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Turf and Horticultural Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

When does crabgrass germinate?

 

Crabgrass will germinate when soil temperatures are consistently 55-60 degrees at a depth of 2 inches. Call to find out more about our Fertilizer Program.

 

When is the best time to aerate?

 

The best times to aerate are in the spring (April - May) and fall (September - October), during times of active growth.

 

Should I bag my grass clippings?

 

Removing the grass clippings each time you mow is unnecessary. You should recycle your clippings back into the turf. Removing the clippings will require an additional 25% more fertilizers to maintain color and quality comparable to that of turf that has had clipping returned with each mowing.

 

Why do I have weeds?

 

Weeds naturally occur. To eliminate weeds a combination of methods is most effective. You can eliminate existing weeds by applying a post emergent herbicide. Alone this will prove ineffective; you will also want to create a thick healthy lawn through proper fertilizer applications and by following recommend mowing and watering methods.

However, keep in mind, you still may find a weed or two.

 

When should I seed?

 

During the spring, the first two applications of a pre-emergence will prevent the germination of new seed. For smaller problem areas in the spring, the most effective method is to install new sod. For larger areas, Everything Green can develop an alternative program for your first season.

 

How often do you apply fertilizers and weed treatments?

 

Our applications occur approximately every six weeks. Included in all our programs is a complete broadleaf weed control application and a preventive insecticide.

 

How long should we keep pets off the lawn after an application?

 

As a general rule of thumb, 24 hours. You will know an application has occurred because of the placement of our lawn application sign near the corner of the driveway. We recommend that the applied products be watered in and dry before you allow extensive use of the treated area by pets or children. We anticipate no problem if the pet is going out and coming right in.

 

Helpful Links:

 

International Society of Arboriculture

 

The Morton Arboretum

 

Kane County Forest Preserve District

 

The Lawn Institute

 

Chicago Botanic Garden

 

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