Spring

Print: Spring Bulletin & Invoice (2018) FinoLawn&Land

Spring Service

Your Spring Treatment provides:

1.   Fertilization – a specially blended fertilizer designed to fit your lawn’s needs and to promote root development and rich green color.

2. Liquid Weed Control – is spot-sprayed in every service only where weeds are present and not broadcast over the entire lawn.  The product is “rain-fast,” which means that this weed control is not washed away or loses its effectiveness with rain.   It controls broadleaf weeds that are present on the lawn and prevents future weeds.

3. Strong application of Pre-Emergent Crabgrass and other Annual Weed Grasses Control.  Tupersan Crabgrass Control is used, if seeding is done.

4. Spot-seeding and tool spiking in bare and thin areas.  Seed blended for sunny or shady areas right on the job.

** Extra Work (applying extra seed, core aeration, seed aeration, rolling, applying soil stabilizer, thatching and verticutting) is performed as needed and is an extra charge.

Watering Procedures
1.If your lawn has received a ½ inch or more of rain after our service application, then the products are properly watered in. If there is no rainfall, then you need to apply a ½ inch of water; preferably before you mow your lawn, especially if you are not recycling the grass clippings.

2. If there is no measurable rainfall for 10 to 14 days, make sure you provide a deep 4 to 6 inch soaking.  For customers with sprinkler systems, when you start watering you will need to water three times a week to ensure that each zone is properly watered.  Please do not set the sprinkler to come on the day your lawn is scheduled to be mowed.

3. If seeding has been performed on your lawn this Spring, please lightly water those areas once a day, twice a day when possible.  This is advisable during the first month to allow the newly- seeded areas to fill in as soon as possible.

Mowing Procedures
1. Wait at least 24 hours after your lawn service is completed to mow your lawn.

2. Pick up all debris on the lawn before cutting.

3. Use a sharp blade – keeping the mower blades sharp allows for a good clean cut and lessens shock to the grass plant.  For good results a rotary mower should be sharpened monthly.

4. Mow at the proper height – I recommend adjusting your lawn mower up to 3 to4 inches for regular-sized lawns or 4 to 4-1/2 inches for larger lawns.  Mowing the lawn higher will increase root depth and retain moisture longer and helps to reduce weed and disease development.  In addition, it makes mulching clippings easier by providing more air space between the mowing blade and the soil.   If you have someone mowing your lawn for you, please make sure to tell him to mow at this height.

5. Check and make sure all wheels on your mower are set at the same height- refer to your lawn mower owner’s manual for the proper number setting to obtain desired cutting height.  I have found that most homeowners are cutting their lawns shorter than they think.  If you have any questions concerning this matter, please call me.

6. Mow with regularity – mowing often enough so that less than one-third of  the blade is removed will allow the plant to maintain maximum growth, appearance and health.

7. Alternate mowing directions – alternating the direction of a cut can deter compaction problems and enhance the overall appearance of the lawn.

8. Try to mow your lawn only when it is completely dry.  It will be easier on your grass, on your mower and on you.

9.   Grass clippings consist of water and nutrients.   Recycling or mulching clippings returns moisture and nutrients back to the soil, requiring less fertilizer and watering for your lawn.  During the Spring’s rapid growth period to avoid excessive clippings not being properly factionalized on your lawn, I would advise mowing your lawn every five days until the rate of grass growth slows, usually in early June.  If bad weather prohibits your normal mowing schedule, bagging or collecting grass clippings a few times will not affect your soil moisture or nutrient’s level.

10.  Do not use grass clippings from treated areas for mulching or compost.

Caution:   To avoid possible skin or eye irritation do not walk without shoes or allow children or pets to play on your lawn until the products just applied have been watered in.  Be sure to also sweep the products off the sidewalks where they might be carried into your house.

Sign Posting:    If a sign has been placed on your lawn, please remove the sign after the lawn products have been watered in or after 72 hours whichever occurs first.  Then, properly dispose of the sign or keep it for reuse with the next service.

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