Education, News  |  January 2nd, 2019

10 Questions To Ask Your Turf Care Professional | Kinghorn Gardens

When it comes to caring for your turf, there’s a lot to take into consideration.

We are happy to answer any and all of your questions.

Let’s start with these most frequently asked questions:

1. Why should I aerate?

Aerating allows air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass to the roots. This helps the roots grow deeper and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. Aerating helps with alleviating soil compaction.

2. What is the best time of year to start a care program?

Fall is the best time to fertilize, while Spring is the optimum time for weed and pest controls.

3. How can I have a thriving lawn without harming the environment?

Timing is key for optimum nutrient uptake along with awareness of what your turf actually needs.

4. How many steps do you have for lawn applications?

Customization is key, but we do offer a three step program to provide the most beneficial nutrients to the turf, but we can add preventative disease care if needed.

5. How do you know the right amount to water our lawn?

Most lawns require 1 inch of water each week. This is influenced by numerous factors: soil type, weather, turf type and environmental stresses

6. What is the best way to repair dog damage?

Rake the area to remove as much dead grass as possible, then apply a fine layer of limestone and water it in. Let it sit for a couple days and then incorporate seed and top soil to the area. Be sure to keep it wet for a few weeks.

7. How soon after a treatment can my animals and children play outside?

As soon as the fertilizer has been watered in and the grass has dried. We always provide our clients with a notification of the day, time and treatment we will be doing in their yard.

8. What is a chip used for in the irrigation system?

This chip allows remote access to the irrigation system, as long as you have wifi capabilities. 

9. How long will it take before I see results?

It may take 1-2 full seasons before you notice a major change in your turf. You might notice minor changes during the first year. Slow visual progress is not a bad thing: results have to happen under the surface to create results above the surface.

10. How frequently do I need to mow/how much each time?

You should mow your lawn once a week. The basic rule of mowing is to never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf blade. A high cut is much better than a short cut.

How about a bonus question too…

11. What kind of pests and diseases do you keep a lookout for?

Luckily, it would be your turf care company’s job to keep a lookout for these kinds of concerns, but it’s good to have an understanding of what to watch for:
Pests – Grubs, Chinch Bugs, Worms/Sod Webworm, Army Worms, Cut Worms

Diseases – Brown Patches, Summer Patch, Dollar Spot, Rust

Acelepryn – Season long control of grubs, cutworms, chicnch bugs with no effects on beneficial organisms, including honeybees and earthworms.

We hope this is helpful.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to comment below and we will reply as soon as possible – or contact Andy, our Turf Manager, for more information about our turf care program.

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