growing season, we will contact you by mail, via postcards, advising you when it is time for a weed control spraying or for a fertilizer application. Prices will be written on each post card.
What results can I expect:
"The Combo" by itself offers good weed control for the growing season on most lawns if there are no problem weeds like perennial grasses. "The Combo" will start to wear out, on preventing some varieties of weeds (especially Spotted Spurge), before the growing season is over. Some weeds are controlled for over a year, like Henbit.
"The Combo" works best if watered into the soil within 10 days of application with at least one half inch of water. The sooner you water after the first application, the longer your weed control will last and you will be getting more for your money.
If you are reluctant to use the watering system because it has been winterized, "The Combo" can usually wait for a rain or some snow if applied in early winter well before weeds start to germinate. I wouldn't wait longer than 30 days to water after the application. There are no guarantees on how good the weed control will work on your lawn, but past performance has usually been in the 80-90 percent control range with some lawns showing up to 98 percent control. "The Combo" will have no effect on perennial grassy weeds or Nut sedge (aka Nut grass).
Note: Our first application of pre-emergence and weed killer is so effective that it can control most of your weeds for the entire growing season. Our first application usually cost more because we use better chemicals than the competition, but you will save money for the rest of the year because we don't trick you into buying more applications later.
Will I need a second application (The Booster)?
If you cannot tolerate any weeds at any time, then the answer is yes, you will need a booster application. However, There are a lot of customers who want to save money but still want weed control. These customers buy only the first application called "The Combo" and one fertilizer application in April. This type of customer is willing to tolerate some weeds at the end of the season.
You may be able to avoid a second application if you've watered the lawn correctly within a few days of the first application. You will always get good weed control for the first few months, but length of control is dependent on proper watering of the first application. If you skip the 2nd application of weed killer, The Booster, you will probably start getting a few weed's before the first freeze. However, a good freeze will kill a lot of the summer annual weeds and may help extend your weed control until your renewal time comes up.
Notes on perennial grassy weeds:
A lot of people confuse perennial grassy weeds with Crabgrass. Crabgrass is easily prevented with proper pre-emergence applications. Perennial grassy weeds are usually found in lawns that have not had any weed control done in past years or it has been done poorly by other companies. If you have perennial grassy weeds and you want them removed, you will have to get on our "Fix your lawn plan" during the summer months. It may take a season or two to get the lawn in shape so that regular maintenance will keep the lawn looking good. Most perennial grassy weeds can be removed so that they do not re-occur. The removal process may take one or two growing seasons to be complete. The removal process will make the lawn ugly and unattractive, especially the first season.