Lawn Care

Your lawn is the welcome mat to your home! Let us help you maintain its appearance. We can put together a lawn care program that fits your needs, wants and budget. One application or six, we have the equipment and experience to provide the lawn care you need. Trained DEC certified technicians can spot problems and make recommendations for your lawn.

Choose from:

  • Fertilizer only
  • Weed Control only
  • Organic care systems
  • Front lawn only or front and back lawn
  • Variety of lawn care programs to fit your needs and budget

Lawn Mowing Practices

Our mowing crew leaders have combined mowing experience of over 25 years! They know and understand lawns. Our equipment is new and properly maintained.

We will do our best to keep to the scheduled mowing day for your property. Weather and/or site conditions (i.e. construction, flooded areas) or unforeseen equipment failures may change our schedule.

If for some reason the entire property cannot be mowed, we will charge 50% of mowing price or $25 minimum (whichever is greater).

If an unscheduled visit is needed for special event, please call us 48 hours in advance.

We mow at a height of 2.5-3.5″, depending on weather conditions.

We use mulching blades, returning the mulched grass back to the lawn. We feel that is healthier for the lawn and is better for the environment.

Bagging and removal of clippings will be and extra $2.00 per bag

Trimming of bedline, walkways, driveways, etc., will be done each week, unless no growth has occurred.

Patios, walkways and driveways will be blown off after each mowing.

We try to vary mowing patterns where and when possible. This helps prevent rutting of your lawn and laying over of grass.

Give us a call. Let us quote you a price.

Question: How often should my lawn be cut?
Answer: At times of active growth, lawns should be cut every week to a height of 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 inches, depending on weather conditions. Ideally only 1/3 of the grass blade should be removed in one mowing.

Question: Should my grass clippings be collected?
Answer:
Removal of clippings also means removal of nitrogen from the lawn. It is better to chop up and disperse the clippings so they may return nutrients to your lawn. The leaf blade of your grass is actually 80% water and 5% nitrogen. Mulching can reduce the amount of fertilizer you have to apply to your lawn and it helps provide the soil with increased ground cover to hold moisture. Our company uses special mowers with mulching blades that return the grass clippings to the lawn through a continuous cut and re-cut motion. This process eventually drops the finely cut clippings back into the lawn, not onto the lawn. Leaving clippings does not lead to a build up of thatch. The bagging and removal of clippings will be an extra $2 per bag.

Lawn Renovation

Is your lawn thin, patchy, and over grown with weeds? A lawn renovation may be just what you need to get your lawn looking great again. It may need nothing more than an aeration and over-seeding. Some lawns need a total renovation with round-up and a mechanical slit seeding. Some customers choose an instant lawn by laying sod. A lawn renovation will result in a totally new and beautiful lawn. Our certified nursery and turf professionals will get your lawn looking great again!

Question: How do I know if my lawn needs a total renovation?
Answer:
A rule of thumb is that if there is less than 50% of quality grass in your lawn, you should consider a total renovation. This means that the lawn will be sprayed with “RoundUp” to kill all existing vegetation. If more than 3/4 inch of thatch is present, the thatch layer will need to be removed. Soil may need to be brought in if you have low spots or depressions. Then a new lawn can be installed using a slit seeding machine. Straw or penn mulch is useful on bare soil areas during the hotter months.

Question: Am I responsible for watering the new lawn?
Answer:
Yes! New lawns must be watered DAILY for the first two weeks to keep the seed bed moist. After germination watering needs to occur every two to three days for the next month. Thereafter, your lawn should receive an inch of water per week.

Lawn Aeration

A program of annual lawn aeration is one of the most beneficial practices for maintaining a healthy lawn. It is best done in the spring or fall when the soil is moist. The cores of soil left on the surface after aeration will break down within a short period of time. Aeration is a particularly effective method of preventing the build up of thatch.

Question: What is aeration?
Answer:
The removal of small cores (plugs) of soil and thatch to allow better exchange of gases to the root zone of the lawn. This allows for better water penetration to the roots. Both of these benefits help create a thicker, denser root zone that will help your lawn survive heat and drought stress.

Question: What is thatch?
Answer:
Thatch is the build up of an organic layer beneath the turf and above the soil. It is largely made up of stems and roots of dead grass. A small amount of thatch is beneficial, but large thatch zones reduce the ability of water to get into the soil, reduce the effectiveness of fertilizers and increase the damage to turf during times of drought. Thatch build up is best combated with regular aeration. We have the right size aeration equipment for any size lawn – from the smallest to the largest! It’s probably less expensive than you think.

New Lawn Guide

We expect 80% – 90% seed germination after a new lawn installation. We do expect some thin spots. All new lawns need additional care during the first year of establishment. We will make one return visit to apply more seed and starter fertilizer 3-4 weeks after the initial seeding is completed. New lawns take some time and patience. Here are some of the things you can expect. The seed itself can take anywhere from 7 days to 2 or 3 weeks to germinate, depending on seed type and weather conditions. Having some weeds germinate along with the grass is to be expected; especially during a spring seeding or if new topsoil is brought in or if the existing soil is disturbed. Some of these germinated weeds will disappear with the first mowing. Others will remain along with the new grass. It is important not to apply any weed control products until the new lawn has been mowed 3 or 4 times and is mature enough to not be damaged by a weed control application. Weed problems are greatly reduced with late summer or early fall lawn installations.

A new lawn needs a lot of water. Watering is the responsibility of the property owner. The seedbed should be kept moist to ensure good germination. At the outset this probably means watering every day. After the seed has germinated you can back off to watering two or three times a week. We recommend the use of an oscillating sprinkler, as it is difficult to apply enough water by hand. You probably need to leave the sprinkler on for a half hour to an hour per location. The watering should be gentle and stop before puddling occurs. We suggest a new lawn receive a minimum of 1 inch of water per sprinkler locaton per week. During hot and dry periods more may be necessary. We do not recommend watering after sundown because this can promote fungus growth on new seedlings.

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To Our Valued Customers:

In caring for your lawn, plants and trees, we use a number of pesticides, which are registered with the Department of Environmental Conservation.  All of these products are applied by or under the direct supervision of a Certified Pesticide Applicator and in strict accordance with label instructions.  Please understand that these materials are significantly diluted before application. Granular products are applied in their original forms as specified on the label.

In conformance with New York State law, we have a list of the pesticides and fertilizers that may be used on your property this year on our Product Label page.

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