Frequently Asked Questions on Landscape and Lawn Care Services
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Why should I use a professional landscape care service?
Creating and maintaining a lush, healthy landscape takes time, effort and knowledge. Weather, weeds, insects and diseases all can degrade a landscape if not recognized early and dealt with effectively. When you compare the cost of doing it yourself, a professional can save you time, money and frustration.
How often should I water?
You should always check with your local water management district first, but as a general rule, 3/4 inch to 1 inch of water, 2 times per week is recommended for most landscapes. During the winter months, 3/4 inch to 1 inch of water once every 7 to 10 days is adequate. Any rainfall that occurs between watering should be counted towards your plan.
How do phosphorous-free fertilizers help protect our water?
Phosphorous is an essential nutrient that feeds weeds and algae. An over abundance of phosphorous in freshwater (along with nitrogen) causes weeds and algae to grow out of control. This creates a nuisance for recreational activities and can also kill fish and alter the growth patterns of other aquatic life. Reducing phosphorous that could end up in freshwater sources helps maintain nature’s balance and keeps our water clean.
What is aeration and why is it good for my lawn?
Aeration removes plugs of soil (about the size of your thumb) from your lawn and allows oxygen, water and nutrients to flow freely into the root zone. Aeration reduces water runoff by opening up the soil to receive the water downward rather than letting it puddle onto sidewalks and driveways.
What height should I cut my grass?
Most lawns in central Virginia are planted with Turf-type tall fescue. We recommend you set your mowing height at 2.5-3 inches and always cut your grass with sharp blades.