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FAQs About Lawn Care Services.

  •  I have an estimate, how do I sign up? Please call our office,  The office personnel will have a copy of the estimate on file.  Jen or Kendra will visit with you and determine which services you would like.  You can prepay for your service or pay per application.  They record to your file any special requests you may have.

 

  • Do I have to sign a contract? No, you can terminate the service at any time.  If you have prepaid, you will be refunded for any services not yet completed.

 

  • I have pets and kids, will the application harm them? Direct contact with granular fertilizer or weed killer is not advised.  We suggest you water in the application and let it dry before using the lawn. We have a person in the office to coordinate the scheduling per your request. When you sign up for service just notify us that you want to be called before applications and we will call to schedule your application. For a safer option, consider our Bio Green Natural Program. Scroll down to read FAQs.

 

  • It rained after your application, will it affect the results? Rain is good for the fertilizer.  The weed control has a surfactant which helps the herbicide stick to the plant and penetrate the cell structure.  However it needs about 30-90 minutes to set in and be effective, depending on the weed type and time of year.  If it rained before that time period expired we will need to reapply.

 

  • What if I have weeds come up between applications? This may happen, especially in thin areas and stress areas by concrete and parkways, as weed seeds can be introduced in many different ways.  If you are on the 5-step program service calls are free.  Please call the office and ask for a technician to come out and spray.

 

  • Why do I get more weeds along sidewalks and in the parkway? Weeds can grow in very adverse conditions.  Soil temperatures can be upwards of 20 degrees higher along a sidewalk when compared to the center of the yard.  This of course requires more water to equal transpiration rates.  We generally find the perimeter of the yard gets less water than the center due to watering habits and sprinkler setup.  Also the soil quality in a parkway is usually compromised when sand, salt, and gravel get pushed off the street with the snow. 

 

  • How much water does my lawn need? Generally 1-2" of water per week is sufficient.  Factors such as soil type, grade, weather conditions, and grass type all play a role in what is required.  Our technicians can give you specific advice for your particular yard.

 

  • Why doe it take longer to kill weeds in the summer? Herbicides work by absorbing formulated salts into the plant, which causes dessication of cell structure.  The more favorable the growing situation the faster they can absorb the herbicide, resulting in a quicker death.  So it is easier to kill the weeds when there is good soil moisture and moderate temperatures.

 

  • How long do I have to water the fertilizer in? Generally we recommend within a 72 hour window.  The fertilizer particles have a coating that will resist sun degradation for a period of time.  However, waiting more than a week in the summer months may result in diminished results.  When it is cooler the fertilizer could withstand degradation for 14-21 days and still be fully effective.

 

  • There are 6-8 weeks between applications, how long does the fertilizer last? The fertilizer is formulated to feed the lawn over a period of time.  Different formulations for specific stages of the plant growth with slow release nitrogen, allow the fertilizer too feed the plant over this time period.

 

  • I have cheaper estimate from a competitor, what is the difference? Some factors to consider when comparing prices.  Make sure a high quality fertilizer is being applied and at the correct rates.  A fertilizer program should apply certain amounts of each macro/micro nutrient needed to correct deficiencies. 

 

  • Don't under estimate the peace of mind of having an office to call when you have a question to concern.  Our office is staffed Monday-Friday to respond to your concerns and be proactive in dealing with issues.

 

  • I like to mow my grass low, is this bad? Yes, grass is a plant.  If you cut the leaves on a plant, you are reducing the "energy factories" of that plant.  For most grass types you never want to cut off more than 1/3 of the blade.  This will leave more leaf to photosynthesize, shade more of the soil to prevent water evaporation, and reduce the amount of sunlight to potential weed germination.  Make sure your blade is sharp.

 

  • When should I overseed? Generally we recommend overseeding in the fall.  This will allow  pre-emergents to be used in the spring to reduce weed populations.  Consult your technician for advice specific to your yard.

 

  • Do I need to aerate? Aeration helps control thatch, improves soil structure, helps create growth pockets for new roots, and opens the way for water and fertilize to impact the root zone.  Annual aeration is advised for lawns with high clay content, and some may need spring and fall if there is alot of foot traffic. 

 

  • Should I bag or mulch my grass clippings? If you have relatively few weeds and no disease problems, mulching is beneficial to the lawn.  Proper mulching does not cause thatch problems if you mow at proper levels.  90% of the grass blade is water which will quickly breakdown.  In addition, you are putting back into the soil some of the fertilizer that was absorbed into the plant.  The remainder of the leaf will break down and enter the soil profile as organic material, especially beneficial for clay soils.  If you have fungus or do not mow every week, you should bag your grass.
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BIO GREEN® NATURAL FERTILIZATION PROGRAM FAQ's

FAQs Bio Green® Natural Fertilizers: Are they safe for children and pets?

  1. Are Bio Green® fertilizers safe for children and pets?
    Yes. Bio Green’s patent pending formulas are a blend of liquid food grade fertilizer, plant nutrients and soil amendments. Our ingredients are safe for children and pets with no wait time after spraying, so our users are free to enjoy their lawns and landscapes immediately after the fertilizer has been applied.

  2. Are Bio Green® fertilizers safe for the environment?
    Yes. Bio Green USA is committed to the preservation and protection of our environment from the pollutants associated with synthetic fertilizer and the over-use of pesticides and herbicides. We strive to nurture the soil and promote the healthy productive plant life of residential lawns, home gardens, professional turf grasses and agricultural crops. All of our ingredients are environmentally-friendly and are designed to produce outstanding results without the harmful side effects of pollutants.

Aside from caring for the soil, we also care about Nebraska’s waterways. Bio Green’s environmentally-friendly fertilizer products are designed to reduce the nutrient and pollutant run-off into one of our most precious resources.

  1. Are Bio Green® fertilizer products safe to use near waterways (ponds, creeks, rivers, and lakes)?
    Yes. Bio Green® is a bio-based natural product and is environmentally-friendly. By using our products, you are actually contributing to the health and well-being of your neighbors downstream by choosing a natural fertilizer that is not high in Nitrogen and Phosphorus, which are known to contribute to decline in the quality of our natural water resources.

  2. Do Bio Green® fertilizers work as well as chemical fertilizers?
    In fact, bio-based fertilizers work even better than traditional, chemical fertilizers. Bio Green’s natural fertilizer contains the macro and micro nutrients that are necessary for healthy plant development as well as the development of a healthy soil food web, which is essential for building topsoil.

By using our bio-based fertilizers, you allow your landscape to flourish the way nature intended. You will notice improved color, longer lasting blooms, significant growth to trees, shrubs and flowers, and higher yielding-vegetable gardens.

  1. Does it take longer for natural bio-based fertilizers to work than synthetic chemical fertilizers?
    You will notice a response to our application within a week after your landscape service. Compared to the faster response seen after synthetic fertilizers are used, it will take a few days longer to see the initial results, but our system works with the slow-release of the nutrients that your turf needs, and focuses on the healthy development of your topsoil, which is essential is maintaining a lush, green landscape. Because BioGreen products use a slow-release system to provide continuous nutrition to your landscape, it will show less signs of stress than a typical chemically fertilized landscape.

  2. Do Bio Green® natural fertilizer products have an odor like synthetic fertilizers?
    No.  There is no chemical odor associated with Bio Green® like there can be with synthetic fertilizers and many organic fertilizers.  Bio Green® has an earthy aroma.

  3. What does it mean that Bio Green® products are a part of the USDA BioPreferred® Program?
    The USDA BioPreferred® program was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 and later expanded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. The goal of the program is to “increase the purchase and use of renewable, environmentally friendly bio-based products while providing "green" jobs and new markets for farmers, manufacturers, and vendors.”

Being a part of this program means that our products have been placed on a list of designated items, or generic groupings, of bio-based products that are required for purchase by Federal agencies and their contractors based on the fact that they have a more benign effect on the environment, are biodegradable, and have lower disposal and cleanup costs in comparison to the products they replace.

  1. Is it more expensive to use Bio Green® rather than a synthetic chemical fertilizer?
    No. Bio Green® is comparable to the cost of the leading brand name chemical fertilizers.

  2. Don’t I need synthetic chemicals to treat crabgrass and lawn disease?
    Crabgrass, insects and lawn diseases are in the category called pest control. Not unlike fertilizers, there are synthetic chemicals and non-toxic pest control products. As part of our standard service offering, Bio Green® Service Providers follow Least Toxic Pesticide BMPs (Best Management Practices). This results in a 50% to 75% reduction in the amount of pest control chemicals applied than most competitors. Non-toxic pest control is available as an option for customers. The cost for non-toxic pest control products is considerably higher than the cost for chemical products so there is an increased cost for non-toxic pest control service.

  3. What are the benefits of switching to Bio Green® fertilizers from conventional chemical fertilizers?
    Aside from the safety benefits for you and your family from choosing a bio-based fertilizer, Bio Green® products are blended specifically for the nutritional needs of plants and the environment. The nutrients and amendments are available to the soil and plants immediately when applied and continually through slow release and soil activity. Additionally, where chemical fertilizers tend to diminish the health of soil over time, Bio Green® fertilizers promote healthy plant life by restoring properly balanced soil biology.

  4. When too much of a chemical fertilizer is sprayed on my lawn or landscape, it can burn the grass. Will this happen if too much of a Bio Green® product is applied?
    Bio Green® products will not burn your lawn or landscape.  The high rates of Nitrogen and/or the salts used to bind the plant nutrients in chemical fertilizers are typically the cause of a chemical burn. Because Bio Green® products are bio-based and our application rates reduce the amount of Nitrogen applied to the lawn in an application by 70%, your lawn will no longer be at risk of chemical burn.

 

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If you would like a free estimate on any of our services please contact us. We look forward to helping you maximize the potential of your outdoor living space.

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