If you have question not answered in our FAQ's please call the office

248-560-4727 or email us at mailbox@toplawn.com.
 

European Crane Flies 

​European crane flies were first detected in the North East in 2004. They are now firmly established in Michigan. The adult stage looks like a giant mosquito but they do not sting. The larvae  feeds both above and below the ground on grass tissue leaving brown dead areas and also attracting skunks and or raccoons  to feed on them leaving your lawn tore up. There are a couple different times of year to effectively treat for crane flies. Always call Top Lawn if you ever suspect any problems or with any questions. 

Snow Mold ​

​This disease is important in northern regions of the United States, where snow cover remains on the ground for extended periods, usually 3 months or more. After the snow melts in the spring, symptoms can be observed as circular straw-colored or grayish brown infection centers in the turf which is Grey Snow mold. Pink Snow Mold can be observed as Yellow, Tan, or Salmon color. Spores are produced in white or salmon-colored reproductive structures and are found on dead tissue. The spots range from 3 inches to 24 inches (7.6 cm - 60 cm) in diameter, but most are between 6 and 12 inches (15-30 cm). Infected turf is matted down with grayish white mycelium of the fungus often seen along the margins of the diseased area shortly after snow melt.


It is important to avoid lush and actively growing turf going into the winter months. Nitrogen applications should be timed so that stimulated growth does not take place near the time of snowfall. Snow removal or management techniques which limit extended periods of snow cover can often be used where applicable (golf course putting greens).

Turf grass hosts include but are not limited to: Annual Bluegrass, Colonial Bent grass, Creeping Bent grass, Fine-leaf Fescues, Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, and Tall Fescue.

Although unsightly, Snow Mold is relatively easy to remove from your lawn.  It’s as easy as taking a rake and lightly raking the infected area. All you’re looking to do is stand the matted grass up so it can air out and dry. No need to rake the browned areas away. It will take a couple weeks to a month to fully recover but rest assured it will fix itself with little more than time.  If you’re not sure that what you’re dealing with is Snow Mold then there is always the option to contact the office by phone, email, or on our website at www.toplawn.com.

 

Moles

​Moles are a problem throughout the area. Unfortunately we cannot offer control for vertebrate pests. The presence of moles in your lawn does not necessarily indicate a grub problem. Moles feed on any insects they can find and about 75% of their diet is comprised of earthworms. Controls are categorized as repellants, traps or poisons. We have found that the best long-term solutions are traps or poisons. Traps can be effective but moles are notoriously elusive, often setting off the traps without being caught. The highest success rate seems to be with a product called TOMCAT MOLE KILLER that can be purchased at your local hardware or home improvement store. They are synthetic, poisonous worms that you put directly into the mole tunnels. These are scientifically designed and tested to mimic a mole's natural food source. This product comes with easy to use directions any homeowner can apply. We wish we had a fool-proof solution to offer or provide but with some patience and determination many of our customers have eliminated their mole problems in less than 2 weeks.

Maintenance Tips and FAQ'S 

Skunk Digs ​

​Does your lawn in areas look like it was hit by a rototiller over night? This could be what’s known as skunk digs. They are from either skunks or raccoons. These two animals will dig in the lawn, especially in the spring and fall looking for grubs, earthworms or soil insects. Having them digging does not mean there are grubs. They eat the same things moles do; they just work from the top down. Eighty percent of moles’ diets are earthworms and the remaining 20 percent is soil insects and grubs. They are not eating plant roots. Moles just leave roots hanging into the empty tunnel to dry out.

Fall is a time to get as fat as possible for the coming winter and spring is a time to put weight back on. Again, it is good to investigate whether there are grubs or not. If less than five grubs per square foot are found, try some of the surface repellants that are castor oil-based. These mask the smell of those sweet treats just below the surface. These can be sprayed on the surface, but are not watered in. Spray the areas that are just adjacent to the damaged areas and any area that has some damage. If you do find grubs, your next course of action would be to contact us to rid the lawn of the grubs.

 

Watering Tips 

When and how to water is a common question in the Lawn Care industry.  The turf needs to be moist to a depth of four to six inches below the surface to help support healthy root growth and maintenance in the heat of the summer. This works out to be 1-2 inches of water per week in warm summer weather. Excessively dry or hot conditions, along with windy weather can increase the need for more water.  Deep watering results in a deeper root system which in turn results in a healthier lawn, as shallow watering results in a shallow root system and poor turf performance.  A good soaking twice a week of an inch of water each time will give you a sufficient amount of water per week to keep the lawn healthy in normal conditions.  If you have a sprinkler system and like to water daily, running the system 15-20 minutes daily will be sufficient in normal conditions.  Anytime you can water will definitely help but try to avoid watering between the hours of  5pm and 8am. Watering in the nighttime can lead to other problems such as diseases and insect activity.

Do you take checks over the phone?


Sorry we can not take checks by phone. We do accept all major credit cards over the phone. Top Lawn also offers a secure online payment system ware you can make one time payments or set up auto pay. Visit our website to create your account today. www.toplawn.biz.

I had an aeration done and one of my sprinkler heads are broken.

If you happen to have a broken sprinkler head just let us know asap and we wil come out and asses the possible damage.

Do I have to be present during the treatment?

You do not have to be present. We will apply your treatment and leave all information regarding our visit on your door. If you have additional questions call the office.

Why do I have brown spots in my lawn?

Brown spots can be caused by so many things. If you observe a spot in your lawn that you feel needs attention please call the office and we will come out and diagnose the problem.

Why was my lawn technician only at my house for a short time? Did you treat my whole lawn?

Our equipment is calibrated to provide the proper rate, resulting in an efficient use of our time. Top Lawn technicians are certified professionals with a goal of customer satisfaction.  

Can I manage my account online?

Yes. You can create an account atwww.toplawn.com using your customer number, email address and Password. You can add services, pay your bills, set up auto pay request a call back and more.

Can I cut my lawn the same day as Top Lawn treated my lawn?

Yes. Your application will not be effected by the lawn mower. Even if you cut the grass right after your application. It is very hard to remove fertilizer after it has been applied.

If the weather is bad will my treatment be pushed back to a later date?

Please don't worry if an application seems to be delayed. Weather plays a big part in when and where we treat. Our materials are blended especially for this climate and your lawn will most definitely be treated within the proper time frame.

My lawn treatment was done and shortly afterwards it began to rain. Is it still okay?

If it rains within an hour of one of our treatments, don't be concerned. All of our treatments do best when watered in. If a heavy downpour immediately follows a treatment, call us without delay and we can decide whether a reapplication is necessary.

How long do I need to wait until letting the dog/children back on the lawn?

2 hours or until Dry. We will post signs and leave an invoice with product application time.  

When is my next application?

Top Lawn applies applications every 4-6 weeks.

What do I do about moles? 


Unfortunately we cannot offer control for vertebrate pests. The presence of moles in your lawn does not necessarily indicate a grub problem. Moles feed on any insects they can find and about 75% of their diet is comprised of earthworms. Controls are categorized as repellants, traps or poisons. We have found that the best long-term solutions are traps or poisons. The highest success rate seems to be with a product called TOMCAT MOLE KILLER that can be purchased at your local hardware or home improvement store. They are synthetic, poisonous worms that you put directly into the mole tunnels.

When should I get an aeration?

Every lawn can benefit from an aeration.  Aeration is one of the best ways to make your lawn thicker and improve the effectiveness of normal irrigation and fertilization. Lawn aeration is designed to remove small plugs of turf, thatch and soil from your lawn. These plugs break down and feed nutrients back to your lawn's root system. It is suggested that a lawn is aerated at least every other year.

Apple Scab

​Apple Scab is very common. It infects several species of trees including crabapple, pear, apple and mountain ash. Symptoms are brown to olive green circular spots that become black in time. Apple Scab will cause your trees to defoliate in summer way earlier than fall when they should lose their leaves making people think the tree is dead or at least very sick. You can help reduce the disease by raking the fallen leaves on a regular basis and destroying them. Chemical control is available through Top Lawn. It is a schedule of 3-4 fungicide treatments in spring about 10-14 days apart. Crabapples are an important part of the landscape. Let Top Lawn keep them healthy and beautiful.   

Mushrooms

​Mushrooms, also called toadstools or puffballs, Mycorrhizal (symbiotic association with tree roots) are fruiting bodies of soil fungi. They appear in lawns during wet weather all season long. Mushrooms live on organic matter such as roots, stumps and boards in the soil. There is no chemical control for mushrooms. Most of the fungus is below ground and inaccessible to the chemical. They are not harmful to your lawn at all. Time is the best cure.

Once the buried wood has completely decayed or the moisture level drops the mushrooms will disappear. If the mushrooms are a nuisance, pick them, mow them, or knock them over as soon as they appear. This helps to dry the mushrooms and reduces the risk of children eating them. Some of the mushrooms in the lawn are edible, but others are poisonous. NEVER eat any mushrooms unless you are sure of their identity. Please feel free to contact us in the office with any further questions or concern.

Dog Damage ​

Dogs can be a great addition to your family, but when it comes to your lawn it can be a different story. Are you noticing discolored burnt areas in the lawn where your dog urinates? If so, this is called dog damage. Dog urine contains salts and nitrogen that can cause these damaged areas. Dogs usually urinate in the same areas over and over. The problem with that is the overabundance of salt and nitrogen in their urine in a specific area causes the spots in the lawn. One way to help eliminate the spots from appearing is to soak down the area immediately after the dog is done urinating but that is just not possible for most people.

 Also your vet or pet store has products to help to minimize damage. The best way would be to train your dog to go in a specific area to keep the damage to a minimum. Maybe some artificial grass or hardscape in this area would also help to minimize damage. If you do have damaged areas from your dog in the lawn you will need to reseed. First you need to rake out all the damaged grass, then it is a good idea to saturate the area with water to flush out any remaining urine. Next you need to put down some good topsoil then seed with a seed mixture that best fits your lawn. Keep the area moist don’t let it dry out and you will start to see new grass in about three to four weeks.

Mowing Tips 

​Mowing at the correct height and frequency is the most basic essential practice for maintaining lawn turf. The recommended lengths for turf grass in Michigan is between 2.5 and 3.75 inches. For the health of the lawn you should not cut more than 1/3 of the blade. This may increase the frequency of the cutting during the main growing season. Lower than 2.5 inches will reduce the grasses ability to manufacture food and root systems. Higher cut lawns are naturally more stress tolerant, which is very important in the warmer summer months.


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Lawn Moss

​Lawn moss is normally not wanted in your home lawn. It is a living plant that thrives in acidic soil usually in thin shaded areas. The moss must be raked out and replaced with a shade tolerant grass or another desirable type of ground cover. If it is possible to thin trees or  help in ways to allow more sun light the grass will have a much better chance to compete and keep the moss under control. A soil test would confirm if your soil is too acidic and Top Lawn could apply Lime treatments to adjust the soil PH. For a Minimal fee Top Lawn can send samples of your soil out to be tested.   


Where does Top Lawn Service?

Oakland, Wayne and Livingston Counties.

Why should I choose Top Lawn over other lawn care companies?

Top Lawn is a family owned and operated company in business for over 15 years. Nearly 100% of our first time customers, remain our customers today. We pride ourselves on providing superior customer service. At Top Lawn customer satisfaction is our TOP priority!

How do I sign up for services?

We want to make signing up for services as easy as we can. You can sign up online at www.toplawn.biz or you can call us and sign up over the phone.

How do I pay for services?


After each service we will leave an invoice on your door. Upon receiving your invoice payment is due within 2 weeks. You can make payments online, mail or over the phone, we accept all major credit cards. If payment is not received within 30 days a late fee will be incurred.

Do I have to sign a contract?    

No. When you sign up for services over the phone everything is done verbally. When signing up for service online you will accept terms and conditions.

Do I have to sign up for services every year?

No. Just like other common household services Top Lawn will continue to treat your lawn until you ask us to stop. If you want to cancel services give us a call.

What guarantees do you provide?

Here at TOP LAWN we have one goal in mind: To provide our customers with the very best lawn care service in town.

What this means, is if you are not fully satisfied with the lawn care service you received, just let us know and we will be happy to come back and fix things, free of charge. If that doesn't work for you, we'll give you a discount off your next lawn care service.

How long do I need to wait until letting children and pets back on the lawn?

2 hours or until Dry. We will post signs and leave an invoice with product application time.