How much will it cost to spray my lawn?

Our pricing is based off the size of your lawn, or more specifically how many square feet of grass your yard contains.  To obtain an accurate cost estimate for spraying your lawn we will simply obtain your address, stop by your property, and measure how many square feet you own.  Then we will be able to give a close estimate on what it would cost to spray your lawn.

When is the best time to have my yard sprayed for weed control?

The appropriate time to spray your lawn is dependent upon what type of weeds need to be controlled.  In most circumstances pre-emergent herbicides, which control weeds before they even come up, will give the best weed control.  Some weeds such as Crabgrass, Foxtails, and Sandburs emerge in the spring once soil temperatures reach 55 degrees, so our goal is to apply pre-emergent herbicide before then for best results.  Similarly, weeds that emerge in the fall such as Henbit, Annual Bluegrass, and Winter Grasses can be controlled with a pre-emergent application in late summer or early fall.

Do I need to be home when you come?

Our customers do not need to be present when we perform our services, yet if you would like to be, we will try to arrange a date and time that fits both of our schedules.  When our customers place a work order with us we will obtain all of the information necessary to complete the job.  Upon completion of the service our employees will check the property over to ensure that the job was done correctly and that the property was left as it was found (ie. gates closed, etc).  We will then bill you by mail. 

How soon can you arrive on our property?

Metcalf Land & Lawn tries to be as timely and efficient as possible as we perform services for our customers. Due to the size of the area we serve we do, however, group lawns within close proximity to aid in our efficiency.  Therefore, when requesting a service please let us know if the matter needs immediate attention.  Additionally, some variables, like weather, are completely out of our control, but as our customer rest assured that we will make every effort to serve you in a timely manner and work to achieve excellent results.  

Do I need to put my pets up while you are making an application?

None of the ingredients in the products we use are harmful to pets.  However, we do use a green dye during our herbicide applications that may get on your pet's feet and then be tracked inside if they are let in.  We would ask that if you have a guard dog or one that does not like strangers that they be put up so that none of our employees are harmed as we work for you.  When you call us to request a service please let us know if you have a pet in your yard, and we will make plans to call before we come or try to schedule a day or time of day that works best to service your property.  

What if it rains shortly after an application?

As a general rule, herbicides should be applied at least six hours before a significant rainfall event occurs to allow the weeds enough time to fully absorb the herbicides.  On the other hand, a rainfall event just after an application of fertilizers or grub control chemicals will actually "water in" the application and help it take effect.  If in fact we do make an application and a rainfall event occurs within six hours, we will revisit the property within a week to ten days to make sure the chemicals we applied have been effective.  

How long after an application should I wait to water my lawn?

Most generally, we ask that you allow at least 6 hours after any of our applications before you schedule an irrigation event.  This allows the herbicide, insecticide, or fertilizer time to settle into place on your lawn before being further activated by watering.  Many times products require a 1/2 inch irrigation to be absorbed into the soil where they become most effective. 

Can you control moles and gophers?

Unfortunately neither moles nor gophers can be controlled with the application of a chemical alone.  Gophers are the most destructive of the two pests in your lawn as they create dirt mounds during their hunt for food and feed off of roots and shoots of the plants growing in their environment.  The best method of controlling them is trapping or extermination.  Moles, on the other hand, are carnivorous and feed on grubs and other small insects found in the soil.  If you think your problem is with moles an application for grub control can force them to move elsewhere to find food.  

How do I know if I have grubs?

There are two easy ways to determine if you have a grub problem.  First, if you have a problem, you may see them as you are digging in your lawn or garden.  Secondly, if you notice skunks or armadillos digging in your yard, leaving pocket holes, most likely there is a grub population on which they are feeding.   

What is Nutsedge, and how do I know if I have it?

Nutsedge may also be called Nutgrass or Watergrass and is commonly found in wet, low lying areas with compacted soils.  The easiest way to determine if the weed you have is Nutsedge is to pull one of the plants off at the base and look at it.  If it is Nutsedge the stem at the base of the plant will be triangular in shape.  Unfortunately, while it can be controlled, the weed cannot be killed until after plant emerges and is actively growing.