Resources & FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What time of year should seeding be done?

A: In this area, the Fall is the best time of year to seed.  This will give the roots additional time to develop and be able to withstand the typical heat of the summer.  Seeding can be done in the Spring and with proper watering the new grass should be able to survive but the roots will be shallow and watering throughout the summer may be necessary.

Q: Which is better, spike or core aeration?

A: Core aeration is preferred because it removes small cores of dirt to ease compaction. Spike aeration can compress some types of soil and add to compaction issues. However, spike aeration is best for sandy type soils.

Q: How do I level a bumpy lawn?

A: You can fill in low spots with a one quarter inch layer of topsoil. You may have to gradually fill in a low spot to avoid smothering the grass. Another alternative is to lift the sod with a shovel, fill with topsoil, and replace the sod.

Q: Should I mulch or bag my clippings.

A: Mulch in most cases. Mulching returns nutrients to the lawn, as well as organic matter. It also helps to retain water. Sometimes it may be helpful to bag if you have an annual weed infestation which is setting seeds, or if your grass has gotten extra long between mowings.

Q: How should I water my established lawn?

A: You should water deeply and infrequently. The goal for most lawns is 1″ per week, and it is best if that is delivered “all at once” instead of over several days.  Several small contaniers can be placed around yard to determine when an inch of watered has been obtained.

Q: What does lime do for my lawn?

A: Lime helps modify the acidity in the soil and allows the grass to absorb and use fertilizers more efficiently. It also supplies calcium to the grass which is an important nutrient for the photosynthesis process. Typical soils in this area tend to be acidic and need to have lime applied.  A soil test will provide an accurate assessment.

Q: Why do I still have weeds in the lawn?

A:Weeds are constantly germinating in the lawn all year long.  The two best ways to control them are by developing a thick, healthly lawn or spraying periodically.  Weed seeds can lay dormant in the soil for years before germinating so this is why continual care is recommended.

Q: Should I water my lawn after a lawn treatment?

A: Yes, certain applications need to be watered in to be effective.  Instructions will be left after each application letting you know if it needs watered and when.