Frequently Asked Questions About Our Weed Control and Lawn Fertilizer Services
All our Season Long packages include weed control and fertilizer services applied every 4 to 6 weeks throughout the growing season. This is for our 4 Visit programs, starting in the Spring and ending in the Fall this will result in at least 4 applications to your lawn. If you sign up later in the Summer, the number of applications will be fewer, but the price is adjusted accordingly.
Our Season Long packages are all guaranteed to give results along with your regular lawn maintenance and watering. If our services are not providing results by mid-Summer or 2-weeks after the second treatment, please contact us immediately for a complimentary return visit to assess and re-treat your lawn.
Our season long services start in May, depending on when the local weather decides to cooperate. We will continue to treat your lawn every 4-6 weeks throughout the Summer till the end of August. Fall fertilizer for the Premium Package will be applied in September sometime.
Growing season = May - August
All our products are Health Canada approved and do not pose a risk to your children and pets - including your pet Gator!
Remove any leaves, debris, toys, tools and furniture from the lawn. Have your lawn moved and bag the clippings1-4 days before treatment day.
In the Spring make sure you have had the winter grass picked up and bagged. It is best to have a power-rake done every spring for the first treatment to work.
Please pick up your dog poop. If the crew tracks your dog poop into the trucks you will be charged a $50 cleaning fee.
We can not carry, lift, drag the machine over larger rocks, boulders, up sets, down steps nor can we use ramps or wood or other devices to get the machine into your yard. The machine is over 300lbs. Please make sure there is 34 inches of clearance for the machine to get through gates and pass by decks.
The Aerator must be able to fit into the backyard through the front gate. If the only access is through the Alley an additional $50 will be added to your order or the backyard will not be aeratored.
The city does not allow us to walk the Aerator down bike paths/city pathways to get into your backyard.
Water your lawn well 3 days before your Aeration so that the tines can poke everywhere into your lawn. If it's dry and hard the Aerator will not be able to dig in.
Every year, in the Spring is highly recommended to help ensure a thick and healthy lawn. Spring is best as it will give your lawn some breathing space to grow Lush and Green for you.
After the products have had a few hours to dry and you've watered your lawn at least once, you may proceed with moving your lawn as usual. It is best to water your lawn in the evening or the next morning after our visit. You can then mow your lawn once the grass has dried.
3-4x per week, 15 mins per area. Early in the morning
Do not water in the afternoon. The heat of the sun will quickly evaporate the water and leave your lawn dry and thirsty despite your efforts. To water 1 inch of lawn takes much longer than you think - 15 minutes. Remember weeds hate water!
4x a week during hot periods in July/August
To maintain a lush lawn and to keep those weeds away, during the hot periods of summer, increasing watering an extra day or more. Days with +25 degree temperatures, everyone at Grass Gators will run the sprinklers once in the early morning and once at night. Let the kids or pets run through and watch them have fun!
Calgary has a dry climate and 75% of our rainfall evaporates, so don't use Mother Nature to keep your lawn hydrated. Follow our water instructions to keep your lawn lush!
Try the 'Empty Tuna Can' method
To help gauge that your lawn is getting enough water, place an empty tuna fish can on the ground in the path of your sprinkler. It might surprise you that it will take approximately 20 minutes to fill a small 3oz can.
Our team of trained professionals and our specialized equipment allows us to treat your lawn in just a few minutes with the perfect amount of product every time. If your lawn is larger it may take a little longer, but we will do our best to make each visit as efficient and hassle free as possible.
We recommend waiting 2 hours before you resume any lawn activities. This will give the products time to fully dry and maximize their effect.
If some of those pesky weeds are still showing signs of life in your lawn 2 weeks after second treatment and you have been following our watering instructions give us a call and we'll come back for a service call free of charge. A Booster Package does not come with a warranty. It is so important to get an all season package where we can keep those pesky weeds at bay.
Yes! Prior to your core aeration you must mark your irrigation heads with small flags, or something similar that can identify where the irrigation heads are. Irrigation pipes are buried deep enough that they do not need to be marked.
Overseeding will fill in thin areas in your lawn. This service is not designed to repair bare spots.
Yes, it is highly recommended to pair these services together. The open holes created from Aeration allow for more surface area for the seed to take root.
No, the Booster is to help you get a jump start on your weeds but it will not keep you weed free for the whole summer like our All Season Package. It is an economical way to help you manage your weeds but will not get rid of all.
Each time you cut your lawn, you are forcing the grass to grow outward instead of upwards, making it more dense over time. Giving a haircut every 7 days will encourage your grass to grow into the Lushest lawn of your dreams!
Hire Grass Gators to maintain your lawn. We are happy to help!
Additionally, follow these steps:
- Scrape away the dead grass vigorously to rough up the dirt
- Put down grass seed of any kind
- Lay dirt on top. This layer of protection is any important step to give the seeds enough time to germinate in a dark, moist place away from hungry birds
- Water. Water. Water! Keep the area moist until new growth appears
Although Thistle is a hardy and stubborn weed to control, have no fear! Our team will help you get rid of them. For optimal weed management, remember to mow every 7 days, water 3x a week and get on your weed control program early - in May. Weed control and growing the lawn around you will help choke those pesky weeds out.
If you change your mind and want to cancel the order there will be a $50 administration fee.
Delays due to weather (wind, rain, temp above +25) do not warrant a refund.
Cinch bugs are a big issue in Calgary. They love sunny, dry areas and can cause significant damage to your lawn. Your property is more susceptible if it receives a lot of daytime sun.
No, once you have Chinch bugs, they are there to stay until treated. If left unchecked, the problem will get worse over the summer. Left to their own, an infestation can kill an entire lawn in 6 weeks.
A second treatment may be needed if the bugs return the same year. And just like any other pest, they can return year after year. Chinch bug presence should be monitored and managed throughout the growing season.
Our pest control services utilize insecticides to effectively manage and Chinch Bugs. However, it's important to note that these insecticide treatments do not come with a warranty, as the efficacy of the treatment can be influenced by factors such as pest behavior, environmental conditions, existing untreated Chinch Bugs from neighbors, green spaces etc, that can continue to come on to your property and reinfect your lawn. It is vital that neighboring lawns/green spaces receives treatment to avoid continually infestation of your property.