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Atlanta Fall Lawncare

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  • CONTROL WEEDS: Use in the fall to control the weeds and start the process of storing nutrients when the plants wake up again in the spring.
  • FERTILIZE: Builds stronger, deeper roots for winter. See a thicker greener lawn next spring.
  • OVERSEED: Fill in the bald spots and grow a thick green lawn.
  • AERATE: Help the roots and increase the flow of water and nutrients.
  • CONTROL BUGS: Rid your lawn of over 100 types of insects and bugs.


Why? Why weed in the fall? To get an early start on the weeds and prep for spring! Vigoro Weed and Feeds perform double duty: they kill tough weeds to the root and promote lush green growth. Make pesky weeds a thing of the past with Vigoro Weed and Feeds. Kills over 200 weed types. Controls dandelion, white clover, plantain, chickweed, spurge and many other weeds. Contains time release nitrogen for extended feeding.

What? Vigoro Weed & Feed: Kills weeds and promotes thick, green lawn growth. Only for use on existing broadleaf weeds. Good for all lawns in Atlanta. NOTE: When growing new grass seed: Wait until newly planted grass has been mowed 3 times before using weed killers

When? Apply when weeds are actively growing and daily high temperatures are below 90 degrees.

How? Apply to a wet lawn. Application to a wet lawn enables product to stick to weed leaves and go to work. Avoid watering lawn or allowing kids and pets to enter the area for 48 hours after application to prevent granules from being washed away or knocked off weed leaves.

Pre-emergent for warm weather lawns:


This should only be used on warm season grasses (Bermuda, Zoysia) in the month of October.

Why? Prepare your lawn for the spring season, and prevent winter weeds before they become a problem. Reducing the weed pressure will give grass plants more access to nutrients and moisture in the spring to fill in bare areas and thicken the lawn, making it harder for weeds to re-establish in the spring.

Vigoro Crabgrass and Weed Preventer can also be used to control weeds found in Bermuda and Zoysia grass, like poa-anna, pictured above.

What? Vigoro Crabgrass and Weed Preventer: Prevents Crabgrass and other weeds up to 4 months. Creates a barrier on the soil surface to prevent winter weeds from germinating. Can be used on warm-season grass types found in Atlanta. NOTE: When growing new grass seed: This product will prevent grass seed from growing for up to 3 months. Apply only to established lawns.

When? Apply product in early fall. Activated by rain or watering.

How? Apply to dry or wet lawn using spreader.

Also used to control weeds found in bermuda and zoysia grasses such as poa-anna:


Why? Some experts will say this is the single most important lawn feeding of the year. Fall brings back ideal conditions for your lawn. Cool nights, lower daytime temps, ample rainfall and morning dew are just about as good as it gets for grass. Now the lawn is ready to grow again, and is looking for the nutrients it needs to recover from summer damage from the heat, drought or damage from kids playing. Apply your final feeding right before the winter months, when grass is prepping for a winter nap. This will strengthen roots and increase nutrient storage for an early spring green up and a healthier lawn next year. Following a general program like this one should improve your lawn.

What? Scotts WinterGuard Lawn Fertilizer: Builds strong deep roots for a better lawn next spring. It’s safe to use on any grass type and safe to walk on lawn immediately after application.

When? Any time in the fall.

How? Apply to a wet or dry lawn on a calm day. No need to water in, however, during dry periods, watering will hasten greening. It can be applied in early fall and then again 6-8 weeks after that (late fall). The results will be a better lawn in the spring!


Vigoro Grass Seed

Vigoro Starter Fertilizer

Why? Atlanta is prone to hot dry summers and overseeding in fall will help with filling in bare spots and thin lawns. This will result in a greener, thicker lawn for the upcoming spring. Lawns respond best to feedings in the fall. If you feed your lawn only once a year, do it in the fall! In fact, overseeding with grass seed and fertilizer in the fall can make your lawn up to 49% thicker next spring.*

*2008-2009 Scotts Field Trials, Marysville, OH vs. no treatment

What? Vigoro Grass Tall Fescue Seed and Vigoro Starter Fertilizer. Designed for growth in shady and sunny areas.

When? Early fall season when dew is on the ground.

How? Rake lawn to remove dead grass from bare areas, breaking up soil barrier to at least ½ inch. Spread the Vigoro Starter Fertilizer. This contains slow release nitrogen and extra phosphorus. Then spread Vigoro Grass Tall Fescue seed, and cover with lawn soil or peat moss. Water heavily immediately after planting to soak top inch of soil, and continue to water all areas 15-30 minutes/day until germination.


Why? There are two main reasons to aerate. First, when a lawn gets a lot of use (like you get with athletic fields or golf courses) the soil can get packed down and compacted, restricting the flow of water and nutrients. There are some tell-tale signs that your lawn may be compacted. Poor drainage is one. If water pools up on your lawn or runs off instead of soaking in, it could be because the soil is compacted. Lawns that look worn-out are often because of compacted soil. Second, when a lawn has more than a half inch of thatch; water, air and nutrients may not be getting down to the roots. The tell-tale sign to look for is if your lawn does not really turn a healthy green after feeding. You can check your thatch layer thickness by removing a plug of grass, soil and all, and measuring the thatch layer between the green growth and soil layer. If thatch is greater than a half inch, consider aeration.

What? Aeration refers to the process of poking holes into the soil to allow air and moisture to penetrate the soil.

When? Aeration is done most typically in spring or fall, on mature lawns that are growing in heavy, compacted soil. Spike aeration simply pokes holes in the soil, while core aeration actually removes cores of earth and turf that are left on the surface to naturally decompose.



Why? Insect presence is normally the highest in late summer. Insects often feed on grass and grass roots creating this or bare areas in lawns. Bug B Gon Kills 100+ insects including: Ants (including Carpenter, Red Harvester, Pavement, Odorous, Pyramid, Argentine, Pharoah, Fire Ants and Foraging Fire Ants), Armyworms, Billbugs, Centipedes, Chinch Bugs, Crickets, Cutworms, Earwigs, European Crane Fly Larvae, Fleas, Grasshoppers, Leaf Hoppers, Mealybugs, Millipedes, Mole Crickets, Sod Webworms (Lawn Moth), Spiders, Ticks (including ticks that may transmit Lyme Disease), and Weevils (including Hyperodes).

What? Ortho Bug B Gon Max Insect Killer Granules For Lawns

When? At the first sign of insect activity or damage. However, apply early in the spring or summer to prevent infestations.

How? Using a spreader designed for application of granular materials, uniformly apply 1 to 2 lbs over 1,000 sq ft. On ornamentals & flowers, apply 0.5 to 1lb evenly over each 500 sq ft. area. Vegetable Gardens: A single application may be applied just prior to planting or after plants emerge and worked into the top 4 to 6 inches of soil. Use 1lb of product for a 500 sq. ft. area. For quicker results, water may be applied, but do not walk on the grass until the treated area dries.





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