What is a spring clean up?
A spring clean up is where we power rake and/or aerate your lawn. Our power rake will remove dead grass and debris from your lawn, commonly referred to as thatch. The removal of thatch is important for the health of your lawn. Thatch starves your lawn of much needed nutirents, air, and water by preventing these things from reaching the roots, however it is also important to have a healthy level of thatch to protect the roots of your grass. We recommend having your lawn power raked every spring.
Our aerator will remove cores from your lawn. The removal of these cores also removes a layer of thatch and allows moisture and nutrients into the lawn, while reducing compaction of the soil. Core aeration is important in order to have a healthy lawn. We recommend having your lawn aerated every spring and fall, however if you are on a budget, core aeration can be done once per year or once every second year.
If my lawn is green should I avoid power raking?
There are critics who think that power raking a green lawn is harmful. This is not true. People will often wreck the roots in their lawn due to power raking "too deep". Our goal when power raking is to remove a layer of thatch without wrecking the roots. This is why there is no immediate hurry to have your lawn power raked. The middle of May to the end of May is still a great time to have your lawn professionally power raked.
How do I know if my lawn has thatch?
All lawns have thatch in them. All lawns should have a healthy layer of thatch, however too much thatch is a bad thing. This is why it is a good idea to have your lawn professionally power raked and aerated every spring. A good test to find out if you have too much thatch in your lawn is to take a knife and cut out a core from your lawn. If the layer of thatch is more than three quarters of an inch we would recommend power raking. Of course you can always have us look at your lawn. We will not power rake a lawn that we believe does not need power raking, unless you absolutely insist on having it done.
Why should I fertilize in the spring?
Fertilizing in the spring is important for root development. We recommend a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen, as nitrogen develops roots. The spring is perhaps the most important time to fertilize in order to assure that your lawn is strengthened for the year.
Why Should I fertilize in the summer?
Fertilizing strengthens your root system. The summer is hard on your lawn because of heat, foot traffic and sometimes dry conditions. It is always important to keep your root system healthy to combat these conditions.
Why should I fertilize in the fall?
It is essential that your lawn stores nutrients during the winter in order to develop a healthy root system in the spring. The perfect time to fertilize in the fall is after you cut your lawn for the final time in October. The later you fertilize in the fall, the better your lawn stores nutrients and consequently develops in the spring.
How can I save money and have a nice lawn?
Unfortunately, the health of your lawn is usually a function of the amount of money spent. With this said, if you are on a tight budget, fertilize early in the spring and water throughout the summer to save money on fertilization applications. Be smart about when you water. Water at times when the lawn can maximize the benefits of water. Early morning is the best time to water. It is also better to give your lawn a "good soak" once or twice a week as opposed to minimal frequent watering. This will allow the root system to strengthen and grow deeper as opposed to shallow watering which will not penetrate as deeply and encourage the growth of weeds if a weed control program is not present.
You can also have your lawn cut every week or cut twice per week. Keeping you lawn cut and trimmed frequently, provides great benefits to the health of your lawn. The more often you have your lawn serviced, the better rates we can give you. We will mulch your lawn if the conditions warrant mulching. Mulching reuses the clipping that we cut. These clippings act as fertilizer for you lawn. The more frequently you have your lawn cut the more likely we will be able to mulch it.
Also, if you are expecting to have you lawn fertilized more than once in a season, you may ask for a fertilization package at the beginning of the year and we can give you a better rate. You will also pay for your fertilization package at the end of the year. See our Rates and Services section for our fertilization packages.
What is memory build up?
Memory build up is a term we like to use for the tracks that a lawn mower leaves on your lawn. Some lawns are more susceptible to this than others and can be worn down due to this phenomenon. To prevent memory build up we will cut your lawn in a different direction the next time we service your lawn.
Should I be concerned with contaminants from other lawns?
This is a very valid thing to be concerned about, as this can be a common problem in the lawn care industry, however as a Scott's Quality Lawn Care customer you need not be concerned. We use a special formula to spray down our machines on each job site if we feel that there was even the smallest risk of picking up contaminants at another job site. We are committed to not spreading disease between lawns and have the necessary preventive checks in place to prevent such an occurrence.
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