- Why is the grass greener on the other side of the fence?
With any program we recommend three fertilizers; one in spring, summer and fall. It is recommended that a core aeration is also done in the spring to open up the soil and let the granules get right to the root system. All the applications are tailored to meet the seasons needs and will keep the lawn green and healthy. If your lawn is not staying green it probably requires more water or perhaps the grass is being cut too short .
- Why should I choose Lawn Rangers?
We are a family owned company and pride OURSELVES on service. We are not a big organization with automated "press one", "press two" phone lines. Our office staff will immediately answer the phone and answer your call. If the office person cannot answer your question immediately she will discuss the question with the owner and get back to you as soon as possible.
- When should I have my lawn Aerated?
Normally we aerate a lawn in the spring time before the ground gets too hard with the hot summer sun. We can also aerate in the fall. Aeration allows air, water, and nutrients to better penetrate the soil by reducing the thatch layer in the turf. It is recommended that aerations be done yearly.
- What are Chinch Bugs?
Chinch Bugs are surface insects, about the size of a flea, that feed off the grass blade. Chinch bugs make their appearance in July when the sun is at its hottest peak.
- Why did you apply weed control just before it rained?
It's not always easy to predict what Mother Nature will hand us. If we apply a weed control and you feel the application has not dried (just a few hours), then wait for about 10 days to see the effect it DID have. If you are not satisfied with the results contact the office and ask for a ‘respray ‘. There is no charge for a respray of weeds as it is part of our guaranteed program (in areas we are permitted to apply pesticides)
- How do I know if I have Crabgrass?
Crabgrass is not visible in early spring. It will usually start to appear towards the middle of June depending on weather conditions. Crabgrass is a lime colour with short, stubby leaves and is particularly noticeable around the boulevards, sides of driveways, and bare areas in the lawn. Crabgrass is easy to spot in late summer when it changes to a purple colour. Do not confuse Crabgrass with Quackgrass. Quackgrass is present all season and retains its green colour.
- What is your guarantee?
Lawn Ranger prides itself on customer service. We work with our customers to provide the best lawn possible and if you are not satisfied, we are not happy. Our guarantee is that we will explain to you how and why things work, why things may not work and our best recommendation to improve your lawn.
- How can we keep our neighbours weeds from spreading into our lawn?
It's hard to suggest to a neighbour to hire a lawn care company! . However, Lawn Ranger credits referral accounts with a $10.00 rebate on you program! If your lawn is kept well watered (watering habits are a very important part of healthy lawn management) it retains a thick growth that will help prevent weeds from spreading.
- What is the best time of day to water the lawn?
Always water the lawn during the early day. It is a waste of water to water the lawn during the peak sun periods as much of it evaporates before it can reach the root system. Do not water at night as it produces fungus problems that you will wake up to in the morning.
- Grubs - When, What, Prevention and Repair
- In the fall many Toronto and GTA lawns become prey to root-eating insects called white grubs. The targeted turf fades in colour as fall progresses and the injured roots cannot absorb nutrients or water properly. The damaged areas begin to feel soft and spongy underfoot and pull out easily (like carpet) because the cut roots can no longer hold the grass plants to the soil.
- White grubs are the larva, or young, of several kinds of beetles. The European Chafer (Rhizotrogus majalis) and Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica) are two of the most common. The adults breed through the early summer and lay eggs in your lawn, which hatch in mid- to late-August and begin to feed.
In the spring when food is scarce, scavenging animals like raccoons and skunks find grubs an easy source of nutrition. Since the grubs have eaten the roots, it is easy for the animals to roll your grass back like new sod, causing it even more damage. Even if you do not have many grubs in your lawn, these animals often dig in places they remember finding food before.
Proactive Preventive care works best!
- All lawns have some grubs. Damage happens if a lawn is weak, or the number of grubs is very high (more than five to ten per square foot on an average lawn). Watering for an hour and a half to two hours once a week and having your lawn professionally fertilized will make your grass grow deeper, stronger roots and regenerate injured roots faster. It will also increase your lawn’s tolerance level for grubs.
Digging animals can be deterred in many ways, from fencing to smells they don’t like. Some of our customers have had success with motion activated water sprinklers, or motion light detectors.
- If grub damage has occurred despite your best efforts, immediate repair is needed to prevent further problems later. Rake out any loose, dead grass and have your lawn care company do a core aeration and over seeding with proper species of grass. If animals have flipped up to grass when digging, don’t despair. Wet the flipped turf to soften it and roll it back into place – if your grass is generally healthy there is a good chance that if it is cared for it will re-root, just like sod.