Why are we so insistent about testing your soil?
Soil nutrient levels vary throughout Northern Virginia. We only want to put down what your lawn needs and nothing more. Turf growing in healthy soil that is pH balanced can absorb applied nutrients. We want nutrients, including nitrates and phosphates found in fertilizer, to stay on your lawn. During rain storms, excess nutrients can be transported to local streams and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay where they harm the ecosystem.
Protecting water quality.
We entered into a voluntary agreement with the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation to protect and improve Virginia’s ground and surface waters. We have submitted and received approval on our Nutrient Management Plan, which covers the amount, placement, timing and application of nutrient containing materials. Our technicians are trained to follow this plan and responsibly handle all lawn care products. Unlike most lawn care providers, we have an environmental scientist on staff who keeps us abreast of current research and water quality issues in the Chesapeake Bay region.
Save the Bay Options.
MowCow offers organic programs and designs stormwater solutions that effectively decrease erosion and sediment run off. Top Dressing with nutrient-rich compost is highly encouraged. It will increase water retention in the soil, decrease run off and require less nutrients. We want lawns to act like sponges, soaking up stormwater.