What you can expect
We’re a local company based in Nashville that understands the unique challenges that make lawns difficult to manage in Middle Tennessee. Since opening in 2007, our goal has been to provide an unmatched customer experience while utilizing the latest advancements in turf care. You will always be communicating directly with a member of our knowledgeable staff, not directed to an out-of-state call center or placed on a generic lawn program that is not specifically designed for Middle Tennessee.
Nashville is located in the heart of the “transition zone” where both cool season and warm season grasses co-exist. To our north you’ll find very few warm season grasses like bermuda and zoysia. To our south you’ll find very little cool season grasses like fescue or bluegrass. Because our summers and winters can have extreme temperatures, our climate presents some challenges. While there are a few different grass types to choose from, there is no perfect grass type for our area. They each have their strengths and weaknesses. We’ve chosen to focus exclusively on premium varieties of cool season grass (fescue & bluegrass) because they can offer a quality lawn 9-12 months of the year. These grasses are not perfect and can struggle during prolonged hot weather, but we feel it is the best option in most situations.
Our weather plays a major roll in your lawns health. In our area, fescue lawns will look their absolute best in the spring (March-May), decline through August, and quickly improve in the fall when cooler temperatures arrive. Some lawns under our care will have a mild summer decline, while others will be much more severe. The severity of your particular lawns annual summer decline will depend on the weather, soil quality and how closely you follow the 6 key steps. Our before and after gallery illustrates the improvement our services can provide over a 12-13 month period.
We offer 4 essential services that will give your lawn a great foundation to build on. In addition to these services, we’ve also outlined 2 practices that must be implemented in order for your lawn to be as healthy as possible.
6 Keys to Success
Nashville Monthly Lawn Guide
This is a great point of reference so that you know what to expect from your lawn each month. These descriptions are based on an average weather year.
Fescue still holds a nice green color if the weather isn’t very cold. Temperatures in the single digits or below will cause the grass to lose some color. This is a great time to have your soil tested.
Cold temperatures are still common, but the color of your lawn has improved slightly. Now is the time for your first pre-emergent application, Round 1. We also will do a blanket weed control for any existing broadleaf weeds. The fertilizer we apply this time of year is specially formulated for cool weather.
The warmer weather this month allows your lawn to wake up and grow. Color will be much improved toward the end of the month, and lawns will look outstanding. We begin Round 2 this month, which includes another pre-emergent application, broadleaf weed control and premium controlled release fertilizer.
Fescue lawns look their very best this month. The seedlings from last fall have matured, and the lawn is thick and healthy. The warm days and cool nights are the perfect growing conditions for fescue to thrive.
Fescue is still thriving this month. By mid-month nighttime temperatures will rise above 60°F. Brown patch disease could begin to be an issue for some lawns not receiving preventative treatments. We begin our Round 3 this month that includes fertilizer, weed control and the final pre-emergent.
Brown Patch disease will likely peak this month. Properly managed cool season lawns can still remain healthy, but the summer heat will begin to take a toll on many lawns. We start Round 4 this month that includes a broadleaf weed control and iron to improve turf color.
July weather can be pretty tough on cool season grass. Heat and disease pressure may allow difficult to control grassy weeds, such as Dallisgrass and Johnsongrass, to show up in stressed areas. Keeping the lawn as thick an healthy as possible by following the 6 key steps is very important.
This is the most difficult month of the year for your lawn. Summer heat stress and Brown patch may have weakened the stand, and grassy weeds are starting to invade those weakened areas. By now, pre-emergent that was applied during spring has worn off, and crabgrass can pop up on edges and thin areas in the lawn. This is why our Round 5 application is completely focused on controlling weeds before aeration and seeding season begins.
The temperatures have cooled, and the lawn is beginning to recover from the stresses of summer. Now is the perfect time to aerate & seed your lawn. Aeration de-compacts the soil improving the infiltration of oxygen, water and nutrients; it promotes root growth and also provides an excellent environment for seed germination. Round 6 provides the new seedlings with the nutrients they need to thrive.
The weather in October allows the lawn to recover from the summer stressors. It is a great time to plant seed if haven't already. Some broadleaf weeds may show up during the seeding process, but it's important not to treat them at this time so that new seedlings can become established.
The seeding window usually closes the first part of November. Your new seedlings are quickly developing their root systems before winter begins. A few broadleaf weeds may have popped up during the seeding process. These will be quickly dispatched with Round 7, the final application of the year. Overall, this is a great month for fescue.
December marks the end of the growing season. Roots are slowly establishing themselves and storing nutrients for the winter. Turf color will depend on prevailing temperatures, but lawns usually hold a nice color through Christmas.