Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer one-time mowing services?

We do not offer one-time mowing services in the springtime.  If you are interested in having us more your lawn for the entire season, please visit our free quote form to get in touch with us.  After the 4th of July, we add a few dozen lawns temporarily as people head of town on vacation.   But from April 10 to June 30, we are just too busy with our seasonal lawns to mow any one-time lawns.

When is the best time to apply fertilizer?

It depends on what you’re trying to do with your lawn, the amount of water you are able to put on consistently, and your grass type and mowing habits.  TLC applies fertilizer to lawns up to 6 times per year, and to landscape plants once or twice per year.  Call or click today, and we’ll go through your options, and design a custom program for your lawn.

When should I spray the weeds?

It depends on which weed, and your lawn’s condition.  Dandelions for example are best controlled by our Fall application, after the first frost in October.  Morning Glory and Canada Thistle must be sprayed after the weather gets hot; there is almost no efficacy on these plants prior to warm weather. 

What is power raking and how does it help my lawn?

This is one of the best things you can do for your lawn.  It is a machine that removes the dead yellow grass from the organic layer, just above the root zone.  By extracting the dead grass, the machine unclogs the root zone to better absorb nutrients and water, and makes your lawn better able to defend itself against fungi and disease.  We usually rake up and haul all the dead grass, but to save money, you can do that part yourself if you wish.  It is best to de-thatch in the spring, from March 1 to May 30th,but we can also do it when summer ends.  Most lawns should be de-thatched every two years.  If you have a bluegrass lawn, it really should be de-thatched at least once per year. You can rent these machines yourself locally, but please be aware that the very terrible Neucrotic Ring Spot spores are transferred by soil to soil contact.  If you use a rental machine, you may be adding 20 lawns worth of diseased dirt into your lawn!  We thoroughly clean our machines daily, and treat the soil touching parts with fungicide before every lawn. 

Is there a best time of season to aerate my lawn?

This is another great thing to do for your lawn.  Aerating is the name of the machine process that digs little dirt cores out of you lawn, about 4 inches apart.  The core is then deposited on top of your grass, where it dries out and is broken up and scattered by your lawn mower.  The nutrient rich dirt from the deeper cores ends up on top of the grass’ root zone, where it transfers its nutrients much more readily that it did when it was 2.5 inches below the surface.  The hole is left open, across which your grass spreads rhizomes.  The hole also helps air, water, and fertilizer to be better absorbed by your grass.  Aerating is normally done in the spring, until about May 30, but it can also be performed in the fall, with similar great results.  Please see the paragraph above about rental machines.You can aerate your lawn anytime it isn’t above 80 degrees F.  We prefer to do our aerates in the fall, with warm nights and your irrigation helping the new rhizomes to grow, but we can also do it for you in the spring.  The proposal we make for you when you send in our free quote form  shows you the price, benefits, and how badly your lawn needs aerated, on a scale of 1 to 10.

What are the optimal times to spray for common weeds and diseases?

Below is a list of the most common weeds and diseases and when you should treat them:

  • Dandelions – Apperance control in April to early May, knockdown blow in October
  • Thistles and Morning Glory – June and July
  • Aphids – June, July, and Augst
  • Yellow Jackets and Wasps – whenever they become thirsty and agressive, usually late June
  • Lawn Fungus (such as Fairy Ring, etc) – prior to  June 10