Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common questions and answers that we often receive. They should be considered as general information and may not apply to all situations. We encourage you to ask one of our trained lawn technicians or call the office during regular business hours if you have a special problem. We'll be more than happy to discuss possible solutions specifically designed to address your situation.
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What is a pre-emergent application?
Pre-emergent applications, such as our corn gluten, put down a microscopic layer on the soil that prevents many seeds from sprouting, including crabgrass. This invisible shield is usually put down in early spring before the soil temperature reaches 55-60 degrees.
I want to plant new grass seed this spring. Can I plant seeds after this treatment, but before the crabgrass begins to grow?
No. The pre-emergent will also stop desired grass from growing also. It is generally better to wait until the fall to plant new grass seed after a pre-emergent application has been put down. However, there are some special situations that we can help you with. Please call our office to discuss your situation.
What is slow release fertilizer and what are the advantages of using it over other lawn fertilizers?
Slow release fertilizers are actually microscopic coated capsules of fertilizer that breakdown and release their important fertilizer and trace elements over a long period of time. This ensures that your lawn's root system gets those nutrients in measured doses that won't over-stimulate the plants into a sudden growing spurt requiring more mowing.
What is a "lime" treatment and what will it do for me?
Lime is a term often used instead of Limestone, which is a naturally occurring compound of Calcium and Magnesium that can be applied to the lawn to help balance the soil's pH. Having a balanced pH makes the soil more conducive for turf grasses to thrive. Lime naturally helps control the acidity in top soil. To get the full benefit of readily available food to your lawn, the top soil must have the optimum pH level. If the pH level is too low, the soil is not able to break down the nutrients in the soil and makes it more difficult for your turf grass to absorb those nutrients. Some soils may require more than one treatment per season. Our lawn technicians will be able to give you an accurate assessment of your soil's condition. In some cases we are using Solucal where additional calcium uptake is required by the plant.
What are grubs and why should I worry about them?
Grubs are actually the larval stage of a variety of different kinds of beetles, including May and June bugs and voracious Japanese beetles. Adult beetles lay their eggs in the soil in mid to late summer. As the eggs hatch, they develop into the white-wormish looking larvae. As the larvae grow, they work their way down to the root zone of your lawn where they eat the roots. Usually in early fall you'll suddenly notice dead patches of lawn start showing up in your lawn if you have grubs. By this time, it is too late to effectively treat for them and they will begin the process again. Grub control is largely a matter of timing so that they can be controlled in their early stages of development and before they go deep into the soil and go dormant for the winter. At Simply Safer Premium Lawn Care, we apply a preventative grub treatment with Merit, providing you with guaranteed season-long control.
In our Organic Fertilization Program, we use beneficial nematodes that are a totally safe biological control of parasitic insects. We apply the nematodes to your soil in the early fall which gives them the best opportunity to establish themselves in the soil and attack harmful grubs and sod webworms populations before they cause extensive damage to your lawn. They can also be applied in the spring to control existing grub populations to stop further damage.
If you have a question about your lawn or landscape, please call our office or contact us for a free estimate and one of our technicians will stop by to give you a free, no-obligation evaluation of your lawn and how it could be improved with a Simply Safer Premium Lawn Care customized program.