Easy Four-Step Lawn Care Program

Be the envy of your neighbors!

Have a lush green lawn!

It’s the perfect time to begin planning for the perfect lawn.  Our easy four-step program has proven successful for customers that have signed up in January and received a discount on lawn care products throughout the year. No matter whether your grass is Centipede, St. Augustine, Bermuda, or Zoysia our program can help you be the envy of your neighborhood.

lawn care program

 

How to get started.

    1. Determine what kind of grass you have. If you don’t know, bring us a clump and we will try to identify it. If we can’t, we will send you to the Clemson Extension office for identification.
    2. Figure out how many square feet of lawn you have. A rough estimate is ok.
    3. Receive a 15% discount if you pay in advance. Or, purchase each step as you need it.
    4. Know your spreader. Click here to learn about spreader settings.
    5. Attend a class (optional). We offer classes in January and September on how to use the program. Check out our Classes and Events page to see when the next class will be offered. The class is helpful, but it is not mandatory in order to get started with the program.
    6. Get your soil tested (optional, but recommended for best results). Stop by Wingard’s and we will give you a soil sample bag and instructions for collecting the sample. We will submit your soil sample and payment to Clemson Extension and they will mail you the results. When your results come in, we can help you read the results and determine if you need to apply any extra amendments before starting the program. This step is helpful, but it is not mandatory in order to get started with the program.
    7. Enjoy your lush green lawn!

Easy Four-Step Lawn Care Program

Step 1 is applied between February 15 and March 15, as long we have had four consecutive days of 65°. March 15th is the latest you should apply STEP 1.

FOR ALL GRASSES APPLY:

hi-yield stopperHi-Yield Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper
This product prevents listed weeds from coming up. It will also stop Crabgrass from germinating and destroys the weed during the first five weeks of growth.

For a more thorough weed control, spray with ferti-lome Weed-Free Zone 10-14 days later.

Click here to figure out how much product you’ll need for your yard:

 

 

 

Step 2 is applied in April or May after you have mowed your lawn two times. Do not count mowing early-sprouting weeds as a normal mowing. This ensures the grass is fully out of dormancy and ready to absorb and use the fertilizer you are going to apply in this step.  Watering your lawn before and/or after the application is important in this step.  Be sure to read the directions regarding “watering in” the product.

ferti-lome St. Augustine Weed & Feed 15-0-4FOR ST. AUGUSTINE APPLY:

ferti-lome St. Augustine Weed & Feed 15-0-4  
If the soil is dry, water thoroughly the day before treatment. Immediately after application, water lawn to wash particles off the grass blades. This product will control most common broadleaf weeds while providing a balanced lawn food. For more thorough weed control spray with ferti-lome Weed-Free Zone 10-14 days later.

For control of chamberbitter weed, apply ferti-lome Broadleaf Weed Control with Gallery mid-April to May 1st to prevent weed seed germination.

Mowing Height: 3-3.5” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.5-6.5

ferti-lome Centipede Weed & Feed 15-0-15 FOR CENTIPEDE & ZOYSIA APPLY:

ferti-lome Centipede Weed & Feed 15-0-15
Wet the lawn before applying, wait 48 hours, then water thoroughly. This product will control most common broadleaf weeds while providing a balanced lawn food. For more thorough weed control spray with ferti-lome Weed-Free Zone 10-14 days later.

For control of chamberbitter weed, apply ferti-lome Broadleaf Weed Control with Gallery mid-April to May 1st to prevent weed seed germination.

Centipede – Mowing Height: 2-3” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.0-6.5
Zoysia – Mowing Height: 1.5-2” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.5-6.5

ferti-lome Weed Free Zone Plus Lawn Fertilizer 18-0-6 FOR BERMUDA APPLY:

ferti-lome Weed Free Zone Plus Lawn Fertilizer 18-0-6
We lawn before applying, wait 48 hours, then water thoroughly. This product will control most common broadleaf weeds while providing a balanced lawn food. For more thorough weed control spray with ferti-lome Weed-Free Zone 10-14 days later.

For control of chamberbitter weed, apply ferti-lome Broadleaf Weed Control with Gallery mid-April to May 1st to prevent weed seed germination.

Bermuda – Mowing Height: 1-2” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.5-6.5
Hybrid Bermuda – Mowing Height: .5-1.5” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.5-6.5

Click here to figure out how much product you’ll need for your yard:

 

Step 3 is applied in June for St. Augustine and July for Centipede, Zoysia, and Bermuda grasses.

ferti-lome Weed Free Zone Plus Lawn Fertilizer 18-0-6 FOR ST. AUGUSTINE APPLY IN JUNE:

ferti-lome Lawn Food Plus Iron 24-0-4
This product will noticeably increase green Chlorophyll Pigment in a lawn almost overnight and keep it green long term.  This lawn food contains Chelated Iron, which is rapidly available to the turf.

Mowing Height: 3-3.5” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH 5.5-6.5

ferti-lome Centipede Weed & Feed 15-0-15 FOR CENTIPEDE & ZOYSIA APPLY IN JULY:

ferti·lome Centipede Lawn Fertilizer 15-0-15
This product will noticeably green-up a lawn almost overnight and keep it green long term. Contains extra iron plus a special slow release form of Nitrogen formulated for Centipede lawns. Water thoroughly after applying.

Centipede – Mowing Height: 2-3” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.0-6.5
Zoysia – Mowing Height: 1.5-2” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.5-6.5

ferti-lome Weed Free Zone Plus Lawn Fertilizer 18-0-6 FOR BERMUDA APPLY IN JULY:

ferti·lome Lawn Food Plus Iron 24-0-4
This product will noticeably green-up a lawn almost overnight and keeps it green long term. This lawn food contains Chelated Iron, which is rapidly available to the turf.  For best results, apply monthly in the summer, weather permitting.

Bermuda – Mowing Height: 1-2” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.5-6.5
Hybrid Bermuda – Mowing Height: .5-1.5” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.5-6.5

Click here to figure out how much product you’ll need for your yard:

 

Step 4 is applied between September 15 – October 15.

ferti·lome Centipede Lawn Fertilizer 15-0-15FOR ST. AUGUSTINE & BERMUDA APPLY:

ferti-lome Winterizer & Weed Preventer II for Southern Grasses w/Dimension 10-0-14
This product supplies extra potash, which enables warm season grasses to overwinter better and be healthier in the spring.  It will also prevent listed weeds from sprouting.

St. Augustine – Mowing Height: 3-3.5” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.5-6.5
Bermuda – Mowing Height: 1-2” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.5-6.5
Hybrid Bermuda – Mowing Height: .5-1.5” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.5-6.5

hi-yield stopperFOR CENTIPEDE & ZOYSIA APPLY:

Hi-Yield Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper containing Dimension
This product will prevent many common lawn weeds.

Centipede – Mowing Height: 2-3” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.0-6.5
Zoysia – Mowing Height: 1.5-2” – Water: 1” per week – Ideal pH: 5.5-6.5

Click here to figure out how much product you’ll need for your yard:

 

ALL GRASSES

If you follow Wingard’s 4-step DIY Lawn Care Program, your lawn will be healthy and that is the best way to prevent recurring problems.

However, there are some problems that may occur in your lawn which our 4-step program will not address. If you have identified one of the problems listed below, you should apply the appropriate product.

weed free zoneProblem – Existing Weeds

  • Our 4-Step program is designed to prevent weeds, but you may have existing weeds that you need to address.
  • Solution – fertilome Weed-Free Zone – Anytime during the year, you may apply this product to kill broadleaf weeds in your lawn.

broadleaf weed control with galleryProblem – Chamberbitter Weed

  • Looks like a little Mimosa tree. It is a particularly invasive summer annual weed that requires a warm soil temperature to germinate, and the Step 1 pre-emergent is not effective in controlling it.
  • Solution – fertilome Broadleaf Weed Control with Gallery – Apply this additional pre-emergent mid-April to May 1st to prevent the germination of the weed seed. If the weed has already emerged, use fertilome Weed Free Zone.

f stop fertilomeProblem – Lawn Fungus

  • If you have patches of dead grass in your lawn, particularly circular in shape, you may have a fungus.
  • Solution – fertilome F-Stop – Can be used as a curative or preventative solution. Apply when conditions are favorable for disease development, typically humid, warm day and nighttime temperatures. Apply F-Stop early spring and fall.

bug blasterProblem – Fire Ants, Fleas, Chinch Bugs, Moles, Crickets, etc.

  • Just when your lawn is looking great, these pesky little critters appear. You CAN prevent and/or control them for up to 3 months.
  • Solution – Hi-Yield Bug Blaster II – Apply when insects are present in April and again in July to prevent recurrence.

grub free zoneProblem – Japanese Beetles, Grubs

  • The Japanese Beetles that invade your roses, crape myrtles, and other plants in June begin as grubs in your lawn the previous summer. To control the Beetles, you have to control the grubs.
  • Solution – Hi-Yield Grub Free Zone II – Apply mid-July through September for optimum control of grubs.