Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
When is the best time to plant grass seed?
In our climate, the majority of turf planted is cool-season tall fescue. The ideal time to sow fescue seed is in the fall, generally mid-September to mid-October, depending on the weather of course. Planting seed in the spring can produce some results, however, due to the immaturity of the new turf, it can struggle to make it through our hot and dry summers. Additionally, you cannot apply weed control at the same time as planting seed as the weed control will prevent the seed from germinating. That is why it is advisable to plant in the fall. Sod can be installed at any time, however, due to it already being mature.
What should I do about rejuvenating my lawn?
We would recommend starting with a fertilization and weed control program to improve the existing health of the turf. Then we would aerate and overseed in the fall and continue the fertilization and weed control program. In some scenarios where the existing turf is in poor shape, it can be advisable to not lay pre-emergent in the spring and let crabgrass grow to provide coverage over the lawn, as opposed to preventing crabgrass from germinating and being left with bare spots for an extended period of time. This is on a case by case basis and we would advise you if that is needed in the short term. Since crabgrass is an annual weed, it will die out on its own just at the time that we would aerate and overseed. Once completing the fall aeration and overseed and the new turf is mature enough, we would be able to continue weed control and you are well on your way to having the yard you envision.
Best time to aerate and overseed lawn?
An aerator is a machine that has tines that pull plugs of soil from the earth. It relieves soil compaction which can be a big problem in East Tennessee and allows nutrients to reach the roots of the turf. Additionally, it provides a great seedbed to grow new turf due to summer heat stress/loss and areas that weeds have invaded and killed off. It is recommended to aerate and overseed every fall. It is strongly recommended to at least lay new seed every fall at a minimum as it’s your best chance to get new turf to grow as each year, existing turf will die in some areas due to our climate.
How often does my grass need mowed and at what height do you mow?
Every yard is different, however, we recommend mowing weekly throughout the growing season and we cut fescue at the recommended height of 4 inches. You only want to cut 1/3 of the grass blade per mowing to not shock the turf. Additionally, cutting at 4” allows the roots to grow deeper and ensure the health of the turf. As a general rule, the length of grass that you can see is also the length of the root and the longer the roots, the healthier your turf. In cases of extremely hot and dry weather during the summer, we evaluate each yard on a case by case basis and if it is showing signs of stress and low growth, we would skip it until the following week. In the event you have a warm-season grass such as zoysia or Bermuda, those are cut at a lower height as the fescue rules don’t apply to them. However, those types of yards are fewer and farther between in our climate.
When is the best time to plant a garden?
Plants follow a similar rule to fescue turf, fall is best. However, you can certainly plant in the spring and if you have irrigation, you can get away with just about any time except for the most extreme heat of summer. As a general rule, you want to plant early/late enough to stay away from that extreme heat, however, each type of plant is different and of course no one can predict the weather. With proper care and watering and timing, we can generally get most anything to survive the extreme temperatures of summer.
Do you offer any 12-month packages?
Every client and every property is different, so everyone has different needs. Some of our clients prefer to pay the same amount each month, so we allow for 12-month pricing on anyone signed up by April 1st. We discuss the services you would like over those 12 months, add them up and divide by 12 to get a monthly price. It is not required to include everything as budgets can change so a lot of times our clients will opt to add up everything they know they want or need and anything they are not sure of can be invoiced separately at the time of completion. Anyone that isn’t signed up for 12-month pricing by April 1st, it is advised to wait until the following January for that program.
How do I pay and what are the options if I elect to just do a la carte services?
We invoice electronically at the end of the month for that month’s reoccurring services such as mowing, fertilization and weed control, pruning, etc. You can pay that invoice through the link provided with a credit card or checking account, or you can mail a check to our Post Office Box within 30 days of receipt of the invoice. Any larger projects such as a landscaping install, large mulching job, etc are invoiced at the time of completion and due upon receipt due to the cost of materials involved. Any large projects that require a large number of materials require a 50% down payment prior to installation.