Lawn Service FAQ

Got questions about your Green Planet lawn service or tree service? Find answers from the lawn service professionals at Green Planet Lawn & Tree Care below, and if you don't find the answer you're looking for, don't hesitate to give us a call at 810-742-5555.

When will my service start in the spring?

We get started when the snow clears and the weather permits. Typically, this is around March 15th. It usually takes about 4 – 6 weeks to get all of our round 1 customers done, so you can expect to see us sometime between Mar 15 and May 1st as long as the weather cooperates. Every year we alternate the cities that we start in, so if you’re last this season next season you will be towards the beginning.

I had my first application already applied. Why do I have weeds?
The first application consists of a granular fertilizer and a pre-emergent for crabgrass. Broadleaf weed control is not a preventative, it is only effective when weeds have already germinated and are actively growing. Weed control is normally applied with your second and subsequent applications when the weather has warmed up enough to allow the broadleaf weed control to be effective.

How many applications of fertilizer do I need each year?
We recommend that you fertilize every 4 - 6 weeks to keep your lawn healthy and green. This generally works out to be about 7 applications per year

Why is my pre-emergent crabgrass control put down so early in the spring?
To control crabgrass, the product must go down early in the season to create a barrier which stops crabgrass germination. We recommend applying a pre-emergent before May 15 for best results.

When can my kids and animals be on the lawn after an application?
As soon as the grass is dry. Usually, within an hour on a sunny day.

Is weed control still effective if it rains after the application?
Yes, we use a spreader/sticker together with the weed control. After a half hour or so when the product is dry, it cannot be washed off by rain or sprinklers

How long after an application should I wait to start watering?
Yes, we use a spreader/sticker together with the weed control. After a half hour or so when the product is dry, it cannot be washed off by rain or sprinklers

How often should I water?
We recommend watering every day between 5 am and 9 am for 20 minutes per zone. On extremely hot dry days, add a late afternoon watering for the same amount of time in the early evening. Don’t make a habit of watering in the evening though, because this can promote disease.

My lawn does not look the way I want it to. What should I do?
Anytime you have a question about your lawn, just call. We will be happy to come out for a free service call to resolve any problems you have.

Last year I had a pre-emergent crabgrass application, but in August I still had some crabgrass.
Sometimes the barrier that is created by pre-emergent crabgrass control is broken. Different factors like edging the grass along the sidewalk or even cutting the grass can affect the barrier. When this happens, just give us a call and we will gladly come and apply a post emergent product that works well for this problem.

I have brown spots on my lawn. What are they?
No. There are many causes for brown spots. A proper diagnosis by a professional is very important. It could be anything from a dog urine burn to disease or insect damage. Call us for a free service call to diagnose the problem.

Why should I have a core aeration for my lawn?
There are many benefits from aeration, including:
  1. It allows water, and nutrients to get directly to the roots.
  2. It helps to break down thatch.
  3. It is one of the best ways to fight disease.
  4. It allows roots to become larger and healthier, which makes your lawn thicker and greener.
  5. It can lower your watering bill because more makes it to the roots and less water is wasted through evaporation.

When is the best time to seed?
Early spring and early fall are best times to seed your lawn. When seeding in the spring make sure to adequately water the newly germinated seed during the hot dry part of summer.

Is there a charge if we need you to come back and look at our lawn?
Absolutely not! We guarantee our service, and offer a free service call policy to resolve all problems as they occur. Many problems can occur in between visits, such as insect damage or disease. We ask you to call at the first sign that there may be a problem on your lawn. The earlier we are aware of a problem – the easier it is to stop the damage!

Does a lawn fertilization company need to be licensed?
Yes. Any company that applies pesticides must be licensed by the state of Michigan. That is the law. You should only allow licensed and insured companies to perform service on your lawn!

For more information on Green Planet's lawn maintenance and tree care services:

Call 810-742-5555, or contact Green Planet Lawn & Tree Care online.

Green Planet Lawn & Tree Care | Burton, MI 48529

Serving Genesee County, Michigan: Grand Blanc, Flint, Davison, Burton, Swartz Creek, Fenton, Frankenmuth, & Flushing, MI.