FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost for you to service our lawn?

We cannot accurately answer this until we visit your property for a detailed evaluation and measurement of your property.

Why is my lawn brown until April and goes brown again in October?

You may have a warm season grass known as Zoysia grass. This grass that will survive in our area and besides staying brown a good portion of the season it can spread to unwanted areas or into your neighbors lawn. This type of grass is very invasive.

What are the different types of grass seed and what would you recommend?

That can depend on environmental conditions, do you have an irrigation system, how much traffic will be on the lawn and what your commitment to maintenance you have.

  • Kentucky Blue Grass is a fine blade grass that is typically darker green that other grasses. The growth is aggressive due to a rhizome root system and is often times used for sports fields. This grass needs regular water requirements or it will shut down and go dormant during the hot summer months.
  • Perennial Rye Grass is a fast starter or a quick germinator. It is lighter in color than Blue Grass and will not fill in the bare spots in your lawn the same way Kentucky Blue Grass will.
  • Turf-Type Fescue – Turf-type tall fescue are becoming a popular turf grass for homes and industrial sites. Turf-types are more coarse than bluegrass, though not as thick as traditional tall fescue commonly used as pasture grasses. The fescue is a bunch type grass, as opposed to the rhizomatic growth of bluegrass. Newer cultivars have the same rich green color as bluegrass. Tall fescue are more drought resistant than many other lawn grasses such as bluegrass or perennial ryegrass because roots penetrate deeper into the soil. Tall fescues are also more disease resistant and wear tolerant, making them ideal for heavy foot traffic areas and athletic fields. Like bluegrass, they are considered a cool season grass, remaining green for eight to nine months out of the year.
  • Fine Fescue – Is very fine and soft to the touch. The color is dull grey green and it grows fast and is not drought tolerant.

We typically use a seed mixture or a blend of different types of grass. This will give your lawn good qualities of each of these different seed types.

Do you have a solution for dog damage on my lawn?

Yes. Dog urine contains high levels of nitrogen, which causes grass to become greener, but in higher concentrations it can actually burn the grass. This is more apparent during periods heat or drought. Damage and be avoided or minimized with proper watering. This will help dilute the concentration of nitrogen in the area. Should you have bare spots you will need to reseed and unfortunately changing your dogs diet will not help.

I have an area under my shade tree that the grass will not grow as well as the other parts of my lawn. What can I do?

Several aerations and over seeding over the next several seasons may help. You may also need to have the tree thinned out by a professional tree care company and supplement with additional water during the summer months because the tree roots will rob the soil of available moisture. Ultimately you may need to consider turning the lawn area into a bed should none of the suggestions solve your problem.

Why do I need lime for my lawn?

Liming is an important part of a turf management program should your soils ph be lower than 7 or on the acidic side of neutral. Lime is safe to use, non-toxic and will not harm the wildlife or environment.

How does lawn aeration help my turf grass?

Core aeration will help your turf grass in many ways. First it can help break up the thatch layer that has built up over the years. Heavy thatch layers can prevent moisture and fertilizer from reaching the root zone in the soil. Second it will break up compacted soils so that the root zone of the turf grass can penetrate deeper, making it more drought tolerant during the summer months.

If you get rid of the grubs in my yard will the moles leave?

No, Earth worms are the main diet for moles. A mole will consume 80% of it’s body weight in earth worms.

How do I get rid of grubs in my lawn?

There are two different ways to rid your lawn of grubs. The first is to use a grub killer. These chemical applications need to be made between June and July to prevent grub damage. Second is a lawn application to correct the problem once you have noticed the damage in late summer or early fall. The preventative measure is always good to use if you have noticed grub damage in the past.

How much water does my lawn need?

In general our lawns need about 1″ of water per week to maintain green color and to actively grow. Lightly sprinkling the grass will only develop shallow root systems the root zone as possible. This will keep the roots deeper in the soil and increase the drought resistance of the grass. Watering should be done early in the morning so the blades of grass have time to dry before night fall. This will reduce the risk of disease. If night temps are greater than 68 degrees I will not hurt to water in the evening.

How high should I cut my grass?

Our lawns may be mowed as low as 2 inches in the spring/fall and up to 3 inches in the summer months. Make sure no more than 1/3 of the grass blade is cut off each time you mow. Mowing the lawn shorter in the spring will help stimulate new growth, mow short in the fall to prevent disease over the the winter months.

Keeping the lawn maintained at 3″ in the summer will help shade the root zone again making the plants more drought resistant. Keep your mower blades sharp at all times as this will cut the grass instead of tearing it. Mow in different directions each time so that you prevent soil compaction from mower tires and “leaning” of the grass.

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Phone: 740-695-0070 | Fax: 740-695-4588

The Ponzani Landscaping, Co., 66741 Warnock Road, St. Clairsville, OH 43950


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