First, as your lawn care providers, you can count on Benjamin Lawn Care to apply the correct fertilizer, weed control and insect control at the right times. In turn, we must count on you to be sure that the correct cultural practices are being performed on your lawn. It is important that we function as a team. Also, because the specific needs of your lawn change throughout the growing season, we provide seasonal lawn care instructions with every invoice. By following these specifics, your lawn will receive the maximum benefit of our services and will have the best chance of being a healthy, green lawn you can be proud of.
Please keep these answers to frequently asked questions about lawn care for future reference as these issues span the entire growing season. Please also ask us more lawn care questions throughout the year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are the materials used on my lawn safe?
A: Every trade has its’ tools. Some of the tools that the lawn care industry uses to do our jobs are the materials that we apply to turf grass. Since responsible pesticide usage is so important to maintaining a healthy environment, think about this: Conscientiousness as well economic necessities demand that we only apply pesticides where and when needed as you have hired us to do so. Please realize that first, we depend on a healthy environment…it is where we make our livings and how we feed our families. We would not jeopardize it. Second, these materials have gotten so expensive that we cannot afford to waste them.
Q: Does Benjamin Lawn Care accept credit cards?
A: No. At this time we only accept checks or money orders.
Q: Do you guarantee your work?
A: Yes, we guarantee that, we will say what we do and we will do what we say. While we cannot guarantee the results of our efforts because we are dealing with Mother Nature and so many variables, we do stand behind our work.
Q: How high should I cut my lawn?
A: Never cutting below 3” is the number one, most important thing that a homeowner can do to help maintain a healthy lawn. There is a direct correlation between top growth and root depth. Turf grass needs deep roots to be its healthiest. Shallow roots make the grass plant vulnerable to disease, insect and drought damage. Even trimming and edging below 3 inches can cause burning and weeds. You’ve invested heavily in your lawn and you want it to look good so please mow your turf grass properly – never cut lower than 3”.
Q: Should my lawn be seeded in the Spring?
A: Some lawns need seed in the Spring but most established lawns do not. New, damaged or heavily shaded lawns may benefit from Spring seeding. Unfortunately, the pre-emergent weed controls normally applied in the Spring will stop grass seed germination as well. Therefore, lawns seeded in the Spring will have more weeds and crabgrass. These then must be tolerated because the new grass seedlings will be too immature for a while to withstand spraying. Lawns weakened over the winter will usually thicken-up naturally in the Spring, without seeding with proper care.
Q: Why do I still have some weeds in my Lawn?
A: Although weeds germinate every day, the goal is to gradually but surely eliminate most weeds. The weed seeds are both in the soil and transported by wind and animals. After germination they can be controlled by spraying, but they must first be present for us to spray them. Weeds that grow in between services are sprayed during the next service
which may be a few weeks away. In addition, some hardier weeds take up to two services to control.
Q: Does pre-emergent in the Spring prevent weeds?
A: Yes and no. It cuts down on the number of grassy weeds such as crabgrass. Broad leaf weeds and dandelions cannot be prevented. While the pre-emergent helps reduce crabgrass, unless your lawn is of sod quality some crabgrass should be expected.
Q: How long will it take for my lawn to improve?
A: You will notice an improvement in your lawn’s condition within just the first few applications. However, progress rates do vary depending on many factors (original condition, weather, soil type, etc.). Generally, you can expect a gradual but steady improvement over a two year period. We all know that Mother Nature has her own timetable.
Q: How long should it take to service my lawn?
A: The average 10,000 sq. ft. lawn should take no more that 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Combination products and state of the art equipment assures efficiency and accuracy. Homeowners often marvel at our speed. Be assured that we are doing what your lawn needs, when it needs it. Our goal is results, not time spent.
Q: My lawn was just serviced so why don’t I see much fertilizer?
A: Fertilizers have changed quite a bit over the last 20 years. They used to be larger particles which were bright colors like yellow and orange. Now the particle size is much smaller and darker in color. In fact, about 80% of the product we apply on your yard is grey or brown and blends in perfectly with the dirt. Unless you get down on your hands and knees and really stick your face to the ground you are not likely to see it at all. Environmental awareness has change a lot too. With greater responsibility, increased costs and out of legal necessity, we now try to avoid getting material anywhere but on the grass. If we do, we often blow it back. There are people who look for fertilizer and people who do not. If you look for it, you will usually be disappointed despite the fact that we apply the right amounts every time. Think of it this way: the fertilizer is there to feed the grass not so you can feel good seeing it!
Q: How long after application can my lawn be mowed?
A: 24 hours is the appropriate timeframe. It is important to water in the application after it sits for six hours.
Q: Why does my lawn look worse in the Summer than in the Spring or Fall?
A: Summer conditions are stressful to turf grass. The normal heat (any days above 90 degrees) and usual dryness prevent your lawn from growing rapidly. First, it may suffer from heat stress and then it may even go into a state of dormancy during this period to conserve their food sources and minimize damage. It is because of this stress/dormancy that it is crucial that Summer services not be skipped. We apply insect and weed controls in the Summer to protect your lawn. Since your lawn is dormant, it cannot protect itself — it needs us.
Q: Why do I have mushrooms in my lawn?
A: Mushrooms are the result of organic material decaying in the soil. Mushrooms do not pose a threat to your lawn. Roots rotting and any other nitrogen based organic processes can cause mushrooms. These mushroom blooms are not negative and can be controlled only by kicking over the mushrooms. You will notice an increase in mushroom bloom during wet periods.
Q: Are the products used on my lawn safe for my family, my pets and the environment?
A: Benjamin Lawn Care believes there are no more important lawn care questions! Please realize that our business depends on a healthy environment. We do all we can to protect it and we feel consciously bound to protect your family from unnecessary pesticide exposure. We have already provided you with EPA mandated label warnings and we advise you to adhere to the no re-entry period as instructed by the notifications posted on your property. Looking at lawn care as a way to improve and protect the environment is often helpful in putting this whole issue into perspective.
Q: Why do lawn care services seem to cost a lot compared to the time it takes to do them?
A: There is a lot of time spent behind the scenes of our business. Actually doing the lawn applications only accounts for about 30% of our time. There is estimating, paperwork, ordering, driving, etc. If we are on your lawn for 15 minutes, there is another 30 minutes of work associated with it. These costs must be covered. Also, we are faced with ever increasing costs just to keep our business going. Licenses, fuel, labor, materials, and tools all cost money. These costs keep going up every year with many of then being directly related to the cost of petroleum. A top quality lawn care company is not going to come cheap. We are doing more work to your lawn than you ever could. We have licensed employees applying commercial grade products, safely and effectively. They use machinery that is newer, larger or more complex than regular homeowner equipment. We very rarely raise our prices…you can count on our loyalty to you and that we will be the best value in the industry!
Q: Do shady lawns need any special treatment?
A: Yes – grass in shady areas is always weaker than in sunny areas. Again, shade is our worst enemy. Please prune your trees to allow the maximum amount of sunlight. Even shade varieties of grass need sunlight to grow. Also, heavy traffic in these shaded areas will damage turf grass. Extra seed may be needed to support a healthy lawn in the
Q: Does my lawn need aeration?
A: Aeration comes in two forms: and core aeration. Our customers benefit from the available in the Fall which is done in conjunction with seeding. Spike aeration pokes small indentations in the soil creating an optimal condition for seed germination. Core aeration is different in that it removes plugs from the ground to help the movement of oxygen and nutrients directly to the root system. Coring also relieves soil compaction. Core aeration is not a good practice when seeding however because the holes are too deep for the seed to grow from. All lawns can benefit from core aeration periodically and whenever seeding is needed.
Q: What can be done about brown spots from the dog?
A: Spots that are burned from the high acid and nitrogen levels in dog feces and urine usually must be excavated to a level of three inches. The holes should then be refilled with fresh soil and re-seeded. Many customers have avoided widespread damage by training their dog to use only certain areas of their properties.