Weed and Feed | Guide to Selecting the Right Plan

Weed & Feed | Guide to Selecting the Right Plan

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This guide is a useful tool for determining the right weed & feed program for your lawn. The expected outcomes are identified with each of the Perma-Green lawn care packages.

We have included best practice lawn care along with the benefits of each Perma-Green Lawn Care program. This guide will help you determine which lawn care program will allow you to achieve your lawn dreams!

Typically, most Perma-Green customers have discovered a full-season Weed & Feed Plan costs less money than doing it yourself. However, everyone is different, and the best solutions should fit your unique goals.

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Month 3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Best Practice Notes
March Recommended Homeowner maintenance Watch for snow mold damage as the snow recedes Snow mold is possible under snow or matted leaves, rake the infected area to help dry out.
April 3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Apply a preemergence herbicide determined by crabgrass history–Use a product containing little or no nitrogen. Any N in the product should be a slow-release form such as sulfurorpolymer-coated urea, urea formaldehyde, or a natural organic. Avoid applying more than 0.75 lbs N/1000 ft2 Base-line Treatment. Actual Perma-Green Treatment varies with homeowner's soil composition, lawn history and environmental conditions.
Recommended Homeowner Maintenance Begin mowing as soon as lawn greens up and begins growing. As recommended by Purdue Turfgrass Sciences in conjunction with specified treatment
May 3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Apply 0.75-1.0 lbs. N/1000 ft2 Use a product containing mostly slow-release N. Your PG Tech won’t fertilize now if fertilizer was applied with a preemergence herbicide in April*
3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Dandelions can be spot sprayed with a broadleaf herbicide. Wait until flowering to apply herbicide in spring, Safer and more efficient dandelion control is achieved with broadleaf herbicide applications in October.*
3-Star 2-Star PG inspection for red thread in slow-growing lawns. Red thread can be minimized with a full-season fertilizer plan. A broad-spectrum fungicide app can kill the active fungus while helping prevent the spread and reinfection of the disease for up to 4 weeks.*
3-Star 2-Star Aerification and/or power raking if needed Aerification will help alleviate compaction and thatch while power raking will help alleviate only thatch. Typically recommended in late summer, Your PG Tech will determined optimized month based on conditions. Typically between May-October.*
Recommended Homeowner Maintenance Continue Mowing at 3"-4" Frequent mowing is needed during this time to avoid removing more than 1/3 of the leaf blade during a single mowing.
June 3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Apply postemergence herbicide if undesirable amount of crabgrass develops Careful assessment indicates an undesirable amount of crabgrass, postemergence herbicide may be applied when temperatures are below 80 degrees and lawn isn’t stressed from drought conditions.*
3-Star 2-Star PG inspection for red thread in slow-growing lawns. If the disease outbreak is severe, PG applies 0.5-0.75 lbs N/1000 ft2*
Recommended Homeowner Maintenance Irrigate (Water) as recommended by PG Tech or your PG Community Page. Continue Mowing at 3"-4" Reference Perma-Greens Community pages for more on watering & mowing tips
July 3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Apply 0.75 lbs. N/1000 ft2 Fertilize only on irrigated lawns or during summers with above-average rainfall and use a product containing slow-release N.*
3-Star 2-Star PG soil examination for Grubs If your PG Tech identifies Grubs, or your lawn has a history of white grub damage, An insecticide containing Merit will be applied*
Recommended Homeowner Maintenance Irrigate (Water) as recommended by PG Tech or your PG Community Page. Continue Mowing at 3"-4" Reference Perma-Greens Community pages for more on watering & mowing tips
August 3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Reseed thin or bare areas starting in the middle of August Optimum seeding varies by weather conditions and lawn requirements. Seeding is a discipline that requires expertise & equipment.*
3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Watch for rust in slow-growing lawns Irrigate to encourage growth and if disease outbreak is severe, consider applying 0.5-0.75 lbs N/1000 ft2*
Recommended Homeowner Maintenance Irrigate (Water) as recommended by PG Tech or your PG Community Page. Mow as directed by PG Technician. Scout for white grubs. Frequency of mowing and wheel settings reflect weather conditions and other factors. If grubs are found, or lawn has a history of white grub damage, PG may apply insecticide other than Merit. Consult PG Technician.
September 3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Apply 1 lb. N/1000 ft2 **Perma-Green Treatment varies with homeowner's soil composition, lawn history and environmental conditions.*
3-Star 2-Star Aerification and/or power raking without overseeding. Optimized timing assessed by PG Tech. Should be done only when the grass is growing vigorously.*
3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Watch for rust in slow-growing lawns Irrigate to encourage growth and if disease outbreak is severe, consider applying 0.5-0.75 lbs N/1000 ft2*
Recommended Homeowner Maintenance Inspect for white grub damage. If grub damage is found, increase irrigation. PG may consider the application of the insecticide Dylox.
October 3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Control dandelions and other broadleaf weeds now. Spot sprays or blanket applications of broadleaf herbicides containing 2,4-D, dicamba, and MCPP are most effective.*
Recommended Homeowner Maintenance Continue mowing as recommended by PG (3"-4”) Continue as long as the grass is growing and to mulch tree leaves into the yard.
November 3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Apply 1.5 lbs. N/1000 ft2 Use a fast-release N product such as urea and apply after the final mowing but while the grass is still green.*
Recommended Homeowner Maintenance Continue mowing as advised (at 3"-4”). DO NOT reduce the mowing height for the last few mowings; continue mulching tree leaves into the turf.

*This calendar provides a guideline for typical maintenance of Indiana lawns of cool season grasses. The maintenance level that you choose depends on your  expectations of your lawn and your time commitment.

This guide will help you determine the best weed & feed program for you. That means Perma-Green customers save money and have more time to enjoy their lawns! For more solutions for your NWI community, check out Lawn Fertilizer & Watering Solutions Page.

The guidelines were developed for Northwest Indiana lawns by Perma-Green in association with the Purdue Turfgrass Science Program. It is intended as a simple reference guide.

Perma-Green’s actual recommended weed & feed plans and maintenance methods vary. They are subject to changes based on your lawn’s soil composition, weather/precipitation, times of year, and previous lawn treatments.

All of Perma-Green’s full-season weed & feed plans include free lawn assessments and full-season services with lawn & watering coaching. All full-season customers are assigned a personal technician responsible for the application, services, unlimited follow-ups, mowing, and watering recommendations.

Perma-Green offers helpful lawn tips throughout the year.
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