Following is some information we would like to share with you as we prepare for the beginning of the year 2016. This information will include Lime Treatment and Flower Bed Treatments.
As we begin this year there will be cold temps, snow and possibly ice to deal with until Spring arrives. These conditions can harm or delay the growth of your grass as it comes out of dormancy.
We are beginning your season with the Lime application. The Lime is a very important element to your grass and offers nutrients to help your lawn begin the growth season.
Following are some key factors of the Lime:
- Neutralizes soil acidity
- Promotes root growth
- Balances soil PH
- Increases the fertilizer efficiency
- Supplies Calcium to the soil
We apply the Lime beginning in January, however if weather issues arise it may be into February. You may have frozen ground as we apply the Lime but this is no cause for alarm, the Lime is in granular form and we gradually soak into the ground. You may notice tracks as we apply the Lime however we will not rut up your lawn.
We also will be preparing for Flower Bed treatments in February. Some of you may have leaves on the beds, you can rake or blow them out if you wish, however the chemical will work, as it rains it will run off of the leaves and soak into the soil. Also keep in mind your beds must have a ground cover (mulch, pine needles or rock) on them for proper effectiveness (mainly to protect the chemical against harsh sunlight)
Frequently Asked Question
Q: My lawn has snow on it, will you still apply the Lime?
A: Yes, it is fine as the Lime will gradually soak into the soil
Q: My lawn has lots of leaves on it, will that prevent the Lime from soaking in?
A: Since it is in granular form it will be fine, if it was in a liquid form then you would need to remove the leaves
Q: Will the Lime harm Children or Pets?
A: No, it will not harm them at all
Q: I am on the Flower Bed treatment program. What will you be applying?
A: The Flower Beds will be treated with a pre and post emergent to prevent weed activity before they start to sprout
Q: Will this harm my flowers or shrubs?
A: No, this treatment will not harm existing flowers or shrubs, however DO NOT plant anything from SEED for 60 days after this application
Q: Do I need to do anything after this treatment ?
A: No but keep in mind the fertilizer will not activate until it gets some rain or snow.
Q: Why do I need a ground cover on my beds?
A: The mulch, etc keeps the chemical protected from the sunlight so it works longer in between treatments. Keep in mind there are certain weeds that will require a spot treatment to control such as Nutsedge(which will not germinate until later in the summer) and you may have sapplings that fall from trees close by and germinate. This can all be controlled by us spot spraying in between the 2 sprayings during the year. We normally do 1 treatment for a small price and if you need more you can just let us know. There can be up to 4 spot treatments during the year
Q: I want to put some grass seed down do I need to notify you of this?
A: Yes, we need to know if you are planning on doing your own seeding in order to adjust our chemical applications.
Keep in mind the following schedule for seeding.
Fescue: Feb 1st thru end of April - Sept 1st thru October 15th
Bermuda: May 1st thru July 31st - Soil must be 67 degrees to germinate
Must have irrigation or daily watering to survive