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Rain/water is needed for nearly all applications to be effective. Pre emerge, fertilizer, lime, humic acid, and liquid aeration all can be applied in the rain. Post emerge/weed killers do need some "dry" time to be most effective, usually long enough for the product to dry on the leaf. Once this has occurred, the plant has absorbed almost all of the herbicide that it is going to absorb. If you see weeds recover after a lot of rain, it is likely that the rain helped the plant heal rather than it was washed away.
Yes, Grass Life is an Alabama owned and operated lawn care company. We have over 30 years of personal experience in the green industry and we have serviced well over 7500 lawns in North Alabama.
Grass Life did own the Scotts franchise of North Alabama. We did not seek out a sale of any kind. As a franchisee, we had a contractual clause that mandated that in the event of a corporate merger the parent company would then have the right to purchase our location if they chose to do so. Unfortunately.... they did. We apologize for all of the confusion and issues associated with the merger. This time we have no such contractual obligations and are looking forward to reconnecting with all of our old friends and customers to continue to provide exceptional lawn care services.
Yes and no. Since we are not obligated to use "their" program, we have developed our own DREAM program. It does still incorporate elements of Scotts; however, we have introduced soil and root development products, which I am extremely excited about the results they have shown. We have gone to an all-liquid soil aeration program (as it provides more versatility) and greatly improved some of the pre and post emerge products.
Our Custom Care Program is seven services per year spaced out every 6-8 weeks. This is based on soil temperatures either increasing or decreasing throughout the year. We can, and often do, offer our Complete Care Program which is 8 services and typically incorporates Liquid Aeration. There are other services that we can interchange with Liquid Aeration such as insecticides, fungicides, pH control, etc. Grass Life can also offer these on an a la carte basis. In addition, we also offer both Tree & Shrub services along with Bed & Weed maintenance programs.
It is our desire and goal to keep the same technician on the same group of lawns at all times. There are times of vacation, illness, routes being realigned or people moving to other careers, but it is absolutely my goal.
Once the chemicals are mixed from concentrate they are very inert (96% water, water is the delivery substance), but they are still chemicals. We call or text each customer the day before to let you know what we have planned for the following day; we recommend if possible to stay off the treatment areas until dry, typically an hour.
No, we shy away from this idea. Grass Life wants your lawn to look great because people see our trucks at your lawn. Reputation means more to us than the money from a single application. Think of it like this.....if someone decides to get in shape, they can’t just go to the gym one time, it takes a "program."
Yes, we want your lawn to be as healthy and beautiful as possible! If an issue arises between lawn care services (6 to 7 weeks apart) we will gladly come back, at no charge, to check on the concern. We will then treat or discuss with you all possible treatment options.
*Customers must be on a full Custom Care or Complete Care Program with their account in good standing.
Not currently. Grass Life was the first local company to use dye, it has its place but we have grown to dislike it. It is messy and costly. We would much rather use things like aer-8 or humic acid that will actually help your lawn rather than tint it for a few days.
On the day of service we will leave an invoice on your front door. Grass Life offers several payment solutions such as paying through our website, mailing in a check, or paying with a credit card over the phone. You can also prepay for the remainder of the calendar year and receive a 6% discount on lawn care services. You may also like to take advantage of our Auto Pay Program. With this program, we will attach your debit or credit card to your account. We will then use the card on file to pay for each service after it is completed.
Think of lawn care as a marathon, not a sprint. There are many variables to spring green-up, but soil temperatures and root depth are MAJOR FACTORS. You can't force a lawn green, that's based on soil temps; you can make it greener after it gets going though. Weak/poor and young turf will have roots that are more shallow....soil heat moves top/down. So consequently it may green up a little faster but shallow roots are never a good thing.
We certainly aim for 100% weed control 100% of the time, but there are a ton of variables. Some weeds can't be prevented (most are) and must be treated as they appear (which we do) like nutsedge, dalisgrass, onions, and hyacinth. Excess rain/water, digging in the lawn, bird feeders, etc all play a part. It is absolutely the goal of our lawn care experts to provide you the best lawn possible.
Most universities recommend 1 to 3 times per week, for approximately 45 minutes per lawn area. It is much better to water for long sessions and less frequently, compared to short sessions and more frequently. This gives turf an adequate "drink," but also forces roots to "hunt" for water. This makes them dive downward and get stronger. Early morning watering is ideal, typically between 3:00 a.m and 830 a.m. Bermuda and zoysia grass need around 1.5 inches of rain weekly to thrive, fescue needs around 2". For a more advanced technique, you can calibrate your watering. Set empty tuna cans or pie shell plates around an area, run your water for 30 minutes then measure the amount of water, and adjust from there more or less. If you get 3/4 of an inch, do that twice a week, and 3 times for fescue.
Bermuda and zoysia should start the season at 1.5" to 2". By "scalping and bagging" this time of year it will help speed green-up and reduce thatch issue. As the season progresses, raise the height periodically with increasing heat. You should end the season in early September at around 3". Fescue must never be cut lower than 3.5" unless you're preparing to aerate and overseed in the fall, then it should be scalped and bagged.
All types should be cut weekly during their respective growing season. Bermuda and Zoysia in spring, summer, and early fall. Fescue, from fall to late spring. There is NO, I repeat NO, need to cut Fescue weekly during the summer months. In fact, cut it on an as needed basis. No more than every two weeks. Bermuda and Zoysia, if not cut weekly, can develop a situation where the “green” is being cut off. Cut these turfs monthly to maintain a slick look in winter.
That's complicated. The old idea is treating for grubs will get rid of moles, and I've seen that work, but I've also seen it not work. They are carnivores and also go after earthworms and other things in the soil. So while we have great products to control grubs, we can't guarantee mole control. This is the same answer for armadillo and other "varmints."
The state only requires 1 person per branch to hold a "state" license, however, each of our lawn care technicians receives a month of hands-on training along with monthly and yearly ongoing training.
Grass Roots utilizes an organic integrated lawn care program. Some elements are synthetic, some are organic.
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