SML Outdoor Living Experts Five-Step Fertilizer Program For Comprehensive Three-Season Care

*Includes free soil analysis, a $35.00 value

First Visit

First Visit(mid-March to late April)

This application is granular. It prevents crabgrass from germinating later in the summer, and it also contains a slow-release fertilizer to help establish a thick lawn when your lawn comes out of dormancy once warmer spring weather arrives.

What to expect: A greener lawn once it starts to grow, reduced or no crabgrass, season-long prevention of not only crabgrass but also goosegrass, foxtail, dallisgrass, and Poa annua
What not to expect: Will not control or kill any existing weeds
What to avoid: Do not sow grass seed 3 weeks prior to application or 8 weeks afterward, Do not aerate/puncture/till lawn until late Aug/Sept

Occasional Fertilization

 You ask, we'll do it

Again, we highly recommend our five-step program because it’s more efficient and effective in the long term. Even so, we also offer occasional fertilization based on your site conditions and budget.

Soil Testing & Analysis

Know your own lawn...

SML Outdoor Living Experts five-step fertilization program includes a soil analysis to determine your lawn's current nutrient levels. Our full five-step program gives you the best value with the greatest long-term effect and efficiency, but we also offer soil testing alone if that's what a client wants. The testing begins at $35.

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Seth's Tips & Tricks

  • Shear your sheep, not your shrubs. Save the power shearing for your sheep and ask us to prune your shrubs by hand. Yes, selective hand-pruning takes more time and effort, but you'll love the more natural look. And your shrubs will thank you.

  • Stop weeding! Unless you really and truly like to spend your days weeding around your flowers, have us apply a commercial strength pre-emergent weed control product. You'll be amazed at how much less weeding is needed.

  • Grow bigger fruits and veggies. Let us take a soil sample from your garden and send it off for testing. It's possible that a few natural amendments will do wonders for your blueberry or tomato crops.

  • De-stress your lawn. Stay off lawns that brown out in the hottest days of summer. Those lawns will likely recover, even if it's next season. But don't mistake drought stress for insect or disease damage. In that case, ask SML to repair.

  • Be kind to your pavers. Sealing pavers helps to intensify the color and protects them from wear and staining. We can even use sealants that give your pavers a "wet" shine when the surface is dry.

  • Go easy on the mulch. If you mulch yearly, make it only about 1 inch thick. More mulch can't break down and, instead, builds up to the point where it damages plants and trees. Also, too-thick mulch can actually promote weed and mold growth.

  • If your lawn has turned brown, avoid walking or playing on it as much as possible until it is no longer stressed and it has started turning back to green. Don't mistake drought stress for insect or disease damage...lawns typically recover from drought stress but may need extensive repairs from insect or disease damage.

  • Be edgy. You can clean up the edge between your lawn and mulched beds if you turn your string trimmer upside down and run it along a defining line to cut off bed encroaching grass. Too difficult? Ask SML to do it instead.

  • Lighten up! Landscape lighting adds not only a wow effect to your property at night, but it also provides an element of security. And with low-cost LED lighting, there are no bulbs to change.