Turf FAQ

How do I control weeds in my lawn?
The best way to control weeds is to keep your turf as healthy as possible. This is accomplished in several ways including watering, fertilizing and core aerating annually. Another simple change that can have a major impact is to increase to a mowing height of at least 3″.

If weeds persist, we carry Speedzone® and Tenacity® herbicides to control most undesirable grasses and broadleaves.

How long should I wait to plant seed after applying weed control?
6 weeks for crabgrass preventer
2 weeks for Speedzone®
2 weeks for glyphosate (Roundup®) in most cases*

*Follow label instructions

How often should I fertilize my lawn?
Turf fertility treatment is a personal choice. The more fertilizer applied the better your turf will look, but it also means more watering and mowing. To get the best performance out of your turf we recommend 4 fertilizer treatments per year.

Is there a specific amount of time to wait when fertilizing before or after seeding my lawn?
No, feel free to fertilize at any time, as long as it is straight fertilizer. If applying fertilizer with weed control, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

How often should I water my lawn?
For new seedings, watering 2-4 times per day gives your seed the best chance for success. The goal at this stage is to keep the ground surface damp at all times. For established lawns, there are several factors to consider such as natural precipitation, daily temperatures and amount of sunshine. During the hottest months of the summer, a total of 1″ per week of moisture either from rain or sprinkler is usually about right.

Why do different lawn mixes have different seeding rates?
This is based on the seeds/lb of different species and the characteristics of each plant type. As a general rule, more isn’t necessarily better. Under most circumstances, we recommend following prescribed seeding rates. Using less seed can allow room for weeds to take hold and using more can change the permanent composition of the turf mix.

Should I aerate my lawn and why?
Yes. You reduce compaction and allow the roots more room to grow, which makes for a healthier lawn overall. We recommend aerating your yard once every year, preferably in the fall.

At what height should I mow my lawn?
Ideally 3-4” mowing height. Many people mow their lawns way too short, and then fight weeds and use extra water to keep them looking good, or just give up.

What is the best way to plant my seed?
A seed drill does the best job of ensuring seed to soil contact. If a drill is not available, for new plantings, broadcast the seed and follow up with a drag or rake. If broadcasting into existing turf, core aerate the area prior to seeding.