Best Do-it-Yourself Lawn Care Products for the Lake Anna Region

Phosphorus-Free Lake Friendly Lawn Nutrition

We are knowledgeable about the best products for keeping your lawn looking green and healthy throughout the year in a lake-friendly way. We have over 30 years of experience and are familiar with the products that work best in the Lake Anna area.

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Lake Anna Green: Over 30 years of Passionate Turfgrass Experience

About Our Team

Steve McCormick is a native of Peoria, Illinois. After graduating from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Plant and Soil Science and an emphasis in Turfgrass Management, he spent his next five years as an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at two private country clubs in St. Louis, Missouri.

He and his family then relocated to the DC metro region where he was the Golf Course Superintendent at a high-profile country club for 18 years. After having a weekend getaway cabin on Lake Anna for the last 10 years, Steve and his family recently became full-time, lake-front residents near the North Anna River tributary. He has a vested interest in preserving and improving the health of the Lake Anna watershed while maintaining a vigorous, lush backyard to enjoy with family and friends.

Call or Text Steve at (540) 894-7767.

VDH’s Harmful Algae Found in Lake Anna

The North Anna and Upper Pamunkey Branches, including Terry’s Run, of Lake Anna in Orange, Louisa, and Spotsylvania counties are continuing to experience a harmful algae bloom (HAB). Public contact with the lake in this location should be avoided until algae concentrations drop to appropriate amounts. Cyanobacteria, a type of algae that can cause skin rashes and gastrointestinal disorders, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, are some of the most dangerous algae out there.

Phosphorus entering the water has caused harmful algae to grow in Lake Anna. Our region’s soil/grasses do not require a lot of phosphorus, and the earth cannot store much of it. Our soil is sticky, but once it reaches its maximum phosphorus capacity, any excess phosphorus leaches. When a nutrient that is unable to attach to soil particles attaches to water, leaching occurs. The public is advised to stay away from the water in various areas of the lake and not to use it for any purpose.
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Phosphorus-Free Lake Friendly Lawn Nutrition Products

Harmful algae in Lake Anna have been caused by phosphorus entering the water. The soil/grasses in our region do not require a lot of phosphorus, and the earth cannot store much of it. Our soil is sticky, but once it reaches its maximum capacity for phosphorus, any extra phosphorus leaches. Leaching occurs when a nutrient that is unable to attach to soil particles attaches to water.

It will move through the topsoil layer to which it is designed to attach. This results in the nutrient being transported through the soil (through rainfall or irrigation). Eventually, this water finds its way into the water table. The water table infiltrates Lake Anna.
The high quantities of phosphorus in the water are particularly advantageous to aquatic vegetation, but at the expense of it. These plants leaf out, preventing sufficient sunlight from reaching the water and lake bottom. This lack of adequate sunshine creates an environment conducive to the growth of harmful algae. Also, it adds a lot of vegetation to the water, which gets stuck in boat motors and makes swimming and fishing difficult.
We use little phosphorus in our comprehensive turfcare program. We incorporate a soil test into our default routine and then use phosphorus precise calibrated dose suggested by the soil test, if any. This will ultimately result in more attractive lawns since we will be able to identify and treat any nutritional deficiencies.

The Process to Get Your Own Lake-Friendly Products

If you’re interested in learning more about the products we offer and how they can benefit your lawn, please fill out the contact us form and we will call you to discuss it further. If you are able to tell us your lawn size, that would be helpful – but if not, we will come measure it for you at no cost.

We will ask you additional questions during our call to develop a better understanding of your lawn’s needs and the outcomes you are looking for. Then we’ll recommend the best products to meet your specific needs. If you know which products you would like and how many bags you need, click the “Buy Now” button. We will deliver your products for free to your home in the Lake Anna area.

We provide free delivery over $99. We deliver our products once a week, with a deadline of mid-week for weekend delivery.

Lake Anna Green DIY Turf Care Program

At LKA Green our goal for the Do It Yourself Program is to provide customers with products that will maximize the health and performance of their lawns throughout the year while fulfilling our vision of environmental stewardship to the Lake Anna watershed. The Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB’s) that have impacted the lake over the last several years are enhanced by excess phosphorus, a nutrient that is often unnecessarily applied in standard lawn care programs. When phosphorus amounts exceed what the soil needs, it enters the lake directly or through tributaries during runoff from heavy precipitation events.

The following is our custom Lake Anna Green DIY Turf Care Program. 

Questions? Call or Text (540) 894-7767.

$26.00

4 bags per acre

Hydra-G DIY APP #1

March-April
Applied at a rate of 4 bags of product per acre. Spreader half-open setting. This product is a high calcium lime that conditions the soil and allows for maximum uptake of stored and applied plant nutrients. The timing of this application is not critical, but an early spring application is recommended for improved plant health and turf vigor for the upcoming growing season.

$30.00

4 bags per acre

14-0-0 with Prodiamine DIY APP #2

March
Applied at a rate of 4 bags of product per acre. Spreader half-open setting. Just a reminder, the 3 numbers in a fertilizer bag analysis are N-P-K. In this case, 100 lbs of 14-0-0 contains 14% (14 lbs) nitrogen, 0% phosphorus, and 0% potassium. Prodiamine creates a crabgrass germination barrier in the soil before soil temps reach the mid-50 degree range. The 14-0-2 fe Fertilizer provides a moderate amount of nitrogen (0.67 lbs N/1000) for a 6-8 week long feed; turf vigor and color will be enhanced by this nutrition.

$36.00

4 bags per acre

0-0-7 with Lock-Up DIY APP #3

March
Applied at a rate of 4 bags per acre. Spreader half-open setting. This herbicide will target broadleaf weeds such as chickweed, henbit, and dandelions. For maximum effectiveness this application should be timed midway between mowings so that weed species have rebounded from being cut and will absorb the herbicide. Application of this product is best done when the lawn is wet or early in the day when dew is present; the sticky dew or water will aid in the product adhering to the weeds. Mowing should be delayed for several days to maximize the absorption of this product.

$25.00

4 bags per acre

0-0-7 with Cavalcade DIY APP #4

May
Potassium Fertilizer with Prodiamine Pre-Emergent Herbicide. Applied at a rate of 4 bags per acre. Spreader half-open setting. This product renews the crabgrass germination barrier in the soil; the potassium nutrition strengthens the plants for the upcoming summer stresses.

$100.00

15,000SF/bag

Strobe Pro G DIY APP #5

Early June
Fungicide for Brown Patch disease control.

Applied at a preventive rate of 2.2 lbs product/1000 sq.ft. One 30 lb bag covers 15,000 sq.ft. (About ⅓ of an acre) Spreader should be set between 1/3 and 1/2 open. This is the best granular Brown Patch fungicide on the market; the early June timing will have the product in place as the summer thunderstorm season begins with long stretches of leaf wetness, heat and humidity…environmental conditions that favor Brown Patch fungus infection.

$152.00

2 bags per acre

Acelepryn G 25# DIY APP #6

June
Applied at a rate of 2 bags per acre. Spreader should be set between 1/3 and 1/2 open. Acelepryn is the most environmentally friendly turf insecticide on the market, it is labeled as safe for pollinators and earthworms while providing 3-4 month control of damaging turf insects such as White Grubs and Fall Armyworms.

$40.00

Soil Test DIY APP #7

Early July
Soil tests provide a detailed analysis of the fertility, health, and pH of your soil. Results will show any nutrient deficiencies that can have a negative impact on turfgrass health and responses to fertilizer applications; we can analyze and provide product options to correct these deficiencies. You can bring your soil to the LKA Green office, call us for free pick-up of your sample, or contact us to take the sample for you.

$100.00

Strobe Pro G DIY APP #8

Mid July
Fungicide for Brown Patch Control

If App #5 was applied, repeat the same preventive rate of 2.2 lbs product/1000 sq.ft. One 30 lb bag covers 15,000 sq.ft. (About ⅓ of an acre). If App #5 was not applied, or if Brown Patch Disease is present, consider the curative rate of 4 lbs/1000 sq.ft. (30 lb bag covers 7500 sq.ft.) At the higher rate, the spreader should be at 1/2 open setting.

$88.50

North Anna Premier Seed Blend 25# DIY APP #9

September
Applied at a rate of 3lbs/1,000SF (5 bags per acre) for overseeding or 5lbs/1,000SF (8 bags per acre) for bare ground establishment. This is Lake Anna Green’s privately labeled treated seed mix consisting of several Turf-Type Tall Fescue cultivars best suited for the Virginia Piedmont soils and climate. These cultivars finished in the top 10% of the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program in terms of heat/disease tolerance, drought tolerance, density and color. They are treated with a patented blend of micronutrients to promote rapid germination and establishment success.

$38.00 (per application)

28-0-3 DIY APP #10, #11, #12

September, October, November
28-0-3 Winterizer Fertilizer. Applied at a rate of 150 lbs product/Acre (0.75lbs Nitrogen/1000 sq.ft.) Spreader half-open setting. These are 3 repeated fall fertilizer applications, 3-4 weeks apart, that target the optimum time of year for nitrogen nutrition to be absorbed into the root systems for recovery from summer stress, thickening up of existing turf and maturing/thickening of new tall fescue seedlings. Each application will bring 8-10 weeks of continuous nutrition, ensuring excellent turfgrass health, vigor and color through the winter and into the following early spring.

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