(Frequently Asked Questions)
1. Do you charge for the initial consultation and appointment?
No, we provide a free estimate which is done onsite and based upon size of property, frequency of visits, and work requirements.
2. How much do you charge for weekly yard maintenance?
Because each property has different requirements, size and require different frequency of visits, the charge for our services will depend on our free onsite inspection.
3. What are the basic steps in maintaining a beautiful lawn throughout the year?
During the summer, you should mow and water your lawn. To maintain your lawn through the fall, winter and spring months, it needs to be mown and watered as needed even though grass grows more slowly.
During fall, grass is preparing for the winter, so it is storing up nutrients and energy. At the end of the autumn season, drop the mower’s blade to its lowest setting for the last two cuttings. The crown of the short grass will receive more direct sunlight, and the amount of leaf turning brown is minimized. Remember that no more than one third of the grass height should be cut, the cutting blade may need to be lowered gradually.
The autumn season is the time to aerate your lawn so that water, oxygen and fertilizer can reach the grass’ roots. It is also important to rake and remove the fallen leaves as soon as possible to avoid suffocation of the grass and breeding of fungal diseases. Fertilizing evenly across your lawn now will feed the rhizomes (horizontal plant stems) that produce the blades of grass above and the roots below. Putting lawn repair mixtures onto bald spots now will refresh your lawn come springtime. Applying an herbicde will keep the weeds from sprouting in the spring. Note: Alternate application of lawn repair and weed killer.
4. How should shrubs be trimmed?
Shrubs, especially those that are shaped to be hedges, should be routinely trimmed to keep them looking well-maintained and preventing damage to your home’s siding. The shrubs should be at least 6 inches from the siding of your house, and the base should be slightly thicker than the top. You can always used staked string to make sure you are trimming straight sides to make them square.
5. When should flowering plants be trimmed?
Each shrub has different trimming requirements, however, the general rule is that you can trim without any problems during the summer if it is not a flowering shrub. If it’s a flowering shrub, avoid extensive trimming until dormant season.
6. How do I keep my lawn from growing weeds?
Weeds are plants like grass or flowers. This means they will grow as much as we let them, so what needs to be done is to make the environment not conducive to their survival. Weeds thrive in compacted soil and water deprived turf. Therefore, reversing these conditions will eventually get rid of your weeds!
Also, using pre-emergent herbicide for crabgrass or post-emergent for dandelions will hinder the weed growth while not harming your grass.
Doing proper lawn care in the fall, such as aeration and fertilization will help to keep your lawn weed free.
7. Why should I use mulch in my border and garden beds?
Mulch, especially organic mulches, can significantly prevent weeds by preventing sunlight from reaching weed seeds. The mulch should be kept at about 2 inches deep but not more than 3. In addition, mulch feeds your plants to promote good growth and health.
If you are composting weeds to create your own mulch, remember that three hours at 160 degrees will kill most weed seeds.
8. Why lawn edge?
Without edging your lawn, the thin strip of grass that lines walkways, driveways, flowerbeds, patios, etc., will make your yard have an “unfinished” look. Edging should be done with a good lawn edger to put that final neat and professionally maintained look.
9. Any more questions? Contact us at 209.535.6037.
Get In Touch!