Plant Growth Regulator (PGR)
Ask anyone if they like yard work, and the answer is likely no. True, a lot of people hire a company to handle it, but that adds up quick. So, how can you reduce your yard work by 50%, make the lawn look better in the process, and save money? Plant growth regulator.
Plant growth regulators (PGRs) have been around for a long time. Previously, PGRs were primarily used by golf courses and other sports fields, but there has been a growing interest in PGRs for residential lawn care as people discover the benefits.
How Do PGRs Work?
Plant growth regulators temporarily inhibit cell elongation by suppressing gibberellic acid (GA), a hormone responsible for cell elongation. More specifically, this suppresses the plants vertical growth without interfering with plant respiration, photosynthesis, or other internal functions.
Since there is no vertical growth, the plant’s energy is diverted into lateral and below-ground growth of rhizomes, stolons, tillers and roots. With less energy being expended for growth, this allows the grass to form a better root system as well. Your grass will begin to spread out, rather than up, with an improved root system that will give you a thick, deep green, lawn!
Benefits of Plant Growth Regulator
PGRs provide an innovative solution to the growth and development of the grass, but what does that mean for your lawn?
Reduce Mowing By About 50%
The most obvious benefit to having a PGR applied to your lawn is the slowed growth. Having your mowing events cut in half sounds appealing to just about anyone. Whether you cut your own grass, or you have a mowing service, a PGR treatment plan will save you time and money when it comes to mowing. Half the mowing also means half the clippings, edging, and weed eating. Less yard work? Sounds good to me!
When using a PGR on your lawn, your root system will improve and begin to reach deeper into the soil giving the roots access to deeper soil moisture. This also makes the grass more tolerant to drought/heat stress. Additionally, as the thickness of your lawn increases, the amount of moisture lost to evaporation decreases. Your lawn will require less watering, and be more forgiving if you do forget to water, all while staying green later into the year.
Improved Weed Control and Durability
Plant growth regulator is not a weed control herbicide and does not kill weeds. The weed control benefit comes from the thicker turf that’s created when using a PGR. As your lawn density increases, it makes it more difficult for unpreventable summer weeds to come through. Essentially, as your lawn thickens it will begin to choke out those stubborn summer weeds.
A more durable lawn means the turf is dense and healthy enough to handle your life. Whether its kids, pets, or all the entertaining you do, your grass will get trampled out if it’s not properly maintained. Growth regulator will make your lawn thicker and healthier so it thrives under your day-to-day traffic.
If you would like more information on our growth regulator program, please fill out a quote request form here or give the office a call at 901-494-9088.