Lawn Care FAQ

 
 

Lawn Care & Weed Control


What makes Delaware Valley Turf different from other companies?

  • We are a small, local company that lives in the same neighborhoods we service.
  • All our managers and technicians have an educational background in turfgrass science, turf management, agronomy, and or horticulture from accredited universities.
  • Each technician is responsible for their own service area in effort to build familiarity with the customer, their lawn and the specific challenges at hand.
  • We are not a “one size fits all” lawn care company. We put our expertise and education to use and personally evaluate every lawn prior to providing any kind of proposal.
  • We pride ourselves on environmental stewardship and take a simplistic approach to pesticide use and work to limit treatments and exposure.
  • Our fertilizer products are granular and organic or organic based.

Do I need to be home for the applications?

No, your technician will leave a notice on your door stating what was done, the date and time he was there, and a small sign on your lawn. Furthermore, your technician will mention anything that may require your attention or action regarding the lawn or your recent service.

How long after an application can I mow the lawn?

Each application can be different, but we ask you wait 24 hours before having the lawn mowed. If your lawn was just aerated and seeded, then you should wait 3-4 weeks before mowing.

At what length should I mow my lawn?

The grass should be mowed now lower than 3.5”. We recommend setting your mowing blade between 3.5” and 4.5”. The lawn should be mowed weekly from spring through fall. Mower blades should be sharpened twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

When should I see results from the weed control?

Weeds will start to die off after 7 to 10 days. Any weeds that pop up between applications will be treated with the next application.

Are the applications harmful to children or pets?

No, however we ask you keep children and pets off the lawn for about 1 hour following most applications. Some other applications will be longer. This will be stated on the notice left on the door.

How do I pay for my service?

Your technician will leave an invoice on your door after each application. You can send back the slip with a check, fill out the credit card information, or set up an online account at delvalturf.com and pay online. You can also set up auto-pay and your card will automatically be charged after each application. Payment can also be made over the phone.

It rained after the application was done. Will this affect anything?

Rain will help the fertilizer, granular insect control, and limestone because it helps the product break down into the soil faster. The weed control needs about an hour to absorb into the weed. If you do not see signs of weeds starting to die (curling up, turning white or brown) after 10 days, let us know and we will come back and respray them.

 
 

Aeration & Seeding


When is the best time of year to aerate and seed my lawn?

Although some choose to seed in the spring, we find that the best time of year to seed is the fall. A grass plant in its infancy stage of life is usually not hardy enough to make it through the summer stress’ we face in our area. Additionally, a spring seeding prohibits the use of a pre-emergent herbicide (crabgrass preventive application) which is the first line of defense against crabgrass and other grassy weeds.

What is determined with my free soil test?

  • When we come out for your first application, your technician will take a soil sample from your lawn. We will send it off to the Penn State Analytical lab. When we get the results back, we will send you a copy.
  • The results will measure specific nutrients in the soil. If your pH is low, we will recommend having a limestone application in the fall to help neutralize the pH.
  • If your soil test shows a nutrient deficiency, we will apply specific fertilizers to bring levels in to the optimum range.

Do I need an aeration and seeding?

  • Well that depends on a few different things, but if we believe you do, we will recommend it. Most homeowners have their lawn aerated and seeded every few years.
  • Aeration and seeding is one of the most beneficial things you can do for a lawn. Aeration reduces compaction and allows for better water, air, and nutrient exchange. This promotes root growth and a stronger, healthier grass. Furthermore, by seeding, we are introducing new grass seed to your lawn to correct thin areas and thicken up the lawn. Remember, the thicker and healthier your lawn, the less weeds.
 
 

Grub Preventive & Summer Insect Control(flea & tick)


Do I need a grub preventive?

  • Grubs are the larvae of beetles that feed on grass roots and can do significant damage if left untreated. Grubs are most active in mid to late summer, which is when grub damage begins to show.
  • We recommend having a grub preventive done if you have had grubs in the past, or if your neighbor’s have had them. You can tell you have grubs because you will be able to pull the grass up in sections like an area rug, and the grass will turn brown. If you are not sure if you have ever had grubs or not, you can think of it like a flu shot. You do not know if you are going to get the flu, but you get the shot to prevent it.
  • If you do not get the grub preventive and you end up getting grubs, we can do a curative treatment, but they may have already done damage to the lawn.

Should I contact Delaware Valley Turf if I have any issues?

Yes! We encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns, so we can resolve them quickly and directly!

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