Fertilizer and Top Soil

Fertilizing Your Lawn

Fertilizing is essential to achieving a healthy, green lawn. Your grass type will dictate when and how often you should apply fertilizer to your lawn.


Pre-emergent is preventive. When applied properly, pre-emergent fertilizers will prevent annual weeds from invading your lawn. It should be applied twice a year to prevent summer- and winter-growing weeds.

Pre-emergent herbicides are designed to prevent the seeds of weeds from germinating. These herbicides will not kill existing weeds, so pre-emergent must be applied before the growth of weeds.

While there are many products available, our horticulturist team recommends using the professional product Barricade.

Barricade will last longer than most other competitor’s products and is far superior to many other products for the control of annual weeds such as crabgrass due to the longer germination period of weeds and high humidity levels in the Southern states.

Both high-nitrogen and low-nitrogen formulations are available. The time of year and type of grass will direct which formula is best for your particular lawn.


Post-emergent treats those weeds that are not effectively controlled by pre-emergent herbicides. These types of herbicides are also excellent for spot treatments on the lawn or for use on warm-season grasses during their dormancy period.

Pre-emergent herbicides will not effectively control broadleaf weeds such as clover and dandelion. Broadleaf weeds are best treated with a post-emergent fertilizer. Our horticulturist team recommends Confront 3.

Considered a modern-day weed and feed, Confront 3 is available in both high-nitrogen and low-nitrogen formulations. The low-nitrogen formulation 0-0-15 is excellent for spot treating your lawn or for use on warm-season grasses during their dormancy period.

Confront 3 is labeled for sensitive grasses like Centipede and St. Augustine.

Combination of Pre- and Post-Emergent

A combination of pre- and post-emergent herbicides fertilize your lawn, prevents annual weed growth and controls broadleaf weeds. We recommend using 19-0-6 Confront 3 + Dimension.

Straight Fertilizers

Straight fertilizers are general-purpose fertilization products used throughout the growing season. Several types are available. Our horticulturist team recommends the following.

Woodace products are slow-release and designed for ornamental plants. The 12-3-6 Woodace formulation is for acid-loving plants such as Azaleas.

There are three basic formulations for lawns. The 16-25-12 provides extra phosphorous for increased root growth. This type of product is commonly referred to as starter fertilizer.

The 25-0-12 formulation contains IBDU nitrogen. IBDU does not require warm temperatures to release; therefore, this product will keep your Carolina Blue fescue lawn greener during the winter months when most fertilizers will not work.

Our most advanced fertilizer product is certainly the 20-0-25 formulation, which contains EXPO. EXPO is slow-release potassium. In the Southern states, potassium is either unavailable in a clay soil or leaches quickly in a sandy soil. Potassium is crucial for the survival of your lawn through extreme conditions such as drought or the cold winter months.


With the more recent mild winters, insect damage to the lawn has become more prevalent. There are several insecticides available for the control of surface insects such as imported fire ants and armyworms and root feeding insects such as mole crickets and grubs.

Both subsurface and surface feeding insects can infiltrate your lawn.

We recommend using Talster with the active ingredient bifenthrin to control surface insects such as imported fire ants and armyworms. Merit insecticide is an excellent choice for root feeding insects such as mole crickets or grubs. Aloft insecticide is superior for lawns with both subsurface and surface feeding insects.

All three products are granular and are applied with a convenient fertilizer spreader.


Lawn disease such as fungus can be prevented and treated. Fungicide is designed to prevent and cure several lawn diseases such as Brown Patch.

Fungus can systematically destroy your lawn. Our horticulturist team recommends using a professional systemic fungicide such as Eagle .62G fungicide to prevent disease before it begins.

Eagle fungicide is an excellent choice for the prevention and treatment of diseases like Brown Patch.

Because lawn disease spots are easier to prevent than control, we recommend starting early. Systemic fungicide will inoculate the lawn before the disease wreaks havoc.

Top Soil

Determining whether a given soil is acceptable for use in landscaping requires information gathering. What is the texture of the soil? Are weeds and other pests visible? What is the availability? The cost?

The depth of topsoil for use on a turf site often becomes a function of cost. In general, we recommend a minimum of 4″ – preferably 6″ – of uniform soil material for turf establishment.

Our topsoil is lightweight, easy to spread and great for growing.

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