A regional look at rounds

December 12, 2016 -  By

Most lawn care companies we spoke to apply six to eight rounds, but what they do with them varies and often depends on weather.

Jeff Cooper

lm1116_jeff-cooper_outlinerPresident, Lawn Connection
West Berlin, N.J.

Most common grass types: Bluegrass-ryegrass blend, tall fescue

Rounds: Base offering—six; Premium—eight

  1. March-April—Slow-release granular fertilizer with preemergent crabgrass control.
    Premium: Aeration with additional application of preemergent herbicide.
  2. April-May—Liquid fertilizer, broadleaf weed control.
    Premium: May-June grub control application.
  3. Late May-early June—Organic liquid biostimulant application.
  4. July 4—Light feeding of granular organic-based fertilizer, spot spray weeds.
  5. Early-mid-August—Slow-release 28-0-0 fertilizer.

Luke Hawthorne

lm1116_hawthorne_outlinerPresident, Emerald Lawns
Round Rock, Texas

Most common grass types: Bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, St. Augustinegrass

Rounds: Eight

    1. January-mid-February—Full rate of liquid organic probiotic on all lawns.
    2. February-March—Bermudagrass lawns: preemergent, liquid high-nitrogen fertilizer; St. Augustinegrass and zoysiagrass lawns: no preemergent, high-nitrogen liquid fertilizer; spot treat weeds, insects and diseases on all lawns.
    3. End of March-April—High-nitrogen fertilizer on all lawns; spot treat weed, insects and diseases.
    4. May-June—Bermudagrass: preemergent to control summer annuals; St. Augustinegrass or zoysiagrass: Good condition lawns get organic fertilizer. Struggling lawns get nitrogen fertilizer at technician’s discretion.
    5. July-August—Bermudagrass: organic fertilizer; St. Augustinegrass or zoysiagrass: Good condition lawns get organic fertilizer. Struggling lawns get nitrogen fertilizer at technician’s discretion.
    6. August-September—Bermudagrass: organic fertilizer; St. Augustinegrass or zoysiagrass: Good condition lawns get organic fertilizer. Struggling lawns get nitrogen at technician’s discretion.

Mid-September: Preemergent weed control for spring annuals.
November-December: Sulfur/potash application.

Bobby Gay

lm1116_bobby-gay_outlinerOperations Manager, Kathleen’s Lawn & Shrub Care
Evans, Ga.

Most common grass types: Bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, St. Augustinegrass, Centipedegrass

Rounds: Six; lime application or liquid aeration offered as add-ons.

  1. January-March—Potassium and liquid organic probiotic to strengthen roots.
  2. April-May—One round of full-rate liquid preemergent for crabgrass control; Bermudagrass/zoysiagrass: Some liquid nitrogen if warm weather is prevalent and grass is already growing.
  3. June-August—Liquid organic probiotic, iron, potassium, phosphorous, insecticide; Bermudagrass/zoysiagrass: nitrogen fertilizer.
  4. September-October—Fall preemergent to control Poa annua; Bermudagrass/zoysiagrass: Nitrogen if weather remains warm; Centipedegrass/St. Augustinegrass: iron, liquid organic probiotic.
  5. November-December—Liquid potassium, phosphorous and some manganese.

Derek Blumberg

lm1216_blumberg_outlinerOwner, Quality Seasons
Location: Savage, Minn.

Most common grass types: Bluegrass-ryegrass mix

Rounds: Seven

  1. Usually April but varies—“Spoon-fed” granular fertilizer.
  2. May—“Spoon-fed” granular fertilizer, spot treat weeds with postemergent broadleaf herbicides.
  3. June—“Spoon-fed” granular fertilizer, spot treat with postemergent broadleaf herbicides.
  4. July— “Spoon-fed” granular fertilizer, spot treat with postemergent broadleaf herbicides.
  5. August—“Spoon-fed” granular fertilizer, spot treat with postemergent broadleaf herbicides.
  6. September—“Spoon-fed” granular fertilizer, spot treat with postemergent broadleaf herbicides.
  7. Early October—Pelletized gypsum soil stabilizer.

Chris Senske

lm0313_senskerclPresident, Senske Services
Kennewick, Wash.

Most common grass types: Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, bentgrass, chewings fescue

Rounds: Seven rounds; optional insect/grub prevention application in round three.

  1. Feb. 15-March 1—Custom-blend fertilizer.
  2. April-May—Custom-blend fertilizer, broadleaf weed control, preemergent herbicide for crabgrass in later applications.
  3. Mid-May-mid-June—Custom-blend fertilizer, broadleaf weed control, preemergent herbicide in earlier applications.
  4. Late July-August—Custom-blend fertilizer.
  5. August-September—Custom-blend fertilizer, broadleaf weed control.
  6. October—Preemergent broadleaf control.
  7. Late October-November—Custom-blend fertilizer.
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About the Author:

Dillon Stewart graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, earning a Bachelor of Science in Online Journalism with specializations in business and political science. Stewart is a former associate editor of LM.

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