Frequently Asked Questions - Tomlinson Bomberger


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Lawn Care

What types of lawn programs do you offer?

We offer three lawn care programs to ensure the best possible results for your property. Select the program that fits you best: Basic Lawn Care, Premium Lawn Care, or Soil Smart Lawn Care.

It all starts with the soil, which is why our lawn care programs include a free soil analysis. The soil test results will help us better understand the health of your soil and if you have any soil deficiencies.

How much is a lawn care program?

To provide you with a quote for one of our lawn care programs, we need to measure the square footage of the grass area of your property. We can make this calculation simply from your address.

You can request a quote or give us a call today: 717-399-1991 to get started. Please keep in mind that the price will change slightly due to your selected lawn program.

Do I need to be home for my first lawn care service?

You can be home for your first visit; however, it is not necessary for you to be home for us to complete your service successfully. If you would like to be present to discuss your property layout or specific areas of your property for our team to avoid, for example, Gardens, Gates, Fences, or Ponds, you most definitely may do so.

What should I do to prepare for my first service?

It is best to make sure that your lawn is clear of leaves, children’s toys, gardening tools, or pet mess,’ to ensure that our technicians can provide a proper application in a safe manner.

Can I mow directly after my lawn service?

If we apply any type of weed control, please wait 24 hours to mow your lawn to maximize complete efficiency. When only granular products are applied to your lawn, there are no mowing or pet restrictions after this type of service. Our technicians will communicate with you, about any other types of restrictions that are necessary.

How often will you treat my lawn?

Our lawn programs include six property visits. You should expect to see us for your lawn treatments every 4 – 6 weeks, typically beginning in March and extending through November. The length between each service may vary slightly due to weather conditions, which are out of our control. Our three lawn maintenance programs proactively address various issues in your lawn; however, additional treatments may be necessary depending on your lawn’s specific needs.

When is it safe for my children/pets to return to our lawn?

Our products will take additional time to dry completely in the early spring and fall due to the cooler temperatures. During the warmer summer months, our products will dry faster. Depending on the time of year, we ask that you stay off your lawn for 1 to 2 hours once your service is completed. After waiting this time, it will be safe for your children and pets to return to your lawn.

What should I do if I have questions about a completed lawn service?

We understand that questions may arise after your service is complete. Our team is here to support you every step of the way. Please get in touch with your account manager or our client services support. We take pride in building relationships with our clients and encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns.

It rained heavily, is my lawn application still going to be successful?

When rain is in the forecast, we often add a sticking agent to our weed control product. This helps to keep the product on the plant even with the rainy weather. It is important to give the product time to work in the plant. We encourage you to give your lawn 10 – 14 days to see if weeds are dying off. Once the 14-day period has passed, if you’re not seeing weeds dying off, please get in touch with us immediately. Please keep in mind that granular products need to be watered, in order to be activated. Natural rain is helpful for this type of service.

When should I expect to see results?

It is important to understand that maintaining a desirable lawn is an ongoing process. Every yard is unique, and it has its challenges. Weather is a significant factor when it comes to the condition of your lawn. In addition to putting a lawn care program in place, we also recommend annual aeration for your property, seeding, and consistent watering (especially during the summer). Keeping your soil’s condition in mind is critical, as this is essential to your lawn’s overall health. Our team will provide you with recommendations for your lawn; however, in order to achieve the best results, it is important for you to communicate with us. If you see any type of issues with your lawn in between visits, please contact us immediately.

Do you mow lawns?

Currently, we are at full capacity. Unfortunately, this service is not available at this time.

Pest Control

What types of pests do you treat?

Our Quarterly Pest Control Program provides coverage for the following pests: Ants, Spiders, Stink Bugs, Centipedes, Millipedes, Fleas, Silverfish, Hornets, Mice, Yellow Jackets, Carpenter Bees, Wasps, Crickets, Pantry Pests, Boxelder Bugs, Voles, Rats, Cockroaches. If any of these pests return to your home between your scheduled visits, we will return at no charge to solve your pest problem.

Do you treat my entire property for pests?

We do not treat the entire property; however, we focus on and treat your home’s foundation. This strategy builds up a strong exterior barrier and limits various pests from entering your home. We will strategically set up bait stations on your property if you have rodent activity. The typical placement of these bait stations could be near your garage, shed, or mulch beds.

Do pest control treatments occur inside or outside of my home?

The first time we visit your home, we ask you to gain access to the inside of your property. Our goal is to inspect interior areas and, with your approval, apply control materials where needed. Most materials are used for the exterior of your property, preventing pests from moving to the inside. After your initial visit, we only treat the interior of your home during the winter visit.

Are your pest control services safe for my children/pets?

Your family’s safety is our primary concern. Our licensed technicians apply all materials according to the specific label’s instructions. When materials are used professionally with the proper equipment, the risk of exposure to your family is far less than you would create with most home remedy efforts. If you have a concern regarding a certain product, we will work with you to balance your concerns and solve your pest problems. We want to ensure you are comfortable with our services and happy with the results.

What should I do to prepare for my first service?

Preparation for your first pest control visit varies depending on the type of pest infestation that you might have in your home. Our sales team will be able to provide you with detailed information regarding the specific pest problem you have and how to best prepare for your visit.

How often will you treat my home?

Our quarterly pest control program includes three warm-weather visits during the spring, summer, and fall- consisting of thorough inspections and treatments to the exterior of your property and exterior rodent control. You will also receive one winter visit, which includes an interior assessment and treatment for covered pests and other possible problem areas in your home (attic, basement, garage, shed, and food storage areas.) We spend more time working on the exterior of your home during the warmer months, thus eliminating pests before they enter.

What should I do if I see pests in between treatments?

While some pests are easily and quickly controlled, others may take repeated efforts to manage. Our pest control program is designed to control and manage these pests and if they return to your home between visits, we will return at no charge to solve your pest problem.

Do you offer treatment for ticks & mosquitos?

Yes, we have a six-visit program that treats ticks and mosquitos from the spring to the fall. This program reduces the population of these pests on your property. We treat the areas where they most commonly rest, such as shrubs, ground cover, low-hanging branches, eaves, and overhangs. Our product’s active ingredient is an essential oil-based spray (green product) that gives you peace of mind for your children and pets.

Property Maintenance

What can I do to improve the health of my lawn?

Our lawn programs provide your yard with weed control and fertilization; however, various lawn issues such as Grubs, Insects, and lawn disease may arise throughout the year. If any of these issues occur, we have solutions to help your lawn overcome these issues and thrive.

We recommend that you consider annual seeding and aeration for the healthiest lawn. We use the highest quality cool season grass seed blends that perform the best in our specific climate. Aeration allows your soil to expand and better absorb water and nutrients, as well as our high-quality seed.

How often should I water my lawn?

It is important to ensure that your grass is getting enough water; however, do not over-water. Our recommendation is two to three deep watering sessions per week. During periods of drought, you should increase your watering at a rate of about one inch per week. This increased amount of watering will help with reducing browning in your lawn.

How short should I mow my grass?

You should set your mow height to 3-4 inches; this will help against weed and crabgrass germination because it allows for a denser lawn. Refrain from mowing your lawn too short because it will cause stress to the grass plant, especially during the hot summer months. Short mowing could lead to lawn disease, insects, and an increase in weed growth. In the fall and winter months, you can reduce your mowing height to 2 inches to reduce the possibility of snow mold.

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