FAQ

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How do I choose which program is best for me?

Your program selection depends on your desired result.  The lowest cost program is the 1-N-Done, and it only requires 1 fertilizer application.  However, by moving to the “Bridge Program” you can add the benefits of some organic based fertilizers, helping to improve the “Soil Food Web” and building healthier turf.  The “Organic – Holiday” program is perfect for people who are concerned about pesticides and their effects on their pets and children.

Do these programs have herbicides or other pesticides?

No these programs are pesticide and herbicide free.  If you believe you need an herbicide or other pesticide, please contact us here and we will help you with product selection or arranging an application.

How do I eliminate existing weeds?

Existing weeds are best eliminated with a “post-emergent herbicide”.  For optimum results, this is done as a combination “foliar spray” in the early spring or late fall.  Let us know if you feel that your lawn would benefit from this type of application, we will help you with product selection or possibly arrange an application. Contact us.

Do I need a “Weed & Feed”?

A “Weed & Feed” is a granular fertilizer with “post-emergent herbicide” on each prill of the fertilizer.  While this was once popular, current best management practices are to use a foliar post-emergent application, which provides better results, assures the herbicide timing is correct and reduces the chances of herbicide exposure.  Please contact us here and we will help you with product selection or arranging an application.

What is the organic program made of?

Our organic products are made from poultry, and poultry by products.  They are sourced, designed and produced locally.  Additionally, our organic products contain Humates and both friendly bacteria and fungi to help build and support the “Soil Food Web”.

Are there “pre-emergent herbicides” on your fertilizers?

No, not in these programs.  However , for your convenience, contact us here and we can help you arrange a foliar application, which generally leads to better results and reduces the chance of pesticide exposure.

What if I want to start mid-season?

We have several options if you want to start “mid-season”.

  • We have a “mid-season booster” which is a lower cost product that will last approximately 90 days.
  • You can supplement the mid-season bump with the organic program, which will improve the soil and feed bot the turf and “Soil Food Web”.

What rate do you recommend?

Due to the wide variety of soil types, different turf varieties, and customer expectations, rates are perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of any fertility program, below are some rules of thumb:

  • Annual rates along the I-10 corridor for residential lawns range from 2 to 5 pounds of Nitrogen.
  • We provide a “rate range” on our label, for all our products, the Medium rate is a great place to start.
  • If you want better results, the High rate is safe and won’t burn your lawn.
  • A good practice is to write down your rate and evaluate the performance, and next you can alter it accordingly.

1-N-Done Fertilizers

Does the 1-N-Done have Phosphorous and Potassium?

No, the 1-N-Done fertilizer is a Nitrogen only fertilizer, which as been staged and coated to provide Nitrogen throughout the entire growing season.  In many situations, Phosphorous is supplied by the soil reserves, while Potassium is frequently supplied via a pre-emergent herbicide blend or one of our Organic options.

What rate per 1,000 sq. ft. (M) should I apply the fertilizer?

There is a rate range depending on your grass type, soil profile and other environmental factors, however rates are between 6 – 9.5 LBS of fertilizer per 1,000 sq. ft.  1 bag will treat between 2,000 to 3,000 sq. ft.

Is 1-N-DONE considered “Organic”?

No, 1-N-Done is not considered “Organic” in the truest sense of the word, however, compared to a “traditional fertilizer” program, it is more efficient, resulting in reduced labor, less total nitrogen used and a significant reduction of grass clippings, all of which result in a lower environmental “footprint”.

Will a the 1-N-DONE program provide as much “green color” as my traditional fertilizer program?

Yes, but not right after the application, however, the color will be deeper green and last longer than a traditional fertilizer. Understanding this reality is simple math, our 1-N-DONE products are have a minimum of 90% coated Nitrogen, while a “traditional fertilizer” generally only has between 30-60% coated Nitrogen, this means the grass stays greener for a longer period of time.

Will I get as much growth from a 1-N-DONE program?

Yes over the season, but not initially.  This is because a 1-N-DONE Program breaks the “Feast-Famine-Feed Cycle”.  This feed cycle is part of what leads to a disease and insect “treadmill”, providing a shot of super soft growth, that is susceptible to insect and disease pressure, while also damaging roots with excessive salt release.  Conversely, a 1-N-DONE program provides a metered amount of fertilizer every day, resulting in controlled growth, less clippings, and a and deep green healthy lawn.

Do you perform soil testing, and how much does it cost?

Our products are professional grade and have been designed and produced locally, they will provide excellent results for most situations.  If you feel that your situation is unique or you would benefit from soil testing, we recommend Texas A&M Soil Lab, for your convenience, we have a soil testing form.  Prices range from $12-$88, per sample.

FAQ and a few things to keep in mind about Organic Lawncare:

Organic lawn care is mostly about feeding the soil and improving the soil food web.

Organic lawn care is mostly about feeding the soil and improving the soil food web.  There is plenty of information on the soil food web, and the NRCS is one of the best starting places.  Over time as your soil base improves your lawn will thrive, grass will grow much thicker and become more resistant to weather, weeds or other pests.

Application rates for Organic fertilizers are higher than traditional fertilizers.

Application rates for Organic fertilizers are higher than traditional fertilizers, and the number of applications needed per year is greater.  This is because we are “feeding the soil” as much or more than feeding the grass.

Organic fertilizers are very safe and won’t burn your grass.

Organic fertilizers are very safe and won’t burn your grass, however, frequently it will take days or weeks to notice a “visual response” from the application.  Discipline is the key to making an organic lawn program effective.

It is best to incorporate some other non-fertilizer “cultural practices”.

It is best to incorporate some other non-fertilizer “cultural practices” to optimize your organic lawn program, be sure to consider:

  • Grass mowing height – generally the higher the better, and don’t ever remove more than 25-30% of the grass leaf at any one time. Also be sure to leave grass clippings as they serve as fertilizer and a food source for your lawn.
  • Watering frequency – generally, infrequent-deep watering is best to encourage deep root growth.

You may need to have more tolerance or be willing to pull existing weeds by hand.

From a weed perspective, you may need to have more tolerance, or be willing to pull existing weeds by hand.  Healthy turf will thrive and make it challenging for new weeds to get established, however, some weeds can break through.

Simplicity and discipline are the keys to success.

A complex program is challenging to manage.

Organic lawn care does require more time and can be more costly to achieve desired results.

Naturally, this depends of the current state of your lawn, soil structure and other agronomic variables, but in most cases a beautiful lawn is possible with organic products.

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