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Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

QUESTION: Are the products used safe for my family and pets?
ANSWER: Yes, all materials are safe when used as directed.

QUESTION: How often should I mow?
ANSWER: The rule of thumb is you should never mow more than 1/3 of the grass blade height. For example if your lawn is 6 inches tall you should only mow 2 inches off. In Spring grass tends to grow faster fertilized or not.

QUESTION: How long after application do I have to wait to mow?
ANSWER: 24 Hours, this allows fertilizer to settle and for weed control to work through plant tissues.

QUESTION: When can I go back on the lawn after an application?
ANSWER: When weed control is applied wait 2 – 4 hours, or until weed control is dry.

QUESTION: How often should I sharpen my mower blade?
ANSWER: About every 15 hours of cutting time.

QUESTION: How high should I mow my lawn?
ANSWER: We recommend 2 ½ inches to 3 inches all year. Mowing shorter will promote crabgrass and weeds.

QUESTION: What if I still see weeds after my application?
ANSWER: Weeds should start to curl and die after 5 – 7 days after application, if weeds are still actively growing after 21 days and you’re on a full lawn care program we will retreat for weeds at no additional charge.

QUESTION: Do I have to purchase a full program to make my lawn look beautiful?
ANSWER: Yes, this allows us to provide timely service and maintain quality.

QUESTION: What do I do if I find crabgrass in my lawn?
ANSWER: QTS provides full season crabgrass protection if your on a 6 step program. If crabgrass preventative is applied in the Spring we guarantee to keep crabgrass out, and will apply a post-emergent to control.

QUESTION: How often should I water my lawn?
ANSWER: Lawns should receive 1 – 2 inches of water per week either from rainfall, sprinklers or both.

QUESTION: When should I water?
ANSWER: Early morning is the best time to water. The grass should be dry before nightfall to help prevent disease outbreaks. Most fungus thrives in dark and moist conditions.

QUESTION: Do I need to grub prevent every year?
ANSWER: Yes, the active ingredient lasts only one year. Grubs prefer a healthy thick lawn, but will infest less healthy lawns. Protecting your lawn yearly is a important investment.

QUESTION: When is the grub preventative applied?
ANSWER: Late Spring.

QUESTION: Do I need to water after the grub preventative application?
ANSWER: Yes, in order to activate this product it needs to be watered in with 1 inch of water.




AERATION QUESTIONS


QUESTION: How often should I aerate?
ANSWER: This is dependant on soil and turf type. Highly compacted soils should be aerated at least once a year. Sodded lawns should be aerated twice a year spring and fall due to thatch and soil conditions.

QUESTION: What do I do with the soil plugs pulled up from aerating?
ANSWER: Nothing, this is your soil and it will break down over the next few weeks with rainfall, watering and mowing.




SLICE SEEDING QUESTIONS


QUESTION: How often should I slice seed?
ANSWER: Whenever a lawn becomes thin from heavy use or from disease or insect damage.

QUESTION: How often do I water after slice seeding?
ANSWER: Every day for 3 – 4 weeks.

QUESTION: Do you guarantee slice seeding?
ANSWER: As with any living thing new seed requires consistent soil moisture. If seed is not watered on a regular basis it will not grow or fill in. We can not guarantee seeding because you as the homeowner has the responsibility of watering the new seed to ensure growth.

QUESTION: What is the best time to slice seed?
ANSWER: Early Spring before crabgrass preventative is applied or August through late September. If pre-emergent crabgrass control is not applied, seeding can be done anytime during the year as long as it is watered.

QUESTION: What do I do with the debris the slice seeder pulls up?
ANSWER: Allow debris to dry and then it can be picked up with mower after initial watering.

QUESTION: When can I mow after slice seeding?
ANSWER: If seeding into existing stand you can mow regularly with a sharp blade.

QUESTION: I see weeds or crabgrass after seeding, what can be done?
ANSWER: If slice seeding is done in spring we do not guarantee against crabgrass. Lawn needs to be mowed up to 4 times, this can take anywhere from 30-60 days before weed controls can be applied.


 
 
MOWING


DONT FORGET THE BASICS !!!
When it comes to taking care of your lawn, one of the most important maintenance practices is also the most basic. Mowing.

TEAMWORK
As the company that takes care of your lawn, you can count on us to apply the correct fertilizer and control products at the right time of year. It is important that we function as a team. Please read the information we leave at the door following each application.

MOWING TIPS
Height: When deciding on a mowing height, the most important consideration is turf grass type. Our recommendation for your lawn is:

[ ] Fine Fescue 2”- 2 ½” [ ] Ryegrass 2” – 2 ½”
[ ] Kentucky bluegrass 2” – 2 ½” [ ] Tall Fescue 2 ½” – 3”

During the hottest months the higher cut is recommended, grass can be mowed shorter in cooler months.

Timing: Determining when to mow should be based on the growth rate of the grass, not the calendar. To keep your lawn looking its best, remove only about 1/3 of the leaf blade each time you mow.

Another good practice is to change direction with each mowing. This keeps the turf growing in an erect, upright position rather than leaning in the direction it was mowed. It also helps reduce turf wear and the possibility of scalping.

Sharp Blade: Making sure your rotary mower blade is sharp is probably the single most important requirement for proper mowing. A dull blade rips and shreds the grass instead of cutting it. Mowing with a dull edge makes the grass susceptible to several problems – such as brown leaf tips, diseases and insects. A good guideline for blade sharpening is to sharpen your rotary blade once a month. Try it!!! You will really notice a difference.




WATERING

DONT FORGET THE BASICS !!!

When it comes to taking care of your lawn, one of the most important maintenance practices is also one of the most basic. Watering

TEAMWORK
As the company that takes care of your lawn, you can count on us to apply the correct fertilizer and control products and the right time of year. In turn, we must count on you to properly water your lawn. It is important that we function as a team. Please read the information we leave at the door. Some applications should be watered in right a way; others should not be watered for at least a day.

WATERING TIPS
Quantity: Your lawn should receive roughly 1 to 1 ½ inches of water per week during the hottest, driest months. Deep watering to a soil depth of at least six inches is recommended. Light waterings that merely dampen the grass are of little benefit and can actually harm your lawn. Place an empty coffee can or bucket on your lawn to determine how long it takes to apply 1 to 1 ½ inches of water.

Best Time: Very early morning watering is ideal. Midday watering, when the weather is hot and dry, can waste water due to excessive evaporation. Evening watering tends to promote disease problems. Keep in mind, the key to effective watering is to give your lawn enough moisture to reach the deep roots of the grass plants.

One More Tip: During the summer months, it is a good idea to water your lawn the day before you mow and then try to mow during the coolest part of the day. This minimizes the browning effect of summer mowing and decreases the time it takes the turf to heal. Mow your lawn as it needs it. Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at any one time.