Q - How often should I have my lawn aerated?
A – An annual aeration either in the spring or fall is highly recommended to help ensure a thick and healthy lawn.
Q - Does my irrigation system need to be marked?
A – Prior to your core aeration we recommend you mark your irrigation heads with small flags or something that can identify where the irrigation heads are. The irrigation pipe is buried deep enough so it doesn’t need to be marked.
Q - How long do the cores remain on the lawn?
A – A number of factors including rain and mowing your lawn can influence the amount of time that the cores remain on the lawn. As a rule of thumb, the cores are generally gone in about a week or two.
Q – How long will it take for the aeration holes to fill back in?
A – The length of time it takes for the holes to fill back in generally takes about a week or two.
Q - Can I mow my lawn after a core aeration?
A – Yes, you can mow your lawn after an aeration. The mower will actually help break up the cores and incorporate them back into the soil profile.
Q - What are the benefits of a core aeration?
A – There are many benefits to core aeration, these include:
- Relieves soil compaction
- Physically removes undesirable thatch layer
- Stimulates root growth and allows for deeper root growth
- Allows for increased air, water, and nutrient movement into the soil
- Incorporating cores back into the soil profile will decompose, and add microbial activity (microbial activity decomposes thatch and fights of disease causing pathogens)
Q - How deep do the aerator tines go?
A – The aeration tines penetrate the soil about 4 inches deep.
Q - Do I need to water in the granular fertilizer that was applied to my lawn?
A – It is not necessary to water in the granular fertilizer we applied to your lawn. The fertilizer is specially designed not to burn your lawn and will not harm the turf if it is not watered in.
Q - How far apart are the fertilizer applications?
A – The fertilizer applications are generally about 4 to 6 weeks apart depending on the time of year. Our fertilizers are specially designed to evenly feed your lawn between applications.
Q - Can I mow my lawn after a fertilizer application?
A - Yes, you can mow your lawn after the fertilizer application. Depending on the type of application, always follow directions left on your invoice after an application has been made to your lawn.
Q – Why does it only take the technicians a few minutes to fertilize the entire lawn?
A – Our technicians use special industrial spreaders that carry large amounts of fertilizer and are designed to distribute the fertilizer evenly over 10 feet wide with each pass.
Organics Plus Topdressing
Q - What is Organics plus topdressing?
A – Organics Plus Topdressing is a premium blend of organic material specially designed for your lawn.
Q - How is the product applied?
A – The application process depending on the size and characteristics of your property. It is generally applied with a specially designed machine that evenly distributes it to all parts of the lawn.
Q - What are the benefits of Organics Plus Topdressing?
A – There are several benefits including:
- Adds valuable organic component
- Increases moisture and nutrient holding capacity
- Adds millions of microorganisms that help decompose and breakdown undesirable thatch
- 100% weed seed free
- Adds valuable plant essential nutrients
Q – Will my lawn be completely covered with Organics Plus topdressing after the application?
A – No, we apply this product at the recommend rate of about ¼” thickness to your lawn. More is not better.
Q - What is a Turf Revitalizer?
A – A Turf Revitalizer is a specially designed machine used for renovation type seedings to repair bare and damaged areas in your lawn. This machine cuts vertical slits into the soil and places the seed into the soil at the same time. This ensures perfect seed to soil contact for optimal seed germination.
Q - When should I have this service done?
A – The ideal time to have this service completed is during the spring or fall when the temperatures are optimal for seed germination and moisture is most prevalent.
Q - What are the benefits of a Turf Revitalizer?
The benefits include:
- Excellent renovation practice used to thicken lawns and repair lawns that are bare and damaged
- Slices rows in the soil and drops seed into the slits
- Provides excellent seed-to-soil contact
- Removes undesirable thatch in the process
Q - How deep are the seeds planted?
A – The seeds are planted about ¼” – ½” deep into the soil.
Q - How often should I water the newly planted seeds?
A – Newly planted seeds should be watered daily ensuring that the seeds never dry out. Always refer to the watering directions left on the job invoice.
Q – Can we walk over the newly seeded areas?
A – It is recommended to stay off newly seeded areas until the seed begins to germinate and establishes itself. Depending on the seed variety germination will take anywhere from one to three weeks for germination to take place. Refer to invoice instructions.
Q - Will overseeding fill in the large bare and damaged areas?
A – For large bare and damaged areas we recommend our Turf Revitalizer service. Overseeding will fill in thin areas in your lawn but this service is not designed to repair large bare areas.
Q - How often do I need to have my lawn Overseeded?
A – We recommend that Overseeding is done each year either in the spring or the fall.
Q - What kind of grass seeds do you use?
A – We use a number of different grass varieties that suit the conditions of your lawn. All our seed is certified and of the highest quality.
Q – What are the benefits of Overseeding?
A – The benefits include:
- Helps to thicken lawn and fill in thin weak areas
- Incorporates seed varieties that grow well in both sun and shade
- Adds valuable natural endophtyes that help to decrease insect and disease presence
- Introduces healthy young grass that can better resist heat and drought stress
Q – Is it a good idea to have an Overseeding at the same time as an aeration?
A – Having an overseeding service at the same time as an aeration is highly recommended. The open holes allow for seed to fall into and the new seed will quickly fill them in.
Grub Control (Nematodes)
Q - What are nematodes and how do they work?
A – Nematodes are microscopic worms that penetrate the grub’s pores and infect it with a bacteria that eventually kills the grub.
Q - Are nematodes organic?
A – Yes nematodes are 100% organic
Q – Are nematodes safe for my children and pets?
A – Yes, nematodes are perfectly safe for your children and pets.
Q - Do I need to water? How long? How often?
A – The treated areas need to been watered lightly daily for up to two weeks after the application to ensure the best results.
Q - What do the nematodes control?
A – Nematodes can be used to control a broad range of insects. There are several different types of nematodes used for different insects. Depending on what the target insect is the type of nematode we use is determined.
Q - When are the nematodes applied?
A – Nematodes are generally applied in the spring and early fall when temperatures are cooler.
Grub Control (Merit)
Q - When should Merit grub control be applied?
A – Merit grub control should be applied in the summer between the months of early June to early August.
Q - Do I need to water in my Merit grub control?
A – Yes, it is recommended that the Merit grub control is watered in if rain is not expected within a day or two of the application, Always refer to the instructions left on your invoice.
Q - How many times is merit applied per year?
A – Merit is only applied once each season. The application will take place prior to egg hatch of the grubs which is generally between early June to Late August.