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Yes and no. At ABC, we believe we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our environment. That means the use of as few chemical-based products as possible. Instead, we believe that the best lawn is a truly healthy lawn - one that's has good soil nutrients and one where the health of the turf is the ultimate goal.
So, the products we use - more often than not - are organic, non-chemical compounds that are designed to promote overall lawn health. It's important to note that although we use products rich in nutrients, that doesn't mean there will always be a quick "green-up." Many chemical-based products commonly available at the big box stores are designed for a quick green-up, but don't necessarily strive for overall, long-term health of the yard. It's kind of like treating the symptom of a problem without actually treating the problem.
Borrowing a term from health care - we take a "holistic" approach, designed to benefit the overall health of your lawn, resulting in an attractive yard in an environmentally conscientious manner.
We treat your yard seven times over the course of a year. At varying times of the year, lawns need different elements and products applied to them. We pride ourselves in finding the right balance for your yard by designing the correct year round application schedule.
We use prefer to use natural-based nutrients (fertilizers) on your lawn. These nutrients include both fast-acting and slow-release materials, along with added nitrogen sources, and provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs for consistent growth and color from spring through fall.
We strive to use only environmentally friendly materials and fertilizers, having made the decision some years ago to move away from chemical-based fertilizers. However, depending on the particular issue in any given lawn, other, stronger products may be discussed with you.
Our lawn care specialists can do a lot to make your lawn the outdoor "carpet" you desire. Our lawn specialists will apply natural-based products to your lawn. These nutrients include both fast-acting and slow-release materials, along with added nitrogen sources, and provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs for to help it look healthy, year round.
Proper mowing is also important to maintaining a healthy lawn, and we can work with you to create a healthy schedule. We can also introduce native grass seeds, or lay new grass sod if needed.
A healthy lawn and a weed-free lawn go hand in hand. If a lawn is healthy and thriving, most weeds will be choked out. So yes, weed care is included in our regular schedule of treating your lawn. Additionally, when we choose a weed control product, it will be used only when and where necessary to gain maximum results.
This approach may require more patience, but we have found it is the best approach for lawn care in our communities.
We can add any of our lawn related services to our ongoing lawn mowing service. Turf enrichment (fertilization) can be discussed, priced and included into your lawn package, as designed by your lawn inspector.
Yes, we recommend regular applications of compost. Compost is organic material applied directly onto the lawn and is designed to improve the overall health of the turf. We would typically recommend aeration with compost, and we suggest it be done twice a year - typically in the Fall and Spring.