Frequently Asked Questions:

Our Philosophy
There is no short cut with nature. Our goal is to compliment the natural processes in play at your property by safely and ethically applying amendments that compliment these natural processes to achieve the desired outcome.

Definition: Weed
A plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants.

This is my first season of fertilization and weed control. What can I expect?
Weed elimination is a process and while the goal to have a weed free lawn is achievable, it won't happen in one application. Below are some real world results you can expect if you are able to start on round 1 of our programs.
  • 12 months – The time it will take to turn around a previously untreated lawn
  • Reduced broadleaf weed encroachment after your early spring treatments
  • Reduced grassy weed encroachment after your mid-summer treatments
  • Improved lawn color and density after your late summer treatments

How will I know you are coming to make an application?
We will provide you with an email service notification prior to our arrival. Generally, these notices are sent our Sunday evening to the email address on file for your account. Currently, we are not able to call ahead for services.

What can I do to help my lawn look its best
Each service notices include best practice information for property owners. Often related to the cultural practices you control, this information can include watering, mowing and other practices specifically related to our service. In addition, during our application, our service technicians are trained to look for problem areas as well as potential issues. As a required part of their role, extensive notes are gathered at service and once those come back to the office, we create an email for you highlighting our concerns and making suggestions for your consideration.

I have a treatment scheduled. Should I mow beforehand?
Generally speaking, if you are scheduled for a treatment that includes a pre-emergent we ask that you mow your lawn no 2-3 days prior to our scheduled service. If your scheduled service does not include a pre-emergent, then leaving your lawn longer will enhance the foliar exposure to post-emergent herbicides, thereby increasing its activity. There are exceptions to every rule, so please give us a call if you have questions.

You just treated my lawn. Can I mow it?
We do not recommend mowing within 72 hours of application. Once your weeds begin to show signs of herbicide effect (discoloration, wilting, etc) you are safe to mow your lawn. We recommend a mowing take place no more than 10-14 days after application to maximize the starvation effect of applications on weeds.

I cannot/do not water my lawn. How will this affect my lawn applications?
Our plans work best when watered in using the guidelines included with each service notification. With that said, there may still be a level of effectiveness achieved without watering in. Please note that if you cannot water in treatments such as pre-emergent, you will likely have weed encroachment. Water is an important cultural input for those expecting a full, lush lawn. Please contact us to discuss what you can expect over the course of your treatment plan with limited or no watering.

How often will you be at my property for weed control applications?
Each plan has a custom schedule based on the core design of the plan. Our general aplication calendar for our two most popular plans is outlined below. Please keep in mind that these calendars are simple guidelines and will be adjusted based on weather patterns and lawn needs by your service technician.
ATM4 Cool Season – February, March, Late May/Early June, July
ATM4 Warm Season – Late March/Early April, June, October, December
ATM6 Warm Season - Jan/Feb, March, April, May/June, July, Late Sept/October

What are your 'guarantees'?
We stand behind our programs. Each year we monitor the success of our program at your property and make what adjustments are necessary. In the event of a gross error on our part, and only after a site inspection and assessment by our professional staff, weed encroachment will be addressed with either a spot spray or complete retreatment of the affected area. If the encroachment cannot be definitively attributed to our application, then no retreatment will be provided.

Why are you treating my lawn in winter? It is dead.
Our fertilization and weed control plans are centered around the entire ecosystem of your lawn. Some of our applications, such as those conducted in the winter months, are targeted to the soil as preventative measures for spring. Still others are an overall ecosystem health boost. Just because your turf grass isn't actively growing doesn't mean we shouldn't still make applications to benefit your lawn once it breaks dormancy.

Why do I have large discolored patches in my lawn?
There may be several factors in player here. Please contact us immediately if this happens with your lawn.
While we are not always perfect and, at times, mistakes may occur, we most commonly find that this issue arises where there is a large patch of cool season grass within a warm season lawn. In this scenario, our goal is to create a uniform warm season lawn and the eradication of all other weeds, including this patch of cool season grass, is a byproduct of this process. Please note: a warm season plan will eradicate cool season grasses, but a cool season plan may not eradicate warm season grasses. For elimination of warm season grasses in cool season lawns (Bermuda in Tall Fescue for example) it will be necessary to receive additional, custom applications specifically geared towards that end.