FAQs on Landscape Care

Why should I use a professional landscape care service?

Creating and maintaining a lush, healthy landscape takes time, effort and knowledge. Weather, weeds, insects and diseases all can degrade a landscape if not recognized early and dealt with effectively. When you compare the cost of doing it yourself, a professional can save you time, money and frustration.

How often should I water?

You should always check with your local water management district first and then water based on your landscape’s needs.  But as a general rule, 3/4 inch to one inch of water, twice per week is recommended for most landscapes. During the winter months, 3/4 inch to 1 inch of water once every seven to 10 days is adequate. Any rainfall that occurs between watering should be counted towards your plan. If you have questions about your watering practices, ask our experts or schedule a free landscape inspection.

How often should I mow?

It depends on the type of grass you have and the time of year.  Following are some tips on mowing your lawn:

  • Mow frequently. Do not remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade in any single mowing. Usually, this means that you should mow at least once per week during the growing season and once every 10 to 14 days during the dormant season.
  • Use a sharp blade. Sharpen your mower blades frequently to prevent disease and maintain good color.
  • Avoid mowing wet grass. Wet clippings can clog your mower, reducing its ability to efficiently cut the grass.
  • Leave clippings, if possible. Grass clippings return vital nutrients to your landscape. If you must collect clippings, compost them to be used as a soil modifier or as mulch.
  • Keep clippings from washing into runoff areas, storm drains or directly into bodies of water. While grass clippings are nutrients to your lawn, they are pollutants to bodies of water. Instead, sweep or blow clippings off of roadways, sidewalks and driveways and back onto the lawn.
  • Mow at the proper height. The following recommended mowing heights ensure the best possible appearance.
Grass Type Mowing Height
Floratam (St. Augustinegrass) 3.5 to 4 inches
Seville (St. Augustinegrass) 2.5 to 3 inches
Bitterblue (St. Augustinegrass) 3 to 3.5 inches
Bahiagrass 3.5 to 4 inches
Bermudagrass 1 to 1.25 inches
Centipedegrass 1 to 2 inches
Zoysiagrass 1 to 2 inches
Tall Fescue 1.5 to 3 inches

Why is crabgrass and Bermudagrass so difficult to control and eliminate?

Crabgrass and Bermudagrass are very aggressive growing grasses that can’t be eliminated without killing the grass around it.  That’s because these grasses have extensive root systems and no product on the market has been designed to just eliminate these two varieties. Once crabgrass or bermudagrass is found in a lawn the only way to effectively remove it is to kill off the area(s) that are affected, remove the affected area from the lawn and then re-sod the area with the appropriate grass.

What are the brown spots in my yard and how did they get there?

Brown spots in a yard can be caused by a number of things:  under-watering, disease, dead grass, too much shade, insect damage, etc.  To make things even more complex, each one of the causes requires a different approach and course of action to fix the problem.  That’s why our monthly service includes constant inspections to identity these issues and then perform the appropriate corrective action before the situation gets out of hand.

Why is my yard yellow?

Yellow lawns can be a symptom of several problems:  nutrient deficiency, under-watering, drought, insect damage, and so on. Each problem has its own solution and as a result, our GreenUP Landscape Care program is customized and flexible. Our monthly service includes constant inspections to identity these issues and then perform the appropriate corrective action before the situation gets out of hand.

What can I do about all these weeds in my lawn?

You want to create a thick, healthy lawn through proper fertilization, mowing and watering practices. A healthy, well-maintained lawn keeps weeds from establishing themselves and growing to full potential. The professionals at Massey GreenUP will design a customized program that will create the thickest and healthiest lawn for your landscape. When necessary, we will use targeted treatments to help remove weeds.

Why are weeds worse in some areas than other areas?

Weed infestations are caused by a number of things:  the lawn isn’t healthy, there’s too much water or too little water, the grass type isn’t appropriate for the condition of the landscape (shady, sunny, soil type, etc.) and other problems that leave the lawn vulnerable to weed infestations.

How do phosphorous-free fertilizers help protect our water?

Phosphorous is an essential nutrient that feeds weeds and algae. An overabundance of phosphorous in freshwater (along with nitrogen) causes weeds and algae to grow out of control. This creates a nuisance for recreational activities and can also kill fish and alter the growth patterns of other aquatic life. Reducing phosphorous that could end up in freshwater sources helps maintain nature’s balance and keeps our water clean.

What is aeration and why is it good for my lawn?

Aeration removes plugs of soil (about the size of your thumb) from your lawn and allows oxygen, water and nutrients to flow freely into the root zone. Aeration also reduces water runoff by opening up the soil to receive the water downward rather than letting it puddle onto sidewalks and driveways.

How often do you aerate?

We include aeration once a year in our GreenUP Landscape Care program.  However, depending on the condition of your lawn, aeration may be needed more than once per year to ensure that the roots of your lawn grow strong and healthy.

What are the white moths in my yard and why are they still present after treatment?

The white moths in your yard could be several insects.  However, they are most likely the moth form of sod webworms.  Just because you have moths in your yard doesn’t mean you have sod webworms or that the treatment wasn’t effective.  It does mean that you could potentially have sod webworms in your landscape and an inspection should be performed immediately.

Even if treatment is performed, there is no way to prevent sod webworms from entering your lawn again because they fly and can enter from neighboring lawns.  That’s why our monthly GreenUP Landscape Care is so beneficial against sod webworms and other insects. We catch insects at an early stage and can eliminate them before small problems become large.

Does rain affect lawn treatments?

With most of our treatments, rain is a benefit.  A lot of lawn treatments need to be watered within two to 24 hours.  So after-treatment rain may keep you from having to run your irrigation system.  Our GreenUP Specialists will leave specific instructions on what’s needed after treatment.  In addition, since our regular GreenUP Landscape Program is monthly, we’re constantly evaluating the landscape and will apply additional treatments as needed.

Do I have to water after my lawn treatment?

It depends on the type of treatment that was applied.  Some treatments require watering while others don’t.  Our GreenUP Specialists will leave specific instructions on what’s needed after treatment.

How will your products affect my pets?

We’re pet-lovers too.  All of the products that in our programs are not harmful to pets as long as you follow our recommendations.  Keep in mind that some treatments require time to dry before pets can be allowed back into the treated area.  Every situation is different and your Massey Services Team Member will give you specific information on the product application we used and how to keep your pets safe.

Are your products environmentally responsible?

All of the products we use have been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and have satisfied our own test evaluations.

What type of grass is best for my yard?

Some grasses do better in full sun than shade and vice versa. Check our chart below for details on specific grasses:

Grass Type Best Location
Floratam (St. Augustinegrass) Full sun areas
Seville (St. Augustinegrass) Moderately shaded areas
Bitterblue (St. Augustinegrass) Slightly shaded areas
Bahiagrass Full sun areas
Bermudagrass Full sun areas
Centipedegrass Full sun to partially shaded areas
Zoysiagrass Full sun to moderately shaded areas
Tall Fescue Full sun to moderately shaded areas