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Care for Your Lawn The Right Way Using Products and Tips from Solutions!

Having a healthy green lawn and garden is a source of pride for many homeowners. Nothing can beat taking a step outside of your home or coming home from a hard day of work and seeing a beautiful, lush, and vibrant lawn that is the envy of the neighborhood. Unfortunately, a lawn doesn’t become beautiful by itself, you have to invest time and sweat into making it outstanding.

Mowing, watering and giving your turf a lot of sun can only go so far and often times invasive weeds, disease and fungi can make your yard look unsightly and waste all the hard work you put in to make your lawn the way you want it to look. When weeds and other lawn pests intrude upon your lawn, you may be wondering whether you should hire a professional lawn care or if you can do it yourself.

We here at Solutions Pest and Lawn believe you can eliminate pesky weeds and lawn invasions yourself and achieve a wonderful, healthy lawn and save a lot of money doing it. Through our offerings of professional-grade lawn care products and helpful how-to advice you can get on our website, in person at our stores or over the phone, we want to make it so you can approach do-it-yourself lawn care with confidence.

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Do-It-Yourself Lawn Care Made Easy!

Ensuring your lawn is healthy and weed-free doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, we believe you can conduct a professional-quality treatment of your lawn and garden which can effectively eliminate invasive weeds with the correct approach and the right high-quality products. If you’re feeling stuck or don’t know where to begin when it comes to proper lawn maintenance and weed control, Solutions Pest and Lawn is here to point you in the right direction by recommending you products designed to eliminate your specific lawn issues and guiding you on how to apply those products effectively. Below we have outlined the weed control and lawn care process in a few simple steps:


Step 1 - Identification: The most important step to eliminating an invasive problem on your turf or in your garden is by first identifying what invasive species you have. Knowing the right type of weed or pest you have will help in determining what the best products would be to address the issue. If you’re ever unsure of what species of weed you have, we can help! We have experienced landscaping and weed-killing experts on staff who can help identify your invasive weed. Simply take a photo of the pest and send it to us at Identification@Solutionsstores.com and we can ID the weed or pest and present you control options and recommended products you can purchase to eliminate it.


Step 2 - Inspection: Once you know the problem weed you are dealing with, you need to carry out a careful inspection of your yard to find out where these weeds are concentrated and get to the bottom of why they crept up in the first place. We can help you determine that as well if you consult with us over the phone, via email or live chat with us. 


Step 3 - Control: This is the phase where you tackle your problem weed head on with chemical treatment using the best products for your specific weed problem. Using our advice and guidance via the how-to guides and videos we have on our website or live help over the phone, you can conduct a thorough weed control treatment to your lawn and/or garden business via herbicide sprays, granules, mists, fertilizers and other options. We have the best selection of professional grade herbicides as well as equipment and other supplies you may need to conduct chemical treatments conveniently and safely.  


Step 4 - Prevention: After successfully ridding your problem weed from your lawn, there’s still work to be done to make sure the problem or any other potential invaders stay out of your yard. We have helpful products such as fertilizers, pre-emergent herbicides and other helpful products you can use as well as tips via our experienced experts. By carrying out regular lawn maintenance practices, you may never have to worry about weeds uglying up your lawn ever again.


Contact Us For Helpful Lawn Care Tips and Advice

Solutions Pest and Lawn has an experienced staff of lawn care specialists on hand so you get expert maintenance advice and tips for FREE! We want to empower you with the confidence to be able to take care of your lawn and weed issues yourself. Call us today at (800) 479-6583 or send us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com for help making an order.


Lawn Care Maintenance Schedule

Having a lawn that will make the neighbors jealous and have passerbys take a second look doesn’t just happen on its own. It takes effort and hard work and not just once in a while.


Maintaining a beautiful green lawn that is healthy and weed-free is something which not only requires the right lawn care products, it also requires a year-round plan. Lucky for you, Solutions Pest & Lawn can provide you with both.


There are many different lawn problems, lawn-damaging pests, weeds and diseases which can threaten your yard and different seasons bring about different issues to be wary of and monitor to keep your lawn protected.


It is important to follow a well thought-out lawn maintenance schedule and here we will help to provide you all the steps necessary to keep your lawn looking pristine and aesthetically pleasing all year long.


Determining What Type Of Lawn You Have

seasonal map

Depending on what region of the country you are in, the times you conduct certain maintenance duties and the specific tasks may vary. For instance, in the south, Summer can last quite a long time and winter weather may not appear til much later than it would if say, you’re living in the Midwest or Northern states.


Still no matter where you are located geographically, the maintenance and upkeep of your lawn will still follow a set schedule which we will keep largely general. The schedules we provide are divided into two main classifications: warm-season grasses and cool-season grasses. You can find out more about the two and learn what type you have by following this guide.


Cool Season Grasses

If you have cool season grass, chances are you live in the Northern portion of the United States. By definition, cool season grasses are grass types which thrive in areas of the country where temperatures are much cooler (Between 65 to 75 degrees) during the bulk of the growing season.


States which are commonly known to have cool season grasses include: Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming


Common species of cool-season grasses: Kentucky Bluegrass, Annual Ryegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Fine Fescue, Tall Fescue, Creeping Bentgrass.


Warm Season Grasses

In contrast to cool-season grass, warm season grasses do better under warmer and more humid weather condition primarily in the southern parts of the country where the temperature can be upwards of 85 to 90 degrees during the growing season.


States which are commonly known to have warm season grasses include: South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas.

Common species of warm-season grasses: Bahiagrass, Bermudagrass, Blend, Buffalograss, Carpetgrass, Centipedegrass, St. Augustinegrass, Zoysiagrass


Transition Turf

States with weather that are not as cool as the Northern most states and don’t get as hot as the southern states are classified as being in the "transition zone". In this area, many landowners have a blend of both warm and cool season grasses to maintain a green and healthy lawn year round. People who live in this area will benefit from reading both our warm-season grass schedule and cool-season grass schedule for best results in maintaining their lawns.


States and areas found in the transition zone include: Parts of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, parts of Georgia, Oklahoma, parts of Texas, parts of Arizona, parts of New Mexico, parts of Nevada, and parts of California.



Lawn Maintenance Schedule

To ensure that your lawn stays healthy and looking great, we have laid out the maintenance schedule in chart form below. Following this schedule with each of the major tasks to carry out at the different times of the year will help your lawn withstand the changing seasons and fight off any unwanted invaders such as pests, weeds and fungal diseases.

 warm season grass schedule


cool season grass schedule

Early Spring Preparations

The early part of spring is the ideal time to get ready for the oncoming lawn-growing and mowing season. The frosty winter weather has started to subside and soon enough it’s about to get very green with the emergence of spring blooms. Here are some things you can do to get started:

  • Sharpen your mower blades. This will ensure that when its time to start cutting you will get clean and precise cuts. If your mower blades are dull, this will tear the grass and leave rough jagged edges. This will cause your grass to not look right and even discolor the grass. It’s also a big invitation for pathogens that can bring disease to your lawn.

  • Tidy your lawn. This means getting out the rakes and scooping up and removing leaf litter that has built up over the winter. A thick mat of wet leaves can smother a lawn if not immediately remove, keeping the lawn from growing naturally and getting the proper sunlight and nutrition.

Springapply fertilizer in the spring

Apply Fertilizer


When the winter weather has ended, lawns wake up in the spring time and are hungry for some nutrition. Satisfy your turf’s appetite with the right fertilizer and you will be rewarded with a lush, healthy green lawn. We recommend doing this at least twice in the spring time, before the summer heat kicks in. It is important to use the right type of fertilizer on your lawn and also to apply the right amount, making sure not to over-fertilize or under-fertilize your yard.


Over-fertilization can scorch your grass or it can leave patches of long grass and make your lawn look uneven while under-fertilizing can make grasses less lush and creates a setting where invasive weeds or diseases can take over your turf.


For help to determine what fertilizer is best for your lawn, we recommend carrying out a soil analysis test by finding a kit at your local gardening center. By testing your soil’s pH, you can find out what nutrients your turf needs the most.


Mow Your Grass

Spring time is also a time that you should be mowing your grass but you have to make sure you wow at a height that is best for your lawn’s health. We recommend mowing high and setting your mower at a height where it is higher, especially if there are no weed or disease issues. Cutting high encourages grass to grow thicker with deeper roots, which promotes healthy grass that will help to crowd out weeds. On the other hand, mowing your grass too short can make your turf more vulnerable to diseases which in turn requires you to mow more often

Try not to mow more than you need to and keep in mind that depending upon the application of products like fertilizer, herbicides or insecticides on your lawn, you may have to adjust your mowing habits according to what the labels says on the product. During spring you may need to mow as often as once per week since this is the peak time that grass grows.


Different soil types like clay and silt as well as walking heavily on turf can cause your yards soil to be compacted. Compacted soil can lead to a bevy of problems because it creates a barrier which keeps your grass roots from getting the water, oxygen and fertilizer nutrients they need to thrive and survive.

Aeration punches holes in the soil and breaks up the soil to eliminate that barrier. Use an aeration machine in the springtime as well as the summer.

Apply Pre-Emergent Herbicides

Spring is also the ideal time to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent crabgrass and other weeds from taking root in your lawn. These are herbicides that kill weeds before they grow out from the soil. Timing is key when laying out pre-emergents because if the unwanted plants have already grown, the pre-emergents will be ineffective in eliminating them.

The best time to apply is early spring right before the temperature of the soil reaches over 55 degrees. We have a number of great pre-emergent herbicides but the right one for you depends upon the weed you want to keep away and your grass type.

Summerspray your yard

Choke Out Weeds with Post-Emergent Herbicides


Late spring to very early summer is the perfect time to kill off any pesky weeds which have emerged on your lawn. This is because it’s best to hit them in the early stages when they are vulnerable as it may be tougher to control them when they have matured. Solutions Pest & Lawn has a lot of options for post-emergent herbicides but it’s best to know that type of weed you have so you can choose the right herbicide to treat the weed outbreak.

Eliminate Lawn Pests With Pesticides

Warmer weather often signals the arrival of unwanted insects to your yard. Some of the more notorious ones which like to eat your turf are grub worms, the larvae stage of various types of beetles. These fat white grubs love to hide under the soil and feed on the tender root systems of lawns.

If you don’t check your soil for the presence of grubs, you will definitely recognize that something is up when your lawn is affected by their feeding frenzy with brown patches and wilted grass. You can check for grubs by pulling back the sod and looking for those c-shaped vermin. If you discover them, you should treat your lawn with an insecticide like Reclaim IT Insecticide or Dominion 2L.

Summer is also a time to when ants like to set up shop near a home and develop their colony. You don't want an ugly ant mound to be an eyesore on your lawn.

You can use the same insecticide products mentioned above as well as lay out insecticide granules like Bifen LP Granules on your lawn to deal with ants and other insects that may be a threat to your turf.

Stay consistent with Mowing and Watering

To keep your lawn turf green, healthy, and growing all summer lawn, keep a consistent mowing and watering schedule. For mowing, it is recommended to mow on a higher blade setting. Setting the mower height to 3 inches and mowing once a week will help promote long, deep, healthy roots.


Depending on how hot your summers can get where you live, you may have to adjust how frequently you water but the standard should be at least 1 inch of water per week, either through irrigation or rainfall. Time irrigation for early morning (between 6 and 10 a.m.) to minimize water loss to evaporation.

Fertilize Again

While spring and fall are the ideal times of the year to apply fertilizer to your lawns, summer can also be a good time to give your grass some nourishment as they struggle to withstand the heat. Both warm- and cool-season grasses benefit from summer feeding. Warm-season grasses in particular grow more actively when the temps are higher, so another round of fertilizer can aid them with fuel and sustain them until fall arrives.

Fallraking leaves in the fall

Reseed Your Lawn

The harsh heat of the summer, especially around august can lead to areas of your lawn thinning out. That is why as summer comes to an end it would be wise to reseed. Reseeding and overseeding can rejuvenate your lawn for the fall season.


Leaf Litter Cleanup

The temperatures have dropped and that means that leaves will start to fall. Make sure that you stay good about raking up and removing all the debris that falls upon your lawn. Another option is to mulch the leaves by chopping the leaves up and laying them out. They wont be of any harm to the grass and will gradually decompose.


Fertilize Once More

This is especially important to do if you have cool-season grass and live in the northern parts of the country where winter will bring very harsh colds. Along with spring, this is the best time of year to fertilizer because your lawn turf will benefit from the extra nutrition which they will store up before going dormant for the winter.


At this point in late fall, you will want to mow as short as possible because there’s no point in keeping the grass long when they soon will be going dormant.


Address weed issues with pre and post-emergent


Right before winter arrives, it’s best to plan ahead and deal with weed problems that are present and ones that may arrive in the spring. By applying a post-emergent to your lawn in the fall, you will be minimizing the chances for any surprise weeds emerging when everything starts to grow again. With the weeds that are present you will want to knock them down now so their root systems don’t steal nutrition from the desired turf and plants.



Plan for the Spring

In the winter there is very little you can do except plan and prepare. When spring arrives you will have to be ready to tackle any issues which may come forward. You never know what weeds will come and if there will be disease and fungus which comes when the ice begins to melt away. However, if you’ve done good maintenance the rest of the year, the winter is when you can take a little bit of a break because before you know it, spring will have arrived.


We hope this guide is helpful in giving you direction in how to approach each season so your lawn will be healthy and well-maintained all year round. For more detailed suggestions and recommendations of products, contact us at 800-479-6583, shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with a representative online. We will be happy to assist you.

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