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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I water my lawn? How much? How long?

Lawns require 1 inch to 1-1/2 inches of water per week (including rainfall). Every household has varying water pressure so to determine what works for your particular lawn, I recommend you measure how long it takes for your sprinkler to distribute 1/2" of water. This can be done by using an empty jar, soup can or measuring cup marked at a measurement of 1/2". Place the canister in the watering zone and time how long it takes to fill to that 1/2" mark. Once you know how long you need to water for a 1/2", you can water your lawn for that amount of time 3 days per week when there is no rainfall.

I have weeds that look like wide-blade grass. What type of weed is this and how do I treat it?

Crabgrass is usually considered to be a troublesome weed that will quickly overtake any lawn where it can gain a foothold. Crabgrass is a plant with wide, flat leaf blades and spreading stems.

Crabgrass is most commonly seen in lawns that are growing thinly and in unfertilized, poorly draining areas. Crabgrass will also spread in empty areas of lawn and gardens. Crabgrass seeds typically germinate in late spring and early summer.

In our first lawn care application, typically in late April/early May, we use a crabgrass pre-emergent herbicide with fertilizer that prevents crabgrass seedlings from emerging.

One frequently overlooked method of dealing with crabgrass is to simply prevent it, rather than spend time and effort dealing with existing plants. A well maintained lawn will prevent crabgrass and other weeds from getting the foothold they need. Lawns should be fertilized most heavily in autumn, and consistently watered. Crabgrass grows very shallowly, so be sure to water deep into the soil. Another way to prevent crabgrass organically is to let your lawn remain at a height of around 2 or 3 inches, allowing the grass to protect itself.

I started using your service but I still have weeds?

By utilizing a lawn care maintenance program you have taken the first step towards a healthy, green and weed-free lawn. Unfortunately, it can take up to a season-and-a-half to turn around even the most unhealthy lawn. You should begin to see improvement after the first two treatments. However, weeds can be persistent and if you still see weeds after 7-10 days post-treatment, please contact us for a FREE Service Call. We would be happy to come and re-treat those weeds.

Regular maintenance will result in a thicker, healthier lawn which will leave little room for weeds to grow.

How often should I cut my lawn?

Aim to mow your lawn on 4 or 5 day intervals while it is growing most rapidly. That way you will not remove more than 1/3 of its growth at any given time. Letting the grass grow taller weakens it.

I also recommend you set your mower at 3 - 3-1/2 inches.

What do I need to do to prepare my lawn for treatment?

In the Spring before your first lawn application, it is wise to remove any dead leaves and debris left from Winter. We do offer Spring Clean-up Services!

Otherwise, it is helpful if you remove any children's and/or dog toys, sports equipment, lawn furniture, etc. that are on the actual lawn. Our applicators are conscientious about removing such items from the lawn before they treat, however it allows them to work more efficiently if it is done prior to our arrival.

If you are having a Core Aeration done, you will need to mark your sprinkler heads and/or Invisible Pet Fence if you have either of these.

How long do I need to stay off my lawn after it has been treated? Will this be harmful to my kids and dogs?

After each application, your lawn will be "flagged" so you will know it has been treated. In accordance with State Law, the flag states you should stay off the treated area for a period of 24 hours. We know this is not always practical and advise our customers to remain off the treated area for a period of two hours or until the product has dried.

Once the product has been allowed to dry, it poses no danger to people or animals but we do not recommend you allow your kids and/or animals to eat the grass!