Yes, it seems as though we may *finally* be done with new snow! Our lawn care technicians have been ready to go for weeks. Now that your lawn may be, you can expect a visit from us soon. Many of you will receive fertilizer, pre-emergent crabgrass control and some spot weed control in your first application. If you are on our Natural program, it will be natural fertilizer only. This first application does not need to be watered in to be effective. It will start working to help your turf green up after a long winter.
FAQ about Application #1
What do I need to do before my first application?
Largely, nothing at all. A light raking is usually all your lawn needs to help it get ready for the spring. If you have a lot of leaves or debris, that should be picked up before your first application.
My landscaper likes to dethatch. Is it ok to have my application first?
No. Many of your first applications will contain a pre-emergent crabgrass control. Basically, we are putting down a barrier to stop crabgrass from germinating. It’s the easiest way to control crabgrass. Your landscaper’s dethatching will ruin that barrier. We do not typically recommend dethatching. It’s unnecessary for most lawns, and can actually pull out beneficial grass. However, we know many landscapers swear by it. Please let your landscaper do a spring cleanup before we do your first application.
I still have snow on my lawn. Why are you calling me?!
We treat a wide range of lawns throughout SE MA, CT and all of RI. If you have a lot of shade in your lawn, you may keep snow longer than your neighbors. If you aren’t ready for your first application, just let us know. We are happy to reschedule.
My snow is gone. Where are you??
We will complete all of our lawn care applications from now through early May. It’s likely that we will start applications from the Southeast and work our way North. It’s all about that snow, and the temperature of the soil. We will be sure to have every application done in a timely manner. If you are ready for your lawn’s first application, just give us a call, or send us an email.
I have all of these tunneled areas in my lawn. What is that? Can you help?
During the winter, especially when there is snow, small rodents (i.e., mice, moles, and voles) will tunnel under your grass to find some food. These tunnels may make your lawn look yellow. Often, those areas affected by the tunnels will recover on their own.
I’d like to reseed my lawn this spring. Will your applications help?
We do not usually recommend seeding in the spring, unless your lawn is more dirt that turf. April showers bring May flowers and spring seeding brings crabgrass and weeds. We can’t control crabgrass if you seed in the spring (Yes, there are products you can buy. They are very expensive and work less than half of the time, so we don’t use them). If you seed in the spring your lawn will compete with crabgrass all season. Crabgrass usually wins. However, if you really want to seed, wait until after our first application. Then, in those areas you want to seed, rake up the soil well. Adding topsoil is even better. That will destroy the pre-emergent barrier and your seed should germinate. Please call us and let us know if you have seeded. That way we will avoid those areas products that may harm your seedlings. Fall remains the best time to seed.
My Town is telling me not to use phosphorus on my lawn. Do you use phosphorus?
Our regular fertilizers contain no phosphorus. Phosphorus will be present in fertilizers we use to help newly seeded areas and/or if we tested your soil and determine that your lawn needs this nutrient.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-294-5296 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are so happy that spring is finally here and we can get back to making your lawn healthy!