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Fescue Grass - Turf Professors FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

Turf Professors Lawn Care Service, Richmond, VA
  • When can my children and pets return to the lawn after treatment?
    As soon as the product is dry. Depending on temperatures this may be as little as 2 hours or as much as 3-4 hours after an application. The higher the temperature the faster the product will dry.
  • Can I schedule when my applications are made?
    Unfortunately no. We will send you a reminder by email the day before an application is scheduled. If for some reason you need to postpone an application, please call our office asap so we can reschedule.
  • Will the same technician visit my property every time?
    We strive to ensure that the same Turf Professors technician treats your lawn consistently. Building a relationship and trust between our customers and their area technicians is invaluable for maintaining open lines of communication and ensuring consistent service. We understand that familiarity is important and more comfortable for our customers, as evidenced by stories from those who have experienced brief moments of surprise upon seeing a new face from other large regional or national companies while looking out their window or returning home during an application.
  • Do I need to be home when services are performed?
    You do not need to be home for service appointments. However, we do encourage communication with your lawn technician. Thanks to our commitment to smaller routes, our team members have the opportunity to build better relationships with our customers. Feel free to interact with them, and ask any questions about your lawn; they are always eager to assist!
  • How will I know when you’re coming to treat my lawn?
    The day before your lawn care application, you will receive an email detailing the scheduled service, the name of your lawn care technician, and seasonal tips for optimal lawn care. Unlike some regional and national lawn care providers, we find the idea of a technician making an unexpected visit on your property unacceptable. At Turf Professors, we prioritize clear communication and respect for your privacy, ensuring you are well informed about each upcoming service appointment.
  • Why was my service rescheduled due to high winds?
    Your service may be rescheduled due to high winds. Despite planning around wind forecasts, unexpected changes sometimes require us to halt applications on your scheduled service day. As environmental stewards, our responsibility is to ensure that applications are precise, targeted, and stay on your lawn. Sustained winds or gusts can lead to drifting, risking the application reaching areas such as ornamental shrubs and causing difficulties for our technicians. Although it's rare to stop applications because of wind, this cautious approach underscores our commitment to environmentally responsible and effective lawn care.
  • Is it bad if it rains after my lawn is treated?
    The simple answer to whether rain after a lawn treatment is detrimental is no. We closely monitor wind and rain forecasts prior to treatments and reschedule them if rain is predicted. As long as the product has had time to dry on your lawn, the treatment's essential effects will have already taken place. Moreover, a shower several hours post-treatment can be advantageous, as it assists in driving the nutrients deeper into the soil, directly to the roots of the grass, facilitating better absorption and effectiveness.
  • How often will you treat my lawn?
    Our team will treat your lawn every 4 to 8 weeks, with the frequency depending on the season and the specific treatment program in which you are enrolled.
  • Can I mow right after a treatment?
    Yes, but please wait until the product is dry. During warm weather this may take as little as 20 minutes but during cooler times of the year this may take up to 2 hours.
  • Why are sharp mower blades so important?
    Maintaining sharp mower blades is crucial for the overall health and appearance of your lawn. Sharp blades cleanly slice the grass tips, while dull ones tend to rip and tear the grass blades, leaving them jagged with white tips. This not only detracts from the visual appeal of your lawn but also increases the surface area of the cut, weakening the grass plants and making your lawn more susceptible to disease and fungal outbreaks. In essence, the condition of your mower blades is a key factor in the health and resilience of your lawn.
  • What is the best mowing height for my tall fescue lawn?
    During the cooler months, maintaining your lawn at 3.5 inches is ideal. However, in the summer, we recommend mowing your lawn at a height of at least 4 inches, or up to 4.5 inches if your mower allows for it. If your mower is not capable of mowing at least 4 inches high, we strongly suggest upgrading to a more capable model, as the health and appearance of your lawn significantly depend on this. Please keep in mind: Please keep in mind: Don't solely rely on the numbers on your mower; instead, measure the mowing height from the floor to the bottom of the mower blade on a flat surface to ensure accuracy. Mowing height is a common issue in the lawn care industry. Customers often assume they're mowing at 4 inches based on the mower's setting, but in reality, they may be mowing at less than 3.5 inches during the peak of summer.
  • Can I mow right after my lawn is treated?
    Yes, but please wait until the product is dry. During warm weather, this may take as little as 30 minutes, but during cooler times of the year, it may take several hours.
  • Is it okay to bag my grass clippings?
    It's essential to avoid bagging your grass clippings, as this practice removes crucial nutrients from your lawn. For the best results, prioritize mowing your lawn at a tall height and doing so regularly. The clippings naturally fall into the canopy of your lawn, providing shade to the soil and acting as a significant nutrient source, particularly during the summer months.
  • What is the ideal time to water my lawn?
    For the best results, water your lawn between 4 am and 7 am. Watering during these early morning hours greatly reduces evaporation and lowers the risk of fungal outbreaks. It's important to note that watering in the afternoons or evenings is highly discouraged, as it significantly increases the likelihood of fungal diseases and can adversely affect your lawn's health.
  • Do I need to water before or after my lawn treatment?
    Watering isn't generally required before or after lawn treatments, with certain exceptions. For instance, we might instruct you to water in a product post-application, notably for a mid-May treatment involving a white grub control product. This product must be watered into your lawn within 24 hours of application for optimal results. Outside of such instances, there's no need to alter your irrigation system settings, even if a treatment coincides with your regular irrigation schedule.
  • How much water does my lawn need per week?
    Your lawn's health heavily relies on proper irrigation, regardless of the products applied. For a comprehensive guide on the best watering practices for your Richmond-area lawn, please visit our watering guide page.
  • Why should I avoid watering my lawn in the afternoons or evenings?
    Watering your lawn in the afternoons or evenings creates conditions conducive to fungal diseases, as it leaves the grass damp overnight. Although we can't control natural phenomena like afternoon rain, we can manage our irrigation practices to reduce these risks. Watering only between 4 am and 7 am is advised to ensure your lawn's health and to aid in water conservation. This timing takes advantage of cooler temperatures and reduced wind speed to minimize evaporation, allowing your lawn to absorb the necessary moisture without the risk of disease.
  • How can I measure the amount of water my lawn receives?
    Understanding the precise amount of water your irrigation or sprinkler system delivers is vital for your lawn's health and contributes to water conservation. For an in-depth guide on measuring and calculating your irrigation system's outputs, check out our blog post on measuring and calculating irrigation system outputs. This resource is not only crucial for optimizing your specific system but can also lead to savings on your monthly water bill, embodying responsible and sustainable lawn care.
  • Round 6: November
    MID-FALL Fertilizer and bio-stimulants will help your new or existing lawn push growth heading into winter. We emphasize root growth with this application which will give your lawn a head start for next season.
  • Round 4: June-July
    LATE SUMMER Let's give your lawn a break. By now most weeds should be under control so we are going to focus on providing your lawn with essential nutrients to help it get through the summer. We will also treat for nutsedge and any warm season weeds we notice in your lawn.
  • Round 1: January-February
    EARLY SPRING Liquid fertilizer, crabgrass control, and broadleaf weed control. Included in this application is a liquid aeration product which helps loosen the soil allowing more oxygen and nutrients into the topsoil profile.
  • Round 3: May-June
    EARLY SUMMER Liquid fertilizer, pre-emergent weed control, and a high end broadleaf herbicide to help control Virginia Buttonweed and Wild Violet. This application is designed to improve your lawn's color without putting any additional stress on the lawn heading into summer.
  • Round 7: December
    LATE FALL Winter fertilizer and cool-season weed prevention. One last application before the end of the year is designed to help prevent any cool season weeds from causing problems next year. A long lasting fertilizer will also help your lawn look great through the holiday season!
  • Round 5: September-October
    EARLY FALL Custom granular starter fertilizer with bio-nutrients. This round is designed to be done in conjunction with fall aeration and overseeding. However, if you choose not to overseed this fertilizer and bio-nutrient application will help rejuvenate your lawn heading into fall.
  • Round 2: March-April
    LATE SPRING Liquid fertilizer, crabgrass control, and targeted broadleaf weed control. This application is designed to wake your lawn up heading into spring. A bio-nutrient package helps drive root growth preparing your lawn for our harsh Virginia Summers.
  • Are Turf Professors technicians licensed?
    Yes, all of our technicians are licensed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
  • Are your services guaranteed?
    Yes! We will do everything in our power to make sure you are satisfied with your lawn. But please keep in mind that lawn care is a partnership and we need your help. Please follow our mowing and watering guides which you can find under the resources tab. There are also some elements to lawn care which are out of our control. Excess moisture, shade, and lack of air flow are all environmental effects which no amount of chemicals or fertilizers can overcome. If something doesn’t look right with your lawn please contact us asap. The faster we are aware of any issues the faster we can come up with a solution.
  • Can I schedule when my applications are made?
    Unfortunately no. We will send you a reminder via text and email the day before an application is scheduled. If for some reason you need to postpone an application please call our office asap so we can reschedule.
  • How do I make payments?
    You have a couple different options to make payments. If you have a card on file with us you will be billed automatically following your application, if you would prefer to make payments per application you will receive an email and text after your application which will direct you to our online portal where you can pay your bill.
  • How often will you treat my lawn?
    You will see us on your lawn every 4-8 weeks.
  • How much do the services cost?
    The cost of our lawn care programs is calculated based on the total square footage of the lawn you wish to have treated.
  • Do I need a disease and pest prevention program?
    It depends on your lawn expectations. Some lawns are more prone to disease and pest infestations than others. Lots of factors come into play such as shade, watering and mowing practices, moisture retention, and airflow. Disease and grub prevention is much more affordable and effective than trying to cure an outbreak.
  • Does Turf Professors offer mowing or landscape services?
    No, however feel free to call our office and we will refer you to some of our service partners in your area.
  • What services does Turf Professors provide?
    At Turf Professors, we specialize in providing fertilizer and weed control applications that not only enhance the health and aesthetics of your lawn but also set us apart from the competition with our unwavering commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our services. We achieve this by using organic soil amendments, nutrient-rich fertilizers, and minimizing chemical usage, all of which prioritize the well-being of your family, pets, and the environment.
  • Do I need to be home when services are performed?
    No, you don’t need to be home during service appointments. However, we encourage customers to communicate with their lawn technician. Our commitment to smaller routes allows our team members to get to know our customers better. Feel free to interact and ask questions regarding your lawn; they are always happy to help!
  • Are all of your products organic?
    Although our products contain products like humic, sea kelp, and micro-nutrients it’s not 100% organic. The good part is that by utilizing these bio-nutrients we are able to improve soil health and achieve the same results as the regional and national providers with significantly less fertilizer and weed control chemicals.
  • Is Turf Professors more expensive than traditional lawn treatment providers?
    We work extremely hard to maintain competitive costs while still offering better and more environmentally sustainable services.
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