Hiring Hints

Hiring Hints

Maintaining a lawn can take a lot of work. Some people may prefer to hire a company to mow the lawn on a regular basis, or to fertilize and rid their lawn of weeds and insect pests.

Explain to your lawn mowing service you would like them to:
• Use a mulching lawn mower.
• Keep the mower blade sharp.
• Reschedule if it has just rained, so as not to cut the grass when wet.
• Raise the mower blade to 3 or 3 ½ inches. (Tall grass is more heat tolerant; has stronger roots; and shades out weeds).
• Overseed bare patches in the lawn.
• Use non-chemical thatch control.

When hiring a service to fertilize or provide outdoor pest control ask the company to:
• Do an on-site consultation
• Soil test in order to customize the program to your lawn.
• Use organic, slow-release fertilizers.
• Fertilize when the ground is no longer frozen (after early May).
• Sweep stray fertilizer granules back onto the lawn.
• Avoid weed and feed products, which use unnecessary herbicides.
• Use no pesticides. (Spot treat if weeds or pests are intolerable).
• Use non-chemical grub control.
• Use corn-gluten meal to prevent new weeds.

Request Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for any products used on your lawn. Remember to carefully review the proposed service agreement signed by the company’s representative.
For more information go to www.localmotiongreen.org or Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority, www.socwa.org .

-Melissa Cooper Sargent
Winter 2005

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