Your yard should look like a green oasis of thriving, healthy grass; a visual statement about how well you take care of your lawn. To ensure your lawn is healthy, looks its best, and is devoid of pests, consider scheduling a chemical maintenance treatment for your yard.
Reasons for a Chemical Yard Treatment
When hiring a professional lawn service to treat your yard, they'll bring the equipment and the chemicals necessary to address any issues within your lawn.
Along with keeping your lawn looking its best throughout the year with professional services, a chemical treatment is primarily designed to protect your lawn from pests such as fire ants, mites, grubs, mole crickets, and flies specific to your region.
Chemical treatments are also used to protect against diseases such as crabgrass, clover, root rot, brown patch, and more, plus a variety of weeds that are native to your area.
Lawn and Shrub Maintenance
Depending on your location, different products may be used. For this article, Florida lawns are used as an example for seasonal lawn maintenance.
Winter - To maintain the lawn's health during the winter months, typically a granular and a liquid treatment is applied. The treatment uses chemicals specifically designed to support root growth.
Spring - Fertilizer and herbicides are applied during the spring to prevent weeds from springing up. The mixture also supports new growth on a much more solid foundation.
Summer - Summer means it's time for a granular product to be applied, which releases nitrogen into the lawn over several months. This is also the time for treatment of any pests/bugs that thrive during the summertime.
Fall - The goal during the fall months is getting as much grass growth as possible from your lawn. This is encouraged with an application of fertilizer and providing treatment to dissuade weeds. If there are signs of disease, such as brown patch, the lawn is treated during this time.
Hiring a Professional Lawn Service Company
If this is the first time you've considered a chemical lawn treatment, there are several things to know.
Professional Services - You need to do your research to find a licensed, bonded, and insured company to do the job. Asking friends, relatives, or neighbors who've had the service provided can suggest recommendations of reliable companies.
Estimates - Once you have a list of reputable companies, schedule an appointment for an estimate. Usually, this is free of charge, but not always. The company will send someone to your home to look at the lawn, determine areas that need addressing, and what the company will need to do in terms of treatment(s). Have the estimate signed and dated by the company representative, ask for proof of insurance, their business license number if it isn't listed on the estimate, their warranty, how they dispose of used chemicals, and what their responsibility is about the use of chemicals and the impact on the environment and on your family, visitors, and pets once these chemicals are applied.
Validating Credentials - Contact the state to ensure the business license is in good order. Do this even if you're using a well-known company. Also, check the Better Business Bureau for reviews, complaints, and any legal issues past or present.
Scheduling a Chemical Lawn Treatment
Once you've selected a company and you have all the information necessary to ensure a safe application for your lawn and any residual effects that may or may not occur, schedule the chemical treatment according to the company's recommendations. The schedule will be determined by any processes that may need to take place, first, followed by the treatment suggested for the particular season.
If you plan to use a professional lawn service year-round, ask about the company's maintenance plans, the cost, what's included, and how often the company will send a technician to treat the lawn.
While some homeowners may choose to apply a chemical treatment to their lawn on their own, it is recommended that only professional lawn companies do the job. Licensed lawn technicians know how to disperse the chemicals properly, know what to in case of a spillage, how to handle run off when the yard is watered, and how to properly dispose of unused chemicals.
Warning: Use licensed, professional lawn services any time chemicals are involved.