1. Do you offer organic lawn care?
2. Do you offer Organic Weed Control?
3. Are the products you use safe for Kids and Pets?
4. It rained shortly after you did the crabgrass pre-emergent application. Do you have to come back out and re-apply?
5. What is pre-emergent?
6. It rained shortly after you did the fertilizer and/or weed control application. Do you need to re-apply?
7. Is the fertilizer that you use liquid or granular?
8. Do the fertilizers that you use contain Phosphorus?
9. We live close to a lake; will you products harm the lake?
10. What is broad leaf weed control?
11. With an aeration, how long before the plugs will regenerate or breakdown?
12. What do I as the homeowner need to do prior to aeration?
13. How often should I aerate?
14. I have an irrigation system and/or invisible pet fencing. Does anything need to be done with these before the aeration?
15. How tall should I mow my grass?
16. How should I water my lawn?
17. Should I mulch or bag my clippings?
18. Will mulching contribute to thatch?
19. When can I seed if you applied Crabgrass Preventer?
20. When is the best time to seed and aerate?
21. What type of seed do you use?
22. Will treating the lawn for grubs will it keep the Japanese beetle off my trees & shrubs?
Q: Are the products you use safe for Kids and Pets?
A: Our fertilizers will not harm children or pets. With all herbicides, you should keep children and pets oﬀ of the lawn for a few hours after application. Once it is dry, it is safe for kids and pets to be on the yard again. If you are concerned your pet or child was on the lawn soon after application, rinsing their feet or paws will get any residue oﬀ.
Q: It rained shortly after you did the crabgrass pre-emergent application. Do you have to come back out and re-apply?
A: No. The crabgrass pre-emergent actually needs to be watered in to the soil for it to work properly. The sooner it gets watered in, the better.
Q: What is pre-emergent?
A: The pre-emergent application is done in the spring only and Is to prevent crabgrass from emerging or germinating. The application DOES NOT prevent broad leaf weeds and it will kill newly planted seed so we CANNOT apply it if a homeowner wants to do spring seeding
Q: It rained shortly after you did the fertilizer and/or weed control application. Do you need to re-apply?
A: For the fertilizer, no we do not. The sooner the fertilizer gets watered, the quicker it starts to work. For weed control, if it rained within an hour after the application, we may need to re-treat for weeds. In most instances the weed control starts to work within 15-30 minutes after it was applied. Wait 10 days and if you do not see your weeds dying, we will come out and re-apply.
Q: Do the fertilizers that you use contain Phosphorus?
A: No they do not. Actually, since January 1st, 2004, it is illegal to apply a fertilizer to your lawn that contains phosphorus unless you have a soil test proving that you need phosphorus or you are establishing a new lawn from seed or sod.
Q: We live close to a lake; will you products harm the lake?
A: No they will not. The products that we use do not move in the soil. Once they are dry, they have already been absorbed by the plant and are working.
Q: What is broad leaf weed control?
A: It is a weed killer (not prevention) so this means the treatment is done each time we visit and we spray whatever broad leaf weeds that are visible at the time of the visit. It does need to dry, and drying times vary based on weather conditions. It will dry quicker on warmer, windier days then on a cloudy, cool day. ** Weed control DOES have 24D in it as well. It is an EPA certified acceptable herbicide **
Q: With an aeration, how long before the plugs will regenerate or breakdown?
A: The aeration plugs take about 4 weeks depending on the weather. Sandier soil breaks down faster than a clay based soil. We also leave the plugs, we do not rake them up as it is good to allow them to break down and work back into the turf.
Q: What do I as the homeowner need to do prior to aeration?
A: We ask that you please flag any invisible fence you may have as well as irrigation heads, or even if you know where your cable TV line is as it is beneficial
Q: How often should I aerate?
A: We recommend once a year as it opens up the soil to allow water, oxygen, organic material and nutrients to get to the root zone. Clay soil needs it more than a silt or sand soil
Q: I have an irrigation system and/or invisible pet fencing. Does anything need to be done with these before the aeration?
A: Yes-Irrigation systems: Any irrigation heads or control valve boxes that are in the yard area will need to be marked so they don’t get damaged. Pet fencing typically runs along the perimeter of the yard and needs to be properly marked to ensure the line doesn’t get cut.
Q: Should I mulch or bag my clippings?
A: Mulch in most cases. Mulching returns nutrients to the lawn, as well as organic matter. It also helps to retain water. Sometimes it may be helpful to bag if you have an annual weed infestation which is setting seeds, or if your grass has gotten extra-long between mowings.
Q: When is the best time to seed and aerate?
A: Spring and fall are the best times of year because the temperatures are cooler and this makes it easier to keep the soil moist for germination. There is less weed pressure in the fall which is also a benefit for seeding.
Q: Will treating the lawn for grubs will it keep the Japanese beetle off my trees & shrubs?
A: We only treat the lawn for the grubs if the turf is being damaged. Japanese Beetles can fly in from any of your neighbors so it is best to also treat the shrubs & trees.