Fire Yourself! Hire A Professional!

womanmoneyWelcome back to the Wonderful World of Weed Man!  This week, we finish up our ‘The Grass IS Greener Over There!’ series.  It has been a great journey.  The first of many!  We wanted to finish up the series by discussing the hiring of a professional lawn care company.

If you feel that you would like better results with your lawn, or just don’t have enough time to take care of it yourself, a professional can help.  Before you hire a company there is a check list of questions you should answer to see which company would be best for you.  We of course humbly submit our Weed Man hat into the ring.  We previously posted 10 Reasons to Choose Weed Man, for just a FEW of the MYRIAD of reasons why Weed Man is the best company.  But of course, you must decide this for yourself.

Questions you should be asking when considering hiring a professional lawn care company

What are the Pros?

A Pro Will Make the Complex Simple – It makes sense to have an expert help you on your lawn.  If you do it yourself, you have to ask:

  • What do you put down?
  • Which product is best for my lawn?
  • Do I need a license for a specific product?
  • Is a product that requires a license a better option for my lawn?
  • How much do I put down?
  • Where should I NOT put product down?
  • How do I calibrate the spreader or sprayer so I don’t put too much down?

It can quickly get confusing and one can see how easily it would be to make a costly mistake.  A licensed expert will help simplify matters and do the work for you!

Regular Service – We run into many customers who previously took care of the lawn, and found that they would miss needed applications.  They did not have enough time, or just didn’t realize the lawn needed a regular application program.  With a company you will receive all the needed treatments for your lawn within a consistent program


A Healthier Lawn – a
professional service will help you achieve a level of health and beauty in your lawn you may not have thought possible.  I know from personal experience that my lawn surprises me year after year when it keeps improving.
Slow, subtle improvements show up in my lawn making it easier to maintain and more resistant to problems.  Not only is it healthier, it just looks better.



Professional Knowledge and Experience – This is HUGE!

I want to stop right here so I can stand up on my soapbox for a moment:


You’d be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable person about lawns than someone who visits multiple lawns every day.  Day in and day out – week in and week out – month in and month out – year after year.  It takes experience and knowledge to understand how your lawn lives/dies.  That experience and knowledge can go to work for you!  Lawn technicians are vital to help diagnose issues when they occur and help prevent them in the first place.

The alternative?  Well, most DIY’s are subject to the confusing maze of misinformation on the interwebs!  Hopefully you stumbled upon a knowledgeable website such as ours.

If you are unsure of the information on the internet, you can go visit a local retailer who may or may not specialize in your lawn.  We often hear commercials for local establishments who tell you to dig up a piece of your lawn and bring it in to their store to diagnose the problem.  They mean well, and can definitely offer products to help you with your lawn.  However, the disconnect occurs when the retail establishment offers products without the necessary knowledge/experience.  This type of interaction is great for the retailer but poor for the homeowner.

Think about it:  You now have a pothole in your lawn, you brought a damaged area of your lawn into a young retail professional who may or may not really know anything about lawns.  (Are they licensed?  How many lawns have they treated professionally or personally?)  They don’t treat lawns for a living!  They do however sell things for a living!  You may end up buying a product for a damaged area in your lawn that possibly would have been resolved with a change in watering.

Had you had a professional come and look at the lawn in its environment and context you would get a correct diagnosis without the potholes, and the extra cost for a product that many times is not needed.  Not to mention the time you spent digging the hole, driving to the store, disposing of the dug up sod, cleaning of your vehicle, and application of the product (needed or not).  If you insist on digging your lawn up to seek professional lawn advice from the dog food salesman, then I have a real estate proposition to tell you about….

I will pause again to now step down from my soapbox.  I appreciate the patience while I displayed a little more candor and sarcasm than usual. 

The advantages of a professional lawn care service can go on and on, but let us continue to other questions you need to answer when considering hiring a professional service.

What are the Cons?

There really are only a few disadvantages to hiring a professional lawn care company:

Cost – some might consider a professional service to be expensive.  However, in our experience, if you do a full program by yourself, many find that the cost is similar to having a professional service do it for you.  Usually the gap in value comes when a homeowner takes care of the lawn themselves and only does one or two applications a year.

Timeliness – With some professional services you may not have perfectly timed applications or come out as quickly as you need them to.  At Weed Man Boise, we work really hard to visit existing customers’ lawns within 2 business days when they call regarding a reapplication, next application, or just need an inspection.

DIY – Some homeowners just really enjoy working on their lawn.  We can’t fault you there.  We suggest let us help you with the heavy lifting and you can focus on the more enjoyable aspects!

What type of company should I look for?

Reputable – Are they registered with the BBB?  Are they on Angie’s List?  Are they associated with organizations that promote professionalism and environmental responsibility?  Do they offer a guarantee?  Will they be around in the future?  Look for online reviews.  Take a look at their social media.  A reputable company should have a good history and a good amount of reviews.

Licensed and Insured – Does the company have technicians who are licensed to apply products on the lawn?  An applicators license is required in the State of Idaho for a professional company to apply pesticides on your lawn.  If they do not have a licensed technician, I would run the other way.

Do They Partner with Me? –  A good company will help you with suggestions on mowing and watering.  To have a great lawn, it does take a partnership between the homeowner and the lawn care company.  As a homeowner, you see your lawn every day, and have more involvement with watering and mowing.  Your company should help educate on best practices.

If you have considered or are currently considering hiring a professional lawn care service, our hope is this article will help direct you in making the right decision.  Consider firing yourself, and hiring a lawn care company.  Better yet, hire Weed Man!   For further information visit or call 208-888-9911.




Since You Brought It Up…, It IS Crabgrass!


Thanks for joining us again!  This week we took a departure from our “The Grass IS Greener Over There!” series.  We began a two-part article yesterday about crabgrass.  We discussed the myths of crabgrass!  We also discussed the possibility that the weed you were seeing in spring is most likely not crabgrass.  We will finish this week discussing what crabgrass is, and define its behaviors.  Although we literally, yesterday, were talking about how it’s virtually impossible to see crabgrass this early in the year – it could show up any day!  It was less intended to deal with when crabgrass does/doesn’t show up, and more intended to deal with general misinformation about crabgrass.   With warmer than normal temps, we might see crabgrass very soon.  Let’s make sure that you are prepared for it!

To summarize last week’s article, we could say that crabgrass is very treatable with the right resources.  You want to deal with pre-emergently, and if some still slips through it can be treated post-emergently as well.  There are other ways to help deal with crabgrass as well:

  1. Keep crabgrass seeds from spreading by killing it when you see it.
  2. Remove dead crabgrass plants.
  3. Replant bare lawn spots with new grass seed.
  4. Apply a crabgrass preventer at the appropriate times.
  5. Set your lawnmower at the high end of the range that is best for your grass type.
  6. Restrict too-frequent watering.
  7. Keep your lawn healthy as the most conducive way to get rid of crabgrass.

Continuing on I wanted to help you learn how to identify the gnarly weed and understand why it is such a colossal lawn pest.  This atrocious plant LOVES warm soils.  You will often see it in rocky or bare areas before you see it in the lawn itself.  You will also find it along curbing and sidewalks as the concrete will retain the heat in the soil longer than other areas and it thrives in those warmer soils.  Crabgrass also loves short lawns, over-watered lawns, and unhealthy/weak lawns.  Because we live in a desert climate it gets VERY warm, and we tend to over-water our lawns because of the dry heat.  This is why crabgrass is so common.

Through its life cycle you will see what it looks like and why it is so terrible:photo_2016-05-10_20-32-40

Crabgrass is really ugly – it is just a very unsightly weed.  Think

Beauty and the Beast,  except there are no redeeming qualities of this lawn beast.  When it starts to germinate and poke through the soil it is not very noticeable, and looks similar to the surrounding grasses.  As it matures though it takes a turn for the worse.   Here is what it will look like as a seedling –  you can see it sprouting up in the thin/bare areas



Crabgrass has high adaptability to differing circumstances –  Certainly there are IDEAL conditions for crabgrass to really thrive, but it can show up in a lot of different conditions as well.  It can stand tall, it can lay flat, it can send runners out, it can change shades of green, it is insidious!  This picture is a great example of the plant still early in its growth stage sending runners out –


It’s an annual weed that does not act like a normal annual weed.  Most annual weeds grow until they are mature enough to seed then die.  Crabgrass will continue to grow and grow while the temperatures continue to support it.  It will go to seed week after week after week while it lives.  It will only die if you kill it, or when the temperatures Crabgrassturn cold enough.  In the meantime, it will continue to mature – once mature you will see this in your lawn and you will be wishing you had applied that pre-emergent earlier in the year. – This picture shows crabgrass that has come up in a dead area of lawn.  It is very common to see crabgrass showing up where lawn insects have chewed on the root system of the existing lawn, killing it off and leaving real estate open for those crabgrass seeds to germinate and move in.


Crabgrass is in it for the long game – each individual crabgrass plant can produce up to 150000 seeds.  These seeds won’t generally germinate until the next season.  So the problem you are seeing this year was a result of last year’s crabgrass plants.  Next year will be a result of this year’s plants.  You can see why homeowners have so much concern over this particular weed.  When the plant is ready to go to seed you will see something similar to this –



If you fail to treat and stay on top of crabgrass you will have a larger problem to deal with next year.  The problem with crabgrass you have today took time to get to where it is.  This is very important to remember as it will take time to eradicate as well.  The good news is, if you are patient, it will be eradicated!


If none of these pictures look like the weed you are seeing, you might be seeing similar grassy weeds.  I wanted to goosegrass.jpgtouch base on some of those weeds as well.
Last we discussed quackgrass.  Some other weeds commonly mistaken for crabgrass are goosegrass – it looks very similar to crabgrass, however one of the defining differences are the rosette of the plant (the center) – goosegrass will be silver or white, as opposed to crabgrass being purple



Barnyard grass is another weed frequently mistaken for crabgrass.  It generally stands taller, and has a broader and longer leaf than crabgrass does.



One last grassy weed we sometimes see onPaspalum_distichum_01 lawns that can be mistaken for crabgrass is called dallisgrass – It doesn’t look too much like crabgrass when you look at the whole plant, however, many times a homeowner will use crabgrass as a term to identify any type of grassy weed they are sure of.





Our goal is to help you have an amazing lawn!  If you are seeing crabgrass in your lawn, you will not be better prepared to deal with it.  If you are a current customer who is seeing crabgrass (or any other weed) or just aren’t up to the task of dealing with crabgrass, give us a call!  We would love to help.  208-888-9911 #wecareforyourlawn

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It’s Not Crabgrass! But Since You Brought It Up…

help.jpgBuckle up!  This article is jam packed with adventure, rabbit trails, sarcasm, and education about crabgrass!  We are taking a departure for a couple weeks from our ‘The Grass IS Greener Over There!’ series.  I wanted to address crabgrass in a two-part article as we have a daily inquiry about crabgrass this time of year.  When you are done reading, you are going to be an expert on crabgrass!  This week is all about the myths of crabgrass!  The next article will delve more into identifying crabgrass and differentiating it from other grassy weeds.

Often times, with these crabgrass inquiries, homeowners are concerned that they have gotten the dreaded grassy weed!  A new and unusual grassy weed has shown up in the lawn so they try and investigate a little before they call us.  “My mower told me it was crabgrass” “My neighbor said it was crabgrass” “It’s been there since March!”

All of these statements and more lend me to believe a homeowner has fallen victim to misinformation.


“Step Aside Homeowner! 

Weed Man is Here!” 


(Before I continue, I want you to know that if you call our office, regardless of the weed, or what one might think the weed is, Weed Man is here to eradicate your weeds!)

Trust me when I say it is NOT crabgrass, at least not at this time of year.  Even though its early May, some of our technicians have been known to say that they would bet their children that it is NOT crabgrass.   We will be seeing it soon, with temps getting close to 90 this week, it should START the germination process SOON, but we won’t be seeing poke through the soil just yet for a few weeks.  If you think you see it now, I might say with a smile, “Virtually Impossible”.

You might be skeptical in our confidence. Can I be blunt with you?  If you actually have real crabgrass in your lawn, then the laws of nature have ceased to exist in your lawn.  Perhaps you have more confidence in your mower, or neighbor.  You need a new mower who has better knowledge of his profession/industry, and maybe stop listening to your neighbor – at least in regards to weed identification.  My comments obviously are a bit unsparing, and not meant to make one upset.  I just want to be very clear that we are confident without any reservations that you do NOT have crabgrass.  We are the weed professionals after all!

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How do we know it is NOT crabgrass?  Why are we so certain, and, if not crabgrass, then what?  You still have an unwanted weed in your lawn.  There are a lot of ‘myths’ concerning crabgrass, including that it is too expensive to deal with if you don’t catch it early.  I will deal with some of these myths later, but I can certainly understand the concern about getting the ‘crabgrass’ in your lawn treated.  The last expense a homeowner wants is replacing areas in the lawn due to an out of control weed.  To take care of it, we need to identify it, and sometimes that begins with knowing what it is NOT.

Two reasons it is NOT crabgrass:

  1. Crabgrass is an annual warm season weed. Crabgrass does not hang out year round.  It grows in June and lives through August, and generally dies in September/October when it gets cool.  If you are seeing a weed you think is crabgrass in March, it is a different weed.
  2. Crabgrass will germinate when SOIL (not air) temperatures are greater than 55F° to 60F° for 7-10 consecutive days, and continues until soils reach 95F°. Crabgrass has to have consistent SOIL temperatures about 55F°.  Soil temperatures are always lower than the ambient air temperature.   The first 3 days of May have overnight lows in the 40s.  Even with warmer than normal temperatures, it just hasn’t been warm enough for crabgrass to even germinate.  Alternatively, when the soil temps cool down in the fall, crabgrass can only survive on the sugars it has stored up in its root system.  Once depleted, it will die and decompose.

The weed you are seeing in the lawn is most likely another type of grassy weed.  Unfortunately, there are too many different types of weeds that look like crabgrass for us to discuss here.  Fortunately, if needed, Weed Man can inspect the weed and help identify it.  Again, once identified, you will know how it is best treated.

A good portion of grassy weeds, are easily treated, however there ARE some perennial grassy weeds that are difficult to treat.  Weeds commonly mistaken for crabgrass are goose grass, poa, or Bermuda grass.  The MOST common weed we see mistaken for crabgrass is quackgrass.  Yes, QUACK like a duck.  In fact, quackgrass is technically a grass, it’s just really unsightly, so it is considered a weed.  Refer to our previous article on the definition of a weed.

Quackgrass is a perennial grass that lives year round for several years.  It can slowly spread and take over areas of your lawn if the surrounding grass is weak or nonexistent.  The only type of chemical that will eradicate it would be a grass killer, or round up type product.  The down side of this is that it will also kill your perennial lawn as well.  The alternative is to dig out the quackgrass and plant a desirable grass in the same area.

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There currently is no selective herbicide that will eradicate quackgrass and not kill desirable grass at the same time.  If someone formulated one, they would be rich beyond their wildest dreams.  The selective herbicides on the market today will only ‘help’ ‘limit’ the spread of quackgrass at best.  If anyone is telling you that it can be treated, then be very cautious.  Either they are uninformed or are looking to Detour.jpgsell you a ‘easy’ solution for a problem that can only be dealt with by doing the hard work involved in it.

Alas, we are getting too far afield.  Let this information be a sneak-peek into next week’s article on identifying crabgrass impostor.   Let me return back to the subject at hand.  Even though, it is still a little too early to see crabgrass, we are fast approaching its growing season.  I want you to be prepared to deal with it!  There is a lot of misinformation about crabgrass and I wanted to address some of the most common myths:

  • Crabgrass is a generic term for an unknown weed.  Completely untrue, although a common reality.  Many times it is used to describe an unknown weed, without realizing it is a common name for the real plant, Digitaria.
  • Once germinated it’s too expensive to deal with – It CAN be expensive, but it does not have to be.  Post-Emergent treatment with chemicals can be expensive, but there are other ways to help deal with crabgrass.  A change in watering habits and mowing habits will help limit its spread.  Mow at a higher level.  Crabgrass LOVES, LOVES, LOVES lawns that are cut at a short level.  Crabgrass also LOVES frequent short watering.  IF you are watering too frequent and mowing too short you are inviting crabgrass to come live in your lawn.  Changes in your mowing and watering are should not increase any amount of money you are spending on your lawn.  Also crabgrass pulls out of the soil root and all very easily.  Pulling weeds, albeit not fun, is always free.  Still it is better to treat preventatively when you can.
  • Once germinated crabgrass cannot be controlled.  This is definitely not true, see the above myth.
  • If pre-emergent is not applied in April, it’s too late.  Definitely not true.  Again, the germination process has not even started yet locally.  There is still lots of time to get that pre-emergent down.  Crabgrass does not germinate all at once either, so even if you get pre-emergent down a little late, it will still help with crabgrass germinating a little later in the season.
  • You have to apply pre-emergent twice to make it effective – Definitely not true.  This myth is close related to the previous myth about applying early – In fact, most store bought pre-emergent products are good for about 90 days under perfect conditions.  If you are applying at the beginning of April, you will no longer have a barrier in your soil at the end of June.  You will have all of July and August to potentially worry about.  Most dishonest companies will again tell you to apply early in April so they have an opportunity to sell you more product in early summer.   One application of professional grade pre-emergent timed just right will last you the summer (in ideal conditions), when crabgrass will be germinating.
  • Areas treated with pre-emergent are 100% protected/immune areas to crabgrass.  I wish this myth were true!  It would make life so much easier for a homeowner.  Pre-emergent is the best and most effective tool that you have against crabgrass, however, it works very much like an immunization.  Even the best pre-emergent products will only take care of 90-95% of the seeds germinating in the soil.  Some will still slip through.  The good news is that crabgrass can be treated chemically post-emergent as well.
  • It’s been on my lawn since last year/or March – False!  Crabgrass is an annual weed.  It germinates from a seed in soil, grows, lives, goes to seed, dies, and decomposes all from late May to early October.  Crabgrass is physically gone from lawns by the time December rolls around and will not show up until June, generally speaking.

The long/short of it is that crabgrass is real, but not present on lawns yet as it is too cold.  You can treat it preventatively, and if it shows up later in the year, it can be treated as well.  Stay tuned for next week’s article to learn how to identify crabgrass and its behaviors as well as some other unwanted weeds.  Trust the experts who care for your lawn, call Weed Man if you are worried about crabgrass in your lawn.  Whether it is crabgrass, or it’s a different weed, we are here to help take care of ALL your weeds!   #wecareforyourlawn 208-888-9911 

Hey Weed Man! Can You Spray My Weeds?


Welcome back the Wonderful World of Weed Man!  This post is a continuation of our ‘The Grass IS Greener Over There!‘ series.  If you are just now joining us for this series, last week we touched on lawn repairs! This week, I wanted to discuss Weed Control!

This topic can be very overwhelming, it sometimes is confusing on where to even start the conversation.  This post will not be all inclusive in regards to the subject, nor is it intended to be.  I state this so that you will be encouraged to do your own homework on the subject should you feel inclined.  Nevertheless, I want to discuss some of the broad themes of weed control.  Let us begin at the beginning.

It is important to define what a ‘weed’ is, as it can mean one thing to one person, and entirely different thing to another.  In a nutshell, a weed is just an unwanted plant.  There is not an actual genus/species that weeds fall into for horticulture.

Essentially ANY plant that has little or no value (for food, medicines, or visual aesthetics) or that competes with plants of value is defined as a weed.  

Case in point – Dandelions.  Dandelions were once culturally accepted as a source of nutrition and even had claimed medicinal benefits.  Every portion of the dandelion is edible.  I have seen many articles stating that they are in fact a ‘super food’, containing many nutrients such as B Vitamins, potassium, beta-carotene.  I have also seen social media posts about cures and helps for ailments such as: kidney stones, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity.    This is all great!  However, if you told someone today you were excited about your lawn sprouting dandelions so you could start your new dandelion diet, you might get a few strange looks.

My point is this:  Dandelions have value, but they are considered UNSIGHTLY in your lawn.  So they are labeled a weed.  Again there is no specific plant type exclusive to the classification ‘weed’.  What is defined as a weed to one person, may be a desirable plant to another person.  What is considered a weed in one particular area, may be a desirable plant in another area.  (I am thinking of the pumpkins my wife and I planted last summer.  They started as a great idea for a super pumpkin carving party!  By the time October rolled around they had become a ‘weed’ in our yard that needed to be eradicated).

Great!  We have decided on an arbitrary definition for weeds, now what?  Well, the next topic to discuss is eradication.  Whether it is your garden, or your lawn, you want to protect your investment and get rid of plant invaders.

There are many methods for getting rid of unwanted plants.  Some are more effective than others.  The context in which you find your unwanted weeds may also dictate the type of method you need to use to get rid of them as well.  There are several categorical methods for weed control, and within those categories, several specific methods.  I will highlight some of the most common.

  1.  Coverings –  This includes ground covering to help prevent germination of weeds.  This can be mulch, bark, weed mats, etc…
  2. Tilling – to help uproot weeds so they might die.  This is usually recommended for gardens when you are trying to prep for the season.
  3. Elbow Grease! – just pulling up weeds from the soil.  This is very labor intensive and may be very inefficient/ineffective depending on the weed.  If you miss the root, it will just come back.
  4. Thermal – Fire!  This is usually not recommended for that average home.  No need to risk burning your house down to take care of a weed.  I have also seen people use boiling water on weeds.  It is pretty inefficient on larger weeds and you run the risk of really harming yourself if you are not careful.
  5. Herbicides – This is really the most common and most effective, however over time weeds can build up a resistance to herbicide.  This is why we feel the best weed control is a healthy lawn.  There is a time and place for herbicide – it is our business after all, but it is not the end all solution to controlling weeds.  We try to broad cast weed control as few times as necessary.  We also target and spot treat weeds directly for great results as well.  This limits how much herbicide is being used where it is not actually needed.  This is parted of an integrated pest management (IPM) system. More on this later.
  6. Organic –  I wanted to list this one separately as it is not really a way to get rid of weeds, at least in the way as it is often represented.  ‘Organic’ really, much like ‘weed’ is an arbitrary term.  It means different things to different people.  True organic means a chemical compound that does not already exist in nature.  Most of the products labeled ‘organic’ are not truly organic.  They don’t exist in nature ready made.  Do you research when you come across ‘organic’, ‘natural’, ‘home remedy’ weed sprays.  Here is a great article regarding home remedy weed sprays.  They can sometimes be less effective, more expensive, more harmful to the environment, and more dangerous for humans than you average chemical weed killer.

Regardless of how you control weeds, it is important to do so.  Obviously you want your lawn to look great.  There are other important factors in getting rid of weeds.  Unwanted weeds can result in damages or losses for you or your property:

  • Increased costs to control weeds, or replace lawn where weeds were thriving.
  • Weeds can harbor insects, pests (rodents), diseases, and pathogens.
  • Some weeds are harmful to humans or pets: thistle, puncture-vine (goat-heads)
  • Reduce the value of your property
  • Some weeds are noxious/poisonous to humans or pets – such as Poison Hemlock.  For a list of poisonous/noxious weeds known to be in Idaho, Idaho Weed Awareness has put together a great website.

If you want to avoid any of these issues, get rid of the weeds.  The best option for eradicating weeds is utilizing an IPM ( integrated pest management) system.  This generally includes several methods and variety of systems all integrated together to kill, contain, and prevent weeds.

Several steps can be taken and various times of the year to help maintian a beautiful lawn.  Some of the steps that we utilize in our IPM are:

  • Fertilization – again a healthy lawn is less prone to weeds.
  • Proper mowing techniques.  Cutting your lawn at the proper height can result in 50% less weeds. A taller grass after cutting will help prevent sunlight reaching to germinating weeds.
  • Proper watering.  If you water too little your lawn will struggle but some weeds that require less water than grass may thrive.  The opposite can be true as well.  Some grassy weeds like nutsedge thrive Ina soil that is constantly wet.
  • Proper trimming/edging. Crab grass loves lawn borders because it’s generally a warmer soil by the sidewalk. When you trim your edges too much and open up bare areas between lawn and sidewalk, weeds will move in. Be careful when you trim.  It looks great until those weeds pop up.
  • Pre-emergent. This is vital if you want to prevent crabgrass. It works much like an immunization.  Not 100% effective but nearly so and drastically reduces the germination of those troublesome summer annuals.  You don’t need to apply this two times a year. Companies that tell you to apply it twice just want to sell you a product twice. Once, timed just right, is all that is needed.  Also do NOT aerate AFTER you put pre-emergent down as it can disrupt the barrier in the soil it created.
  • We broadcast twice a year.  Once in the spring to get the pre-ermegent down as well as taking care of simple broadleaf weeds.  The second broadcast is in the fall.  This seems strange as the weeds are ‘dying’ in the fall. Yes, the summer annual weeds die in the fall, but the perrenial weeds remain.  In fact the fall is the best time to treat weeds because the circulatory system of the weeds are moving all captured nutrients down into the root system.  What better time is there to get a systemic weed control into the plants root system?  This is really the difference maker in eradicating weeds versus just controlling or containing weeds.   Lawns that treat weeds in the fall really have a clean looking lawn in the spring.  If you don’t treat your weeds in the fall you really have just started the work all over from the beginning.
  • Spot treating. When we are out on lawns to fertilize we are spot treating weeds at the same time.  Instead of blanketing chemicals and placing them where they are not needed several times a year, we target the weed specifically.  This is a more efficient and environmentally responsible method to take care of weeds.

If you are utilizing an IPM you will see success in your war on weeds!  Weeds are an ongoing problem as nature has a way of working against you.   Always.  As you can see this can be a lot of work, but you have to stay vigilant.

Better yet, call Weed Man!  We will do it for you.
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The Grass IS Greener Over There!


Welcome to the wonderful world of Weed Man!  I’m Brian and I will be your guide!  We started this blog to help inform and educate our customers so they will get the most out of their lawns.  Whether you are a Weed Man customer or not, you are welcome here, and we hope you gain something by your visits.  This week I would like to overview where we are headed in the near future – lawn care tips!

It happens…you work hard on your lawn.  You spend countless hours and untold amounts of money to get the results you want to no avail.  Your neighbors lawn looks amazing and you just can’t seem to match the deep green lawn that he has.  On the other hand your other neighbor has a black thumb with a degree in growing weeds…that like to invade your lawn.

Just before you give in and give up let us offer some advice!  Sure you could hire a professional – Weed Man Boise, in particular.  We would love that!  Nevertheless, even Weed Man customers are given the expectation that achieving and maintaining a great lawn is really a partnership.  So whether you take the professional lawn guide approach or DIY approach we would like to help you have an amazing lawn.

Over the next weeks, we will be detailing how you can have an AMAZING lawn your neighbors will be joyously talking about.  (They may talk anyways, but lets be honest, nobody wants to be the black thumb homeowner who specializes in weeds.)

We have 11 tips for lawn care that every homeowner should be aware of:

  1. Mower Startup
  2. Fertilization
  3. Sprinkler Startup/Maintenance
  4. Over seeding/Lawn Repair
  5. Weed Control
  6. Watering Practices
  7. Mowing to the Season
  8. Bug Care
  9. Aerating
  10. Mulching
  11. Hire Weed Man!
  12. Addendum: I did everything you said, MY Grass ISN’T Greener Over HERE!

Each tip will have a separate posting unpacking the details of how to take advantage of each practice.  Please check back often to get updated!  We would also love to hear from you about any lawn care questions or subjects you would like discussed.  Feel free to leave a comment below and we will incorporate it in our 11 tips!