Greenview 4 Step - 5,000 Sq.Ft. Program
Greenview's 4 Step Program has your season planned out for you!
Step 1: Crabgrass Control:
Apply in early spring to prevent crabgrass from germinating and to give your lawn it’s first fertilizing of the season. Use a walk behind spreader to spread fertilizer, following the directions on the bag for proper fertilizer settings. You will need to water in thoroughly in order to activate the fertilizer. Long lasting zero phosphate fertilizer.
Step 2: Weed & Feed:
This step takes a little planning and timing. It is used to kill weeds that are actively growing in the lawn, not as a preventive. Do not get anxious and apply when you see the dandelions first appear. If you use it then, you will only kill the dandelions. 85% of the weeds that will grow will appear at a much later time. Follow directions as follows: mow your lawn a few days in advance, watch the weather closely so that there are a couple days with no rain anticipated. Apply when grass is wet, usually early morning dew works fine, or sprinklers. The product must stay dry for at least 24-48 hours while sitting atop the lawn (this allows the chemical to get into the system of the weeds). Then you will need to water it in thoroughly to activate the fertilizer.
Step 3: Lawn Food
This is to give you a good fertilizing to stimulate the grass during the hot summer months. At this point you should have your lawnmower raised to at least 3 inches, and if drought conditions are occuring, wait until there is some rain before you apply. Simply follow the directions on the bag for spreader settings, and water in thoroughly after application to activate the fertilizer. This is also a perfect time to put down any insecticide for surface feeding insects such as ants, spiders, fleas, chinch bugs, sod webworms and cutworms.
Step 4: Fall Lawn Food
Raking or catching grass clippings will not prevent a layer of matted dead grass material called thatch. When a thatch layer in the grass becomes 1/4” or 1/2” or more, problems will arise from insects, disease and lack of water penetration to the soil once the thatch dries out. It is best to remove a thatch layer by renting a mechanical thatcher in April or September. Then, overseed immediately with a grass mixture that includes a high percentage (70% or more) of fine-bladed perennial ryes plus a starter fertilizer to rejuvenate the lawn.