Helpful FAQs for miscellaneous lawn care questions.
- What is a lime treatment?
Lime is a neutralizer that decreases the ph level in the soil.
- Does my lawn need lime?
The ph level in most lawns in Michigan don’t require a lime neutralizer to be applied to the soil. The only way to really know if your lawn needs lime is to perform a soil test to check the ph levels in the soil. Oak tree leaves and pine needles that sit on the lawn for long periods of time can generate excess acidity into the soil which may cause a soil test to show high ph levels which may require a lime application.
- Will a lime application take care of my moss problem?
Not necessarily, in some cases where a soil sample shows a high ph level a lime application will be effective. But moss can also be an indicator of poor soil conditions i.e.: too much shade, compacted soil and in these cases the lime application will not be effective.
- What do you spray on the house for a spider spray application?
A liquid insecticide that is colorless and odorless mixed with water.
- Will the spider spray application harm the landscaping or exterior of my home?
No, the product was originally designed for trees and shrubs so it will not harm your landscape plants. Since the mixture is colorless and mixed with a large amount of water the spray solution will not harm the exterior of the house. You may see water spots on your windows due to the water.
- Does your spider spray application take care of other insect nuisances such as bees, lady bugs, box elder bugs, etc…?
Depending on the strength of the mixture sprayed, the product can be mixed to eliminate most insects. Most insects can be controlled with our normal mixture. Bees however, require an increase in frequency of applications to properly control, due to their natural habits and weather conditions.
- What is the best time of the year for an aeration?
Aerations can be done anytime throughout the year provided the ground is not frozen. We recommend the fall season for two reasons. One, there are fewer weed seeds that can fall into the holes, and two, and more importantly the root system of the grass plants which use the winterizer application (round 6) will be able to expand easier with the holes created with the aeration application.
- How often should I have my lawn aerated?
Your soil composition will play a big role in frequency of aerations. Aerations done annually such as golf courses have shown the best results for lawns. Aerations have been shown to reduce some diseases due to soil compaction such as red thread, and dollar spot.
- What does the dormant oil application do for my trees?
When the oil is applied to the trunks and branches of young trees (generally in the early Springtime), it creates a coating that suffocates over-wintering insects and eggs that hibernate and dwell on the barks of trees.
- Why do we only fertilize trees and shrubs during the spring and fall?
Springtime when plants come out of dormancy, they are looking for food to revitalize the nutrients needed to promote new growth and stave off diseases. In the fall plants store the nutrients for winter, which promotes strong root development. Extra applications during the summer months do not hurt the plant but generally are not necessary, unless a plant needs an extra boost for survival.