Spring Fertilizer | Round 1 | PPLM | (804) 530-2540


hey there everybody its Katie with
picture-perfect lawn maintenance I want to talk to you for a little bit about
what we are doing next on the fertilizer side of picture-perfect which is going
to be our round one recovery application that’s coming up soon we are in
countdown mode it’s finally getting exactly where we can see the end to
winter at this point we are all getting stir-crazy it’s a lot of cabin fever so
we’re really looking forward to being out there in a couple of weeks to start
this application of fertilizer round one is super important for anybody’s program
because it’s what’s waking your grass up from the dormancy that it’s gone under
during the winter season where it stops growing we’re going to talk a lot about
the stress that grass goes under during the winter even if it’s a cool season
turf like fescue but first I’m going to give you ten seconds during that little
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we have coming up for you after this one so I understand the picture-perfect
fertilization program you have to get a little bit on level with what kind of
conditions were actually dealing with in the r-va area Virginia dirt left to its
own devices is kind of garbage there’s a really big difference between dirt and
soil dirt is clay and sand and a lot of minerals that you talk about more in
geology that isn’t necessary hospitable to a proper growing condition that turf
grass needs soil is really good for growing grass or any other plants soil
is what has organic matter it has a lot of nutrients it has a healthy biome
going on that supports all the processes necessary to the development of healthy
grass unfortunately from 99 percent of the properties that we treat we’re going
into these treatments with a lot more dirt than soil that natural topsoil that
you need is stripped away when a home is built because of the grading process
that has to go on for the lot and as a result while you’re left with is that
dirt what’s awesome about our program is that instead of just kind of bypassing
the soil process and directly stimulating the plant to make it grow
and make it green we’re actually taking the time to address the soil
deficiencies and create a healthy environment by in the long term actually
rebuilding some of that topsoil through carbon based fertilizer and organic
components that are really really important to reestablishing that healthy
system so the other big issue with our area besides the fact that the dirt is
lacking in the nutrients that your grass naturally needs to be able to be
successful is we are in kind of a mid zone for the East Coast
so anybody further south than us has mild winters comparatively and still hot
in everything summers so they usually go for warm season turf Bermuda is always a
st. Augustine things like that that are going to be really really Hardy during
the summer and just go dormant and kind of shut
during the winter everybody north of us is going to default to fescue and
bluegrass because they’re the cool season grasses that can easily withstand
really really cold winters and still look nice and greener in the summer
which further north isn’t going to be so dramatic
our zone is kind of caught in the middle because we still have very aggressive
summers and very cold winters as a result it’s kind of a pick and choose
between which type of turf do you default to when you’re in a middle zone
like that the vast majority of our area defaults to fescue and that’s what our
primary program is focused on because at least it’s going to stay healthy through
the winter and still be pretty in green as opposed to if we had more season turf
in which case for about six months of the year it would be dormant and brown
and I’m looking good so we’re not just fighting terrible soil we’re also
fighting more extreme climate conditions that are not favorable to any specific
type of grass because we’re using fescue we have to keep in mind that summers
going to be really really stressful for it we have to have a lot of nutrients
already in the soil to make sure that it’s going to be able to feed itself and
support itself during that most stressful time of the year so even
though like I just mentioned summer is going to be the most stressful time
profess you winter is still really rough there are five big ways in which fescue
is stressed out during the winter and I’m going to hit them one by one with
you real quick first soil compaction recurrent freezing and thawing of the
soil ends up creating a compacted environment more so than other times of
the year and compaction ends up making the free flow and movement of roots
nutrients and water a lot more difficult in the soil itself second frost and snow
damage if you remember from childhood science classes ice expands more than
water does so freezing temperatures and frost and snow can actually cause the
water that is in the cells of the tips of your grass blades to expand and
rupture when they get that cold which causes some cell damage and die-off
that’s why during the winter it’s pretty normal to see frost burn where the tips
of your grafts are a yellow color sometimes these will bounce back
time’s the tips completely die off once you mow it a few times it ends up kind
of leveling out because it grows through but it doesn’t look great and it’s
stressful to the plant third is salt runoff during the winter a
lot of neighborhoods and homeowners will apply salt compounds to the roads and
their driveways and sidewalks to reduce the risk of ice and stuff like that from
forming during the winter as a result when this kind of dissolves from the
rain and the snow and runs off into your soil it leads to a lot of toxicity
entering that system which can be very very bad for the grass fourth is we
development obviously during aeration seeding time and for the months
following it in the fall we really restrict the amount of weed control
that’s being applied to the lawn in order to give that baby grass the
support and lack of stress that it needs to be able to develop healthily as a
result a lot of leads take the opportunity to move in as well causing
possible crowding out and other factors that conflict with the successful growth
of your lawn and fifth is nutrient depletion as a result of all of that
baby grass that we put down in the fall developing and soaking up its nutrients
to be able to grow correctly and natural leaching processes in which the
nutrients in your yard exit you’re losing a lot of that and this time of
year ends up being kind of a low point in terms of where those nutrient levels
need to sit so of these winter problems that we often see with soil and grass
and everything which do you think are hitting your yard comment below I want
to know what’s – going on your property so that we can talk about what the best
plan is to address that specific issue so with all of these issues going on in
the soil and in the grass by the end of winter we hear a lot of questions in
terms of what should be done and how to handle it best and we asked some of them
ourselves what spring fertilizer nutrients are most effective in
addressing the problems and issues seen at the end of the year in lawns and in
soil how do i tackle soil nutrition for the long term and still encourage a
healthy attractive lawn in the short term and when should I treat actively
growing weeds and how prevent weeds from coming up later in
the season these are all really good questions and they are all factors that
we address and cover with our recovery round of fertilizer we call it the
recovery round because it is literally recovering your lawn from the winter
it’s a really important factor because there’s a lot like we just talked about
going on during the winter that your lawn needs help with the first step is
of good fertilizer good nutrients going down to make sure that your Milan is
going to be successful and the second step is weed control and that’s a really
important thing too because this is actually one of the most weedy times of
year based on the ups and downs of weed control to this season to give space for
seating so obviously the big thing in any application or treatment from a
fertilizer company is fertilizer with this recovery round of fertilizer we are
doing not only weed control but also a pretty heavy dose of nutrients and other
products that are going to be really really important for the successful
development of your lawn through spring and into summer this product blend that
we’re using with this application is cutting-edge in terms of how long has
found the market it’s brand spankin new and it is well tested and well
formulated to be very very very effective in the way that it is not only
transferring nutrients to your lawns through carbon fertility which is really
really cool science but also just be multiple types of products that are
bundled in together to make it extremely well rounded and actually really really
appropriate for the issues that we see in RBA and are hoping to address the
little tagline that I like to use for this is carbon based soil driven it’s
really really important to develop healthy soil like we keep talking about
to ensure the progressive and self-sustaining development of your
fescue turf so this product that we are using for this round of fertilizer
has kind of three big components in the way that it’s doing that first in the
long term we’re looking at root development there are two products that
are blended into this mega fertilizer that are focusing on root development
the first is humic acid and the second is seek help these are awesome
organic assets that are really really vital for healthy more development and
drive those roots deeper into the soil reducing compaction and giving the lawn
a chance to have a really successful summer because its roots will be so
complexly developed so if you knew your stuff humic acid is going to sound
familiar humic acid is a huge component in houmous which is a huge component in
organic soil houmous is kind of all of that organic matter in soil on a
geological scale that hasn’t been converted into a mineralized form that
plants absorb as a result it’s kind of in its resting state it’s just sitting
in there waiting to be absorbed later on as its processed it is also adding a lot
of structure to the soil and as a result increasing the soil surface area which
allows for a lot more nutrients to be held onto and just kind of snowballs
basically into this really really efficient self-sustaining system that
can stretch over long periods of time without much external input what that
basically boils down to is that your nutrient absorption by roots is going to
be a lot more efficient and because there’s going to be a lot of nutrient
availability those roots are going to want to develop even more and they’re
going to have the room in a nice soft healthy soil to be able to actually do
so these seek help what’s cool about it is it’s got micronutrients that are
really important that’s kind of like the extra list of your vitamins like zinc
and stuff like that but it also has a lot of plant hormones these hormones are
really great for root development there are those fundamental processes that
plant actually needs to develop healthily so as a result you’ve got your
humic acid which is getting your soil right and encouraging root development
and you’ve got your kelp that is getting your plant right and encouraging its
root development and it all comes in together to create this really healthy
environment and really healthy root system
remember the stronger Ilan’s root system is in the spring it be better it’s going
to be able to survive the stress of summer
so the second long-term goal that this application is tackling is soil
structure and soil quality like we talked about earlier the quality of soil
for the purpose of developing a healthy lawn in r-va is seriously lacking for
the most part we’ve got a pretty strong granite bedrock system that has terrace
formations and these pockets of sand and gravel and stuff like that if you think
about what sand and gravel are it’s much larger looser structures then for
example a clay or a lone kind of soil where it’s a lot more fine particles
that are packed together as a result because we have such sandy slope for the
most part well what is called a cation exchange capacity which basically means
the soils ability to hold on to nutrients it’s very very low so a lot of
fertilizer input gets lost to leaching processes and your plant never has the
chance to actually absorb it because it’s just running through it’s kind of
like if you have a sifter versus a bucket that sifter is going to lose
things a lot more quickly than a bucket that maybe has one or two holes in the
side this recovery round a fertilizer for picture-perfect to the product that
we’re using has biochar incorporated in it as a really really efficient carbon
based vehicle for nutrient loading but what’s also cool about biochar is once
it enters the soil because it has such a crazy high surface area because it’s got
all of these little nooks and crannies it’s raising your cation exchange
capacity of your soil just by being there as a result over time
we’re developing a healthy system with healthy topsoil and we’re holding on to
the more and more nutrients so again it kind of snowballs into this healthier
system that’s able to be a lot more efficient and self-sustaining so those
are our two long-term focuses of this product blend that we are using for this
round of fertilizer we’re looking at getting the soil healthy and we’re
looking at creating a healthier root system for the plant before it gets hot
in the summer the short term focus of this application is of course going to
be getting your lawn pretty for spring there’s nothing worse than halfway
through spring still having a lawn that is kind of wilting and thin and looks
beat down and it’s just not attractive so the macro nutrient and micronutrient
blend of this fertilizer is really really effective in perking that grass
up and getting it healthy and growing there’s a pretty good amount of nitrogen
still a more conservative sign since putting on too much nitrogen increases
your risk of things like disease but it’s a heavier dose of it than what we
do in other applications to be able to encourage some growth and get your lawn
waking up it also has a good amount of potassium in it and what’s great about
potassium is that it is very very vital for a lot of processes within the plant
like cell wall development that are going to strengthen it and get it in a
lot of vigor for the spring and summer in addition to those macronutrients
we’ve got a lot of micronutrients like zinc manganese calcium iron sulfur
things that are all working together and all bundling in to create a really
really healthy plant system that’s going to be beautiful and green and very very
picture perfect if you’re interested in learning more about soil nutrients soil
development or anything like that be sure right here to check out part 1
of 4 in our soil sample series and when you’re done with part 1 check out part 2
when you’re done with part 2 you check out part 3 keep going because it’s a ton
of great information it’s something that you’re interested in
learning more on so we’ve got our soil fertility down pat for this recovery
around a fertilizer but the other huge factor and what a lot of people are a
lot more concerned with is the weed growth that is being seen and will be
seen later in the season we are putting down pre and post emergent weed control
for this application and if you’re interested in learning more about spring
weed control check out our spring weed control video right there to learn a lot
about exactly what pre-emergent is what post-emergent
is what weeds are and what kind of things are being treated for the most
part this treatment with the post emergent weed control is going to be
knocking out the majority of broadleaf weeds that have grown in since the fall
these are things like your dandelions your hen bent your clovers those typical
things that really stand out in the grass because they don’t look anything
like grass the pre-emergent weed control is actually something that prevents
weeds from coming up later in the season so crabgrass and some of those broadleaf
weeds we mentioned are going to be significantly reduced in their later
appearance because it’s inhibiting the successful germination of those baby
plants from breaking through and entering your yard and disrupting that
uniform look that everybody’s going for this application is really successful
and doing a huge hit to the weeds in your yard but we’re going to be
following up with more weed control and round 2 because there’s likely to be
something that doesn’t get completely knocked out and something that comes in
before that pre-emergent really takes effect there’s always gonna be a little
bit of overlap and there’s no such thing as a lead-free lawn again this is
something that we talked about in our spring meat control video but anybody
who promises you a 100% weed free environment is lying because there’s no
such thing if it’s an open system like a lawn you’re always going to have
external factors coming in and contributing to your weed population but
the biggest thing is to control and reduce the occurrences of these unwanted
weeds to make sure that your lawn has the best successful chance possible to
be as close to lead-free as it can be so what kind of weeds are you seeing
in your lawn I want to find out so comment below let me know what kind of
weeds you guys are seeing I want to know if it’s henbit are you seeing some
dandelions starting to come through I saw them in my yard yesterday because we
had a little bit of a heat spell last week that perked him up the main I think
that okay it’s spring I hope they shut down because they’re terrible hooking
but let me know what you’re seeing I want to find out so that we can talk
about what it indicates in terms of your soil issues as well as and whether or
not it’s something that it’s going to be easily treated or might require some
extra stuff since it’s going to be one of those difficult weeds so that pretty
much covers it in terms of what’s going on with our round one recovery
application for the picture perfect fertilizer program
the biggest takeaway I want you guys to get from this is that every application
that we do and that a good company is doing is different it’s not some
one-size-fits-all over-the-counter weed and feed that’s
designed to be effective for huge broad areas that’s not realistic every area is
going to be unique just the way that every yard is going to be unique and
while we can’t do a maintenance program for each individual person we can do a
maintenance program for our VA and we can do corrective treatments for each
individual person which you talk about in our soil sample series if you have
questions about this content let me know below I want to hear what your thoughts
are and I want to hear what videos you want to see next and a couple of days
we’re going to be releasing our what’s next from February video so be sure to
stay tuned for that if you didn’t already subscribe and let
us know what you’re looking forward to this spring

6 thoughts on “Spring Fertilizer | Round 1 | PPLM | (804) 530-2540

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  2. Another Great Vid! Glad to hear you are switching to Carbon X. That's my game plan as well this year along with all the other GCF products, Air 8 – RGS did wonders for my Fall over seed! Vids are getting better and better each time! Keep it up!

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