Lawn Care F.A.Q

You have questions, and we have answers. We have compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions to help you find those answers quickly. If you have any questions we haven’t answered her, please feel free to contact us. 

Frequently Asked Lawn Care Questions

Why are dandelions appearing after you treated our lawn?

Dandelions and other weeds are controlled by contact herbicides.  Meaning they must have the herbicide on their leaf tissue to kill them.  If a new weed seed hasn’t germinated when we treat your lawn they can’t be controlled at that time.  Because of this fact it is difficult to get rid of weeds completely. It can be done when you use a long term weed control plan.

 When can I mow my lawn after it is treated?

You can mow 24 hours after an application.shutterstock_150009575 (1)

 Should I bag or mulch my grass clippings?

We recommend mulching clippings back into the lawn.  The clippings consist of nutrients that we provide for the lawn in the form of fertilizer and will continue to break down and feed the lawn if left.  If bagged you will lose those nutrients.  Bagging should only be done if the lawn gets too long and you are going to cut more that 1/3 of the grass height off.

 When can I water my lawn after a treatment?

The same evening or next morning if the lawn requires watering.  It is beneficial to watered your lawn within a day or two after an application.

 How much should I water?

Your lawn needs around 1 inch per week to maintain a healthy root system.  Infrequently watering your lawn for long periods of time is best. When you water for a longer time water fills the root zone as compared to watering for short periods of time here and there.  An easy way to measure the amount of water going onto the lawn is to place pie pans around the lawn and measure the amount of water in each pan over the time you let the water run.  Then you can determine how much time or days you need to get an inch a week.

 What’s better liquid or dry fertilizer?

Dry fertilizer had a slower release in the soil years ago and so most people used dry.  Now liquid can be slow release with the addition of a nitrogen stabilizer giving it the same qualities as dry.  Both forms of fertilizer can also be release quickly in we so choose, so it all depends on what you desire, but most use a 50% slow release fertilizer.  Meaning some of the fertilizer is release quickly and some of it is released over 4-6 weeks of longer.  Dry fertilizer is easier for homeowners to apply because usually when you buy fertilizer at the store you also can buy or rent a spread to apply the material.  Liquid requires a sprayer and that is intimidating for most people, which is why most hire a lawn care company.  The lawn care company can spray your lawn with fertilizer and weed control in one pass, whereas dry you’d have to make multiple passes to fertilizer and spray for weeds.  There are advantages to each, but like anything it comes down to opinion or ease of use as the deciding factor which is why Grow Rite uses both depending on the situation.

 How short or long should my lawn be?

3 inches is recommended for Minnesota lawns. Longer the top growth of the lawn the deeper the root system is in general.  Remember to never cut more than 1/3 the height of the grass off at any 1 time as this can burn, stunt and potentially  leave too many clippings of the lawn.  Always have a sharp mowing blade when mowing your lawn.

 How long do we need to keep people/pets off of my lawn after an application?

Always keep off until the application is dry if we used a liquid.  If a dry product was used you can enjoy your lawn immediately.  If you are at all nervous about the applications that are used stay off of your lawn for that day. Within 24 hours you’ll be fine to enjoy your lawn.  We only use safe and registered products for your safety and for the safety of lawn care our technicians.

 Is it bad if it rains after an application?

If we apply a broadleaf weed control the product will take 1 – 2 hours to dry and penetrate the leaf tissue for effectiveness.  If rain occurs during that time period, don’t be alarmed sometimes it will still be effective.  If after 10 days the weeds aren’t curling and drying up please call the office and we’ll come out the spot spray your weeds.  All other products benefit from being watered into the soil and the products will start to benefit the lawn immediately.

What is digging in my lawn?

Skunks, birds and squirrels will dig into the lawn indicating that you may have grubs.  Grubs are the meal of choice for these animals.   If you notice the lawn looks like pigs our rotten around in it, then you can be pretty sure you have grubs. If you suspect you have grubs contact us for help.

 Why are my shoes orange or red after being in my lawn?

It’s a fungus called red thread and is common in Minnesota when the soil gets saturated from rainfall and we have high humidity for a number of nights.  Call Grow Rite for a positive I.D.

Where do grubs come from?

Beetles lay their eggs in your lawn. When the eggs hatch and the larva (grubs) begin to feed on your lawns root system.

What communities do you service?

We are located in Litchfield Minnesota. We provide service to any town that falls within the 45 mile radius around Litchfield. This is including, but not limited to; Willmar, Hutchinson, Glencoe, Annandale, and many more.