Dandelions and crabgrass are not easy opponents. They don’t leave easily. But with the right treatment, they will. Find out how with expert tips from All American Turf Beauty

March 20, 2018

In 1976 All American Turf Beauty was the first company in Iowa to offer programmed lawn care. The company founders literally invented and developed the industry in Iowa. Get a beautiful weed-free lawn with our professional lawn care services!

Oh, happy day. Spring is in full bloom and you are following your lawn care calendar perfectly to be all set for the seasons all year round. The only problem is you know full well that certain surprises may hit you when things are seemingly perfect.

There is nothing more annoying than crabgrass creeping up your well-tended turf. What a total eyesore it is, too, as dandelions emerge where your lovely shrubs and flowers are.

Don’t they just make you immediately forget that perfect exists? Not so fast. There are ways to eliminate those unwanted dandelions and crabgrass without causing damage to your lawn.

It is a known fact that these invasive weeds ruin the uniform appearance of a well-manicured lawn. In addition, once they’ve settled in your lawn, they become a nightmare to remove. What’s in crabgrass and dandelions that keep them coming back?

Let’s begin with crabgrass

These weeds are exceptional as they grow from seed that the mother plant produced in the previous summer. Although, the mother plant dies over the winter, the seeds it produces germinate and begin to grow. Sneaky, isn’t it? The question is how do you
sneak past it?

Well, that is where pre-emergent herbicides come in handy. Pre-emergent herbicides are highly specialized weed killers that target not the existing weeds. Instead, they are applied in early spring or autumn to keep weed seeds from germinating. That makes it perfect for crabgrass weeds left by the mother plant. Any seed that tries to sprout and push through the barrier that pre-emergent herbicides have defined are killed.

What about those nasty dandelions?

What makes dandelions so annoying is their ever-perennial growth. You dig them, they grow back and just keep popping up again. It makes you wonder if there is a secret to their multiple lives. Well, the secret is out. Dandelions have long roots that go deep. If you try to dig them and leave out part of the roots, it will send up a new weed to replace the one you thought was never to be seen again. Digging dandelions or pulling them out is definitely hit or miss.

Unlike crabgrass that are eliminated by pre-emergent herbicides, dandelions are perennials. You kill them as you see them. Apply weed and feed to damp lawn. This allows the chemical to go through the leaves of dandelions and be transported to all other parts including the roots. It only takes days for those nasty dandelions to curl up and wither. This time, they are indeed never to be seen again, roots and all.

Just remember not to apply this on a rainy day if you don’t want your weed killer to just be washed away by rain. Finally, one more thing to keep in mind is to feed your lawn regularly. Eliminating the weeds is always just 50% of the battle. Fortify your lawn against weeds by regular feeding, at least four times a year. Keep your grass length to 2.5 up to 3 inches tall after you mow to help keep the weeds away.

Schedule a free consultation with All American Turf Beauty and learn more about the dynamics of your lawn from the experts. For more expert tips, visit us at All American Turf Beauty or call us at 1-800-365-8873 and book an appointment with our lawn care professionals.

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If you are not completely satisfied with an All American Turf Beauty application to your lawn, we will re-apply the application at no additional cost and continue the regular lawn treatment program. Alternately, we will fully refund your cost for the application and cancel any further obligation on your part.

To qualify for the guarantee, you must call All American Turf Beauty within 30 days of application.

Our goal at All American Turf Beauty, Inc. is a simple one:

To provide you with the highest quality products and methods available.

We offer every kind of service that it takes to develop and maintain a beautiful lawn in Iowa based on the climate, soil types, and the varieties of grass that are commonly grown here.

One of the keys to the success of the program is that we provide treatment to lawns approximately every 8 weeks throughout the growing season. This ensures that the grass has fertilizer (food) available throughout the growing season. Dandelions and other Broadleaf weeds are controlled as they germinate thus enabling a weed free lawn, and our Turf Specialist is at the property four to six times per season to address problems as and when they arise.

Another key to our service is our people. The most important person to you in our company is the Turf Specialist assigned to treat your lawn.

We are proud to say that our Turf Specialists are the best trained and most experienced in the lawn care industry.

When you become a customer at All American Turf Beauty, a Turf Specialist is assigned to your account. You will have the same person treating your lawn each time. It is their responsibility to service your lawn, make sure it is receiving the correct applications as scheduled, and to provide you with the best personalized service possible. Their jobs depend on it.

We have several programs to choose from. Your Turf Specialist will recommend the best program that fits the needs of your lawn and your budget.


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