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What Your Lawn Needs This March

Spring is here and so are the weeds. There are things to keep in mind this month when maintaining your lawn. Let's go over a few.

9-Step Fertilization & Weed Control

A four-leaf clover may not always mean you're lucky. Shamrocks are just like any other common weed in your lawn and they'll begin taking over before you know it. If you're seeing shamrocks growing in your lawn, let's get rid of these and other winter weeds before they become a problem.

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How Can I Tell If I Have Weeds In My Lawn?

While your grass is in dormancy, it should be very easy to see if you are having a problem with weeds. If your lawn is brown with spots of green, that is the weeds coming in. Even though your grass is in dormancy the weeds continue to grow throughout the winter.

How Should I Treat My Winter Weeds?

If you have Bermuda, Zoysia, or Ceniped grass you will need a post-emergent herbicide to kill any winter weeds that have grown. This treatment should be applied to the entire yard to ensure all winter weeds will die off. Along with this, you will also need a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent any spring weeds from starting to germinate. If you have Fescue grass, your yard will also need these two treatments along with fertilizer containing iron to promote a lush lawn. Typically this treatment is done in early February through March.

How Should My Weeds Be Treated In March?

Hopefully, after your first treatment that's explained above, most of your winter weeds should be dead and the spring weeds shouldn't be growing. In mid-March you shouldn't have to worry about treating many weeds, however, all grass types may have some stubborn broad leaves that will need to be spot-sprayed. This month Bermuda, Zoysia, or Ceniped lawns will need to be fertilized. Fescue lawns will need a slow-release fertilizer. These fertilizers will help promote healthier grass while it begins to grow in this month.

Key Tips:

Remember it may take up to two weeks before you start seeing the weeds die. If they're starting to look yellow, then you're on the right track.

It's also good to water the lawn the day after treatment. The better the pre-emergent and fertilizer can get to the soil, the more effective it will be.

Remember adding too many chemicals will burn the lawn and kill the grass. Some weeds are more challenging than others. However, that doesn't mean you should add more chemicals in order to kill them. You may need to switch to a more specific weed killer for that weed. Stubborn weeds can be frustrating however having a professional do this job for you will eliminate the risks of burning the lawn and treating specific weeds as efficiently as possible.

Treating weeds is not a one-time solution. The more you maintain these weeds, the easier it will be to treat them. At Total Lawn Care we have formualted a 9-Step service for fertilization and Weed Control. Each step created is to maintain weeds year round and fertilize to promote healthy full grass.

Core Aeration

A core aeration is a great service to have right before the spring. Creating small holes throughout the lawn will loosen the soil for root expansion. Aeration will also allow more water into the root system and more oxygen into the soil. In return, the root system of the grass will become stronger and create a fuller lawn while the grass starts to come out of dormancy.

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How Do I Know If My Lawn Needs To Be Aerated?

Regardless of the state, your lawn is in, aeration will only be beneficial. However, below are some things to look for when deciding if it is absolutely necessary.

  • If your grass has become thin.

  • If your lawn doesn't do well with water drainage.

  • If the soil is naturally dry and compacted.

  • If the lawn has discolored areas.

  • If you have areas in that lawn that grow slower than others.

How Many Aereations Services Does My Lawn Need?

You should only need this service once a year. Soil becomes less compact in the spring, making it easier to aerate the lawn. After aerating the lawn it's a good idea to fertilize the yard. With the holes created from the aeration, the fertilizer will be able to reach further into the root system and benefit the grass while it begins to grow.

Aeration machines can be very expensive to buy and rent, so why not have a professional take care of it for you? Contact Total Lawn Care today.

Bi-Weekly Mowing

This month you will begin to see new growth in your lawn. Mowing bi-weekly is recommended in the spring.

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To get the green lawn look you desire, it's important to scalp the lawn. Scalping is a process of mowing the lawn shorter than normal to cut off the brown dormant grass. By cutting the grass shorter, it will allow more sunlight into the soil and promote healthier & thicker grass. After scalping it's a great time to fertilize the lawn. It's important to note that cutting too short will expose soil and lead to negative effects. Scalping the lawn is done in March.

Don't want to worry about cutting the lawn too short? Then have one of our professionals do it for you. Call or click the button below to get a free quote today.

TLC Package

If you're someone who doesn't want to worry about what you need to do for your lawn each month, then our TLC Program is for you. With this service, your yard is taken care of every week year-round. Our team of professionals will maintain your lawn by providing mowing, fertilization, weed control, and all of our special one-time services.

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This month our TLC customer will receive core aeration, broadleaf weed control, fertilizer, mowing, and any other needed maintenance. Call or contact us today to get a free quote.

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