At Carrington Lawn Care we take a lot of pride in our Fertilizer & Weed Control division. We only use premium products and equipment when making all applications. All of our applications are made by applicators certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP). We comply with the new 2005 phosphorous ban for lawns in Dane County and have been phasing in a lower phosphorous program since 2003 in anticipation of this ban.
We originally started this division because of the poor customer service and cheap products our competition (especially the larger services) was using on the lawns we mowed. We only use name brand top of the line products and cut no corners when making applications. Your lawn will be treated as if it was our own and because we are a full service lawn care company, we offer all the services your lawn may require to look its best.
We exclusively use dry granular products for all of our fertilizer applications which contain slow release nitrogen for constant feed throughout the growing season. All broadleaf weed control is done with selective liquid herbicides which kill weeds without harming grass. This type of program gives your lawn the best in health and appearance.
Lawn Fertilizer & Weed Control - Our standard five step program consists of four slow release dry granular fertilizer applications (with pre-emergent weed control) and one scheduled blanket liquid weed control application (no charge for second application if necessary in late summer or for any service calls)
- Early Spring Application: This application includes pre-emergent control for many grassy weeds including the annoying weed crabgrass. This application is done prior to crabgrass germination and creates a barrier in the turf prohibiting this eye soar from entering your turf. The pre-emergent weed control is blended with a premium dry granular fertilizer allowing for maximum feed.
- Spring Application: Blanket selective herbicide application over the entire lawn to provide broadleaf weed control for hundreds of annoying weeds. If present, dandelions and other broadleaf weeds will wilt and die shortly after treatment.
- Early Summer Application: Consists of a premium dry granular fertilizer with slow release nitrogen to provide steady food for your lawn. Broadleaf weed control is applied as necessary to take care of any remaining broadleaf weeds that may have emerged in the lawn.
- Late Summer Application: Here again we apply more slow release nitrogen for maximum feed. If broadleaf weeds are present, the will be sprayed dead as needed.
- Fall Application: This application is probably the most beneficial for your lawn. While your lawn is preparing for winter by storing food and nutrients in its root system, it is important to feed it what it wants. This promotes the health of the grass plants and ensures they will be ready to green up early next spring.
Organic Fertilizer Program – An organic fertilizer program is available if this is the type of fertilizer you would like to use on your lawn. We can use organic products exclusively or incorporate them into one or two of the applications in our standard program. Sometimes we treat a customers front lawn with our standard program and switch products to organic when treating their back yard.
Ornamental Bed Weed Control – There are three methods we use to control weeds in mulch and rock beds. Hand weeding, pre-emergent herbicide treatments and post-emergent herbicide treatments all have their time and place. Most often the best way to control weeds is by using a combination of these three methods or by choosing the most appropriate based on conditions and customer needs. Non-chemical options are also available.
Pre-Emergent Weed Control – This herbicide is applied to mulch and rock beds to prevent weed seeds from ever germinating. It is usually applied in the spring, but can be applied any time during the growing season. We usually only make one application per season with this service.
Post-Emergent Weed Control – This herbicide is applied to existing weeds in mulch and rock beds. Depending on your demands for keeping your property weed-free, the number of applications for this service varies. We usually set up a schedule (monthly or bi-monthly) for applications to all your landscape beds.
Insect & Disease Control – If an insect or disease becomes present in your lawn, we will notify you of the problem and rectify it. While lawns in the Madison area are susceptible to certain insects and diseases, they are usually only treated on an as needed basis. White Grubs are the most common problem encountered in lawns in our area and can easily be treated with an insecticide problem. Two good indicators that you have a grub problem are the presence of moles looking for food (they cause small bumps in long lines through the grass) and Japanese and May/June Beetle damage to tree and shrub leaves in summer and early fall (they are the adult form of grubs and like to eat foliage close to home).