FERTILIZATION SERVICES
In Charlotte, Mt. Holly, & Belmont, NC

At RDS Lawn Care our Fertilization Treatment experts are ready to give your lawn the nutrients necessary for a beautiful and healthy lawn.

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We keep your lawn in peak condition year-round with our 7-step fertilization program.

Lawns, like all living things, need proper nutrition and fertilization is the best way to get those nutrients to your lawn. Depending on what kind of grass you have there are three nutrients crucial to your lawn’s health: Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus. Most lawns in Charlotte, Mt. Holly, and Belmont are either warm or cool-season grasses. For our Fertilization program we will first determine what type of grass you have and then recommend the best 7-step fertilization program for your lawn.

Lawn Fertilization

RDS Lawn Care’s 7-step Fertilization Treatment Program

  • If you have Fescue turf we will be applying the following: 
  • 1/2lb/1000 of a slow release Fertilizer will be applied to the lawn during this treatment. This Fertilizer will be the base for the early season feeding for up to 30-45 days. We will supplement this throughout the early spring to keep the turf growing consistently.  This fertilizer will help eliminate the yellowing in the turf that the cooler temperatures cause. 
  • We will also spray a weed control to all turf areas that will begin to control those winter weeds that are common during this time of year. It is important to remember that winter weeds are common because we can’t control weeds and grow grass seed in the fall. More weeds will be present, especially in lawns that have a lot of new turf. The treatment we apply during this visit and the next visit will control these weeds. If we have cold temperatures during the days following this treatment, it will work slowly. The next visit will take care of any weeds that are remaining as the temperatures will be warmer.


  • If you have Bermuda/Zoysia turf we will be applying the following:
  • Bermuda and Zoysia turf are dormant during this visit, so we will not feed the turf at this time. This is an excellent time to clean out broadleaf and grassy weeds in the turf. We will apply weed control to all turf areas during this visit. Unlike fescue turf, we were able to apply a pre-emergent control in the fall so warm-season turf will have fewer weeds. However, nothing is 100 percent, so this visit is timed to catch any weeds breaking through the pre-emergent controls.

 

  • Watering Instructions: Temperatures below 70 degrees: (Typically November – March) 
  • We do not typically recommend using any irrigation at this time. The water that mother nature provides in our area will hold in the soil and give the roots of your turf the water it needs. Over watering during this time will only waste your water and money and encourage poor root development which will work against you when temperatures get hot.
  • If you have Fescue turf we will be applying the following:
  • 1lb/1000 of Slow Release Fertilizer will be applied to the lawn during this treatment. This Fertilizer will be the base for the early season feeding for up to 60 days. We will supplement this throughout the summer to keep the turf growing consistently. 
  • Pre-emergents will kill any weed seeds in the soil from the previous season. Crabgrass is the most common weed that is prevented in our soils. (This control will last approximately 8-10 weeks. Consistent rainfall will shorten this window.) 
  • All turf will be sprayed with a herbicide to control any winter weeds that are present. 


  • If you have Bermuda/Zoysia turf we will be applying the following:
  • Pre-emergents will kill any weed seeds in the soil from the previous season. Crabgrass is the most common weed that is prevented in our soils. (This control will last approximately 8-10 weeks. Consistent rainfall will shorten this window.)
  • All turf will be sprayed with a herbicide to control any winter weeds that are present.


  • Watering Instructions: Temperatures below 70 degrees: (Typically November – March) 
  • We do not typically recommend using any irrigation at this time. The water that mother nature provides in our area will hold in the soil and give the roots of your turf the water it needs. Overwatering during this time will only waste your water and money and encourage poor root development which will work against you when temperatures get hot.
  • If you have Fescue turf we will be applying the following:
    • 1/2lb/1000 of a slow release Fertilizer will be applied to the lawn during this treatment. This fertilizer will be feed for 45-60 days and be low in nitrogen but will help feed the turf as we enter the stressful season. 
    • Soil Conditioner (RGS): We will apply a combination of two organic products Humic Acid and Sea Kelp. These will increase plant rooting and decrease stress and will aid in helping the grass green up, extend our fertilizer release time, and add oxygen to the soil profile. This will aid in the spring green-up and extend our nitrogen release while adding oxygen to the soil profile. 
    • Soil Conditioner (Air 8): We will also apply a liquid aeration product. This product naturally aerates the soil by creating microfractures in the soil allowing more air, water, and nutrients to get in the soil profile. 
    • All weeds will be spot sprayed with a herbicide to control any weeds that are present.


  • If you have Bermuda/Zoysia turf we will be applying the following:
    • 1lb/1000 of a Granular Slow Release Fertilizer will be applied to the lawn during this treatment. This Fertilizer will be the base for the early season and will feed the turf consistently for up to 60 days. We will supplement this throughout the summer to keep the turf growing consistently. 
    • All weeds will be spot sprayed with a herbicide to control any weeds that are present.


  • Watering Instructions: Temperatures 70-80 degrees with normal rainfall: (April)
    • Water 2-3 times per week. (A good hard rainfall can substitute for one watering during this time. The soil moisture will determine your schedule during this time.) Do not overwater during this period as it will cause shallow roots which will burn during the hot summer temps! 
    • Rotating Irrigation Heads: 25 minutes per zone
    • Fixed Irrigation Heads: 15 minutes per zone
    • Hand Watering/Hose and Sprinkler System: 25-30 minutes per section.
  • If you have Fescue turf we will be applying the following:
    • Pre-emergents will kill any weed seeds in the soil from the previous season. Crabgrass is the most common weed that is prevented in our soils. (This control will last approximately 8-10 weeks. Consistent rainfall will shorten this window.)
    • We will also apply an application of fungicides to the turf. This will help the lawns stay clear of fungus and green as the humidity rises and we have late afternoon rains. The fungicide will last up to 28 days. You will need to apply more at an additional cost if you want to protect your lawn through the summer. If you have our 3 Round Fungicide Program then your lawn will be covered. If you don’t have the 3 Round Fungicide Program we will send more information about summer fungus in another email so be on the lookout for that information! 
    • All weeds will be spot sprayed with a herbicide to control any weeds that are present.


  • If you have Bermuda/Zoysia turf we will be applying the following:
    • 1/2lb of Granular Slow Release Fertilizer will be applied to the lawn during this treatment.
    • Pre-emergents will kill any weed seeds in the soil from the previous season. Crabgrass is the most common weed that is prevented in our soils. (This control will last approximately 8-10 weeks. Consistent rainfall will shorten this window.)
    • All weeds will be spot sprayed with a herbicide to control any weeds that are present.


  • Watering Instructions: Temperatures above 85 degrees with normal rainfall: (Late May – Early September)
    • Water every other day. Try not to water an established lawn daily. The roots of your turf won’t get deep enough, and the turf will stress quickly when temps get above 90 degrees. However, I will warn you that not watering consistently and skipping a week could be detrimental to your turf.
    • Rotating Irrigation Heads: 25 minutes per zone
    • Fixed Irrigation Heads: 15 minutes per zone
    • Hand Watering/Hose and Sprinkler System: 25-30 minutes per section.
  • f you have Fescue turf we will be applying the following:
    • We will apply iron to all turf areas. Iron will relieve stress and give nutrients to the turf during the heat and drought conditions that we typically see during this time of year. 
    • All weeds will be spot sprayed with a herbicide to control any weeds that are present.


  • If you have Bermuda/Zoysia turf we will be applying the following:
    • 1/2lb of Granular Slow Release Fertilizer (26-0-0) will be applied to the lawn during this treatment.
    • Soil Conditioner (Dethach): We apply a combination of Humic Acids, Molasses, and Yeast Blends which will compost the thatch layer in at the soils surface
    • All weeds will be spot sprayed with a herbicide to control any weeds that are present.


  • Watering Instructions: Temperatures above 85 degrees with normal rainfall: (Late May – Early September)
    • Water every other day. Try not to water an established lawn daily. The roots of your turf won’t get deep enough, and the turf will stress quickly when temps get above 90 degrees. However, I will warn you that not watering consistently and skipping a week could be detrimental to your turf.
    • Rotating Irrigation Heads: 25 minutes per zone
    • Fixed Irrigation Heads: 15 minutes per zone
    • Hand Watering/Hose and Sprinkler System: 25-30 minutes per section.
  • If you have Fescue turf we will be applying the following:
    • We will apply 8-10-20 granular slow release fertilizer to all turf areas during this visit. This blend will help your lawn handle the stress of summer heat, help with root development, added green color, and the additional phosphorous and potassium will be beneficial for the fall seeding coming up. 
    • All weeds will be spot sprayed with a herbicide to control any weeds that are present.


  • If you have Bermuda/Zoysia turf we will be applying the following:
    • A controlled release liquid nitrogen plus micro-nutrients that are beneficial for the soil will be applied to the lawn during this treatment. 
    • The first fall pre-emergent will be applied to all turf areas. This will ensure that the winter weeds will be prevented as the cooler weather approaches.
    • All weeds will be spot sprayed with a herbicide to control any weeds that are present.


  • Watering Instructions: Temperatures above 85 degrees with normal rainfall: (Late May – Early September)
    • Water every other day. Try not to water an established lawn daily. The roots of your turf won’t get deep enough, and the turf will stress quickly when temps get above 90 degrees. However, I will warn you that not watering consistently and skipping a week could be detrimental to your turf.
    • Rotating Irrigation Heads: 25 minutes per zone
    • Fixed Irrigation Heads: 15 minutes per zone
    • Hand Watering/Hose and Sprinkler System: 25-30 minutes per section.
  • If you have Fescue turf we will be applying the following:
      • We will apply 24-5-11 granular fertilizer to all turf areas during this visit. This blend will help your lawn develop a deep and healthy root system, added green color, and the additional potassium will help the turf avoid damage that cold temperature could bring.
      • During this time we are not applying any herbicides to the lawn. We realize that weeds may be present but the new seed applied in the fall needs more time to germinate and develop before it can withstand herbicides.
  • If you have Bermuda/Zoysia turf we will be applying the following:
    • The Second fall pre-emergent will be applied to all turf areas. This will ensure that the winter weeds will be prevented as the cooler weather approaches.
    • All warm season turf will be sprayed with a herbicide to control any weeds that are present.


  • Watering Instructions: Temperatures below 70 degrees: (Typically November – March) 
    • We do not typically recommend using any irrigation at this time. The water that mother nature provides in our area will hold in the soil and give the roots of your turf the water it needs. Over watering during this time will only waste your water and money and encourage poor root development which will work against you when temperatures get hot.
    • If you have recently had fescue seed put on your lawn in the past 10-20 days make sure you keep the soil damp until that seed germinates.

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