Those chemicals professional lawn services use seem kind of mysterious, right?
Do they gather together using mystical spell books to mix up their magical potions?
Sorry. It’s not that magical. It is pretty impressive, though, they have stuff to do everything from making your lawn greener to killing pesky weeds to preventing grubs to treating lawn disease.
What do lawn companies spray on lawns?
Let’s take a look.
First Up: Fertilizer
Yes, we’re talking about what lawn companies spray on lawns, but fertilizer isn’t always sprayed.
It’s actually best when it’s applied in granular form, spread over the top of your lawn.
This granular fertilizer is more expensive than the more common liquid spray, but it breaks down slowly, giving you consistent benefits from fertilization.
Some also contain important organic nutrients, which give your lawn that beautiful, deep green color.
RainMaster uses premium professional-grade formulations of granular fertilizer. Not every lawn care service in Wisconsin and Minnesota does. You might be surprised to learn some lawn care company employees don't know exactly what they’re putting on your lawn.
Grubs feast on tender grass roots and organic matter in the soil, causing sections of your lawn to die.
Grub control kills them before they hatch and begin to cause damage to your lawn.
At RainMaster, we apply Grub Guard protection in your first visit for the best protection. Then, you’re all set. Your grub control lasts throughout the entire growing season.
Not all grub control lasts that long. Be sure what you're investing in lasts all season long — you don't want to be surprised when the second wave of hungry grubs comes around in the fall and your protection is MIA.
Bonus: When we apply Grub Guard to your lawn, it won’t kill bees like the cheaper products most other lawn care companies use or what you find at the hardware store. Let’s all do what we can to help the little guys.
What Do Lawn Companies Spray on Lawns? Disease Control
Lawn diseases are ugly, turning your grass weird colors and creating odd brown shapes, sometime overnight.
Fungicides treat lawn diseases like red thread, necrotic ring spot, and fairy ring.
(The good news is, lawn fungus often clears up itself if you’re patient. And the grass typically comes back on its own after the fungus disappears.)
What Do Professionals Use to Kill Weeds?
Weeds are a whole big thing, and it takes way more than one product to banish these pesky invaders.
Some weed killers work through translocation, the fancy way of describing how a plant moves water and other dissolved materials through its system.
Translocated weed killers work their way through a plant’s system from the surface to the roots to kill it.
Contact weed killers kill the weed once they touch it. Bam. You’re dead.
Pre-emergent weed control is designed to target the weed seeds before they sprout. Post-emergent products will kill weeds once they already exist in their dastardly leafy form.
Weed killers can be selective, killing only weeds without damaging other nearby plants you want to keep. Or they can be non-selective, blasting all the plants in the area.
What do professionals use to kill weeds? Some weeds are so sinister, they need the big guns. When necessary, we tackle Creeping Charlie, for instance, with a tough, specialty liquid weed control with multiple applications throughout the year. This tough weed requires a professional-grade weed killer. The stuff you can buy at the home improvement store often won’t do the job.
So, what do professionals use to kill weeds? Lots of stuff. Applying weed killer isn’t a one-product thing, or a one-time thing. It needs to happen multiple times a year as different weeds grow at different times throughout the seasons.
That’s why you get five visits throughout the year in our comprehensive lawn care programs.
Also, It’s About Much More Than the Products
Expert lawn care isn’t just about the chemicals professional lawn services use — it’s about the application.
When? How often? How much? Some need to be applied when the soil or air is at a certain temperature.
Lawn care specialists have the knowledge and skills that make sure the products work.
They know how to spot the early signs of a pest problem. They know what lawn diseases look like, and when your lawn needs extra attention.
Your lawn might be compacted and need aeration. Your soil pH might be off, which means your lawn can’t absorb the nutrients it needs until it’s back in balance.
Need Expert Lawn Care in Wisconsin or Minnesota? Trust RainMaster
What do lawn companies spray on lawns? It’s about so much more than that.
Lawn care is complex, with a host of potential problems that are often tricky to diagnose and treat.
Looking for lawn care services in Eau Claire, WI or Minneapolis?
We’re happy to take a look at your lawn and suggest the right course of action to get it in shape.
Want to get to the bottom of your lawn problems and be confident about your choice for lawn care services? Request a quote today! We’ll review your lawn care options together so you can make a great choice. Then, you can finally enjoy your lawn and stop worrying about it.