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When do the applications begin?

We begin our lawn applications around the second week in March and apply fertilizers close to every six weeks.

It is February and another company treated my neighbors lawn. My first application doesn

Our first application consists of a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent annual weeds such as crabgrass and spurge. Crabgrass germinates when soil temperatures reach over 60 degrees F. We apply the pre-emergent before crabgrass germinates, but not too early that it may become ineffective for spurge (germinates May-June).

Along the Wasatch Front, February applications are ineffective. Most lawns are still in dormancy and will not absorb most of the nutrients. For early spring green-up, the Winterizer application is best with an early spring aeration. Ferta-Lawn strives to give the most value for your dollar on all of our applications. Unfortunately, companies do exist that try to fit in as many applications as possible, hoping to get more money for their service.

After an application, when should I water?

Generally you should wait at least 6 hours after an application before watering. Applications with weed-killer should be left to dry for 24 hours for the best results. Applications with fertilizer only can be watered in anytime. Watering instructions are left behind after each application. Just look inside the bag that we hang on the door. You will find the instructions along with some information about that application.

When is the best time to water my lawn?

The best time to water your lawn is early morning from midnight to 7am. This way the turf can absorb the water before it is evaporated during mid-day temperatures. Nighttime watering after 6pm to 12 am is discouraged because this may create an ideal environment (cool and wet) for diseases to develop. Also avoid watering during 10am and 6pm as in the hotter temperatures we lose more water through evaporation and conserving water is a great need in our areas.

For how long should I water my lawn?

A better question would be, how much should I water my lawn?
Irrigation is measured in inches, not time. Sprinkler systems differ at the amount of water that comes out. Systems should be adjusted according to temperature and precipitation. During our hot summer, 95+ degrees F, 2.5"-3.0" of water should be applied per week. Depending on your soil type, you can water anywhere from 0.25"-1.00" per watering.

After an application, when can I mow?

It is best to have watered the application in, at least once, before mowing. If a granular application was applied, mowing can be done anytime. If you mulch when you mow, you can mow at anytime. 

Which is better, bagging the clippings or mulching them?

When done correctly, mulching is better. Recycling the nutrients back into the soil is a good practice. This would mean you may have to mow your lawn every 4 to 5 days to avoid heavy grass deposits all over your lawn. this not only helps your grass and soil but it hepls in our collecting of waste materials.

How do I know when my next application is?

As a courtesy, after each application, we leave behind a "comeback card" which gives you the date of your next lawn application. If you like a phone call, text message, or email a day or two before the application, call us or talk to your personal lawn technician.

How do the applications affect my pets?

As a precaution, we prefer that your pets are kept off of treated areas until they have completely dried. If your pet has a known allergy to any lawn care product, please let us know so that we can take the necessary precautions. We choose products that have little or no adverse effect to animals or humans. If you ever have a problem you can contact the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 with humans or pet questions

How often should I aerate my lawn?

Aeration is very beneficial for turf areas that are struggling from compaction, poor drainage, and heavy thatch. We recommend that residential lawns be aerated once a year unless problems are more serious. Sandy soils may not need aeration once a year.

My 1st application is before the water is turned on. Should I wait?

It's not necessary to hold off your first application until the water is turned on. The cool temperatures and moisture that we receive in spring through rain and snow will provide excellent growing conditions for turf. If you prefer to wait, call our office and reschedule.

When is the best time to plant grass seed?

Spring and fall are excellent times to plant grass seed. For Kentucky bluegrass, temperatures should be around 70 degrees F. The hotter it gets the more moisture you must use to keep the seedlings from frying up.