Fertilization

A & K Services of Iowa is committed to providing you with all of your lawn care needs.  Timing can be everything with fertilizer and weed control programs, and we will work with you to communicate any extra-care needs for your lawn.
The end of March to Mid-April we apply a Crabgrass Preventer with Fertilizer.  Crabgrass is an annual plant, meaning it starts over from seed every year.  Crabgrass Preventer is designed to prevent seeds from germinating.  This affects most seeds, which will help control other weeds.
In May a Broad-Leaf Weed Killer with Fertilizer is applied to your lawn.  Broad-leaf weeds are dandelions, lawn ivy, thistle and hundreds of other plants with non-grass like leaf structure.  This application must be done when the grass is wet.  The dry chemical used to kill these weeds must stick to the leaves to work.  It also must be allowed to stay on them for at least 6 hours.  Timing is extremely important.
The Broad-Leaf Weed Killer with Fertilizer is also applied in early July and September.  The July application can be the most dangerous application because the fertilizer should not be allowed to sit on grass for more than 72 hours.  If it is left longer than 3 days it can kill the grass by burning it.  In some cases, omitting this application is best and you will not be charged for it.
In the middle to late October we apply a High Nitrogen Fertilizer.  Nitrogen is the main food source for grass and helps it get ready for going dormant over the winter.  In most cases, we do not use a weed killer in this application because the first frost will kill most weeds.  The smaller amount of chemicals we apply is better for you and the environment.
Give us a call today and let  A & K Services of Iowa take care of all your lawn's needs!