Don Crawford Landscape Co.

Lawn Care and Restoration Process

Early Spring Lawn Care Service (#1):

Crabgrass: A crabgrass preventative is applied to the lawn. This will stop crabgrass seed from germinating. As crabgrass is an annual weed (it dies each fall), it needs to grow from seed each year. By stopping it now, you should have a crabgrass free lawn for the season.

Fertilizer: Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus are the macro-nutrients your lawn needs just as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats are what your body needs. This spring fertilizer will give your lawn the necessary nutrition to green up and build a strong root system for the coming year.

Spot Seeding: As nobody's lawn is perfect all year every year, nor will yours be. The trick is to re-seed those bare spots once they appear. After the winter, you will likely have bare patches for a variety of reasons. This is a great time to get the right seed into your lawn and start the healing process.

Late Spring Lawn Care Service (#2):

Crabgrass: Even though we applied a crabgrass preventer during step #1, our job is never done. To really effectively control that pesky weed, we need to apply a light “booster” of the crabgrass control. This will extend and strengthen the control you will get over the crabgrass.

Broadleaf Weeds: Spring is when the weeds try to take over that nice lawn of yours. The yellow heads of dandelions speckle suburban neighborhoods and remind us that Mother Nature will always be one step ahead. Now is the time to put her in her place. This application will control about 85% - 90% of the weeds that are infesting your yard.

Spot Seeding: We can now “touch up” those areas that still need some help.

New installation prep work
Before Lawn Restoration

Early Summer Lawn Care Service (#3):

Summer Fertilizer: A heavily organic based fertilizer is applied to gently feed your lawn through the hotter summer months. A heavier fertilizer application would actually promote serious disease problems, so now is the time to go light. Organic based fertilizers are slowly, naturally broken down and released by the soil microbes. This helps feed not only your lawn, but also the entire soil ecosystem.

Grub Control: White grubs are the larval form of several types of beetle. The Japanese Beetle is probably the best known culprit. These grub eggs are laid in the summer. They hatch in the early fall and begin feeding on the roots of your lawn. If left untreated, White Grubs will decimate entire sections of your lawn. This application will protect your lawn for the entire summer and fall seasons.

Late Summer Lawn Care Service (#4):

Summer Weed Control: In addition to some stubborn spring weeds, there are several difficult summer weeds that need to be taken care of. Among them are Nutsedge, Parlance, and yes, Crabgrass. We have individual specialty products that are formulated to eliminate these weeds without harming your lawn. At the same time, if any pesky spring weeds are still lingering, we'll selectively spray them now too.

Insect Control: Since insects love the summer heat, now is the time to stop them. We apply a product that will reduce the populations of such pests as Chinch Bugs or Sod Webworms. Left untreated, these insects will suck the juices out of your grass just when the grass needs them most.

New lawn in 5-7 days
After Lawn Restoration

Early Fall Lawn Care Service (#5):

Fertilizer: After that hot, stressful summer, your lawn needs a good feeding. The root system is now under stress and the insects have taken a toll. As we enter the cooler fall months, it's time to fortify your lawn with all the nutrients necessary to rebuild and reestablish your lawn.

Spot Seeding: You'll probably have some bare patches that just couldn't handle the summer heat. No problem, it's probably better that those weak patches died, because now we can seed with stronger, more viable seed blends. We always have the best blends of seed on the trucks so that our technicians can choose the right seed for your lawn.

Mid-Fall Lawn Care Service (#6):

Soil Amendment: If your lawn's pH is too low (acidic), we can balance it by adding limestone. If it's already ideal, we will add gypsum. Both of these products are natural minerals that have a variety of micro-nutrients to help your lawn stay healthy. Limestone and Gypsum are like multi-vitamins for your lawn.

Seeding Touch-Up: Even though it's getting into the end of the growing season, we can often still get some great grass to grow in before the winter hits. If any bare patches are still evident, we will re-seed them during this service.

Late Fall Lawn Care Service (#7):

Winterizer: Do you remember learning in school about the life cycles of plants? Right before the winter, plants send food reserves to the root system for storage. When the spring comes, they then draw upon these reserves to start growing again. This application gives your lawn a great supply of nutrients to send to the roots for storage. Though you won't see dramatic results this season, your lawn will thank you for it in the spring.