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The MowCow frequently asked questions are here to answer all of your green-thumbed needs. Covered topics include the basics of lawncare, how weather factors in to your timetable, what type of equipment you’ll need for various layers of grass, how often you should mow (and where), and much more!

Lawn Mowing

4 inches. Any lower and we run the risk of browning out your lawn. Any higher and well–you won’t have much of a cut.

Light drizzle won’t hurt a lawn but if the ground is very soggy we would want to come back the next day allowing the lawn to dry.

We sharpen our blades every evening after a full day of production.

Lawn Care

This is our seeding guarantee. If we aerate and seed your lawn, but the grass doesn’t grow, we’ll reseed at no charge. You must also have one of our lawn care programs.

There are many factors as to why, but we would be glad to take a look at your lawn. Here are a few things that we see each year which is why we always express purchasing Grub Control and 3 Fungicide Applications. Grubs are white larvae that eat your grass roots leaving patches of grass that you can rake up with your hand. So, grub control helps with keeping them from ruining your lawn. Fungus on the lawn stems from late night rains, watering too much and they can also be transported to our lawns by wind, foot traffic and from lawn equipment. 

During the Spring and Summer months we see two types of causes for this to happen. One cause could be showing signs of lack of Potassium. A good soil sample will help us gauge what amendments you will need to perform a good growing season. Many lawns during the summer react differently to hot weather. The cause of the change in color is stemming from a cool weather grass that causes the blades of grass to turn purple and look burned due to hot temperatures scorching the blades of grass.

The Best Course of action is to have our tech come out and assess the area or email us photos.

Firstly, your lawn is most likely ok! This is due to our weed control product, Tenacity. The process strips the chlorophyll from the lawn, but this is only temporary. This harms your grass in no way.

Read more: You Treated: Now, why is my lawn WHITE?

Landscaping

Yes, but only trees under 14 feet. However, if there’s a felled tree, no matter the size, our crews can saw it up and haul it away.

Recommended Service: Rent-a-Crew, Storm Damage Clean-Up

Landscape Upkeep Plan

Typically, for a bi-weekly Landscape Upkeep Plan, there are 15 visits from March – November.

No. Our crews will prune back a few stray shoots here and there for general maintenance and health. This would be a separate service.

Recommended Service: Clean-Up & Mulch, Tree & Shrub Pruning

Plant Health Care

Organic Flea & Tick

The active ingredient is cedar oil extracted from the wood of Red Cedar Trees found on the East Coast. Juniperus virginiana. It’s NOT made from the Western Cedar tree found in Texas that causes outrageous allergies. It contains ethyl lactate, extracted from raspberries, which eats through the exoskeleton of the flea and tick. A fatty soap is included to help it stick to the pest.

We have 5 treatment program. Ranges from ~30-45 days. It is even more effective if neighbors participate.
Keep pets off it until it dries, which is usually about 15 minutes, unless high humidity

We’ve heard that some cedar oil products sprayed directly on cats can make them sick due to the phenols and terpenes. We DON’T EVER spray on pets and this product dries very quickly and thus there should not be any issues. Manufacturer claims this is non-toxic to pets. The manufacturer’s scientist even sprays it in his hands and rubs his face with it!

Here is what the EPA says…“EPA is not aware of any evidence of injury to human health or the environment due to their use.”…. “Cedarwood oil is considered Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) as a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration. As a pesticide, it repels insects by a non-toxic mode of action. EPA is not aware of any adverse effects caused by cedarwood oil pesticide products when used in a manner prescribed by their labeling. No incidents involving toxic effects have been reported to the Agency.”

Two ways:

  1. If the product lands on eggs and larvae of fleas and ticks it dissolves the eggs and larvae, thus keeping them from hatching, growing up and feeding on your pets and reproducing.

  2. The cedar oil aroma repels adult ticks and fleas in the same way that cedar wood keeps moths out of closets, which like to eat wool sweaters. The aroma is a pheromone inhibitor. It keeps the adults from eating or mating, it seems to make them very confused and lazy. This is great because they won’t want to enter your yard, feed on your pet or reproduce. Additionally, the bio-solvent ethyl lactate, extracted from raspberries, will dry out the insects and the arachnids (ticks) exoskeleton.

Other fleas and ticks from neighboring yards will not want to enter your due to the aroma…BUT they are still there next door waiting to jump on your pets if they cross the property line. Fleas, ticks and other pest insects do not respect property lines. Encourage your neighbors to get on this program. We have a referral program…

Yes, in fact that is where many fleas and ticks are hanging out. They like higher humidity, thus tiny leaf or stick piles or tall grass are prime locations for them. Spraying back into the woods is recommended.
The product will deter snakes from coming into the spraying area. They do not like the aroma one bit.

We have spoken with beekeepers who say they use cedar oil to treat around the base of the hives to repel mites and other pests. They have seen no adverse effects on their bees. Once dried, it is not harmful if ingested by bees and they have seen no noticeable effects in larvae.

The manufacturer claims it will not hurt beneficial insects. We believe it may
deter moths from wanting to laying eggs around your property when they detect the cedar aroma.

This is an organic-based product. ‘Certified organic’, typically refers to food products grown in an area certified by the USDA to be pesticide free such that consumers can eat the produce grown in an organic fashion. This product is not meant to be eaten, and it plant based.
The primary host for larval deer ticks are small mammals like mice, voles and chipmunks.

Tickborne Diseases of the U.S. from the Center for Disease Control CDC: In the United States, some ticks carry pathogens that can cause human disease, including these which are found in our area:

Ehrlichiosis is transmitted to humans by the lone star tick (Ambylomma americanum), found primarily in the south central and eastern U.S.

Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) in the northeastern U.S. and upper Midwestern U.S. and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) along the Pacific coast.

Powassan encephalitis Powassan (POW) virus is transmitted to humans by infected ticks.

 

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is transmitted by the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni), and the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sangunineus) in the U.S. The brown dog tick and other tick species are associated with RMSF in Central and South America.

STARI (Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness) is transmitted via bites from the lone star tick (Ambylomma americanum), found in the southeastern and eastern U.S.

Tularemia is transmitted to humans by the dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), the wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni), and the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum). Tularemia occurs throughout the U.S.

Aeration & Seeding

Continue to water each day 2 to 3 times a day.

Early in the morning by 9am, again by noon and or 4pm but never at night as it would cause diseases and potential root rot.

Lawn Rescue with Topdressing

Typically, first week of November, though some areas begin sooner than others depending on leaf drop

Leaf Removal

Typically, first week of November, though some areas begin sooner than others depending on leaf drop

Gutter Cleaning

We perform gutter cleaning all year long

What if your LAWN

brought you the calmness you deserve?

Our Lawn Care techs have the ability and knowhow for a complete lawn health experience. We can diagnose disease and insect activity on your lawn and plants. Our customer’s properties stand out from their neighbors and we would like the opportunity to do the same for yours.