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I had my first application already applied. Why do I have weeds?
The first application normally contains a granular fertilizer and a pre-emergent for crabgrass. Since broadleaf weed control is not a preventative, it is only effective when weeds have already germinated and are actively growing. Weed control is normally applied with your second and subsequent applications when the weather has warmed up enough to allow the broadleaf weed control to be effective.
How many applications of fertilizer do I need each year?
We recommend that you fertilize every 4 - 5 weeks to keep your lawn healthy and green. This generally works out to be about 7 applications per year.
It has been three days since my application was done. Why do I still have weeds?
Some broad-leaf weeds will curl up and die almost immediately and some will take as much as two weeks to die. In any case, if there are still weeds present after two weeks, simply call us and we will come right out and reapply the weed control at no extra charge.
When can I let my dog out after an application?
As soon as the grass is dry. Usually, this is within an hour on a sunny day.
Does weed control work if it rains after the application?
Yes, we use a spreader/sticker together with the weed control. After a half hour or so when the product is dry, it cannot be washed off by rain or sprinklers.
How long after an application is done on my lawn can I start watering?
You can begin to water your lawn after the sprays have dried which is usually in about an hour on a sunny day.
How often should I water?
We recommend watering every day between 5 am and 9 am for 20 - 30 minutes per zone. On extremely hot days, add a late afternoon watering around 7 pm.
How can I avoid drought stress on my lawn?
We recommend that your lawn gets 2" - 3" of water per week. You will usually need, at least, 20 minutes per zone per day. This will insure continuous growth.
My lawn does not look the way I want it to. What should I do?
Just call or go online and order a service call. We are always glad to come out and resolve any problem with your lawn.
How long will it take to recover?
When it comes to damage to your lawn, Ornamentals and palms or ficus hedge. It can take up to 6 months to a year for recovery.
I have brown spots on my lawn. What are they?
There are many reasons for brown spots. A proper diagnosis by a professional is very important. It could be anything from a dog urine burn to a disease or insect problem. Just call us for a free diagnosis.
What is mower stress on the lawn?
There are several things that can cause mower stress on lawns. One of the most common is dull mower blades. Make sure you sharpen your mower blades professionally twice a year. Never cut your grass too low, We recommend a minimum height of 3". And finally, when the outside temperature is very hot (usually over 90) the wheels of your lawn mower can break the blades of your grass leaving brown tire tracks. Your lawn generally will recover in two to three weeks if you are properly watering.
Why does my lawn have all these long raised tunnels?
Sounds like moles, these little critters love to eat the worms and insects in the soil just below the grass. We have a very effective way of getting rid of them.
Is there a charge if we need you to come back and look at our lawn?
No. We have a free service call policy to resolve all problems as they occur. This is why we can guarantee our service.
Does a lawn fertilization company need to be licensed?
Yes. Any company that applies pesticides must be licensed by the state in which they apply the pesticides. That is the law.
Why do I need a professional lawn health company?
When you hire Get Green Environmental, you are hiring lawn health experts that not only diagnose the problems in your lawn, but can also recommend the best way to fix it. Lawn health isn’t complicated; anyone can spread fertilizer, right? Yes, but does that person know when to apply the correct product, what product to apply, and at what rate to apply it? At Get Green Environmental we take pride in using the best products on the market to get the best results. While products from the store do a good job, professional grade products work better and usually we can apply our products for a similar price as what you’d pay at the store. Best of all, you get our help if you have any issues which you wouldn’t get if you apply a fertilizer you buy from the store and take the DIY approach.
My neighbor uses another lawn care company and they have already had their lawn treated two times? Did you forget about me?
We get this call a lot in the early spring. Get Green Environmental makes the best decision for your lawn and pays close attention to the weather. The larger national companies start as early as they can, sometimes even in mid to late February. They only care about getting product applied to your lawn as soon as possible so they can get paid. We usually start in early to mid-March when the weather conditions are good and the product will work best on your lawn. We don’t apply in the wind and rain either, like most companies. There may be two to three days in a row when we aren’t working because of weather conditions. When product is applied under poor conditions, you don’t get maximum results. We want to do it right the first time!
Why does my lawn look better in some areas than others?
All lawns have their own personalities. You may be dealing with different soil types, shade versus full sun, or different grass types. Shade versus full sun and soil types usually play the biggest role in dry conditions and lawn health. Different grass types can also show up during dry weather, as well as insects and disease, since some grass types have more of a natural resistance to lawn pests.
How long should my children and pets stay off the lawn after a lawn application?
Please follow Get Green Environmental’s written instructions and remain off the treated lawn until the lawn is dry, or as an extra precaution wait 24 hours. With the sun and wind, the material dries relatively fast but waiting as long as possible is best.Back to top
Weed Control and Fertilizing
Why is weed control important for my lawn?
Weeds compete with grass for space, water, nutrients, and light. They can be very aggressive and take over a lawn quickly if not kept in check. Proper mowing, watering, and fertilization help control weeds more than anything; a thick lawn has a better chance to choke out weeds. Unfortunately, there are no preventative broadleaf weed products on the market, so we have to stay on them as they come up throughout the season (spring and fall).
Why is fertilizer important for my lawn?
Lawns require fertilizer to maintain health and vigor. The key is applying the correct fertilizer at the right time. A well-fertilized lawn will make your lawn healthier and thicker, which will help fight against weeds, drought, and disease. A slow-release nitrogen should be used to prevent excessive upper growth, as the roots are the key to any plant’s survival. The healthier the plant, the better, and fertilizer is a critical component to having a beautiful lawn.
Why do I have broadleaf weeds after my first spring application?
The first application of the season is typically applied somewhere between March 1st and April 20th depending on the weather, and is meant for Crabgrass and other annual grassy weeds. It’s too cold to spray for broadleaf weeds during the first application. We apply a blanket weed control application on the second application in the spring, and then again on the third application in the fall.Back to top
Watering and Mowing
How long should I wait to mow after an application?
For the best results, we advise 24 hours. If you are mowing high, you can technically mow the same day and still be okay, but waiting 24 hours is best.
How do I get the best results with mowing?
You should mow your lawn at a minimum of 3” during the growing season. Depending on the lawn, maybe even a little higher. You should be able to walk across your lawn and leave a slight imprint and then watch it spring back up. If it lays flat and doesn’t spring back, you are mowing too high. If you can’t leave an imprint, you are mowing too short. Mow your lawn frequently enough so that you don’t remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade, and remember to keep your blades sharp and change directions each time you mow.
Should I bag my clippings?
We don’t like to see clippings removed from the lawn. Clippings are vital to the growing cycle and return nutrients and organic matter to the soil. The only time we recommend bagging the clippings is when the lawn has gotten too tall between mowings to remove the clumps. Otherwise, you can wait for the clumps to dry up and mow it in another direction to spread the clippings out.
Should I water my lawn?
If you don’t have an in-ground irrigation system, it can be hard to thoroughly water your lawn. During a drought you need to water your lawn at least every 30 days just to keep the growing point alive. Anytime you water the lawn, you want to water deep and infrequently. This will encourage deep root growth, and by watering 2-3 days apart you will limit leaf disease. If you have an irrigation system, you should water 2-3 days a week, deep and infrequently. You want to shoot for about 1- 1.5” of simulated rainfall a week.Back to top
Lawn Pests and Disease
Do I need grub control or insect control on my lawn?
Grubs and insects are usually in our lawns every year. Weather conditions and population of the pests are what determines the amount of damage. Grub and insect control is not needed every year, but during the years that these pests are present you may wish you had used them. We view grub and insect control as insurance on your lawn. Just like any other insurance, you hope you don’t need to use it. But, it’s there if you do.
How can you help Get Green Environmental “Home Invaders”?
Successful pest control requires the cooperation of the homeowner. Here are some ways you can help our spring, summer, and fall treatments: • Check caulking around exterior including window casings. • Place exterior lighting as far from structure as possible. • Keep garbage cans tightly covered. • Avoid stacking firewood on the ground near the structure. • Check sealing of entry points including those around plumbing, electrical wiring, etc. • Be certain that all ground level doors seal properly.Back to top