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Lawn Care

When is the best time to start a lawn care service?
Anytime. There are advantages to starting a Lawn Care Service at every different time of the year. Contact Greenskeeper at 215-938-8440. We service all of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania.
Shouldn’t the service that cuts my grass also weed and feed the lawn?
 No, landscapers and cutters often miss important time windows simply because they’re busy doing something else. It’s better to trust a licensed, lawn care expert when applying any material to your lawn. Choose only a lawn care professional who keeps up-to-date with the newest, safest and most effective methods and materials.
When will I see results of my lawn care services? 
You will usually start to see results within one to two weeks. There are many variables to consider such as temperature and rainfall, but most lawns will start looking better right away! 
Can’t I do all of these lawn services cheaper myself?
Probably not. Even if you had Greenkeeper’s years of knowledge and experience and you had plenty of spare time – you still would find it hard to buy all of the materials and applicators at the same “bulk” prices that we pay. 
Is this Lawn Care Service dangerous for children or pets? 
No, Greenskeeper uses only safe, organic, non-restricted materials. Most materials carry a caution label just like many every product you use around the house. Your floor cleaner for example, is perfectly safe to be around but probably not a good idea to drink the whole bottle!  
Does my lawn have disease?

It might. Look closely at the grass blades and check for small black spots. If you see this, stop any extra watering your doing. Night rains and hot days can make disease unavoidable in some cases.

What height should I cut my lawn?

Never cut your lawn lower than 4 inches.

When is my next service?

Services are typically every 6-8 weeks. We always try to time of service with Mother Nature.

Watering Your Lawn

Do I have to water the lawn?

Usually you do not have to water the lawn in the spring or the fall when we typically get enough rain. In the summer months you may need to water when there’s an extended period (more than ten days) without rain. 

How should I water?
Use any kind of sprinkler and soak the lawn. Long, heavy soakings of an hour or two in each spot are best. But don’t overdo it, every 4 or 5 days is enough. WARNING – Never water at night! Contrary to some old wives tales, the grass will not burn if you water during the day. Water that sits on the lawn overnight is a sure way to create disease – so make sure the grass is dry before nightfall.
How do I set up my sprinkler system?
Virtually every sprinkler system is set up incorrectly for this area. Set the system for forty minutes in each zone, every four days. Start the system no earlier than 8:00am – never overnight. Twenty minutes every other day may be all right down at the shore where there are sandy soils, but here where we have clay it takes much longer for the water to filter down. Too much water on the top will create disease! 
My lawn looks dead. Will it come back?

Probably. Grass goes dormant in heat and drought and it usually doesn’t die. A couple of heavy soakings will bring it back quickly. In the past there have been extended periods of drought in our area that have caused permanent damage to the grass. So don’t take a chance…water. 

Insect Control

Where did Japanese Beetles come from?

Japanese Beetles are not native to the United States. Historians have actually traced their introduction back to a nursery in Riverton New Jersey in 1916. They appear to have hitched a ride with a shipment of Iris bulbs from Japan. 

What is a Grub?

White Grubs are the larvae of the Japanese Beetle. The swarms of Beetles that you see hovering above your lawn in the summer are laying eggs that hatch into the little white worms that feed on the roots of our lawns.

How do I know I have Grubs?

Damaged or dead patches of lawn will appear in mid-August through September. Typically, the grass will pull away like a piece of carpet. Once you move the grass away the Grubs will be right there, on the surface. Real damage can occur when there are as little as 5 Grubs per square feet and some spots can have up to 20 Grubs per square feet. 

How do I get rid of Grubs?
Call GREENSKEEPER right away! We have the correct insect control materials to take care of the problem and bring your lawn back to life. 
When is the best time for Grub and Japanese Beetle treatment?

While seeing some Grubs in shrub and flowerbeds in the spring can be alarming, spring is usually not a good time to control Grubs. Preventative treatments work best in the summer so the material is there when the eggs hatch and the Grubs first make their way to the surface preventing them from becoming Japanese Beetles. 

What about Milky Spore?

Milky spore are a bacteria once used to control Grubs. The disease was painstakingly introduced to the soil one spoonful at a time and was supposed to establish a cycle in the lawn and kill the Grubs. It would generally take years for Milky Spore to take effect but even then it was very hit-or-miss and could not handle a large population of Grubs. The chemical treatments we use today are safe and far more effective. 

Do I have Cicada Killer Wasps?

Cicada Wasps can be a huge nuisance for homeowners.  Not only are they big and intimidating looking, they can really damage your lawn.  Cicada Killer wasps can dig nesting holes up to 70 inches long.  These nests can contain a dozen or more wasp larvae. If not controlled, these wasps  multiply, returning to the same location year after year. The only way to eradicate them is to treat directly inside their nesting holes. Getting up close and personal with these giant wasps may seem pretty daring but our fearless team at Greenskeeper is up for the task!! Call today for a free estimate.