Faqs

How does core aeration help my lawn?

It reduces soil compaction and enhances thatch breakdown, thus improving soil water uptake and decreasing water runoff and puddling. Core aeration allows air, water, and fertilizer to better reach the root zone. This helps stimulate root growth to create healthier, stronger turf grass.

What are your best tips for mowing the lawn?

Frequent moving helps a lawn resist weeds, insects and disease.

Infrequent mowing causes too much grass to be removed at one time. Infrequently mowed grass also produces a lawn that looks thin, spotty or burned. 4 Seasons Outdoors cuts grass at a 3″ cutting height to promote a deeper root system.

Mulching your clippings returns valuable nutrients to your lawn.

Finely cut clippings contain approximately 80% water, 5% nitrogen, 1% phosphorous and 2% potassium. The nitrogen component of grass clippings can provide about 1/3 of the yearly nitrogen requirement of a lawn. Bagging your clippings eliminates these valuable nutrients from your lawn.

Remove clumps of grass.

Clumps of grass suffocate the grass underneath, and reduce the pleasant appearance of a fresh cut lawn.

Keep the mower blade sharp.

Sharp mower blades help your lawn grow. Dull mower blades will not only make your grass appear jagged and uneven, they will also make your lawn more susceptible to disease.

Alter the cutting pattern

If the cutting pattern remains the same or is varied infrequently, unsightly grooves will develop in your lawn.

Why should I use a professional landscape care service?

Creating and maintaining a lush, healthy landscape takes time, effort and knowledge. Weather, weeds, insects and diseases all can degrade a landscape if not recognized early and dealt with effectively. When you compare the cost of doing it yourself, a professional can save you time, money and frustration.

How often should I water?

You should always check with your local water management district first and then water based on your landscape’s needs.  But as a general rule, 3/4 inch to one inch of water, twice per week is recommended for most landscapes. During the winter months, 3/4 inch to 1 inch of water once every seven to 10 days is adequate. Any rainfall that occurs between watering should be counted towards your plan. If you have questions about your watering practices

What type of grass is best for my yard?

Some grasses do better in full sun than shade and vice versa. Check our chart below for details on specific grasses:

Grass Type          Best Location

  • Floratam           (St. Augustinegrass)    Full sun areas
  • Seville               (St. Augustinegrass)    Moderately shaded areas
  • Bitterblue         (St. Augustinegrass)   Slightly shaded areas
  • Bahiagrass                                                   Full sun areas
  • Bermudagrass                                            Full sun areas
  • Centipedegrass                                          Full sun to partially shaded areas
  • Zoysiagrass                                                 Full sun to moderately shaded areas
  • Tall Fescue                                                  Full sun to moderately shaded areas

Why is crabgrass and Bermudagrass so difficult to control and eliminate?

Crabgrass and Bermudagrass are very aggressive growing grasses that can’t be eliminated without killing the grass around it.  That’s because these grasses have extensive root systems and no product on the market has been designed to just eliminate these two varieties. Once crabgrass or bermudagrass is found in a lawn the only way to effectively remove it is to kill off the area(s) that are affected, remove the affected area from the lawn and then re-sod the area with the appropriate grass.

What are the brown spots in my yard and how did they get there?

Brown spots in a yard can be caused by a number of things:  under-watering, disease, dead grass, too much shade, insect damage, etc.  To make things even more complex, each one of the causes requires a different approach and course of action to fix the problem.  That’s why our monthly service includes constant inspections to identity these issues and then perform the appropriate corrective action before the situation gets out of hand.

Why is my yard yellow?

Yellow lawns can be a symptom of several problems:  nutrient deficiency, under-watering, drought, insect damage, and so on. Each problem has its own solution and as a result, our GreenUP Landscape Care program is customized and flexible. Our monthly service includes constant inspections to identity these issues and then perform the appropriate corrective action before the situation gets out of hand.

What can I do about all these weeds in my lawn?

You want to create a thick, healthy lawn through proper fertilization, mowing and watering practices. A healthy, well-maintained lawn keeps weeds from establishing themselves and growing to full potential. The professionals at Massey GreenUP will design a customized program that will create the thickest and healthiest lawn for your landscape. When necessary, we will use targeted treatments to help remove weeds.

Why are weeds worse in some areas than other areas?

Weed infestations are caused by a number of things:  the lawn isn’t healthy, there’s too much water or too little water, the grass type isn’t appropriate for the condition of the landscape (shady, sunny, soil type, etc.) and other problems that leave the lawn vulnerable to weed infestations.

How do phosphorous-free fertilizers help protect our water?

Phosphorous is an essential nutrient that feeds weeds and algae. An overabundance of phosphorous in freshwater (along with nitrogen) causes weeds and algae to grow out of control. This creates a nuisance for recreational activities and can also kill fish and alter the growth patterns of other aquatic life. Reducing phosphorous that could end up in freshwater sources helps maintain nature’s balance and keeps our water clean.

What is aeration and why is it good for my lawn?

Aeration removes plugs of soil (about the size of your thumb) from your lawn and allows oxygen, water and nutrients to flow freely into the root zone. Aeration also reduces water runoff by opening up the soil to receive the water downward rather than letting it puddle onto sidewalks and driveways.

Does rain affect lawn treatments?

With most of our treatments, rain is a benefit.  A lot of lawn treatments need to be watered within two to 24 hours.  So after-treatment rain may keep you from having to run your irrigation system.  Our GreenUP Specialists will leave specific instructions on what’s needed after treatment.  In addition, since our regular GreenUP Landscape Program is monthly, we’re constantly evaluating the landscape and will apply additional treatments as needed.

Do I have to water after my lawn treatment?

It depends on the type of treatment that was applied.  Some treatments require watering while others don’t.  Our GreenUP Specialists will leave specific instructions on what’s needed after treatment.

How will your products affect my pets?

We’re pet-lovers too.  All of the products that in our programs are not harmful to pets as long as you follow our recommendations.  Keep in mind that some treatments require time to dry before pets can be allowed back into the treated area.  Every situation is different and we will give you specific information on the product application we used and how to keep your pets safe.

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