Lawn Care FAQ

Lawn Care & Weed Control

What is the difference between Delaware Valley Turf and the other lawn care companies out there?

  • Delaware Valley Turf stands alone in a few aspects of our business. For instance, as a local business we are more than familiar with the communities and people we service as well as the geographic challenges that come along with that.
  • Our staff is educated in turfgrass sciences, turf management, agronomy and horticulture fields from accredited universities. Any technician that services a property is more than qualified to diagnose issues pertaining to turf. Our turf knowledge is second to none.
  • We are stewards of the environment and take a simplistic approach to pesticide use and are able to limit treatments and exposure. Also, all of our fertilizer products are organic based.
  • We sample every customer’s soil (FREE) and make fertilizer applications based on actual nutrient levels and turf needs.
  • Our customer service is prompt and knowledgeable. If a customer has a question regarding something on their lawn, we are quick and responsive in identifying and resolving the issue.
  • Finally, our competitive pricing will not always be the cheapest but our all around service is certainly the best.

 

Why does my lawn look better in some areas than others?

  • There are always a variety of reasons as to why a lawn looks the way it does. It is important to understand there are many factors and growing conditions that can vary from house to house as well as from one section of a property to another. For instance, a front yard may experience a lack of sun during the day due to a thick tree canopy and consequently the lawn becomes thin. Whereas, the backyard may have less trees and receive adequate sunlight. Thus, providing a much thicker, healthier grass plant. Other weather factors such as rain and wind will also have diverse affects on grass.

    

Is it safe to have my lawn sprayed for weeds?

  • Yes, assuming of course the technician(s) applying the herbicide are following the product label instructions and are conscious of the landscape of the property they are on. We at Delaware Valley Turf only “spot spray” weeds in your lawn. Meaning, we only spray weeds directly as opposed to the entire which some of our competitors will do. This results in less herbicide use on your property and the reduction of non- target species disturbance.

 

How long do I have to wait before my children or pet can go in the grass after a treatment?

  • Different companies use different products which warrant different answers. However, depending on the property and service we typically ask our customers to wait about an hour to allow drying before letting children or pets on the grass. A realistic dry time is 5-10 minutes but we certainly like to be cautious.

 

Aeration & Seeding

Do I have to water my lawn following aeration and seeding? And how often?

  • Absolutely! If you want to get the best results then you should absolutely water your lawn following aeration and seeding. In fact, you will likely want to do so twice daily for about 1-2 weeks to ensure proper establishment.

   

When is the optimal time of the year to aerate and seed my lawn?

  • Although some choose to seed in the spring we find that the best time of year to seed is the fall. A grass plant in its infancy stage of life is usually not hardy enough to make it through the summer stress that we experience in our area. Therefore, a fall seeding provides fall, winter and the following spring to establish before faced with any type of summer stress. Additionally, a spring seeding prohibits the use of a pre-emergent application in the spring which means one will be forfeiting significant crabgrass control for the year.

 

Can a broadleaf weed control or pre-emergent weed control be applied with seed?

  • Though herbicide labels and recommendations vary, most herbicide labels call for newly seeded areas to have established enough to be mowed 2-3 times before the young grass is hardy enough to handle a treatment.
  • Pre-emergent weed control is used in the early and late spring to prevent grassy weeds such as crabgrass from germinating. So, If your are contemplating a spring seeding, then you should understand the pros and cons. Without a pre-emergent, your lawn will be at high risk for crabgrass which can be very difficult to treat post emergence. However, if you have a successful seeding then a dense turf canopy may be all you need to keep out the grassy weeds.

 

What is the best type of grass to plant?

  • Turfgrass, like any other plant have favorable living/growing conditions that allow them to thrive. Therefore, we plant mostly Turf Type Tall Fescue because it proves to be one of the best cool-season turf species across the board. Tall Fescue is notorious for its deep roots that are great during dry periods. Yet, tall fescue also does well in wet conditions and seems to have less disease instance then the ryegrasses and bluegrasses.

 

Grub Preventive & Summer Insect Control(flea & tick)

What is the difference between grub preventive and summer insect control?

  • The grub preventive is just that; a treatment that is applied early in the summer to prevent pesky grubworms from populating in your soil and eating your lawn. This is a once a year treatment.
  • The summer insect control is also made in the early summer to prevent lawn pest such as chinch bugs, cutworms, armyworms, and most notably fleas and ticks. This treatment does not provide control of grubs. However, both applications can be made at once for best control. For best control the summer insect application can be made up to three times over the course of a year.

 

Should I have the grub preventive or the summer insect control treatment done?

  • If peace of mind is what you are searching for then we recommend both. However, if fleas, ticks or grubs are of no real concern then feel free to exclude these applications. Understand, your lawn will be susceptible to insect damage as well as people and pets will be to fleas and ticks. But, just because you don’t receive these treatments does not necessarily mean they will be an issue.