Information for Customers
Thank you for choosing TLC The Lawn Company for your 2018 Lawn Care needs. Below are the answers to common questions and what to expect from TLC this year.
Answers to Common Questions
What you can expect from TLC
We will apply fertilizer with each of your scheduled service visits. Allow seven to ten days for grass to green up. The fertilizer we use is granular, and for best results, should be watered in if there is no rainfall forecasted 3 to 5 days after your service.
We will treat broadleaf weeds starting in early spring to mid-fall. We can only treat broadleaf weeds when we see them, and when they are actively growing. After a weed control application allow 7-10 days for weeds to curl and die. Broad leaf type weeds will germinate at different times of the season, we will treat as we see them during your services. There are some problem type weeds that are difficult to control such as ground ivy and violets, these weeds will take a number of applications and an entire season to manage.
Crabgrass is an annual grassy weed, it germinates in mid to late May as temperatures start to rise. We will apply a pre-emergent crabgrass control with your first service. Our goal is to control 80-85% of crabgrass with this application. Crabgrass usually shows up on the edge of the driveway and thin areas in the lawn, as material “breaks down” due to excessive heat. We will spot treat these areas with your summer services. Allow 10-14 days for crabgrass plants to curl and die.
Insects: The two main types of insects that do the most damage to a lawn are grubs and chinch bugs. We highly recommend that you apply a preventative grub control if is not on your current program. We will treat for chinch bugs in the summer as needed.
Watering: In general, turf grasses need about 3/4" - 1" of water per week to maintain green color and active growth. It is best to water longer per area and less frequent to develop deeper roots. Your technician will go over watering instructions with you.
Grass types in the Northeast survive and grow best at a length of three inches. Frequency of mowing is to take off 1/3 of the blade in one mowing, which will bring it down to 3 inches. The grass blade itself is 90% moisture and nitrogen. It is best to have a mulching blade on your mower, by mulching you will add nutrients back into the soil with every mow. If possible, during the summer on extremely hot days please do not mow during the hottest part of the day as you will be removing moisture from the plant resulting in increased heat stress. Your technician will be leaving recommendations and notes after each service visit with your paperwork. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your lawn care program.