Our lawn and tree care specialists get a lot of questions when they're out and about. At American Turf & Tree Care, we want you to feel comfortable and confident in our services, every step of the way!
That’s why we’ve put together this list of questions that our customers ask the most.
It is vital to the health of our Turf & Trees that we supplement their water supply at all times of the year, so hopefully, this guide will help provide some direction to watering.
First, get those sprinklers going no later than Tax Day (April 15th, even earlier if conditions are really dry) and continue through Halloween (Oct 31st.) Here is a basic schedule:
- Mid April through End of April: 1-2 days per week,
- May thru Early June: 2-3 days per week,
- Early June thru September 1st: 3-4 days per week,
- September 1st through October 1st: 2-3 days per week,
- October 1st thru turn off: 1-2 days per week,
This is a good schedule to follow, but there are always some things to keep in mind:
- Full sun areas need more water than shaded areas
- Make sure that the edges are watered adequately. Most weed activity occurs on/around the edges where the turf doesn’t get adequate moisture.
- The best time to water is between Midnight and 6am.
- If an area looks dry, take a screwdriver and push it into the ground. If you can't go deeper than a half inch, it needs water.
- Early and late season water helps prevent mite damage
Trees need water too! Did you know that trees need water even at a low -25 degrees? Evergreens especially need supplemental water through our dry winters to make sure that they have a good start in the spring. We recommend treating your trees to some water about once a month, of course, weather permitting.
When is my first application?
This is our most popular question early in the season! Our goal is to have your first spring application completed by mid-May. Unfortunately, we can’t control the weather. (Trust us - we’ve tried.)
If Mother Nature gets in the way, our customer service team will work with you to schedule your first application at a time that is convenient for you.
How does American Turf & Tree Care schedule my applications for my lawn or trees?
Our program is designed to give your lawn and trees what they need most at each point in the season, which means our services need to be applied within a certain window of time to give you the best results. Don’t worry - our customer service team will always text/email/call the day before service is scheduled to notify you of service.
You can manage alert settings through your account online, or give our team a call at 970-352-7711 for assistance.
What do I need to do after my lawn application?
We know you’re looking forward to getting outside and enjoying your backyard - but it’s important to let the product dry completely before traffic is allowed on the lawn.
We recommend waiting to mow until the day after your application, watering the application in before mowing, and mulching grass clippings 2-3 times before bagging, if possible. Your lawn care technician will happily to answer any specific questions you might have about altering your normal lawn maintenance routine after our treatments. Your lawn care technician will not happily carry you across the lawn until our treatments dry, but thanks for asking.
Why do you recommend aeration in the fall?
Aeration is most beneficial in the fall because this is the time when the most root growth occurs in grass. Fall is the perfect time to nourish cool season grasses before winter dormancy, and it means you’ll have fewer weeds to battle in the spring.
How do I make sure my services continue next year?
For your convenience, we automatically renew your services unless you request otherwise. Lawns and trees need continual care, and we only want you to have the best!
How can I pay my bill?
The easiest way to pay your bill is to access your account online (with your account number) and follow the “make a payment” prompts. You can sign up for auto-pay or pay each invoice after each service. We strongly prefer cards or online billing and we will not accept money orders.
We also offer a pre-pay option - pay for the entire season at the start of the year and save 5% on the entire season!
We encourage you to join us in our quest to go paperless and take advantage of online billing, but we still accept checks. We do not accept Monopoly money, candy, or pinky promises as payment.
What if I need to reschedule?
We get it, life happens and sometimes a reschedule is in order. Please give us a call at 970-352-7711 to let us know ASAP, and we’ll do our best to find a day and time that works better for you.
Day-of requests can not be guaranteed since our drivers are already on the road, but we will do our best to accommodate.
What do I need to do to make sure my lawn is ready for service and avoid rescheduling?
Make sure the gate is unlocked, the dog is inside, and the lawn is cleared of debris and toys. We love your dog as much as you do, but treating your yard is a lot harder when Fido thinks we’re here to play.
Also, make sure you’ve had your lawn mowed at least once before service. Overgrown grass makes it more difficult to get our treatments to the roots of your lawn - making it less likely you’ll get the results you want!
My price went up from last year! Why?
Our goal is to provide premiere lawn care services at a fair price. We calculate our prices based on the size of your lawn or trees and also as a function of our product costs. We don’t raise prices just for fun.
If you’d like to speak with our customer service team about your pricing options, give us a call at 970-352-7711.
Why does my lawn look brown during the heat of summer?
You’re not alone! When temperatures are above 80 degrees, it can be tough on the cool season grasses that make Colorado lawns look so good in spring and fall. To keep your lawn from going brown, you should water it at least 3-4 times per week with about an inch of water per watering.
Fertilizer is not a replacement for water, and even the best sprinkler systems are only 80% effective. Remember - we do live in a desert! It can be several weeks without natural rainfall, so if you’re not filling in those gaps, your lawn can suffer.
Want to test this yourself? Try pushing a screwdriver down into the soil. If it stops about an inch deep, your lawn needs more water!
How do I measure my tree?
The products we use on your tree need to be administered in different dosages based on the size of your tree. You can measure the DBH (diameter at breast height) of your tree to help our team provide the most accurate quote for you and the best care possible for your landscape.
- At 4-1/2 feet above the ground, wrap a measuring tape around the trunk of the tree.
- Divide the measurement by 3.14 to get the diameter. This is your DBH.
- If your tree has multiple stems, measure the diameter of the tree at the narrowest point between the root flare and the split of the stems.
I have a brown spot in my lawn—what do I do?
Relax! Have your favorite beverage! With proper care (water, mowing, and nutrition) to the entire lawn, it will most likely go away on its own without having to do anything! A healthy lawn will naturally fix itself with proper routine care; many times, less is more.
I think I have fungus in my lawn—what do I do?
You likely do not have a fungus. Many people immediately turn to fungus as the problems, and that most often could not be further from the truth. Fungus requires lots and lots of water, and the reality is that most people do not water enough. So, you can't have a fungus among us without water.
What are good trees to plant in Colorado?
Tree selection is one of the most important investment decisions a homeowner can make. The most common trees Colorado homeowners select are large Evergreens, small Evergreens, small ornamentals, and large shade trees. Check out this resource from Colorado State Forest Service for specific suggestions and what not to plant!
The most important aspects to take into consideration are:
- How much space is available above and below ground (for roots and trunk/branch growth)
- Water and drainage availability
- Soil texture and pH
- Sunlight levels and weather & environmental factors
- Maintenance & pest resistance
When in doubt, a tree specialist at ATTC or a nursey is always here to answer any questions and provide upkeep!