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1. When is the best time to seed my lawn?

The best time to seed is from August 10th to September 20th. The second best time is early spring to May 1st. If you seed at this time please let us know because crabgrass preventors will kill grass seed germination.


2. Should I aerate or power-rake my lawn?

Aeration is very beneficial to the lawn when done annually. Some benefits include:

1.       Better air exchange between soil and atmosphere

2.       Improved fertilizer uptake

3.       Reduces water runoff. An aerated lawn will use one third less water than a non-aerated lawn

4.       Reduces soil compaction

5.       Helps reduce thatch

6.       Improved rooting

7.       Better heat and drought stress tolerance

8.       Keeps ground cooler

Power raking should be done when the thatch layer is 1/2“ or more. Re-seeding will usually have to be done after power raking. A general spring raking by hand is beneficial to the lawn. It stimulates the grass while removing some lawn debris.


3. Do I need to be at home when you service my lawn?

No. When we treat your lawn we will flag it in the front and back, We will also leave lawn information and our newsletter at your door. If you would like to be called ahead before an application, just notify our office or tell our lawn technician.


4. When is the best time to apply the Early Spring Application?

Our program is designed to give you the same results, whether the application is applied April 6th (when we start) or May 15th (when we finish). Crabgrass normally germinates after May 15th.


5. Why do you use slow release nitrogen while other lawn care companies use fast release nitrogen?

Each time we do an application on your lawn whether liquid or granular fertilizer, it contains at least 25-50% slow release nitrogen. We spend the extra money for this because of the benefits it provides.

1.       The growth is more even and color last longer

2.       Eliminates growth surges of the grass which promotes more mowing

3.       Increases turf resistance to heat, drought, and diseases

4.       Prevents burn

5.       Prevents nitrogen from leaching


 6. Is your Grub/Billbug control application part of your program?

           Yes. When you take 4 or 5 lawn applications, the preventative Grub/Billbug control application is included at half price. If you don't want it, just tell us or the applicator. If you take less than 4 applications, the Grub/Billbug control application is the same price as the other applications.


7. Why is your granular Grub/Billbug control application applied in late spring or early summer?

            The insecticide is more effective and longer lasting when applied as a granule then when sprayed. The insecticide application is a preventive treatment that will stop bill bugs, sod webworms, and white grubs for the entire season. We guarantee your lawn free from turf damaging insects if you take this application.


8. What is a perimeter pest application?

            This application consists of spraying an insect control product from the foundation of your house out into the lawn eight feet and then up the foundation two feet. We will also spray around windows and the overhang of the house. This application rids spiders, ants, mites, crickets, and many other nuisance insects from entering your home. This application can be done up to 4 times a year, mid May, July, late August and early October.


9. Will one application of broadleaf weed control be sufficient for the year?

            Broadleaf weed control products only kill weeds that are present. They do not prevent weeds from germinating. Broadleaf weeds germinate through out the year, that is why we use a broadleaf herbicide during each application and spray it if weeds are present. Some hard to control weeds need to be sprayed 2 times, 10 days apart.


10. Will the application have any harmful affects on people or pets?

            In our opinion, that when used according to label directions, lawn care products pose no unreasonable risk to people, pets, or the environment. We also recommend that people and pets stay off sprayed areas until dry.


11. Will rain affect the application?

            Rain actually helps the fertilizer, insecticide and crabgrass preventors by being washed in. If these products are not watered in, they will not work. When these products are applied, they should be watered in within seven days. Broadleaf weed control should be on the turf for four hours before rainfall or irrigation. If it rains within four hours of our application, and the weeds aren’t dying after two weeks, call us and we will re-spray the weeds at no charge.


12. Will the application damage my trees, shrubs, flowers, or garden?

            No. Our applicators are licensed by the state and our company holds training throughout the year. With the low pressure that we use and coarse droplets, we can spray right up to the edges of flowers and gardens.


13. Will your applications control quackgrass, tall fescue, and brome grass?

            No. Glyphosate (Roundup, Kleen up, etc.) is the only active ingredient available that will control perennial grassy weeds. Spray areas in July and re-seed them in August.


14. Do your applications control turf disease?

            No. Turf diseases are inconsistent every year. Preventive treatments are too costly to apply and every lawn is different because some grass cultivars may be susceptible or resistant to the disease pathogens.


15. How do I pay?

            An invoice with a return envelope is left on your door after each application. Payment is due when you receive the invoice. Our credit policy is NO PAY – NO SPRAY. We also offer a pre-payment plan January thru March 1st. Pay at that time and receive a discount.


16. Do I need to sign a contract each year?

            No, we will do the same continuous service every year until you tell us differently.
If you prefer not to have continuous service, we will send you a letter every January with different lawn care options.

17. What is the best way to mow my lawn?

            In the spring keep your grass 2.5 inches high after cutting. June thru August keep your grass three inches high after cutting. In the fall lower it back to 2.5 inches. You do not have to catch the grass clippings if you mow often enough. Never cut off more then one third of the total length of the grass blades at one time. By following these rules, your lawn will be thicker, greener, fewer weeds and have a deeper root system to help it become more heat, drought and cold tolerant.



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Phone: (712) 732-2395

Email: info@mikeslawnservice.com