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Lawn Care

A beautiful lawn is an investment, requiring constant care and attention to keep it looking its best. Wright Outdoor Solutions offers a complete package of lawn care services to keep your lawn healthy and beautiful. Our services include a variety of applications, as well as turf grass aeration and overseeding, mowing and trimming, and leaf removal.

Applications

Wright Outdoor Solutions provides several types of applications to keep your lawn at its peak. We have certified experts on staff that use only the highest quality products and can customize a lawn care program suited to your lawn’s specific needs. Our customized applications can help make your lawn greener and ensure that it’s free of fleas, ticks, insects, grubs, weeds and even moles!

Fertilization

Fertilizing is essential for achieving a healthy and green “envy-of-the-neighborhood” lawn. To have a healthy lawn, you need healthy soil. We use a six step fertilization process that is custom designed for the soils and lawns of Central Iowa. This fertilization process ensures a healthy, lush and green lawn. We use dry, granular fertilizers to ensure a slower release that gives your turf a longer feed cycle, guards against chemical burning or striping, and is less prone to leaching into the groundwater.

It is important to note that slow-release granular products will take longer to produce results. However, long term effects and environmental benefits are far superior to liquid varieties.

Learn about Wright Outdoor’s six step lawn application process below.

Six-Step Lawn Application Process

  1. The first application is a pre-emergent and fertilizer that helps to control crabgrass and other grassy weeds. This goes down in early spring.
  2. The second application is another round of pre-emergent and fertilizer. This gets applied in mid-spring.
  3. The third application goes down in late spring and contains a moderate amount of fertilizer as well a dose of broadleaf weed control to eradicate dandelions and other broadleaf weeds.
  4. The fourth application includes grub control and a small amount of nitrogen and potash fertilizer to keep root density strong. We apply this in mid-summer.
  5. The fifth application includes fertilizer and additional broadleaf weed control. This application gets applied in early fall and is highly important as it helps your plants store carbohydrates during the winter.
  6. The sixth and final application goes down in late fall and includes a large dose of nitrogen to help your lawn survive the winter and ensure it is lush and green come spring.

It is important to note that slow release granular products will take longer to produce results. However, long term effects and environmental benefits are far superior to liquid varieties.

Organic Fertilization

Because a healthy lawn is the best protection against weeds, insects and diseases, why not go that extra step and treat your lawn with organic fertilizer? A healthy, chemical-free soil creates a robust lawn that can virtually care for itself. Wright Outdoor Solutions offers two organic lawn fertilization programs. One of the programs uses an all-natural organic fertilizer, and the other is a hybrid of natural organics and synthetic broadleaf weed control.

Our organic fertilizer is designed to have a slow release dictated by the level of microbial activity in your soil. Over time, the organic product will build in your yard, increasing the microbial life. The slow release of the product’s nitrogen will also eliminate leaching into groundwater, and the associated environmental damage that quick release products cause.

This all-natural organic program does not include any crabgrass or weed control. For this reason, the hybrid option will give you the best looking lawn. The hybrid program includes a broadleaf weed control applied twice throughout the growing season to eliminate seasonal weeds and reduce crabgrass.

Flea & Tick Control 

Fleas and ticks are persistent … and potentially dangerous! Did you know your lawn can harbor a significant number of fleas and ticks? Even if pets avoid the bites, they could still track them into your home. Don’t let these pests hitchhike their way inside; keep them outdoors where they belong. If you have pets or children, keep them safe by treating your lawn with Wright Outdoor’s flea and tick control. The program will help reduce the population of active pests and their eggs, and will allow your family to make the most of your yard.

Flea and tick activity begins as early as April and continues throughout the spring and summer months. We will begin with an application in May and schedule a follow-up application in July or August.

Insect Control

Beetles, worms, ants and other pesky insects and mites are more than just nuisances; they can attract moles and other rodents to your property, threatening your lawn’s aesthetic and health.

Our lawn care professionals can assess your lawn, search for signs of damage, and make recommendations for preventive and counteracting treatments. Based on our assessment of your property’s needs, we will recommend our routine six-step lawn application process or a more concentrated single application of insect control.

Grub Control

Grubs, which are often the larvae of Japanese beetles, June beetles and chafers, are difficult to see until they have already done damage to your lawn by feasting on the roots of your grass. A sure sign of grubs is the sudden interest of critters like raccoons and skunks.

We can treat your lawn for grubs and make sure your landscape is in control. First, we’ll prepare your lawn by de-thatching and make sure it is properly watered. After, we’ll apply a treatment in the spring or mid-summer. It’s beneficial to apply the treatment as early in the year as possible, before grubs get too hard to control.

Weed Control

Nothing destroys a beautiful lawn more than pesky dandelions and other weeds. They not only look unsightly; weeds can also be disastrous for the health of your lawn. Our experts know that feeding your lawn correctly and mowing and watering the right way will make your lawn weed-free!

We can apply a number of treatments as part of our six-step lawn application process to rid your lawn of stubborn weeds like dandelions, crabgrass, and white clovers.

Compost

An easy and quick way to keep your lawn looking its best is applying a compost fertilizer a couple of times each year. Compost is a safe and organic approach to fertilizing with added benefits.

Compost:

  • Retains nutrients
  • Reduces waste
  • Is drought resistant
  • Improves soil structure
  • Prevents erosion

Perimeter Pest Management

The foundation of your home is an ideal environment for insects and other pests to nest. Once these pests have established themselves around the foundation, they may make their way inside.

To reduce the potential of a pest invasion, Wright Outdoor Solutions uses a contact residual spray to keep populations low throughout the growing season. The insecticide controls 75 different pests, including spiders, mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks and fleas, pillbugs, chinch bugs, earwigs, millipedes and termites.

Our control process includes three applications in June, July and August, typically 30 days apart. A barrier of insecticide is applied 4 feet from the ground up the exterior of the home and 4 feet from the base of the foundation out into the yard. Any shrubs, flowers and other garden areas that lie within the application radius will be covered. Our applications are safe and can be applied without any harmful effects to the surrounding environment, including your plant materials, pets and home.

Special Event Pest Control 

If you have an outdoor party coming up, consider a one-time targeted perimeter pest control application in other areas. This control significantly reduces mosquito populations by as much as 80 percent for a 24 to 48 hour period. Wright Outdoor can apply a contact residual spray around or on your turf, building, patio and any other areas your guests will be gathering.

Turf Grass Overseeding & Aeration

Do you long to have a healthy, lush lawn but instead have poor soil, improper drainage or other turf issues? Annual turf grass aeration and overseeding can ensure the well-being of your turf. The process will reduce soil compaction and assist in thickening thin or bare areas of your lawn.

We recommend that your turf is watered 24 hours before our crews arrive to begin the aeration and overseeding process. However, we’re also happy to do that for you! Watering prior to the aeration process will maximize the depth at which the tines on the aeration machine can penetrate the soil. If you have contracted our six-step fertilization process, we also suggest doing your spring aeration before the final pre-emergent application is made. The cored holes will allow for root growth, but can also create a space for weed seeds to grow.

Aeration

After ensuring the turf has been watered, our crews will mow your grass to a specific height to limit competition from established turf grass. Small areas of damage will also be raked up. Then, we’ll aerate the lawn.

We encourage aeration in the fall or spring . Aeration is a process of coring the soil, or puncturing holes measuring about two inches deep by a quarter of an inch wide equally across your turf. To do this, our crews use an aerator machine. Aeration helps to break up the soil and thatch (dead grasses that haven’t broken down) that have built up. By aerating and eliminating compaction, we allow more oxygen and water to permeate your soil. After aeration, our crews will leave the cores to break down naturally in your lawn. Other benefits of aeration include better:

  • Air circulation within the soil
  • Water intake
  • Fertilizer intake and use
  • Heat and drought tolerance
  • Resiliency and cushioning
  • Thatch breakdown

Aeration will improve oxygenation, which will help new grass seed to grow faster and thicker.

Overseeding

Lawns that have not been overseeded can grow thin and unhealthy, making it much easier for weeds to take over. If you have an existing lawn with a few bare or thin patches, overseeding may be just the thing to take your lawn from mediocre to marvelous! Overseeding is the process of spreading additional grass seed over an existing lawn to create a fuller appearance. It can be done in the spring or fall months. Depending on the weather, the optimal time for spring seeding is in mid-April through May, and mid-August through September for fall seeding.

After aeration has been completed, a starter fertilizer will be applied. Then we’ll apply the grass seed – either Kentucky bluegrass or a Fescue blend (a sun and shade mix). Seed will be applied using a spreader or slit seeder. We will make two passes in opposite directions to ensure proper seed coverage.

The newly seeded area should be lightly watered as needed (typically once or twice a day) in order to keep the soil surface moist. Light and frequent watering is needed until the seedlings are rooted. Once they have taken root, the frequency of irrigation can be reduced. There should be no foot traffic or mowing on the turf for two weeks following seeding. Mowing can resume when grass is at a height of 2 inches, until new seedlings have been cut at least two times, probably at least 4 to 6 weeks after seeding. After this, the mowing height can be raised in intervals over the next three weeks until a normal mowing height of 3 to 3.5 inches is reached. Broadleaf herbicides shouldn’t be applied for four to six weeks after the area has been seeded.

Mowing & Trimming

A properly mowed lawn is more than a beautiful lawn; it’s a healthy lawn. Proper mowing discourages weed growth, helps to develop a deeper root system, and ensures greater overall health.

When you schedule mowing services with Wright Outdoor, our crews will visit your property weekly to mow, trim and clean grass clippings from sidewalks and hardscape areas. Our crews mow to a height of just under three inches in the spring and four inches in the summer. Maintaining a taller grass height discourages weed growth and encourages deeper roots, which help your lawn to survive extended periods of drought or heat. Our crews also take care to mow your lawn in patterns perpendicular to the week prior. By mowing in alternating patterns, we can reduce compaction.

Once our crews have completed mowing, we will get to work trimming grass along all beds, sidewalks, driveways, and other hardscapes. Finally, we blow off grass clippings that may have collected in your landscape beds or hardscapes.

If you desire a cleaner and sharper line than simple string trimming can provide, you may want to consider hard surface edging.

Hard Surface Edging

Hard surface edging, the process of removing overgrown soil and turf from the perimeters of concrete edging and other materials, can give your lawn the crisp and clean look you’ve been after. Utilizing a hard edge machine, Wright Outdoor Solutions crews will cut the soil and turf along the edge of hardscapes. The machine uses a metal blade that spins at a high speed to cut through soil and roots.

While on site, the team will edge all driveways, sidewalks, and curb lines. If debris is minimal, we will blow it back into the turf to return nutrients to your soil. However, if an edge has not been maintained during the previous season, a new edge will need to be cut. This process can result in large amounts of debris, which will be removed from the property.

Leaf Removal

The fall season can be a lot of fun but can also bring a lot of work. And a yard full of leaves can be an overwhelming task to even the most ambitious homeowner! As leaves begin to fall, covering your yard, save yourself time and energy – and aches and pains – by calling Wright Outdoor Solutions. Our team will use leaf blowers, rakes, bagging lawn mowers and leaf plows to tidy up your yard and remove those unwanted leaves and other debris, leaving you with an immaculate landscape to brag about!

We’ll begin by blowing leaves out from landscape beds and away from building structures. Next, we’ll remove leaves from turf areas and haul them to the edge of the curb. We’ll use a leaf vacuum to collect the large piles of leaves and attempt to remove as many leaves as possible. Although there may be a few stragglers, the small amount that cannot be collected should break down quickly before spring.

Leaf collection should be performed once the majority of your leaves have fallen. Your estimate will be for a single, initial visit to remove leaves from your property. Should additional leaves fall that you’d like removed, an estimate will need to be provided for additional visits.

With all the beauty the fall season brings, you deserve to sit back, relax and enjoy it and leave the yard work to us. Our state-of-the-art equipment and professional and reliable staff are sure to provide you with the best service available.