Lawn Care Tips
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Q: Will the applications damage my flowers, garden, or shrubs?
No, we employ full-time trained lawn applicators certified by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Weed control is applied 6"-12" away from flowers, gardens or shrubs. You will have a border of weeds in these areas.
Q: Will the applications have any harmful effects on people or pets?
It is our opinion, that when used according to label directions, lawn care products pose no unreasonable risk to man or the environment. To further reduce risk, please remain off lawn until weed control is dry.
Q: Will rainfall ruin the effectiveness of the application?
Rain actually helps the fertilizer, insecticide and pre-emergent crabgrass control by activating them. Broadleaf weed control is not reduced by rain unless heavy rainfall occurs immediately following an application.
Q: Why are repeat applications of weed control necessary during the year?
Broadleaf weed control kills only weeds that are up and actively growing. They do not prevent weeds from germination. Broadleaf weeds geminate at various times of the year depending on their life cycle (warm season vs. cool season weeds) and favorable germinating conditions. Also, certain hard to kill weeds require more than one application for effective control.
Q: Why do you only guarantee 90-98% crabgrass control?
Raking, sodding, pets digging, earthworm activity, etc., will break the pre-emergent barrier we have applied. Crabgrass control is also lost in bare areas and with poor mowing practices.
Q: When is the optimum time to apply the Early Spring Application?
Our program has been designed to give you the same superior results, whether the first application is made March 15th, May 15th or anytime between.
Q: Why don't you control Tall Fescue and other perennial weeds?
There is no effective control for perennial grass weeds. Any material that will kill perennial grass weeds will also kill your desirable perennial Bluegrass or Fescue.
Q: How do I pay?
An invoice is left on your door after each application. Payment is due when you receive the invoice. We have a simple credit policy, NO PAY-NO SPRAY! No further applications will be made until charges for the previous applications have been paid. It is important that you keep your account current so that the timing of our applications are not disrupted by a past due account.
Q: Why do you use more costly, slow release Nitrogen while some companies use cheaper, fast release Nitrogen?
By using a slow release Nitrogen, your lawn receives the following benefits:
- Even growth and color throughout the season.
- Helps to avoid excessive surges of growth, which increases mowing and reduces the lawn's resistance to heat, drought, and disease.
- Prevents burn (dehydration of the lawn during hot, dry spells).
- Keeps the Nitrogen from leaching out of the root zone.
Q: Why do you apply dry, granular insecticide?
Insecticides are more effective and long lasting when applied as a granule rather than a liquid.
Q: Do you control fungus diseases?
While not part of our regular lawn application program, we do offer active and preventative treatments for fungus. Our lawn application program is designed to increase your lawn's resistance to diseases.
Q: When should I reseed my lawn?
The best time to seed is from August 15th to October 1st. Call our lawn applications manager for advice on the timing to avoid damaging your new seed with weed control.
Q: Should I aerate or Verticut my lawn?
If you have a thatch layer of more than 1/2 inch, or your ground is compacted, we recommend you aerate. We check your lawn's thatch layer each summer and will notify you if it should be aerated. Verticut is recommended before seeding or to thin Bermuda or Zoysia lawns.
Q: Do I need to be at home when you make applications?
No, an invoice will be left on your door and a flag will be placed in your yard.
Q: Is grub control a part of your regular program?
Yes, grub control is included with our 7 application program.
Q: Do I need to confirm service each year?
No, our agreement continues year to year unless you notify our office in writing to cancel services.
Q: Do I need a winter fertilizer application?
Yes, with the usually mild climate in the winter, a December or January fertilizer application would be beneficial for your lawn.
Contact us: With just a phone call, we can make your lawn the envy of your neighborhood.