Lawn Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why do you recommend mulching every year?
The main purposes of mulch is to act as a weed barrier and to help retain moisture. Also, the mulch can be installed annually to enhance the finished look of any bed. Mulch breaks down into the soil within a year and also loses the color.
2. I always seem to have dandelions. How can you get rid of them?
Dandelions are very invasive weeds because they can be spread through the air. Through the pesticide program, we can assist in reducing the amount on your property, however complete elimination is near impossible due to the aggressiveness of the weed.
3. What can happen if I over water?
You could cause fungus and mushrooms, mud spots, or root rot. Clay is a prevalent component of soil on Long Island which is poor draining. Over-watering can make these drainage issues worse.
4. Why can’t you spray for lawn weeds when you see them?
Our fertilizer and pesticide program is designed to treat the problems on your lawn as they occur throughout the entire year. The chemicals are applied at the appropriate times based on weather conditions (heat & humidity) as well as the targeted weed/pest. We adhere to the contractual and notification regulations set forth by the DEC which is another reason we cannot just apply at random or by request.
5. What time of day and for how long should I water my lawn?
Sprinkler systems should be programmed to run after midnight and end before six a.m. The frequency and length of water times are dependent on the season, lighting, soil conditions, and weather. In the early spring and late summer, lawns should generally be watered every other day. In the summer when temperatures are higher, we recommend to water the lawn every day. The length of time will vary based on unique property conditions, however a good rule of thumb is 15 minutes per zone.
6. How long after a fertilizer is put down do my kids and pets have to stay off the lawn?
As per the label of most chemicals it is recommended that they stay off the lawn for 24 hours or 1 complete watering cycle.
7. How important is it that I follow the water instructions concerning fertilizers?
Very Important! All applications applied to the lawn have specific directions that need to be followed to achieve optimal results. Many times not following the watering instructions can actually cause damage to your lawn.
8. What does damage from animal urine look like?
It is usually a yellow spot of less than a foot wide in the form of a small circle or oval of completely dead grass.
9. Why was my lawn cut just after a rainstorm?
Unfortunately the weather doesn’t always cooperate with the weekly lawn maintenance schedule. Especially in the peak growing times, it will do more harm to the grass to leave it longer than cutting when wet. The crew does take as much care as possible when using the commercial mowers in wet conditions to diminish the chance of damage. Properties with poor drainage or clay soil will feel the result of the rainstorm many days later and can still see the same results as if it was cut in the rain.
10. How come the grass is not all the same color?
A lawn can be made of various types of grasses that have different colors, textures, and growing habits. It is more noticeable in spring when grass is reseeding itself.
11. Why is the grass not cut at the same height across the lawn (spring time)?
The mower blades are set at the same height. Lawns are made of various types of seed that will grow at different speeds, often within hours of being cut making the height difference noticeable.
12. Why does my lawn have discolored patches?
Discolored patches can potentially be a grub, fungus, or animal issue. Your maintenance or irrigation foreman will be able to diagnose the cause and recommend a solution if appropriate.
13. How come I have fungus on my lawn?
Most fungus we see on our lawns can be caused from heat, moisture, and humidity. Too much water sitting on the roots of your grass during the hottest part of the day is usually the culprit. All fungus can and will be properly treated according to the pesticide portion of your maintenance contract. Improper watering is also a major cause of fungus, make sure you are watering at the correct time of night.
14. How come I have mushrooms growing?
Most mushrooms are from two sources. They are usually caused from either too much moisture in that particular area, or high acidity. The high acidity is usually caused from a decomposing substance such as a root or old tree stump. Reduce the water/adjust the time of watering and we will continue to balance the pH with scheduled lime applications.
15. Why are there tracks from the mowers in my lawn?
Tracks in the lawn are occasionally caused by the weight of the commercial mowers on lawns that are over saturated from rain, over watering, or poor draining soil often caused by clay. To reduce the chances, we recommend to have the sprinklers off the night before your scheduled maintenance day, especially if you are serviced early in the day. The crew does take care when using the heavy equipment, however with excessive rain or poor conditions tracks may be unavoidable.