First, as your lawn care providers, you can count on Lawn-A-Mat to apply the correct fertilizer, weed control and insect control at the right times. In turn, we must count on you to be sure that the correct cultural practices are being performed on your lawn. It is important that we function as a team. Also, because the specific needs of your lawn change throughout the growing season, we provide seasonal lawn care instructions with every invoice. By following these specifics, your lawn will receive the maximum benefit of our services and will have the best chance of being a healthy, green lawn you can be proud of.
Welcome to the Lawn-A-Mat family!
Thank you for choosing Lawn-A-Mat for your lawn care needs. We will provide your lawn with the most complete program in the industry. Our fertilizers are high quality, slow release, professional grade products. The insect controls we use are timed perfectly to protect your lawn from damage and we offer tick and flea reduction for your family’s protection as well. Our weed controls will slowly but surely reduce the weed population in your lawn to an acceptable level. As America’s first automated lawn care company, you can count on our more than 50 years of experience to have the knowledge and expertise to work with you to solve all the challenges that your lawn faces.
It is important to know that your Lawn-A-Mat service continues from year to year. The state of New Jersey does not require annual contracts so, your service will continue until you contact us. Please just give us a call if you need to interrupt service for any reason. If we do not hear from you, we will resume service on your lawn each year. In New York, annual contracts are required. Therefore, please return your contracts each Spring so we can continue to service your lawn.
We prepared the following list of new customer information to help answer some of the common questions that new customers have. Whether you are new to lawn care or just new to Lawn-A-Mat, this information will be helpful to achieving the results you want. You can also like or follow us on Facebook. We’ll be sharing important information to help homeowners like yourself get the lush, green lawn you’ve been looking for!
Once again, thank you for your business and always feel free to give us a call!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How short should I cut my lawn?
A: Never cutting below 3” is the number one, most important thing that a homeowner can do to help maintain a healthy lawn. There is a direct correlation between top growth and root depth. Turf grass needs deep roots to be its healthiest. Shallow roots make the grass plant vulnerable to disease, insect and drought damage. Even trimming and edging below 3 inches can cause burning and weeds.
Other thoughts on mowing:
- Lawns may be cut the day after service. The materials we use are a heavy granular that settle into the thatch layer quickly and will not be sucked up by lawn mowers after sitting overnight.
- If the clippings are not being removed, mowing can be done at any time.
Q: When should I water?
A: You should water when your lawn needs it. For the most part, the granular materials we us do not need to be watered manually to be effective in that they are slow release products which will break down over time with normal levels of natural moisture. Rain, showers and even dew are usually enough to ensure effectiveness. There are times, however, when materials will need watering such as during unusual dryness. Seed also is different in that it needs to be kept moist in order for it to germinate. Please always follow our seasonal recommendations and the instructions printed on your service invoice.
Q: Do I need to avoid walking on my lawn after your visit?
A: Please stay off the treated areas for 24 hours after service. State requirements demand that you keep animals and people off of the treated areas for 24 hours and that the signs be removed no sooner than 72 hours. By hiring our service you have accepted responsibility of removing the signs and we thank you for your help.
Q: Should my lawn be seeded in the Spring?
A: Some lawns need seed in the Spring but most established lawns do not. New, damaged or heavily shaded lawns may benefit from Spring seeding. Unfortunately, the pre-emergent weed controls normally applied in the Spring will stop grass seed germination as well. Therefore, lawns seeded in the Spring will have more weeds and crabgrass. These then must be tolerated because the new grass seedlings will be too immature for a while to withstand spraying. New seedlings are also often too immature to survive Summer heat and dryness as well. Lawns weakened over the winter will usually thicken-up naturally in the Spring, without seeding, with proper care.
Q: How long will it take for my lawn to improve?
A: You will notice an improvement in your lawn’s condition within just the first few applications. However, progress rates do vary depending on many factors (original condition, weather, soil type, etc.). Generally, you can expect a gradual but steady improvement over a 2 year period.
Q: How long before the weeds will be under control?
A: Weed control takes time. Although weeds germinate every day, the goal is to gradually but surely eliminate most weeds. The weed seeds are both in the soil and transported by wind and animals. After germination they can be controlled by spraying, but they must first be present for us to spray them. Weeds that grow in between services are sprayed during the next service which may be a few weeks away. In addition, some hardier weeds take 2 services to control. New lawns may even seem weedier after the first application. This is normal because the fertilizer feeds the weeds along with the grass. As your lawn strengthens and we gradually reduce the weed population, you will see steady improvement after the first 2 or 3 services.
Q: Does pre-emergent in the Spring prevent weeds?
A: Yes and no. It cuts down on the number of grassy weeds such as crabgrass. Unfortunately, broad leaf weeds and dandelions cannot be prevented. They need to be sprayed every time we are there as they germinate every day. While the pre-emergent helps reduce crabgrass, unless your lawn is of sod quality some crabgrass should be expected every year but at a much reduced rate.
Q: Why don’t I see much fertilizer?
A: Fertilizers have changed quite a bit over the last 20 years. They used to be larger particles which were bright colors like yellow and orange. Now the particle size is much smaller and darker in color. In fact, about 80% of the product we apply on your yard is grey or brown and blends in perfectly with the dirt. Unless you get down on your hands and knees and really stick your face to the ground you are not likely to see it at all. Also, we try to avoid getting material anywhere but on the grass. If we do, we often blow it back. If you look for it, you will usually be disappointed despite the fact that we apply the perfect amount every time. Think of it this way: the fertilizer is there to feed the grass not so you can feel good seeing it.
Introducing our new OrganaLawn program…
OrganaLawn uses state of the art technology to help reduce the need for pesticides while actually improving the microbial life of the soil. It works replacing some of our traditional synthetic fertilizers with Holganix 100% Bio-nutritional Meta-Catalysts which create an improved soil microbiology. This gives the grass a healthier environment in which to grow, fostering deeper roots and better resistance to weeds and insects. As a result, we can eventually reduce the pesticides and nitrogen needed to care for your lawn! Please let us know if you are interested.
Q: How does the OrganaLawn program differ from the Greenskeeper program?
A: With our OrganaLawn program we are striving to reduce the nitrogen and the pesticides that need to be used on your lawn. This new technology may contribute to a more robust ecosystem in and around soil and plants, adding to overall plant health. and often reducing the amount of pesticides needed to obtain satisfactory suppression of weeds, Insects, and disease. While this is very promising technology, results may take a little longer than with our traditional Greenskeeper program.
If you have any additional questions, please give us a call at any time! We’d love to hear from you!
Still More Frequently Asked Questions about Lawn Care
Q: Are the products used on my lawn safe for my family, my pets and the environment?
A: Lawn-A-Mat believes there are no more important lawn care questions! Please realize that our business depends on a healthy environment. We do all we can to protect it and we feel consciously bound to protect your family from unnecessary pesticide exposure. We have already provided you with EPA mandated label warnings and we advise you to adhere to the no re-entry period as instructed by the notifications posted on your property. Pesticide label links are provided for you here. Looking at lawn care as a way to improve and protect the environment is often helpful in putting this whole issue into perspective.
Q: Why do lawn care services seem to cost a lot compared to the time it takes to do them?
A: There is a lot of time spent behind the scenes of our business. Actually doing the lawn applications only accounts for about 30% of our time. There is estimating, paperwork, ordering, driving, etc. If we are on your lawn for 15 minutes, there is another 30 minutes of work associated with it. These costs must be covered. Also, we are faced with ever increasing costs just to keep our business going. Licenses, fuel, labor, materials, and tools all cost money. These costs keep going up every year with many of then being directly related to the cost of petroleum. A top quality lawn care company is not going to come cheap. We are doing more work to your lawn than you ever could. We have licensed employees applying commercial grade products, safely and effectively. They use machinery that is newer, larger or more complex than regular homeowner equipment. We are also able to perform yearly tasks like aerating, dethatching, overseeding and fertilizing, so you don’t have to own or rent all that extra equipment. Cheaper lawn care companies often cut corners on jobs, looking for any opportunity to trim costs. Many companies take on more work than they can handle, hire undocumented workers, rush their work or skip important procedures. Be skeptical of cheap prices that seem too good to be true. We very rarely raise our prices…you can count on our loyalty to you and that we will be the best value in the industry!
Q: Do shady lawns need any special treatment?
A: Yes – grass in shady areas is always weaker than in sunny areas. Again, shade is our worst enemy. Please prune your trees to allow the maximum amount of sunlight. Even shade varieties of grass need sunlight to grow. Also, heavy traffic in these shaded areas will damage turf grass. Extra seed may be needed to support a healthy lawn in the shady areas. Read our article on seeding.
Q: Does my lawn need aeration?
A: Aeration comes in two forms: and core aeration. Our customers benefit from Spike Seeding that is available in the Fall which is done in conjunction with seeding. Spike aeration pokes small indentations in the soil creating an optimal condition for seed germination. Core aeration is different in that it removes plugs from the ground to help the movement of oxygen and nutrients directly to the root system. Coring also relieves soil compaction. Core aeration is not a good practice when seeding however because the holes are too deep for the seed to grow from. All lawns can benefit from core aeration periodically and whenever seeding is needed. Please call if you would like a supplemental core aeration. This process may be done either in the early Spring or in the Fall. Read here for more on aeration.
Q: What can be done about brown spots from the dog?
A: Spots that are burned from the high acid and nitrogen levels in dog feces and urine usually must be excavated to a level of three inches. The holes should then be refilled with fresh soil and re-seeded. Many customers have avoided widespread damage by training their dog to use only certain areas of their properties. Research other lawn damage.
Q: What is Moisture Manager and how does it work?
A: Moisture Manager is a professional root zone moisture management material that captures the available liquid once watered in or rained on and then slowly makes that liquid available to your lawn’s root system as it is needed for up to 90 days. It will extend the time your lawn stays green during a drought and will reduce its’ watering needs drastically. We apply it in May or June and it lasts up to 90 days.
With these answers to frequently asked questions and common lawn care questions and teamwork you can have a lawn to be proud of!
As always, please call us with any additional lawn care questions you have, at (866) 950-LAWN (5296).