44183 Wade Dr. Chantilly, VA 20152
Tel: 703.327.2845 Fax: 703.327.3249


The following are some seasonal tips that each homeowner should review, which will help keep a fuller, greener lawn throughout the year.

Early Spring

Maintaining healthy lawn is the first step

  • Regular Fertilization
  • Proper mowing
  • Good watering practices
  • Insect and disease control


Pre-emergents

  • Stops crabgrass from growing by prohibiting seed germination
  • Kicking crabgrass to the curb (successful control increases with prevention)


Best Results for pre-emergnets

  • Should be applied before crabgrass begins to germinate
  • Yearly applications
  • Heavier applications at sidewalks and driveways
  • Applications need to be watered

 

Mid-Spring/Summer

Grub Control

  • Grubs are immature (larvae) beetles including Masked Chafers, Green June Beetles, Japanese Beetles, and many more. Grubs can destroy a lawn by eating at the underground roots. This problem goes unnoticed until dead, brown areas a few inches in diameter to several thousand square feet begin to show up. If you have flocks of birds descending to feed on your lawn, or brown areas that lift right off the ground like a rug these are clues that grubs are present. By the time you see the symptoms there is a severe problem. 
  • Adult beetles emerge from the ground in mid-June through early July. During the month of July, the adult beetle feed on and damage a variety of plants, most notably plants in the rose family. As beetles reach maturity in the latter part of July they mate, lay eggs just under the surface of the soil, and die. The eggs hatch within 5-10 days. Young grubs emerge and begin to feed on plant roots until well into October. As the temperatures begin to drop, the grubs burrow into the ground to rest for the winter. When warm spring weather arrives, the grubs become active and resume feeding during late April through May. By June, the grubs undergo metamorphosis into beetles, completing one generation and beginning another.
  • If you have an exisiting grub problem, a remedial approach is often necessary. Grubs become increasingly resistant to the less toxic preventative approaches as they grow. Faster acting, stronger, control measures become necessary.         

 

Late Summer/Early Fall

Aeration & Overseeding

  • From the best lawns to the unhealthiest of lawns, aeration and overseeding is a mandatory lawn care and maintenance process that should be handled professionally. Every summer, fescue grass lawns struggle with the complex Virginia weather conditions of high humidity, shade, high temperatures, and wet and/or dry conditions. Fescue grass does not have the ability to regenerate and must be reseeded to establish a new lawn.

Topdressing

  • An application of compost mix to turf is applied to improve your lawn. The lawn is overseeded with improved varieties that are disease resistant and will have darker green color for grass.

 

Winter Tips

  • Leaves and other debris should be removed to prevent disease from entering lawns and gardens
  • Mowing height should be reduced
  • Mowing should continue until grass has stopped growing.
  • A short cut will help the lawn to retain color and resist disease over winter months
  • Fall fertilization hill help fortify turf for winter
  • Dormant pruning to prevent ice damage and damage to trees

 

Watering Tips

  • Container grown plants dry out more quickly than "balled or burlapped" plants. During dry weather, use a watering wand to soak the root ball as needed.
  • Summer thunderstorms provide helpful moisture, but should not be considered a substitute for deep watering.
  • Water trees and shrubs thoroughly as needed during the summer months and late fall before the onset of winter.
  • Large trees can take several years to become established in the landscape. Additional watering is needed during dry spells and summer droughts.
  • Plants growing in the shade of large trees dry out more quickly because of the competition for moisture from large tree roots. Adjust watering schedules accordingly.
  • Wilted leaves can result from the soil being either too dry or too wet. Be sure to feel the soil before watering.
  • Bedding plants, hanging baskets and potted plants may need water daily during the summer months. Use water-grabbing polymers such as Soil MostTM to reduce the frequency of watering. These polymers absorb the excess water that typically drains through the pot, hold it in a jell form and release it to the roots when needed.
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Areas that we provide landscaping and lawncare to include, but are not limited to: Fairfax, Fairfax City, Fairfax Station, Burke, Chantilly, Herndon, Oak Hill, Sterling, Dulles, Great Falls, Vienna, Oakton, Reston, Centreville, Clifton, Manassas, as well as Ashburn, Franklin Farms, South Riding, Tysons Corner and other clients who are in need of quality landscape and affordable lawn care services
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