A spring clean up is where we power rake and/or aerate your lawn. Our power rake will remove dead grass and debris from your lawn, commonly referred to as thatch. The removal of thatch is important for the health of your lawn. Thatch starves your lawn of much needed nutrients, moisture, and water by preventing these components from reaching the roots, however it is also important to have a healthy level of thatch to protect the roots of your grass.
We recommend having your lawn power raked every spring.
Our aerator will remove cores from your lawn. The removal of these cores also removes a layer of thatch and allows moisture and nutrients into the lawn, while reducing compaction of the soil. By reducing compaction, you are giving new roots the opportunity to grow and expand.
Regular core aeration is important in order to have a healthy lawn. We recommend having your lawn aerated every spring and fall, however if you are on a budget, core aeration can be done once per year. We often offer a discount on aeration in the fall.
Fertilizing in the spring is important for root development. We recommend a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen, as nitrogen develops roots. The spring is perhaps the most important time to fertilize in order to assure that your lawn is strengthened for the year.
All lawns have thatch in them. All lawns should have a healthy layer of thatch, however too much thatch is a bad thing. This is why it is a good idea to schedule professional power raking and aeration every spring. A good test to find out if you have too much thatch in your lawn is to take a knife and cut out a core from your lawn. If the layer of thatch is more than three quarters of an inch we would recommend power raking. Of course you can always have us look at your lawn. We will not power rake a lawn that we believe does not need power raking, unless you absolutely insist on having it done.
Fertilizing strengthens your root system. The summer is hard on your lawn because of heat, foot traffic and sometimes dry conditions. It is always important to keep your root system healthy to combat these conditions. Remember to water after you fertilize, especially in hot and dry conditions.
It is essential that your lawn stores nutrients during the winter in order to develop a healthy root system in the spring. The perfect time to fertilize in the fall is after you cut your lawn for the final time in October. The later you fertilize in the fall, the better your lawn stores nutrients and consequently develops in the spring.
Unfortunately, the health of your lawn is usually a function of the amount of money spent. With this said, if you are on a tight budget, fertilize early in the spring and water throughout the summer to save money on fertilization applications. Be smart about when you water. Water at times when the lawn can maximize the benefits of water. Early morning is the best time to water. It is also better to give your lawn a “good soak” once or twice a week as opposed to minimal frequent watering. This will allow the root system to strengthen and grow deeper as opposed to shallow watering which will not penetrate as deeply and encourage the growth of weeds if a weed control program is not present.
You can also have your lawn cut every week or cut twice per week. Keeping you lawn cut and trimmed frequently, provides great benefits to the health of your lawn. The more often you have your lawn serviced, the better rates we can give you. We will mulch your lawn if the conditions warrant mulching. Mulching reuses the clipping that we cut. These clippings act as fertilizer for you lawn. The more frequently you have your lawn cut the more likely we will be able to mulch it.
Watch for our aeration discount. We almost always offer a discount on fall aeration.
Memory build up is a term we like to use for the tracks that a lawn mower leaves on your lawn. Some lawns are more susceptible to this than others and can be worn down due to this phenomenon. To prevent memory build up we will cut your lawn in a different direction the next time we service your lawn. Memory build-up is different than striping. Striping refers to the beautiful stripes that our mowers leave on the thicker and lusher lawns.
This is a very valid item to be concerned about, as this can be a common problem in the lawn care industry, however as a Scott’s Quality Lawn Care customer you need not be concerned. We use a special formula to spray down our power rakes and aerators on each job site if we feel that there was even the smallest risk of picking up contaminants at another job site. We are committed to not spreading disease between lawns and have the necessary preventive checks in place to prevent such an occurrence.
If you are not watering and fertilizing your lawn and we experience extremely dry conditions you may skip your lawn service.
Here is how it works:
If you are on the Weekly Program and your mowing day is approaching and you feel that mowing will do more harm than good, you may skip your service under the condition that you give us a minimum of 48 hours heads up. We will only charge you 50% of what you pay for your typical mowing service for the skipped mowing. The reason we do this is because this spot has been reserved specifically for you and as a result we do not want to give up your spot to someone else. Since we don’t incur the actual costs of mowing your lawn, but we do incur the cost of lost sales/revenue as a result of holding this spot for you, we charge 50% of your typical mowing price for the skipped mow. You are then scheduled in the same spot for the following week.
You may also skip your mowing on our Mulch it Program (Every 3-4 days) under the exact same guidelines/rules.
You are strongly encouraged not to skip a mowing on our Approximately Every Ten Days Program because it is usually unreasonable to leave a lawn not mowed for 21 days during May to September (remember our Approximately Every Ten Days Program rotates between 10 and 11 day intervals). We do however realize that extreme cases exist and not all lawns are well taken care of. With this being said, you may skip a mowing visit on this program, however we will charge 75% of your typical mowing price for a skipped mowing visit. If you have any further questions on this matter please don’t hesitate to call us! Our flexibility on this matter is just another way we are different and work with our customers for the best solution!