Do I need to be home at time of application?

No. We will leave your invoice with any instructions on your door.

If it rains after one of my treatments, is that okay?

Rain after a treatment is often a good thing because most of our treatments consist of fertilizer, a pre-emergent herbicide (weed control) or both. These products should be watered in within a few days for the best result.

How safe are lawn applications?

The materials we use for lawn applications are labeled for residential use and are applied by CT DEEP licensed Green Scene technicians in accordance with state and local regulations.

When can my children and pets go on the lawn after a treatment?

We advise minimizing exposure by watering the lawn and allowing it to dry out before allowing children or pets on it.

Does your lawn service have any guarantees?

With our 5-step program, we offer free service calls between services to correct any problems. Just give us a call.

Cultural Recommendations (Watering and Mowing)

When and how should I water my lawn?

Most lawns require between 1-1 ½” of water per week.  This amount of moisture should be delivered by rainfall OR by watering in the early morning for approximately 15 minutes 3 days per week.  Irrigation or watering by hose should be considered a supplement to regular rainfall.  Do not water at night because this may lead to increased fungus/disease activity in the lawn, which is encouraged by dark and wet conditions. The goal is to have a dry lawn by nightfall whenever possible.

Do I need to water in lawn treatments?

If we do not receive rainfall within a few days after a lawn treatment, it is best to water in fertilizer and pre-emergent products to receive the most benefit.  Liquid weed, crabgrass or insect controls are most effective when allowed to absorb into the grass plant for a day or two before watering. Granular fertilizer and insect controls are most effective when watered in within 24-48 hours after application.  Watering for approximately 20 minutes is sufficient.

Is it possible to water too much?

Yes, it is possible, although very rare. Deep, established root systems could be destroyed by too frequent or an overabundance of water. Proper watering procedures prevent the risk of promoting disease. We would be happy to provide guidelines.

What are the best mowing practices for a healthy lawn?

The lawn should be mowed at least once per week. It is almost always true that the greenest, healthiest most weed-free lawns are the ones which are regularly maintained at a height of 3-4”. ALWAYS use a sharp blade.  A dull mower blade rips and shreds the tissues of the grass blade, causing them to become brown. A rapid escape of internal moisture from a torn blade allows fungal spores to easily enter the wounds, which leads to disease. If you are mowing in early morning, it is beneficial to water immediately after, allowing the grass plant to recover from the stress of being cut. With weekly mowing, it is recommended that you leave the clippings down to provide further nutrients to the lawn. Remove the clippings if the grass is allowed to grow to a height beyond 4” or if there are clumps remaining.

What will core aeration do for my lawn?

Core aeration opens up the soil, allowing air and water penetration into the root zone of the grass.  This process loosens compacted soil and improves root development. Core aeration also helps break up thatch and increases the vigor of the turf.

Agronomic Questions

I have moles in my lawn. Does this mean I have grubs?

The presence of moles does not necessarily mean there are grubs in the turfgrass.  The mole’s main food source is earthworms. Grubs are active only at certain times of the year and the moles will feed on them if they are available.

What are grubs and is grub control needed on a yearly basis?

Grubs are the larvae stage in the life cycle of a beetle. Damage occurs when the grubs feed on the root system of the turfgrass, causing the grass to die. The Green Scene applies a preventative grub control annually in our 5-step lawn care program to protect your lawn from the damage these insects cause.

How do I get rid of moles?

Traps, baits and repellants are among the numerous methods for controlling moles. Locating the traps where there are active tunnels can be effective.  If necessary, a wildlife control company can be utilized.

Can you prevent insects in my lawn?

The Green Scene uses the most effective materials the lawn care industry has developed for insect control. Despite this, 100% control is almost impossible.  An insect’s eggs can hatch after the application or adults can migrate from adjacent areas. Preventative applications are our best defense.

What does lime do for my lawn?

Lime helps reduce the acidity in the soil and allows the turf to absorb and use fertilizers more efficiently. It also supplies calcium to the soil which is an important nutrient for the photosynthesis process. Typical soils in this area are acidic and applying lime annually is very beneficial.

Can you stop my lawn from getting diseased?

No. Diseases are usually activated by weather conditions and cannot be controlled until they appear. Keeping your lawn mowed (with a sharp blade) at the proper height and correct watering practices are the best defense. If your lawn is showing signs of disease pressure, please call our office and we will schedule a visit to the property to evaluate and treat if necessary. With our 5-step program, there is no additional charge for this service.

The grass is very thin under my trees. How can I improve the situation?

Often, the roots of the trees are competing with the grass for water and nutrients, leaving the grass with an inadequate supply of each. Also, grass requires a period of direct sunlight in order to grow properly. Planting an alternative to turf is best.

Weeds & Crabgrass Questions

Why do we get weeds & crabgrass?

Since most soils are abundant with the seeds of annual weeds, they will germinate when the conditions are favorable (high soil temperatures, thin turf and water runoff areas are considered favorable conditions). Dandelions and weeds will seek the opportunity to grow in any area of weakness in turf density. Weather extremes usually create these weak areas, even in the best lawns. In addition, modern weed controls are designed to last only 7-10 days. In the summer months, high temperatures can create an ideal environment for weed growth, especially near driveway and sidewalk edges and curbs.  We spray weeds lightly in summer to avoid damaging turf that is already stressed by the heat.

Shouldn’t I just dig up the weeds?

Absolutely not. This common activity is undesirable because it creates a vacant place for more weeds to germinate. In the case of nutsedge, pulling it can increase root activity causing it to spread. The correct way to control weeds and crabgrass is through maintaining thick turf.

Should weed control be applied to newly seeded areas?

Weed controls can only be applied once the new grass is strong enough to tolerate it, generally after 4-5 cuttings.

Seeding Questions

What is the right grass to grow in this area?

For durability, manageability and beauty, The Green Scene recommends our custom blended seed mix.  Our staff can recommend the right mix for your lawn.  Just call for an evaluation and quote.

How much water is enough to get seed to germinate?

Seeds and seedlings must remain moist until they are tall enough to cut. If seed is allowed to dry out, it will not germinate.

When can I cut new grass?

Once the turf has reached 4” you may cut it down to 3”-3.5”. Be sure to use a very sharp blade—a dull blade can pull new seedlings out of the ground. Be sure the lawn is dry before cutting as well.