MikePLC lawn professionals utilize specialty formulated granular fertilizers. Granular feed of lawns and premium turf grass proves time and time again to give the best and most consistent results over liquid applications. Liquids have no ability to control the release of nutrients. Hence why lawn companies using spray equipment only need to treat your lawn 6,7 or 8 times a season. Applications are normally priced per visit, so this is just driving up the cost of getting all the proper nutrients into your lawn. With granular feedings, we are able to control the percentage of product that is slow release. This way you can get benefits of quick green up and longer duration feeding. Because of slow release, more product is able to be applied during a single visit of the technician. This reduces the number of visits and saves the customer money. Lawn nutrient requirements are not all the same across the board, however most lawns require 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Liquid fertilizers cannot achieve this rate without significant increase risk of burning the lawn. Granular products also allow adjustments in product to be easily made in the field for each lawn rather then a large pre mixed tank.
Weed control in turf grass almost always requires the use of liquid applied herbicide. However, pre mixing generic weed control products in large tanks and wetting down the entire lawn is not the best approach. Repeatedly soaking the soil with products that may or may not all necessarily be needed to achieve desired results leads to the breakdown of import and beneficial microorganisms in your lawn. At Mike’sPLC we only spray target weeds and problematic areas of your lawn that are in need. Using a higher concentration, lower volume spray configuration combined with wetting agents, we are able to use less herbicide, tack it to target weeds, and get the phenomenal results desired every time! Once good control is achieved in your lawn you will see the desirable grass health improve as it is no longer competing for space and nutrients once taken up by unsightly weeds. Weeds will begin shrivel and die 5-7 days from an application.
Core Aeration and Over Seeding
This process is done in early fall. The aeration allows oxygen to get to the roots allowing them to further develop and strengthen while the over seeding fills in bare spots and thickens the turf.
Benefits of Aeration
Aeration is critical to a healthy lawn and is the single most beneficial thing you can do to improve the quality of your turf. Aeration should be performed at least once per season. It is typically performed in the Fall in combination with over seeding of the lawn to fill in bare spots and replace deteriorating seedlings. Over seeding will also improve the health of your lawn by introducing newer strains of grass that are more disease and drought tolerant. For the best yard possible, MikesPLC always recommends aeration in Spring and Fall. Here are some important benefits:
Reduces Soil Compaction
Roots cannot grow and develop as well in hard dense soil. Loose soil allows for deeper roots that are able to tap into needed water as well as allows the ground to absorb more rain water. The healthier the plant below the soil line, the healthier the top growth above soil line
Excessive thatch comes from roots and grass stems that accumulate faster then they break down. Thatch provides a great home for unwanted pests. Proper fertilization, irrigation and aeration will eliminate the need for an de-thatching. Some thatch is good for your lawn and aids in reducing soil temperatures.
Improves Air Flow
Punching holes in your soil allows for better air circulation to the roots of your lawn. Air getting down to the roots is important for your lawn to reach its full potential
Utilization of Applied Nutrients
Properly aerating your lawn will allow it to make better use of any turf fertilizers and nutrients applied. Hard, compacted soil will not absorb applied materials as well and can lead to run off and your lawn not receiving all the ingredients it needs.
Plant Health – Tree and Shrub Fertilization
Plants can get sick, just like people- and just like people, different illnesses call for different medications. Lawns and shrubs have some issues that are common, like a cold, and others that are harder to recognize. Red thread, dollar spot, and fairy ring are common fungi in turf grass while adelgid, mites, beetles and blight on trees and shrubs can be the culprit. During regular visits to your property, the experts at Mike’s will keep an eye out for anything alarming. Weather we are applying a lawn treatment, performing a custom lawn mowing, or mulching your landscape beds we are always on the lookout for fungus, scale, disease or insects that could pose a threat to your landscape investment. We will notify you right away of any findings and solutions so mature shrubs and ornamentas are not lost. We have specialty products that can clear most issues in 3 or less visits.
Tree & Shrub Plant Health Program
General Fert. 14-14-14
This product is a great all around fertilizer and is best for enriching the soil in landscape beds and planted areas.