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LAWN CARE PROGRAM

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We will service your lawn every two months. This is necessary in order to keep damaging insects under control, to reduce weeds and to provide the lawn with nutrients to help it flourish throughout the year, giving you a healthy lawn.


GRASS IS...

NATURE'S AIR CONDITIONER...One a hot day, greenspaces will be 30 degrees cooler than asphalt and 14 degrees cooler than bare soil or mulch. The front lawns of eight houses have the cooling effect of about 70 tons of air conditioning; a golf course or field many times that.

A WATER FILTER...Turfgrass signficantly reduces stormwater runoff by trapping and filtering water as it seeps through its dense root system.

A NOISE REDUCER...By absorbing and deflecting sounds, life's a little quieter with a lawn.

AN ALLERGEN TRAP...Dust and seasonal pollens that cause allergies first have to get through your lawn to get to you.

GREAT FOR THE PLANET...2,500 square feet of lawn and landscape absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releases enough oxygen daily for a family of four to survive.


WHY FERTILIZE?

Many Florida lawns and landscapes need fertilizer to help keep them healthy and strong. Fertilizing SMART and RESPONSIBLY can help create dense, strong lawns and landscapes that absorb pollutants from runoff and help keep water clean. However, fertilizer applied improperly - too much or at the wrong time - can be a bad thing.


BASIC FACTS ABOUT FERTILIZER, ITS FUNCTION & SOIL pH FACTORS

  • Nitrogen ----------- promotes top growth
  • Phosphorus ------ promotes root growth
  • Potassium -------- promotes stem strength (tuff turf)
  • Sulfur --------------- acid to help neutralize Alkaline soils & prevents some fungus types
  • Iron ------------------ promotes healthy deep green color

Let our professional staff take care of fertilizing your turf. In addition to fertilizing, it is important that you as a customer do your part as well, including watering and mowing properly.


MOWING

Mowing is a very important factor in keeping your lawn healthy and reducing the weed population. A good rule of thumb is not to cut more than one-third the height at any one time. Many times lawns are cut too low. The lower the lawn is mowed, the shallower the root system will be. This creates stress on the overall lawn, making it more susceptible to heat damage. It also creates a good habitat for weeds to thrive. Proper mowing height should be followed at all times. Leave clipping on the lawn and sweep clippings back onto the grass from the sidewalks and driveways. These clippings help trap moisture and release nutrients into the soil. Additionally, altering the mowing pattern is very important. Mowing in the same direction leads to soil compaction as well as high and low spots on the lawn. Lastly, always make sure the mower blades are sharp. Dull mower blades can shred the tips of the turf, leaving the grass looking brown and open to disease. We suggest using a professional mowing comapny and are more than happy to recommend one of the companies that we work directly with.


WATERING

DON'T JUST SET IT AND FORGET IT...Automatic irrigation systems are a great tool when used properly. However, setting the sprinklers to turn on automatically - whether your lawn needs it or not - can waste water and cause lawn problems. Turn it off or skip every other week during Florida's cooler months and during the summer rainy season.

LET YOUR LAWN TELL YOU WHEN IT NEEDS WATER...Turn on your sprinklers only when your lawn shows signs of needing watering. A grayish color, folded leaf blades and footprints that remain for several minutes are all signs to look for. When you do irrigate, set sprinklers to provide about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of water per zone.

RISE AND SHINE AND WATER YOUR LAWN...Irrigate early in the day, preferably just before sunrise. This helps minimize evaporation loss and limits the time the lawn is wet, which reduces the potential for disease.

GET A RAIN GAUGE...A rain gauge is a simple tool to use when deciding when to water. If 1/2 inch or more rain has recently fallen, empty the gauge, leave your controller off and delay the next watering. Moisture sensors also can be installed to work with existing automatic systems for more optimal irrigation timing.