Proper turf treatment is a critical part of controlling crabgrass and preventing weeds. Ugh, weeds! Those dandelions, crabgrass patches, and clumps of clover that appear out of nowhere are the scourge of homeowners everywhere. The best way to prevent weeds is to grow a thick and healthy lawn, but they may still pop up. Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take to control the weeds in your yard, and Kohler Outdoor can help with turf treatment.
Simply put, a weed is any plant that’s growing where it is not wanted. Lawn weeds belong to one of three categories: broadleaf, grassy, or grass-like.
• Identify It: Leaves are broad and flat (not grassy or needle-like).
• Examples: Dandelion, clover, ground ivy (creeping Charlie), oxalis, chickweed, dollarweed, henbit, plantain, thistle
• Identify It: It resembles grass in the way it looks and grows, one leaf at a time. Leaves look like grass blades.
• Examples: Crabgrass, foxtail, annual bluegrass, quackgrass
• Identify It: While it looks somewhat like grass in appearance, leaves may be triangular or tube-like and hollow, not flat like a grass blade.
• Examples: Nutsedge, wild onion, wild garlic
Of course, if your lawn only has a few weeds here and there, you can try hand-pulling them. Annual weeds, like crabgrass and chickweed, tend to have shallow roots and are usually easily controlled with hand-pulling. On the other hand, perennial weeds, like dandelion and thistle, have deep, extensive roots and are harder to control by hand-pulling because if even a small piece of root is left in the ground, the weed will grow back. It’s easiest to hand-pull weeds when they are young and your soil is moist.
Kohler Outdoor offers a turf treatment program for lawns to turn them from light, thin, and weedy to green, lush, and healthy. By becoming a turf treatment program customer with Kohler Outdoor, these are some of the services available:
Round #1 | Early Spring Treatment | Through Early April
1st round of pre-emergent controls crabgrass, foxtail. Includes balanced rate of granular fertilizer.
Round #2 | Late Spring Treatment | Early April – Late May
2nd round of pre-emergent to control crabgrass, foxtail, broadleaf, wed control for existing weeds. Includes liquid nitrogen.
Round #3 | Summer Treatment | Late May – Late June
Insecticide (granular) with balanced rate of fertilizer controls surface-feeding insects such as aphids, sod webworms, fleas, and ticks. Broadleaf weed control applied as needed (liquid.)
Round #4 | Late Summer Treatment | Late June – Early Aug
Grub control applied to prevent root damage to lawn (granular.)
Round #5 | Fall Treatment | Late Aug – Late Oct
Broadleaf weed control applied with balanced rate of fertilizer.
Round #6 | Late Fall Treatment | Nov – Dec
Heavy rate of nitrogen fertilizer.
Optional services for turf treatment include fungicide treatment and lime applied to balance the soil nutrients and break up hard compact soil.
For more information about turf treatment and how Kohler Outdoor can keep your yard the envy of the neighborhood, call (816) 540-4400.