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Lawn Fertilization and Weed Control Information

Contractor ID: 20031
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Weeds! No one likes them and they are difficult to eradicate from a lawn and landscape. Millions of dollars a year are spent on weed control in the landscape. The most common method of removing weeds in the lawn is to treat them with chemicals in liquid or granular form. Less common methods are cultural and may involve adjusting the mower height, mowing frequency, irrigation, fertilizer application, or aerating and amending the soil. Soils poor in essential nutrients are hospitable environments for weeds. Most lawn and landscape maintenance companies use a combination of chemical and cultural weed controls.

Contractor ID: 20011
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Lawn fertilizers are available in slow-release or quick-release form and as liquids, granules, drenches, and soil amendments. Current research at Texas A&M University indicates that the Blackland clay soil common to many areas of North Texas is high in phosphorus and potassium (the two other major ingredients besides nitrogen in lawn fertilizers). Typically, most yellowing or weak lawns just need a dose of slow-release nitrogen (the first number on a fertilizer bag). A soil test could save you valuable time and money by helping you determine what nutrients your lawn really needs. A common problem when applying fertilization is the misconception that more is better. Contrary to this belief, less fertilizer is actually better for your vegetation and the long-term sustainability of the environment. Many homeowners are now opting to use organic lawn treatments such as top-dressing with fully-finished vegetative compost or decomposed dairy manure. Both of which are great natural sources of nitrogen for yards and landscapes.

Weed control and fertilization services can be bundled with other lawn care services such as mowing, edging, and trimming. There are also companies that specialize in organic and man-made fertilizer applications. Pricing for these treatments can range from $50 for a one-time treatment up to $500 or more for a six-month contract.

Things to consider

  • Organic or Synthetic Treatments? Convey to the contractor any thoughts or concerns you may have regarding any treatments.
  • Ensure that the contractor understands the appropriate fertilization application rates for your yard size.
  • How safe are the treatments for children and pets?
  • Request a project portfolio and check all references. Perhaps the contractor has some "before and after photos" which illustrate the effectiveness of his company's treatments.
  • How long are the treatments effective and when will results begin to show?

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