In 2013 we started Groundhog Turf Care, a comprehensive lawn care services division providing lawn fertilization services, tree and shrub care, and tick and mosquito control services. Nick Makris had been the regional manager for a national lawn fertilization company for over 15 years. Knowing the flaws in what the big franchises offer, he designed nutrient-rich lawn care programs specifically for New Hampshire lawns.
Our lawn care services compete on quality, not cost.
There are many nuances to lawn nutrition, and a lot of ways to cut corners. We made the commitment when we started Groundhog Turf Care that we would only use quality products that create strong healthy turf. As a result, the cost of our lawn care services may be a little higher than the national brands… but the results are so much better! You can learn what these differences are by visiting Groundhog Turf Care’s website.
Our lawn care program in a nutshell.
Listed below is our standard lawn care program and is not a complete list of services. Your program may vary based upon your lawn’s particular needs and the services you have opted for. The following schedule is approximate and subject to change based on New Hampshire’s seasonal weather conditions.
(April 1st – May 4) We will fertilize the lawn with a balanced blend, apply a pre-emergent crabgrass preventive
Seasonal Tip: To get the best kick from your first fertilizer application, make sure that your spring cleanup is done before we start fertilizing and that your mower blade is sharp.
(May 6 – June 8) We will perform a soil pH test, fertilize the lawn, apply liquid broad leaf weed control, and pre-post emergent crabgrass control. The second application is also when we apply grub and surface insect control. We use a bee-safe product (acelepryn) which requires more time so we put it down earlier.
Seasonal Tip: Mow more frequently. Turf tends to quickly grow this time of year and you should never cut off more than 30% of the grass in one cut.
(June 10 – July 13) We will fertilize the lawn with a balanced, high-iron formulation and apply liquid broad leaf weed control as needed.
Seasonal Tip: This time of year insects become very active and tick sprays are most effective. To prevent lawn from being stressed, provide 1 -2 in. of water consistently each week.
(July 15 – Aug 17) We apply fertilizer with a lower iron formulation and apply liquid broadleaf weed control as needed.
Seasonal Tip: Summer heat and stresses to your lawn are at their worst. Keep watering and cut the turf at 3 inches or higher to shade the roots.
(Aug 19 – Sept 21) We will apply a balanced fertilizer, liquid broadleaf weed control, and a calcite lime treatment.
Seasonal Tip: This is the time of year to help your lawn recover from a tough summer. Aeration and seeding are the best things to do to rejuvenate a summer-stressed lawn.
(Sept 23 – Oct 26) We will apply a fertilizer with a higher rate of potassium to prepare your lawn for winter, and test your soil’s pH.
Seasonal Tip: At the end of the season, you can lower your mower blades. Shorter turf with less debris over winter reduces the effects of a snow mold problem the following spring.
To schedule a lawn care program, call Groundhog Turf Care directly at (603) 505-8587 or send them a contact form here