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Turf Philosophy


Earthscape Turf

Integrated Pest management

Philosophy, programs, goals and considerations

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Turf Philosophy


Earthscape Turf

Integrated Pest management

Philosophy, programs, goals and considerations

Thank you for your interest in our Integrated Pest Management (I.P.M.) lawn service.  

An educated client, is our best client!

Before making a decision regarding lawn care, please take some time to... 

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learn about our lawn philosophy, best practices, and expectations by reading below.

You should know a little about our program and how they differs from others - in order to make the best selection possible. 

EARTHSCAPES I.P.M. program is a more soil-oriented approach to lawn care.  Our program “backloads” the nitrogen.  In other words, the nitrogen is applied in the fall.  We believe that if you have good soil; you will have good grass.  Other programs use nitrogen to keep grass plants green and growing in the spring and summer.  EARTHSCAPES delivers the same amount of nutrients, but in a more plant friendly way.


Compare "Spring Loaded" programs to Fall Loaded programs:

Fall nitrogen oriented programs

Condition:
Most lawn nourishment provided at ground level in the fall.

Results:
- Grass plants looking for food in spring will send roots deeper.

- Grass plants are less susceptible to summer drought damage and disease.

 - Spring growth is more controlled, reducing clippings and stress to the turf.

CONCLUSION: Fall loaded programs are better for turf and the "most honest" choice for recommendation to clients desirous of good turf, at best costs.

Spring nitrogen oriented programs

Condition:
Most lawn nourishment provided at ground level in the spring.

Results:
-Since the food is at surface level, grass plants will grow more shallow roots in order to compete for the available food.

-Shallow rooted grass is more susceptible to summer drought damage and disease.

-Grass grows so quickly in the spring that clippings, fungus and weakened grass plants can become an issue.  Good for turf companies/ bad for turf clients.


EXPECTATIONS / FAQ's

The all important "expectations"!  The difference in life between being thrilled and being disappointed.  A proper understanding of turf and factors surrounding this art/science can help you effectively set your expectations for your property.  Enjoy!

1.   Question: "How long does it take?"

Answer: We usually say, "One season".  That means approximately one year from your program start date, would be a good time to look around your yard and determine if your results are to your expectations of the program.  If they are: WONDERFUL!  If the are not: it might be good time for a phone call or discussion of some type.  Perhaps you are in the wrong program, or perhaps we need to take another look at the site, to make sure we are getting everything right.

 

2.   Question: "How come I still have some weeds, when I know you are spraying my weeds?"

Answer: Most all lawn products promise around an 80% effectiveness ratio.  That means, a client or application person, can expect to call the application a "success" if 80% of the existing weeds are killed in the process.  Now, that might not seem like a high enough percentage for your liking, and that's understandable.  But everyone has to realize that there do exist factors that might effect results.  A wind gust, a sneeze, a mixture that is less than perfect, a hose full of one product that isn't the desired product, a mechanical malfunction.  These are all things that can, and have happened over our 20+ years in the business, and will likely happen again. It's a human business, with many environmental variables.  This effects results.

But be optimistic!  If we get 80% of your weeds in year one of your program, and then 80% again in year two of your program. by year three you only have 4 of the original 100 weeds in your yard left!  That's pretty incredible.  And after year three, you have only one weed left!

 

 

3.   Question: "How come my neighbor and I get the same program, but his yard looks better than mine?"

Answer: This is one of the BEST questions!  We get to solve a mystery!  Usually, we can solve the mystery pretty quickly and pretty effectively, as it's usually one of the following problems:

  • There is something unseen under the soil - large rocks, plywood, chemicals, etc.  We can test a bit and figure this out.

 

  • There is a difference in mowing - One or the other neighbor is cutting too short, or too often, or not often enough or in bad conditions.  Generally, as a rule of thumb - you want to mow at around 3" in height, and you want to cut on good weather days, and you want to cut no more than 1/3 of the grass blade off at any one cut.  We realize that this is optimum (and maybe not always realistic) but it will make a big difference in the appearance of you lawn.  The #1 way you can defeat the lawn program Earthscapes provide for you: is with improper mowing.  It's just that simple.

 

  • There is a diffence in site conditions - Shade, roots, slope, and compaction can and will effect your soil conditions and your turf quality and health.  Solutions are available for all problems - but sometimes costs need to be weighed against solutions - and reasonable decisions made accordingly.

SOLUTIONS

Using this philosophy, we have created individual applications and lawn care packages that will achieve different results. You can chose applications “a la carte” or as part of a package.  The following briefly describe desired results of each of the packages:

Bronze – This package is a maintenance package.  That is, if your lawn is healthy, weed-free and attractive, we may recommend that you use this program as a way to trim costs.  It is not designed to be a long-term solution as it does not include some services or nitrogen levels that are vital to long term turf health and appearance.

Silver – This package is an industry standard for long-term health and appearance of turf.  The five applications will provide optimum nutrition and cover most common lawn problems that may arise.  If you want a great looking lawn at moderate cost, this is your program.

Silver+ - This is the Silver program, but with the added benefit of a mixture of new products, that show enhanced effectiveness in controling difficult lawn pests like Ground Ivy and Wild Ginger.

Gold – This package is for clients that want to achieve the ultimate in lawn health and appearance.  This program combines our 5 application Silver program with two cultural methods of keeping the soil loose, moist and fertile.  *NOTE* - This is also the right choice for new lawns that need to be properly established.

This image above shows the services offered in a typical turf season. The right side illustrates which applications are included in each "package" program.


This image above shows the services offered in a typical turf season. The right side illustrates which applications are included in each "package" program.

Scroll down the page for complete descriptions of the packaged programs

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Bronze


Bronze program

Basic level care for good health and appearance

Bronze


Bronze program

Basic level care for good health and appearance

The basics program

The Bronze program is...

A maintenance package - designed to cover the basics, at the best possible price.  The Bronze program gives lawns basic weed control and mimimum levels of fertilizer.
This is the first, and most basic of Earthscapes "pre-packaged" options.  It's the best way to keep prices low, and your lawn in good condition relative to untreated lawns.  

 Who is a good candidate for the Bronze program? 

  • If your lawn is healthy, weed-free and attractive: you might be a good candidate for the Bronze Program.
  • If you want basic lawn maintenance that provides minimal use of fertilizers and pesticides: you might be a good candidate for the Bronze Program.
  • If you are looking for a trim costs on your lawn care budget: you might be a good candidate for the Bronze Program.

Who is not a good candidate for the Bronze program?

  • If you have a new or very sparse lawn; you ARE NOT a good candidate for the Bronze Program.
  • If your tolerance for any weeds is low: you MIGHT NOT be a good candidate for the Bronze Program.
  • If you are worried about grubs destroying your turf: you ARE NOT a good candidate for the Bronze Program (it contains no grub control or insecticide).
  • If you want the most thick and green lawn in the neighborhood: you ARE NOT a good candidate for the Bronze Program.

What does the bronze program include?

This is a combination of three lawn applications, (one liquid,and two granular) applied to all specified turf areas in the spring and fall months.

  1. The first application is Pre-emergent Crabgrass control and a light fertilizer.  This applied in early spring.
  2. The second application is Broadleaf weed control.  This will solve most if not all of your dandelion, plaintain and other common weed problems.  This is applied in late spring.
  3. The third application is high nitrogen fertilizer with iron added.  This gives your lawn the nitrogen it craves in the fall, so it can spread and become thick.

What does the Bronze program not include

  • It WILL NOT contain stubborn weeds like Nutsedge, or Wild violet or Ground ivy.
  • It DOES NOT contain any insecticide.  This means that your lawn MAY suffer the effects and damage of GRUBS in select years.
  • it provides MINIMAL levels of nitrogen for health and appearance.  It does not provide the full 4 lbs of nitrogen/1000 sq. ft of turf as is optimal.
  • It DOES NOT contain any cultural methods of soil ammendment, like aeration.
  • It DOES NOT contain any consideration for pH.  Like lime applications.

In conclusion:

This program is not designed to be a long-term solution for healthy turf, as it does not include some services that are vital to long term turf health and appearance.  However, it is a good way to take a break from a full program, minimize herbicides and pesticide usage and/or save a few bucks.

 

  This grid shows the applications scheduled in the Bronze package.

 

This grid shows the applications scheduled in the Bronze package.

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Silver


Silver Program

Give your lawn what it needs.

Silver


Silver Program

Give your lawn what it needs.

The Standard program

The Silver Program is...

A building and fixing program - designed to improve weedy turf, and build lawns from typical levels of pest problems to healthy, pest minimal, attractive stands of turf.  All this at a very reasonable price.  The Silver program gives lawns industry recommended levels of weed control and recommended levels of fertilizer.
This is the second, and most popular of Earthscapes "pre-packaged" options.  It's a program that satisfies most people's desire for problem-free, attactive turf stands at prices that are within typical budgets.  

 WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE Silver Program? 

  • If your lawn is weedy or unattractive: you ARE a good candidate for the Silver Program.
  • If your lawn is already in good condition: you ARE a good candidate for the Silver Program.
  • If you want lawn maintenance that provides optimal levels of fertilizers and pesticides to address typical conditions and pest problems: you ARE be a good candidate for the Silver Program.
  • If you want the best care possible, for a typical lawn care budget: you ARE a good candidate for the Silver program. 

WHO IS NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE Silver Program?

  • If you have a new or sparse lawn; you MAY NOT be a good candidate for the Silver Program.
  • If your tolerance for any weeds is very low: you might not be a good candidate for the Silver Program.
  • If you want the most thick and green lawn in the neighborhood: you ARE NOT a good candidate for the Silver Program.

WHAT DOES THE Silver Program INCLUDE?

This is a combination of five lawn applications, (typically, two liquid, and three granular) applied to all specified turf areas in the spring, summer and fall months.

  1. The first application is Pre-emergent Crabgrass control and a light fertilizer.  This applied in early spring.

  2. The second application is Broadleaf weed control and fertilizer.  This will solve most if not all of your dandelion, plaintain and other common weed problems.  This is applied in late spring.

  3. The third application is Grub control and narrow leaf weed control.  It keeps you yard from being eaten by grubs and controls weeds like nutsedge.

  4. The fourth application is high nitrogen fertilizer with iron added.  This gives your lawn the nitrogen it craves in the fall, so it can spread and become thick.

  5. the fifth application is also a nitrogen fertilizer, but this applicatiion is done in late fall, is slow released, and designed to leach into the soil, over the winter months to provide deep-soil nutrients which encourage deep root growth by grass plants.

WHAT DOES THE Silver Program NOT INCLUDE

It WILL NOT contain stubborn weeds like Wild violet or Ground ivy.

It DOES NOT contain any cultural methods of soil ammendment, like aeration.

It DOES NOT contain any consideration for pH.  Like lime applications.

In conclusion:

This program is designed to be a long-term solution for healthy turf.  It does include services that are vital to long-term turf health and appearance.  It is our most popular, affordable, full program and has a 99% retention rate with our customers from year to year.  It's our "standard" that keeps our typical customer extremely happy with their yard.

  The treatment shown inside the red circle are included in the Silver package.

 

The treatment shown inside the red circle are included in the Silver package.

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Silver+


Silver+ Program

Deal with those tough weeds.

Silver+


Silver+ Program

Deal with those tough weeds.

The Standard + tough weeds program

The Silver+ program is...

Our standard package + tough weed control - designed to cover the basics, at the best possible price.  The Silver+ program gives lawns optimal weed and pest control in combination with optimum fertilizer at the proper times: with the added benefit of new products that control even VERY DIFFICULT WEEDS, like wild violet and ground ivy.
This is the third, and most advanced pest management of Earthscapes "pre-packaged" options.  It's the best way to keep your yard relatively weed free, beautiful and the envy of the neighborhood.  

 WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE Silver+ Program? 

  • If your lawn is already healthy, weed-free and attractive: you might be a good candidate for the Silver+ Program.
  • If you want superior lawn maintenance that provides optimum use of fertilizers and pesticides: you might be a good candidate for the Silver+ Program.
  • If your weed tolerances run to the very low side of the spectrum: you might be a good candidate for the Silver+ Program.
  • If you have just a few stubborn weeds, that you simply haven't been able to get under control: you might be a good candidate for the Silver+ Program. 

WHO IS NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE SILVER+ Program?

  • If you have a new or very thin lawn; you MAY NOT be a good candidate for the Silver+ Program.
  • If you want the most thick and green lawn in the neighborhood: you MAY NOT be a good candidate for the Silver+ Program.
  • If you have issues with pH, or desire cultural methods of soil amendment: you ARE NOT a good candidate for the Silver+ Program.

WHAT DOES THE SILVER+ Program INCLUDE?

This is a combination of five lawn applications, (two liquid, and three granular) applied to all specified turf areas in the spring, summer and fall months.

  1. The first application is Pre-emergent Crabgrass control and a light fertilizer.  This applied in early spring.
  2. The second application is Broadleaf weed control *PLUS a wider range of herbicides that will eliminate all weeds over the course of the program.  This is applied in late spring.
  3. The third applicatiion is Grub control and narrow leaf weed control.  This is applied in early summer months.
  4. The fourth application is high nitrogen fertilizer with iron added.  This gives your lawn the nitrogen it craves in the early fall, so it can spread and become thick.
  5. The fifth application is a slow-release fertilizer, designed to leach into the soil over the winter months.  It is applied in fall.

WHAT DOES THE SILVER+ Program NOT INCLUDE

  • It DOES NOT include any pH amendments or adjustment for soil health.
  •  It DOES NOT include any cultural methods of soil improvement like aeration.
  • In conclusion:

This program is designed as a long-term solution, that provides very high level results for even very discriminating clients.  It is our most complete turf application program.  It was launched in 2015 to very great reviews.  It does not include cultural methods of soil improvement, seeding or pH amendments.

  The red circle indicates applications included in the Silver+ program.

 

The red circle indicates applications included in the Silver+ program.

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Gold


Gold Program

Our best

Gold


Gold Program

Our best

The Optimum program

The Gold program is...

Our best building and maintenance offering based in soil conditions - The Gold program gives lawns optimal weed and pest control for full spectrum coverage, in combination with optimum fertilizer at the proper times.  *All centered around creating optimum soil conditions.
This is the fourth, and most advanced & complete pest management programs, of Earthscapes "pre-packaged" options.  It's a COMPLETE,  "soil-based" system, that literally works from the ground up, to deliver beautiful, durable, healthy grass that will be the envy of the neighborhood.  

 WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE Gold PROGRAM? 

  • If your lawn is already healthy, weed-free and attractive: you ARE a good candidate for the Gold Program.
  • If you have a new or thin lawn: you ARE a good candidate for the Gold Program.
  • If you want superior lawn maintenance that provides optimum use of fertilizers and pesticides: you ARE a good candidate for the Gold Program.
  • If your weed tolerances run to the very low side of the spectrum: you ARE a good candidate for the Gold Program.
  • If you have just a few stubborn weeds, that you simply haven't been able to get under control: you ARE a good candidate for the Gold Program. 
  • If you understand that good turf begins with good soils: you ARE a good candidate for the Gold Program.

WHO IS NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE Gold PROGRAM?

  • If you are on a tight budget, and cannot invest more than average/sq ft. funds into improving your turf: you ARE NOT a good candidate for the Gold Program.

WHAT DOES THE Gold PROGRAM INCLUDE?

This is a combination of eight lawn applications, (two liquid, and three granular, three cultural) applied to all specified turf areas in the spring, summer and fall months.

  1. The first application is Pre-emergent Crabgrass control and a light fertilizer.  This applied in early spring.
  2. The second application is Broadleaf weed control *PLUS a wider range of herbicides that will eliminate all weeds over the course of the program.  This is applied in late spring.
  3. The third applicatiion is Grub control and narrow leaf weed control.  This is applied in early summer months.
  4. The fourth application is high nitrogen fertilizer with iron added.  This gives your lawn the nitrogen it craves in the early fall, so it can spread and become thick.
  5. The fifth, sixth, and seventh applications may all be done at once, or spread out, depending on soil conditions, temperatures and schedules. These are the CULTURAL methods of soil improvement.  They do not use "chemicals" to achieve results.  Instead the amend pH, provide soils with improved drainage, water retention and air, plant new seedlings, and generally improve soil conditions.  The timing of these process is fluid.
  6. The final application is a slow-release fertilizer, designed to leach into the soil over the winter months.  It is applied in late fall.

WHAT DOES THE Gold PROGRAM NOT INCLUDE?

  • It DOES NOT include any services that are extraordinary.  For example: a fungicide - because this is atypical.  Better addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  • In conclusion:

This program is designed as our very best, long-term solution, that provides very high level results for even very discriminating clients.  It is our most complete turf application program, in combination with a soil amendment and improvement process aimed at producing superior results from the ground up.  Clients desirous of the best lawn possible select the Gold Program.

Red circle indicated included services.

Red circle indicated included services.


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