The Teed and Brown process is a year-round comprehensive lawn care system that has been strategically developed from a deep understanding of the environment in which we operate and our background based equally on turf science and real world, hands-on experience. The resulting core process is a seven-step program developed to give you that lush, beautiful, optimal lawn.
A crabgrass preventative is applied to the lawn. This will stop crabgrass seed from germinating. As crabgrass is an annual weed (it dies each Fall), it needs to grow from seed each year. By stopping it now, you should have a crabgrass free lawn for the season.
Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus are the macro-nutrients your lawn needs just as Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Fats are what your body needs. This Spring fertilizer will give your lawn the necessary nutrition to green up and build a strong root system for the coming year.
As nobody’s lawn is perfect all year every year, nor will yours be. The trick is to re-seed those bare spots once they appear. After the Winter, you will likely have bare patches for a variety of reasons. This is a great time to get the right seed into your lawn and start the healing process.
On many lawns, the shade trees create a lack of sunlight that has a drastic effect on the grass. Through the season, the grass thins out to only a sparse covering, and sometimes goes completely bare. During this visit, we spend additional time and effort aerating the thin, bare areas and mixing in a good, strong shade seed. If the seed gets diligent water, it will fill in before the leaves on the trees do and you’ll have a decent lawn covering for a good portion of the season.
We’re not done with the crabgrass yet! Studies have shown that proper control of crabgrass can only be attained through split applications. Instead of just one application in early spring, we apply a “booster” application in late spring as well. The double applications bring your control percentage from 60% to well above 90%.
Spring is when the weeds try to take over that nice lawn of yours. The yellow heads of dandelions speckle suburban neighborhoods and remind us that Mother Nature will always be one step ahead. Now is the time to put her in her place. This application will control about 85% – 90% of the weeds that are infesting your yard
Even though we already spot seeded areas of your lawn during our first visit, we can now “touch up” those areas that still need some help. TEED & BROWN always has a variety of the best seed blends on each truck for just this type of situation.
A heavily organic based fertilizer is applied to gently feed your lawn through the hotter Summer months. A heavier fertilizer application would actually promote serious disease problems, so now’s the time to go light. Organic based fertilizers are slowly, naturally broken down and released by the soil microbes. This helps feed not only your lawn, but also the entire soil ecosystem.
White grubs are the larval form of several types of beetle. The Japanese Beetle is probably the best known culprit. These grub eggs are laid in the Summer. They hatch in the early Fall and begin feeding on the roots of your lawn. If left untreated, White Grubs will decimate entire sections of your lawn. This application will protect your lawn for the entire Summer and Fall seasons.
SUMMER WEED CONTROL
In addition to some stubborn Spring weeds, there are several difficult Summer weeds that need to be taken care of. Among them are Nutsedge, Parlance, and yes, Crabgrass. We have individual specialty products that are formulated to eliminate these weeds without harming your lawn. At the same time, if any pesky Spring weeds are still lingering, we’ll selectively spray them now too.
Since insects LOVE the Summer heat, now is the time to stop them. We apply a product that will reduce the populations of such pests as Chinch Bugs or Sod Webworms. Left untreated, these insects will suck the juices out of your grass just when the grass needs them most.
After that hot, stressful Summer, your lawn needs a good feeding. The root system is now under stress and the insects have taken a toll. As we enter the cooler Fall months, it’s time to fortify your lawn with all the nutrients necessary to rebuild and reestablish your lawn.
You’ll probably have some bare patches that just couldn’t handle the Summer heat. No problem, it’s probably better that those weak patched dies, because now we can seed with stronger, more viable seed blends. We always have the best blends of seed on the trucks so that our technicians can choose the right seed for your lawn.
If your lawn’s pH is too low (acidic), we can balance it by adding limestone. If it’s already ideal, we will add gypsum. Both of these products are natural minerals that have a variety of micro-nutrients to help your lawn stay healthy. Limestone and Gypsum are like multi-vitamins for your lawn.
Even though it’s getting into the end of the growing season, we can often still get some great grass to grow in before the Winter hits. If any bare patches are still evident, we will re-seed them during this service.
Do you remember learning in school about the life cycles of plants? Right before the winter, plants send food reserves to the root system for storage. When the spring comes, they then draw upon these reserves to start growing again. This application gives your lawn a great supply of nutrients to send to the roots for storage. Though you won’t see dramatic results this season, your lawn will thank you for it in the spring.
Some lawns need services above and beyond our core process. This could be due to existing conditions, past treatments (or non-treatments) or just the current weather trends. See below to get a better understanding of what these additional services entail. We’ll be happy to walk you through any one of these services and what they would mean to your lawn.
One of the benefits to Teed & Brown over other companies is our level of expertise. 2 of our management team (Christopher Brown and Chad Anderson) have Bachelor of Science Degrees in Turfgrass Science plus extensive experience in managing and maintaining some of the finest golf courses in the Northeast. Because of this, our service teams are trained at a far higher level than you’ll find with any other company. Even with that though, there is a LOT that can happen on your lawn between services that are generally scheduled about 4 weeks apart from each other. How would you like to have one of our premier Agronomists examine your yard each week? For our more discerning clients, we offer our Weekly Concierge program. If you’d like to learn more, just give us a call or shoot us an email.
Are you having troubles with your irrigation system? Even a well designed and properly installed system can develop a myriad of problems over the years for a variety of reasons. Where your lawn may have been getting watered properly a decade ago, now there are serious shortcomings that really need to be fixed. We have the expertise to identify these problems and put together a series of recommendations for you.
IRRIGATION CONTROLLER MANAGEMENT
While we don’t install irrigation systems, we are very familiar with proper irrigation practices and can immediately identify problems and propose solutions. Very often, the problem is as simple as over-watering or under-watering. Hitting the perfect balance can be incredibly difficult and takes a trained eye. We offer an irrigation control service whereby one of our experts will stop by and either increase or decrease your irrigation times depending on the weather patterns and lawn needs. Just let us know if you’d like us to quote you for this service!
If you’ve ever seen a farmer plow a field, then you’ve seen aeration in action. In short, “aeration” is the act of getting air down into the soil. Farmers figured out many centuries ago that loosening up the soil and getting more air down to the root zone will have huge benefits to the crops. This simple truth has not changed and farmers still plow the fields every year before planting the crop.
Your lawn is not much different than a farmer’s crop. It is a large number of plants growing in a prepared soil base. We don’t plow the grass, because we would cause enough damage to need complete re-seeding. Instead, we use a core aerator, which has a similar effect with far, far less damage.
Nutsedge is a grassy weed that pops up in warmer, wetter weather. It grows VERY quickly. When you mow your lawn all looks good, but within a few days you’ll see ugly, long patches of yellow/green grass throughout the lawn. If you’ve ever had this problem, we can prevent it with an additional application of a preemergent herbicide produced specifically for this purpose.
The compost we use to topdress a lawn is 100% natural, derived from decomposed leaves and yard trimmings. In addition to adding nutrients to the soil, it improves the soil structure, increases water-holding capacity, and helps to feed the microbes.
Over time plants will deplete the soil of nutrients, until eventually the soil becomes sterile. Composting restores the natural balance of the soil, which in turn reduces the pressure the lawn receives from disease and fungus. It also boosts the soils ability to hold moisture without being soggy, which aids in the defense of summer heat.
Composting restores the natural balance of your soil by releasing nutrients that can be used by the microbial population. The increase in microbial activity aids in suppression of diseases, transforming raw materials into further nutrients for the lawn, and degradation of pesticides and other chemicals found in the soil. Please contact our office if you are interested in learning more about topdressing your lawn with organic compost.
After hatching from an egg in late spring, deer ticks go through three life stages: larva, nymph, and adult. Each stage requires a different host animal, and they will only feed once during that particular stage. A deer tick needs 2 years to complete its life cycle. The larvae are tan and small(the size of a pin head). They feed primarily in late summer on small rodents (mice, chipmunks, etc.). A newly hatched deer tick does not initially carry Lyme disease, but rather is obtained from an infected animal.
The next stage is the nymph and is about the size of a poppy seed. They are beige, sometimes appearing transparent with a dark head. The nymphs feed during the summer months on larger animals (dogs, raccoons, humans, etc.). Once engorged the nymph will fall of and molt into an adult. The adult will then seek out a host on large animals such
as deer or humans. Most cases of Lyme disease do not occur from adults as they are rather large and usually identified early enough to not transmit the disease. They will feed and then mate either on or off the host, and then overwinter in leaf litter or other surface vegetation. In spring they will lay their eggs and die. Each female can lay around 3,000 eggs and they will hatch in late summer to start a new cycle.
While 100% control is not possible, drastic reductions in tick populations can be achieved. Pesticide applications are one method of significantly reducing the populations. However, when in an area where ticks are common, wear long sleeved shirts and pants. Use of a tick repellant can assist in better coverage, but upon returning it is important to inspect your clothing and skin thoroughly including your head.
Bentgrass is a fairly common problem in many home lawns. It is actually a type of grass, but many homeowners find it to be unsightly. It is ideally suited for extremely short mowing conditions such as golf course greens, tees, and fairways.
When Creeping Bentgrass is present in a home lawn, it tends to take on a very patchy, pale green color. These patches give the lawn an inconsistent appearance.
If you don’t mind the look of bentgrass in your lawn, no problem! It doesn’t do any harm to anything. If you DO want us to get rid of your bentgrass for you, please touch base with the office and ask about Tenacity. It is a new, selective herbicide that kills bentgrass without harming other grass species.