1. What can I expect from my lawn care program?
Our program will provide a green lawn and control of weeds in turf areas.
2. Why do you use granular fertilizers?
We only use granular fertilizer. It costs more but the slow-release fertilizers provide a long-lasting response and are safer for the turf. It also allows us to customize our programs based on weather conditions and your lawn needs. All of the fertilizer we use is considered “lake safe.”
3. Do you recommend preventive grub control each year?
Yes. White grubs can be very destructive and can damage your lawn quickly. Eliminating grubs also helps prevent damage from animals such as opossums, skunks, and raccoons which can ruin a lawn digging for grubs.
4. If I don’t get the preventive can you still control the grubs when they are present?
Yes. We do have products to quickly control grubs; however the price is the same as the preventive and you may have to repair any damage caused by the grubs.
5. I have clumps of wide bladed grass growing in my yard; do your applications control this?
No. In general most of the wide bladed grass in home lawns is Tall Fescue or Quackgrass. They are permanent grasses and need to be removed and re-seeded. Generally a chemical called Roundup® is used to kill the root system and prevent re-growth of the unwanted weed. (This product does kill the existing grass and will cause the sprayed areas to turn brown).
6. What do you recommend if I have pets?
We ask that you keep people and pets off any spray applications until they have thoroughly dried. You can enter the treated area after a granular application once any dust has settled. Watering the application the following day will also help move any products from the foliage into the soil. Please call our office if any further information is needed.
7. What if I notice weeds still actively growing a couple weeks after your application?
Please call us. We offer free service calls to our full program customers. Our technicians will gladly re-visit your lawn to make sure our program is working properly.
8. How long will it take for my weeds to disappear?
Weed control can take from 2 to 4 weeks before you see the full benefit of the application. Variables such as temperature and rainfall can affect results.
9. What if it rains after your weed control application?
In general our applications will work once they have had time to dry on the plant, usually in about an hour. We also use products to help the herbicides stick to the weeds in adverse conditions. Products such as grub controls, pre-emergent and fertilizers are actually helped by rainfall. As always, we have free service calls if the results are not satisfactory.
10. Can you get grass to grow in the shade?
Growing grass in shaded conditions can sometimes be difficult. We generally recommend over-seeding the areas with shade tolerant grass such as fine fescue. As trees become larger, so does their need for space and nutrients, causing grass to thin. Some areas that will not support grass growth may best be planted with shade tolerant ground cover such as Ivy, Myrtle, or Pachysandra.
11. I have moles damaging my lawn. What can you do?
Michigan State Extension recommends trapping as the best removal method. There area also repellents and baits available at garden centers throughout the area. Moles mainly feed on earthworms, but also eat grubs and other insects. Applying a grub control does not guarantee control of moles!
12. Do you offer surface insect control?
Yes. Surface insect control is available for insects such as chinch bugs, sod webworms and billbugs. It is an additional application charge and can be included in your program annually if requested.