Recommended Lawn Care:

Bluegrass & Fescue Lawns

This program is designed for cool season turf which includes bluegrass and fescue lawns in the St. Louis area.  The Greenscape approach to lawn care is different than the normal approach taken by mass merchant retailers and commercial lawn fertilization companies.  We believe the best agronomic approach to a beautiful lawn is to duplicate the golf course fertilization program.  Golf courses apply the vast majority of their fertilization requirements in the fall.  This builds thicker turf and deeper roots resulting in a healthier, more weed free lawn which will be the envy of the neighborhood.  So let’s ask the simple question, “Do you want your lawn to look like a golf course”? 

  1. Early Spring (March 1-April 15) 

Apply a granular fertilizer with pre-emergent weed control.  Fertilome Fertilizer & crabgrass control.If a serious broadleaf weed control problem has occurred in the lawn, I recommend applying Fertilome Weed Out.  This is a liquid herbicide.  Follow recommend label rates. In heavily shaded areas there is no need to apply pre-emergent weed control. I recommend Fertilome Fertilizer with Iron.

2        Late Spring  (May1-May 31)

Apply fertilizer with broadleaf weed control.  This application will control any unwanted broadleaf weed (dandelion and plantain).  This granular application is best applied early in the day to enhance the performance of the weed control. I recommend Fertilome Fertilizer with Weed Out. If a serious crabgrass problem existed in the previous year, it would be very beneficial to apply a half rate of crabgrass control in last year’s problem areas. I recommend a granular application of Hi Yield Crabgrass Control to be selectively applied.

3        Summer  (July-August)

If you notice beetles in May or early June, you run the risk of grub problems in the fall in your lawn.  Grubs are the off white “C” shaped worms which will totally devastate the lawn in early fall, causing the grass to come up like dead sod. I recommend Fertilome Kill-A-Grub Plus.

4        Early Fall (Early September)

Golf courses aerate the greens twelve times during the year.  Homeowners seldom core aerate their lawns.  This mechanical means of removing cores of soil will vastly improve the overall quality of the turf.  It will also reduce thatch in the lawn as well as creating percolation pores for water and nourishment as well as reducing the compaction of our clay soils. If the lawn is thin, this is the perfect time to overseed the lawn.  I recommend turf type tall fescues in sunny areas since it can tolerate more stress and drought.  Apply Fertilome Starter Fertilizer with any seed applications.

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Thoroughly aerate the lawn and apply a heavy rate of fertilizer when temperatures start to moderate into the 70’s. Apply Fertilome Fertilizer with Iron.

5        Late Fall (Late October)

Apply another heavy rate of fertilizer.  If a heavy cover of leaves has fallen, remove the leaves before applying this application. Apply Fertilome Winterizing Fertilizer.

6        If your lawn has any moss growing in the lawn, or you have any acid producing trees (pines, spruces, oaks or sweetgums) your lawn is the perfect candidate for a lime application.  Grass grows best in sweet soil conditions not acidity.  Apply lime at a rate of 40-50# per thousand square feet. 

This program will create a lawn you’ll be proud of. Just remember, it’s not going to be an overnight miracle but with a good fertilization regime, proper watering, timely mowing and core aeration, your lawn will be the envy of the neighborhood.