Lawn Care FAQ

Standing in the grassFeel free to browse some of the most common questions we hear about lawns. Some will have brief answers, and some will have links to blog posts we’ve written on these topics. We’ll be adding to this list as time goes by. If you don’t see the answer to your question, please contact us.

Lawn Care Treatment Questions

When is my next Lawn Care treatment scheduled? If you are on one of our 6-visit lawn care programs, these treatments occur approximately every 4-6 weeks. Other treatments each have preferred times during the year to be the most effective. Some of these visits can be performed at the same time, and some require a specific interval between visits. If you have a specific scheduling concern, please call our office.

How long should I keep kids or pets off of the lawn after your treatment? Check your invoice. Each service has different implications, so there will be notes on your invoice explaining how long to wait. Most liquid materials will be dry in 2 hours permitting re-entry. Granular applications have no re-entry requirements.

What if it rains after my lawn care treatment?

Can you do a lawn treatment with leaves on my lawn?

Do you use liquid or granular lawn materials to treat my lawn?

Which is better; organic or synthetic fertilizers?

Mowing Questions

How soon can I mow after my lawn care treatment? Check your invoice. Each service has different implications, so there will be notes on your invoice explaining how long to wait. Most liquid materials require a 24 hour waiting period, but granular applications can be mowed immediately after application without any concern.

Can I bag my grass clippings after you apply a lawn care treatment? As long as you follow your invoice’s specific instructions, you may bag clippings. However, do not put them on vegetable gardens as they may contain weed control that may damage your plants. We do advise mulching your grass clippings whenever you mow for best lawn health.

How high should I mow my lawn?

Seeding/Aeration Questions

When is my seeding scheduled?  Most seeding services occur in the Fall, between mid-August and mid-November. Some exceptions may have seeding jobs performed in spring from early April through June. If you have a specific scheduling concern, please call our office.

When is my aeration scheduled?  If you have just a straight-aeration without seeding, this work can be performed at any time so as long as we can pull good cores of soil. These jobs can also be completed after we finish jobs that also include seeding with them.

Do I need to do anything different if I have an invisible dog fence or underground irrigation system? Yes! We need to know if you have either of these so we can notify you before your service is performed. We will need you to mark where dog fence lines run as well as irrigation that isn’t more than 6″ below the surface. We will also need all irrigation heads and boxes marked as well.

How long does it take for my new grass to grow?  Germination and growth is dependent upon soil moisture and soil temperature, as well as the specific variety of seed used. This could occur in as little as 7-10 days if it’s moist and warm, or as long as 21-30 days if temperatures are cooler. Grass will be more sparse when it begins to grow and will thicken with time. Be sure to follow watering instructions listed in the next link below and also be sure areas are being fertilized and the soil pH is at optimum levels.

How should I water my newly-seeded or sodded lawn?

What kind of grass seed is best to use?

What is aeration and how can it help my lawn?

Can I fix my lawn or do I have to kill my lawn off and start over?

How can I get grass to grow in my shady lawn?

Should I seed my lawn or use sod?

Can I seed my lawn this spring after you applied crabgrass control?

Lawn Weed Control Questions

How long does it take for my weeds to die?  Herbicides can take anywhere from a couple days to up to 10-14 days to work depending upon the species of weed, temperatures, and soil moisture availability. If you notice no progress is made after a couple weeks, please call our office.

You treated my weeds some time ago and now I have more weeds. Did the treatment not work?  Most weeds can only be controlled if they are present at the time of application. This is the reason we offer lawn care programs that have multiple weed control treatments throughout the season to address difficult varieties of weeds as well as ones that grow at different times of the year. If you have a minimal lawn care program and it has been longer than 30 days since your last weed control treatment, please call our office about adding more treatments to your program to control weeds.

Can you really get rid of violets in my lawn?

Why do I have crabgrass in my lawn when I had a crabgrass pre-emergent application this spring?

Why are there green clumps of grass all over my lawn this spring?

 How exactly does crabgrass control help to prevent crabgrass?

What kind of weed control is best for the weeds in my lawn?

What is this strange grass growing in my lawn this summer?

How can I kill Bermudagrass growing in my lawn?

Lawn Insect Control Questions

What can I do to kill grubs in my lawn?

Are there insects eating my lawn?

Struggling/Dying Lawn Questions

What can I do about my dog damaging my grass?

How do I get rid of tree roots in my lawn?

How can I get grass to grow in my shady lawn?

How do I get rid of thatch in my lawn?

How do I fix an area where salt burned my lawn?

How do I get rid of moss in my lawn?

Should I water my lawn in the summer?

Lawn Disease/Fungi Questions

How do I know if I have turf disease/fungus?

Why does my lawn have turf disease/fungus?

Why is there orange dust all over my shoes and mower?

Why are there mushrooms in my lawn and how do I get rid of them?

Miscellaneous Lawn Questions

How do I tell what kind of grass I have in my lawn?

How do I get rid of voles in my lawn?

Why should I take a soil test for my lawn?

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