Below are a list of answers to commonly asked questions regarding lawn care maintenance, fertilization, treatment programs, aeration, preventive billbug grub damage, spider control barriers, weed control, watering, mowing tips and more. Have a question you don’t see answered here? Contact Green Pointe Lawn Care today!
Yes, pre- and post-emergent weed control and preventive or active insect treatments must be applied at just the right time and under the right conditions to be effective.
Our standard annual program includes six seasonal fertilizer applications, plus, broadleaf weed control and spring pre-emergent crabgrass control. In addition, a supplemental iron application is included at no extra charge and is applied with your late spring treatment. We inspect for grubs or other problems with each treatment. Fertilizer treatments may be applied in a liquid or dry form. Whether we apply as a liquid or dry application, typically depends on weather, temperature or other property conditions. If dry applications are applied, we blow the walks and other hard surfaces clean after applying.
Aeration reduces soil compaction by removing thousands of soil plugs, increasing air, water, and nutrient penetration to improve root development.
Our spider control barrier treatment places a protective shield around the foundation of your home/office that controls spiders and other pests outside before they enter the interior of your home/office.
Yes, lawn care and maintenance is important to the value of your home as well as the surrounding neighbors. A presentable yard attracts individuals to an appealing neighborhood to relocate their family, which will increase the chances of you selling your home.
Preventive Grub Control treatment is highly effective in reducing grub damage to your lawn. This optional treatment is applied with the late spring treatment. Treatment is applied before grubs hatch. A preventive treatment can greatly reduce and minimize lawn damage.
No. Different weeds emerge at different times of the year; therefore, more than one weed control application is necessary depending on the season. We inspect lawn and treat weeds with every application.
Your lawn needs more water as temperatures increase. There are several different methods to determine just how much water your lawn needs. Generally, during the hotter months, watering every other day or three times a week in each area for 30 minutes with fixed type sprinklers or 45 minutes with rotating type sprinklers is sufficient. If the lawn is greener in shady areas than in sunny areas it is a very good indication the lawn needs more water in the sunny areas.
Early morning is the preferred time to water your lawn.
Keep your mower blade sharp! A dull blade results in ragged and torn tips that turn straw colored and give the lawn a brown cast. Mow often enough to avoid removing more than 1/3 of the total blade length in a single mowing. Raise the mower height to 2 ½ - 3" to improve the lawn quality and water retention. Mowing in alternating directions improves the "grain" and appearance of the lawn.
If the job is worth doing, it's worth doing right. But doing it right doesn't always mean doing it yourself. If you have tried applying fertilizers, controlling weeds and grubs, you know some of the problems with mixing products, storing products and equipment, burning turf grass, uneven application, weeds not dying or discoloring sidewalks. It makes sense having a certified lawn technician evaluate and treat your lawn to get the job done right the first time.
Snow mold is the matted and webby light brown or pinkish areas where snow accumulated in piles and did not melt quickly. This fungus can cause the lawn to die in those areas if not attended to. In order to prevent or stop any further damage; you should lightly rake the affected areas to stand up the grass blades to allow air to circulate through the grass blades. Snow mold can cause dead areas in your lawn later on if not attended to in the spring when it is present.
No. We employ full-time trained Turf Specialists certified by the Department of Agriculture. They apply our products with low pressure precision equipment in droplet form. They keep the spray six inches to a foot away from any desirable plants. You may have weeds along the lawns border in these areas.
It is our opinion, that when products are used and applied according to label directions, lawn care products do not pose an unreasonable risk to man or the environment, To further reduce risk, please keep, all people and pets off sprayed areas until dry. Some people are allergic to certain substances, it always best to advise us if you have known allergies to any yard care or lawn treatment products.
Rain actually helps the fertilizer and pre-emergent annual grass controls applied by activating them. Broadleaf weed control is not reduced by rain unless heavy rainfall occurs immediately following' application. If this occurs and weeds are not curling and dying after two weeks call us and we will reapply the broadleaf weed control at no charge.
Broadleaf weed controls control only the weeds that are up and actively growing at the time of treatments. Treatments do not prevent weeds from germinating. Different broadleaf weeds germinate 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 control weeds require more than one consecutive application to get effective control. Some broadleaf weeds are very difficult to control, we do our best to help minimize these difficult broadleaf weeds.
Control is lost or diminished by raking, sodding, pets digging, earthworm activity or anything that brings seeds above or interrupts the pre-emergent barrier we apply. Also control is lost in bare areas and when poor mowing and edging practices (i.e. string trimming to close) practices are followed. String trimming the lawns edges, around trees other other areas too short, is generally the # 1 cause of crabgrass.
Our program has been designed to give you the same superior results, whether the first application is made in February, March, April or the first two weeks of May. Our pre-emergent is mixed and applied at a high enough rate to typically control crabgrass and other annual grasses for a 6 month window of coverage.
There is no selective control for perennial grasses. Any chemical that will control perennial and wide bladed grasses will also damage your desirable perennial rye and bluegrass. Treating these undesirable wide bladed grasses with Round-up or a similar product that kills the plant is the most effective method to control the undesirable grasses. Treated areas usually require re-sodding to reseeding to re-establish the turf.
Our application equipment and sprayers are calibrated to apply the correct amount of material. We treat 1,000 sq. ft. per minute. The average size lawn should take about ten minutes to treat.
Typically no. Due to the fact that fungus diseases damage very few lawns (about 1 in 100) and a general preventive program is prohibitive in cost, treatment for fungus diseases is not a regular part of our program. Our fertility program is designed to increase your turf’s resistance to diseases. We do apply annual treatment programs for the control of Necrotic Ring Spot.
The best time to seed is usually from mid August to mid October. Advise us if you plan to seed so we avoid damaging your new seeding with weed control products. Avoid spring and summer seeding by sodding any bare or damaged areas.
Aeration can be done at any time during the growing season. Spring is usually a good time as the lawn is naturally wet and you will obtain good soil penetration and soil plug removal. In drier times of the year, it will be required that you water the lawn heavily in order to obtain a good result, and for the equipment to remove satisfactory plugs. We highly recommend you aerate your lawn each year. Aeration is very beneficial for root development and thatch control.
No. We will leave post application information at your door and leave a sign in the lawn indicating the lawn has been treated.
No. Our service is continuous. Service continues year to year until you notify us to stop servicing your lawn. We maintain a regular treatment schedule from year to year. We generally send out information regarding the upcoming treatment season in January. If you chose to stop service, you must let us know. otherwise, treatments will continue to be applied on a regular basis and continue from year to year.
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