Frequently Asked Questions

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Dear Homeowner:

 

This fact sheet has been provided to help answer any questions you might have about the LAWN RX lawn care program. Our goal is to give you the best looking lawn possible, the best service, and to be able to do it at less cost and effort than doing it yourself. We ask that you keep this brochure handy for future reference, but if you have any problems, please call the office.

A beautiful lawn is not something that can be achieved over night. No single treatment is going to cure all of your lawn's problems, some of which may have been developing for years; nor can we anticipate the kinds of problems which can be caused by unusual weather conditions. But we do know that the healthier a lawn is when a problem occurs, the faster it will grow back when favorable conditions return.

During unseasonable dry weather, your lawn goes into a state of semi-dormancy, sometimes appearing as if it were dead. This is just Mother Nature's way of protecting the lawn and waiting for better weather conditions to return. With your support and Mother Nature's help, your lawn will soon be on its way to being beautiful. The following is designed to answer many of the questions you have about your lawn and how our service operates.

 

MOWING

One of the most important areas of turf management is mowing. Unfortunately, it is probably the least understood and most abused area of lawn care.

 
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I MOW MY LAWN?
The key here is to mow when it needs it, instead of every 7 to 10 days as the average homeowner does. Normally, not more than 1/3 of the leaf surface should be removed at any one mowing. This means that if you cut your grass at a height of 2", it should be cut when it reaches the height of 3". Cutting off more leaf surface at one time will shock the plant and may reduce the root system.
AT WHAT HEIGHT SHOULD I MOW MY LAWN?
Not less than 2" during the summer months. This could be raised 2 1/2" to 3". Mowing shorter that 2" can weaken the root system and make grass more prone to damage from heat and disease.
SHOULD I HAVE THE LAWN MOWED BEFORE YOU SPRAY?
No. The actual height of your lawn when the application is made will not appreciably affect the results.
HOW SOON AFTER A SPRAY APPLICATION CAN I MOW?
You should wait at least 24 hours; 48 hours is better.
WHY DO THE TIPS OF THE GRASS TURN BROWN?
A dull blade can cause this type of damage due to the tearing and shredding of the tip of the grass blades. Have your blades sharpened and balanced regularly.
SHOULD THE CLIPPINGS BE PICKED UP?
It has been determined that grass clippings should be picked up only when they are very long or very heavy. Results of the testing indicated that clippings do not increase the rate at which thatch forms and will return valuable nutrients to the soil as they decompose. If clippings are long or heavy, they should be removed to prevent damage to the lawn.
 

WATERING

Moisture is a vital element to good development and growth of the lawn grasses. Although supplemental watering is not essential, it will bring about increased benefits to your lawn. Remember to apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.

 
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WATER?
Your lawn needs at least 1”-1 ½” of water per week, year-round, during the winter, too. Water deeply 2-3 times per week, rather than daily. Water as early in the morning as you can, when possible.
HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD BE APPLIED TO THE LAWN?
A thorough watering is essential for deep root development. Apply enough water to wet the soil to a depth of several inches for best results. Frequent shallow watering will harm your lawn and should be avoided.
WHEN SHOULD I WATER?
During the daylight hours. Watering at night will increase the risk of disease.
SHOULD THE LAWN BE WATERED AFTER YOU SPRAY?
During periods of adequate rainfall, it is not necessary to “water in” our applications. At times when rainfall is lacking, watering will carry nutrients down into the root zone and will help the lawn respond faster. To obtain the best results we would recommend that watering should be delayed for at least 24 hours following an application which contains weed control. After this time, watering will increase weed growth, thus increasing the speed and effectiveness of the weed killer. Other applications, which do not contain weed control, can be watered immediately.
 

SEEDING

From time to time you may want to do some seeding on your lawn. It is recommended that you do this seeding during the fall when we have the best growing conditions. If you plan any extensive re-seeding, please advise our office.

WEEDS

 
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR THE WEEDS TO DIE?
Normally 3-4 weeks- this will vary depending on time of year, weather conditions, and how much of the weed is actively growing when the weed killer is applied. An actively growing weed will absorb the herbicide faster and consequently will be killed quickly.
WILL RAIN AFFECT THE WEED CONTROL EFECTIVENESS?
If it rains too soon after the application has been made, it may reduce the weed killers effectiveness. The length of the "dry" time required between the application and the rainfall depends on how actively the weeds are growing.
WILL THE WEED CONTROL APPLICATION HARM MY TREES AND SHRUBS?
We have selected the safest materials available and use modern equipment which has been designed to reduce drift. Our technicians are very careful to avoid any damage to your valuable landscape plantings- normally they stay 6 to 8 inches away from the plants to be extra safe.
WHY DO I NEED MORE THAN ONE WEED CONTROL APPLICATION A SEASON?
There are a number of different weeds found in the average home lawn. Many of these are killed quickly after just the first application; while others die back and then regrow. The weeds which regrow are in a weakened condition and usually the second application finishes them for good. Another reason is that weed seed is continually germinating when weather conditions are favorable; new weed seed is blowing in and the additional sprays act as a preventative treatment to keep new weeds from re-establishing in your lawn. Remember, weed control materials kill weeds, not weed seeds.
 

UNDESIREABLE GRASSES

 
WHAT IS THE WIDE BLADED GRASS THAT GROWS IN CLUMPS IN MY LAWN?
Without actually seeing it, a positive determination is impossible. It is most likely coarse fescue. The only practical way to eliminate this problem is to dig it out and replace it with sod or reseed that area.
WHAT IS CRABGRASS AND HOW TO GET RID OF IT?
Crabgrass is an annual grass which germinates in the spring and then dies after the first frost in the fall. Crabgrass seed may lie dormant in the soil for many years until the soil is disturbed or until weather conditions are just right for it to start growing. For this reason, a long range control program is often necessary. The materials we use are very effective and should take care of the problem completely after several years.
 

INSECTS

Turf insects are becoming more of a problem for the homeowner because of the widely varied life cycles and the limitations of various control products.

 
WHAT ARE GRUBS AND WHAT DO THEY DO TO THE LAWN?
White grubs, those commonly found in the lawn, are the larval state of number of different beetles. The grub stage feeds on the root system of the grass plants. Damage can be anything from minor discoloration to total death of the affected turf area.
DOES YOUR PROGRAM TAKE CARE OF GRUBS?
Grub control is an optional treatment which can be added to your program if it becomes necessary.
WHY DO I HAVE MOLES IN MY LAWN?
The moles are feeding on earthworms; misconception is that you have a grub problem. Moles main source of nutrition are earthworms.
WHAT ARE CHINCH BUGS AND SOD WEBWORMS, AND HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM?
Chinch bugs are small insects which suck the juice out of grass plants. They develop quickly during dry, hot weather. Sod webworms are often present in two stages of growth. The adults are small grayish white moths which fly above the lawn when disturbed; however, it is the larval and caterpillar stages that actually eat the grass blades. LAWN RX lawn care program takes care of both of these problems for you.
 

DISEASES

 
WHAT CAUSES A LAWN DISEASE?
Turf disease are caused by various forms of fungi. These fungi are spread by small spore that are easily blown about in the wind, carried to the ground in rain. and moved about on equipment and people's shoes. When climate conditions are favorable, this spore germinates just like a small seed and starts to grow; as it grows it attacks grass plants and causes spots on the blades causing yellowing, die-back, etc.
WHAT WILL A DISEASE DO TO MY LAWN?
Depending on weather conditions, it may have a very minor effect or it may literally wipe your lawn out.
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY PROBLEM IS CAUSED BY A DISEASE?
The easiest way is to call the office, and we will send a technician out to make the diagnosis.
DOES LAWN RX INCLUDE DISEASE CONTROL IN ITS LAWN SPRAYING PROGRAM?
NO. Due to the fact there are so many diseases, it is very difficult to control a disease once the damage is done.
 

THATCH

Thatch is an accumulation of partially decompressed grass blades, stems, roots and other organic matter which has built up over a period of years. Everyone has hatch in their lawn; but when the thatch becomes thicker than on inch, it can create problems.

 
WHY DOES THATCH HURT A LAWN?
A heavy layer of thatch prevents the movement of the water, air, fertilizer, and pesticides down into the soil thereby causing a loss of vigor and increasing the chances of other problems. It also serves as an excellent breeding ground for turf diseases.
HOW CAN I GET RID OF THE THATCH?
The core aeration practice removes cores of coil from the ground approximately 2" to 3" deep, thus creating a void or hole. This allows penetration of air, water and fertilizer into the soil. It promotes healthy root growth and brings bacteria to the surface for better activity in decaying thatch and clippings.
 

GENERAL

If at any time you observe any unusual conditions on your lawn, please call our office at (724) 539-1003.

 
WILL THE APPLICATIONS BE HARMFUL TO MY CHILDREN OR PETS?
We recommend that children and pets be kept off the treated areas until thoroughly dry.
WILL MY LAWN LOOK LIKE A GOLF GREEN THIS FALL?
Not unless it's well on the way already. We promise good satisfying results. Along with some help from you, your lawn can be something you will be proud of.
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