Lawn Care Plan for Richmond VA Homeowners.
February - March
Fertilizer, Pre-emergent & Crabgrass, Use a pre-emergent product with a fertilizer with a number similar to a 15-5-5. Fertilizer will provide an early spring "green up" while the pre-emergent controls crabgrass and nutsedge growth later in the summer months.
Put down your second pre-emergent control this time without fertilizer or with a small dose like a 5-5-5. You may also put down broadleaf weed control to get rid of any broadleaf weeds such as clover, dandelions, chickweed, henbit, and a host of others. Fungicide may also be put down if your lawn has a history of fungus problems. This should be done in three applications spread three weeks apart. If insects are a problem, you may also need to put down a systemic insecticide.
September is probably the most important time of the year for your lawn. This is when you need to do core aeration, overseeding, fertilizing, and liming (Liming if neccesary) The core aeration will improve the oxygen level in the soil and reduce compaction (very important for our clay based soil). Lime is very important to manage the acidity in the soil. Bring us your soil samples so we can instruct you on how much Lime will be needed to ensure healthy soils. Make sure when picking grass seed that Premium Blue Tag Tall Fescue is used. The fertilizer to use on this application is a starter fertilizer and will help get the new seedlings established.
October is a time to put down your second fertilizer application for the fall. Use a high nitrogen fertilizer of one pound of nitrogen per thousand square feet. If you did get that aeration done in early September you can do a broadleaf weed control in late October to fight any fall weeds that have popped up.
December's fertilizer application is a carbon copy of the October application, in that you want to put down a high nitrogen fertilizer. Remember that Cross Creek is your home for all your gardening products such as fertilizer, weed control products, seed, lime and more. If you are not a "do-it-yourselfer", have Cross Creek Grounds Management come out and give you a free Quote. CLICK HERE to learn more.