Turf Care Tips and FAQs

LawnLab Logic

 

A beautiful lawn requires more than just the proper cut. Professional landscapers have sophisticated equipment and follow techniques developed by agricultural scientists to achieve the best results.

There are however, a number of things you can do to keep your lawn healthy and support the efforts of your professional lawn care company.

We've compiled these tips, articles, and resources to help you develop and care for your beautiful lawn.

1. How high should I mow my grass?

Bermuda grass is recommended to be cut between 2-3inches; St. Augustine should be cut no shorter than 3 inches.

2. How often should I water my lawn?

During the growing season it is good to water 3 times per week, between 12-15 minutes per zone.

3. How do I know how long to water?

One way we recommend is to use a measuring device within the coverage of the sprinkler system to see how many inches you receive within the watering cycle, it is recommended a lawn needs a minimum of 1 inch of water per 7 days.

4. When is the best time for me to plant grass seed?

Temperatures need to be above 65-70 degrees on a regular basis in order for the seed to germinate.

5. Why do I have mushrooms growing?

Mushrooms are normally derived from excessive moisture in early spring or in the fall; they can also be caused by fungal problems in turf.

6. When can my children and pets go on the lawn?

Normally, we recommend keeping children and pets off the lawn until product has adequate time to dry.

7. How is aeration beneficial for my lawn?

Aeration reduces the compaction of the soil to allow for nutrients, water and root development.

8. The grass is very thin under my trees. How can I improve the situation?

In most cases, simply pruning or thinning out a tree will allow for more sunlight for better turf growth, St. Augustine is a desired turf that does well in partial sun to shade.

9. How safe are the lawn applications? 

Based off local, state and federal guidelines pertaining to labels of herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers, products are applied at the rate specified to prevent any health and environmental concerns.

10. Does your lawn service have any guarantees?

Our guarantee is that if a customer continues our service on a regular basis, one would see continual improvement after each application. If a customer has a question or concern we would then issue a service call at no additional charge to address the problem.

11. What form of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards, checks, and online bill pay through our website is preferred.

12. How much does it cost for me to schedule an appointment for an estimate?

We offer an initial no obligation free lawn analysis.

13. Do you offer mowing?

 Not currently, but we can refer a maintenance company for you.

14. What results should I expect after using you?

Our goal is to achieve weed free lawn and provide lush green lawn during the growing season.

15. Do you install sod, or can you recommend someone in my area?

No, we have relationships in market and can refer companies that provide the service.

16. Do you treat flower beds?

 No

17. How many applications do you have a year?

We have an 8 application program which consists of 2 spring pre-emergents, 4 summer fertilizer and grassy weed control, and ending the year with 2 fall pre-emergent plus winterize.

18. Do I have to take all of the applications?

We certainly recommend customers to take our annual service based on the turf’s needs annually, but we can set up partial programs to meet one’s budget, there are no contractual obligations to our service.

19. Do you offer tree/shrub service?

 Yes

20. What is the price based off of?

Linear square footage of the treatable property

21. Do I have to be home when you apply the treatment?

No

22. Can I cancel at any time?

Yes, cancellations are required in writing or by contacting the office and speaking with office personnel.

23. Do I have to sign a contract?

 No, we do not have any contractual obligation.

24. How often do you come out?

Application intervals are between 5-6 weeks.

25. Do you offer insect treatments for the lawn?

Yes, we offer grub and chinch bug preventatives and control and fire ant treatments.

26. Is grub control/fire ant needed on a yearly basis?

A grub control treatment is highly recommended on an annual basis due to the damage these insects can cause.  Fire Ant treatments are normally dictated on moisture levels throughout the season and geographical regions that they migrate.

27. I have brown spots/thin areas in my yard, does this mean I have grubs?

Not in all cases, it could also be a fungus in the turf due to climate change and not enough direct sunlight.

28. Why do you apply treatments in the winter when the grass isn’t growing?

To prevent winter annuals from germinating

29. Can I change my treatable area at any time?

Specified areas can be changed at any time.