How long have you been in the lawn and landscape business?
The Master’s Lawn Care has been serving Gainesville since 2004.
How many employees do you have and how many of them will be working on my job?
Our team size varies slightly by season but hovers around 22. Most projects only require 1-3 of our staff on the job at a time - depending if it's Lawn Maintenance, Fertilization/Weed Control, Landscape Enhancement, Irrigation, or another service.
What language does your staff speak? (it's very important that you are able to communicate with the people on your property)
All of our team members speak English as their primary language for great Client Communication throughout the project. We have a team member in the office that also speaks Spanish as a second language to better serve our clientele.
What services do you provide and what are your specialties?
Full-Service Lawn Maintenance; Lawn Fertilization & Weed Control Treatments; Landscape Design & Irrigation Service, Installation, and Repair; Landscape Lighting; Pressure Cleaning; One-time Landscape Clean ups; Tree Services; and more. Please see our services tab above for more info on any specific service.
What are your hours of business and contact information?
Are you licensed? (Being certified by the state will mean that we are accountable and operating legally.
Yes, we are licensed by the Florida Department of Agriculture with a landscape and ornamental license. The number is LC140257. We are also Licensed for Lawn Spraying and Pest Control. We are also selected as a Preferred Contractor by GRU for Irrigation services in Alachua County.
Are you insured?
We are fully insured and can provide information upon request. We have a $2 Million Liability Insurance Policy, Workman’s Compensation Insurance, and a Commercial Auto Policy for all of our vehicles. We are bonded as well for your protection.
NOTE: If a company isn't insured properly, you could be liable for accidents or injuries during their time on your property.
Do you have any references?
Yes, we gladly provide information for locations that we service upon contacting our office. We also have extensive client reviews posted on Angie's List, Yelp, Google, and Facebook.
Do you provide a printed agreement with details of your project clearly laid out and prices for each detail? Can I get a quote on changes or possible problems or unseen factors that may arise during the job?
We will provide you with a written agreement for our lawn maintenance, lawn treatments, and landscape installations describing the details of the work that is included in our proposal.
If you schedule an irrigation service call, there will not be a written estimate given unless it exceeds the service call and a couple hours of labor. Similar to a plumbing repair, we cannot know what's wrong with your system until our technician is out there and runs through it to see how it functions. Most residential systems can be repaired within the first 1-2 hours of looking at the system, so most do not need a written proposal. A description of the work completed will be printed on the invoice, though.
Why does your work stand out from other Gainesville lawn companies that do what you do?
Because we at The Master's Lawn Care take our trade seriously and strive everyday to set the example for our industry. It's about more than just grass and plants to us. It's the first impression of your home, and you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
What advice do you have for someone hiring a Lawn Care or Landscaping Company in Gainesville?
"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." You get what you pay for. Don't just hire the cheapest company and expect great results. Look for professionalism and ask for references. Check your contractor's online reviews like Google, Angie's List, and Yelp. Ask for their liability and workman's comp. insurance certificates. Ask to see their irrigation, fertilizer, and pest control licenses.
What areas of Gainesville do you service?
We proudly service the following areas:
- Gainesville, Florida
- Alachua, Florida
- Newberry, Florida - All services except Lawn Maintenance
What is Lawn Treatment or Lawn Spraying?
Lawn Treatment is a term used to describe lawn and ornamental fertilization and pest control. The main purpose of lawn spraying is the health of your lawn - keeping it well fed and free of lawn-damaging insects. My philosophy of lawn spraying is to encourage turf growth with good fertility, protect from lawn-damaging insects like chinch bugs, grubs, and mole crickets; and constantly kill the weeds. And from those three efforts your St Augustine grass will get better and better, with proper irrigation and mowing.
Does TMLC offer a Gainesville Organic Lawn Fertilization Program?
Yes we do. We offer an Organic-Based Lawn Program and a 100% Organic Fertilization Program. This helps to lessen disease susceptibility, prevent burning, and encourages consistent growth. The Organic Program focuses less on lawn pest control and more on beneficial nutrients for the lawn to develop resistencies to chinch bugs and other lawn pests.
What if it rains after my lawn application?
Rain is beneficial following a pre-emergent weed control, lawn fertilizer, or lawn pest treatment and will not affect results. However, if you’ve had a post-emergent weed control application and it rained with an hour, please wait 7-10 days. If the weeds do not begin to shrivel and die out, please call to let us know and we will gladly re-treat the weeds at no additional cost to you.
*Please know that extreme rains within a short period of time do affect lawn fertilization. This can move nutrients beyond the turf's root zone and negatively affect our environment. Because of this, our lawn technicians are very careful not to apply anything too close to heavy rains.
When is it safe for my children and pets to use the lawn after an application?
Most of our lawn applications are safe immediately after treatment for pet and child use. However, there are specific products that we use will need to dry before use of the lawn begins. Typically, 1 hour is more than sufficient - but the service notes give all of this pertinent information.
Is there a charge for follow-up service calls on Lawn treatments?
Please allow 7-10 days for the fertilizer and weed control to take full effect. If you still have weeds 7-10 days after the application please call our office and we will be glad to return free of charge. If your call happens to arrive within a week of your next scheduled application, the next application will be made rather than a service call.
Do I have to be home for TMLC to service my lawn?
No. Most of our lawns are serviced during normal working hours. Unless otherwise instructed, your lawn application technician will complete his work and leave a service slip with lawn health info and what we treated for. It will also give tips on things you can do to help the lawn, such as setting your sprinkler differently, cutting the lawn higher, or removing low-hanging shade limbs.
What can I do about Mushrooms in my Gainesville lawn?
The presence of mushrooms means there is often decaying organic matter (possibly old tree roots, wood, etc.) and/or excessive moisture (heavy rainfall, over watering, etc) in the soil. Don't worry, mushrooms won't hurt your lawn and unless you are over watering there is nothing you can do to get rid of the mushrooms. Once the soil dries out a little, wait about 3-5 days and the mushrooms will probably go away. In the meantime, you can knock down the mushrooms with your lawn mower if you don’t like to see them.
Why does my zoysia lawn look spotty in winter - like a "leopard print"?
Why does my zoysia lawn look spotty in winter - like a "leopard print"?
In Gainesville zoysia lawns, winter's cooler temperatures will cause Zoysia lawns to go into dormancy. After the first frost, a spotty pattern similar to a leopard print can develop. This anomaly is simply a reaction to colder temperatures and heat dissipation. Do not be alarmed, this is not a disease nor is it in any way harmful to your lawn. When spring temperatures warm back up, the lawn will bounce back. A little fertilization and irrigation will help this in the first couple weeks of March, although it isn't necessary.
Why should I aerate my Gainesville lawn?
Many Gainesville lawns benefit from annual lawn aeration. Aeration provides the following benefits:
- Deeper root growth
- Increases fertilizer uptake
- Increases irrigation absorption
- Increase lawn’s drought tolerance and overall health
- Reduces soil compaction
When should I do Gainesville lawn aeration?
What happens if I continue to cut my Gainesville, Florida lawn too short?
That’s called scalping. It should be avoided because it can make your grass thin out, lose color, and introduce more weeds. If a lawn is scalped during our hot summer, it will look yellow and burned out. If your lawn is mowed properly, it will be healthier, have a deeper color, be more resistant to disease and insects, and be less likely to be taken over by weeds.
Why does my dog's pee cause my lawn to turn yellow in spots?
Dog urine has concentrated amounts of nitrogen in it, which is similar to the nitrogen used in lawn fertilizer. Unfortunately, many times a dog's urine has more nitrogen than the lawn can handle at one time which causes the yellowing and browning - similar to the effects of over-fertilizing a yard.
They key to resolving this issue is watching where your dog uses the lawn, and then diluting it by watering it down. Some pet stores offer dietary supplements, but we have heard mixed reviews on their effectiveness.
How do I keep moles or gophers from damaging my Gainesville lawn?
They are most likely moles, as gophers aren't typically affecting Gainesville, Newberry, or Alachua yards. Although some in-gound noisemakers and rodent repellents found online have had some success - we have found that they are not very effective for a majority of applications, unfortunately. Certainly trying these to avoid unnecessary pesticide use is preferred.
If those do not work for your yard, there is a mole bait you can use to put in the mole's tunnels that you can buy at the local home improvement store. It is best when applied with gloves so your scent doesn't transfer to the bait. They look just like earthworms, which are the moles' typical food. This, of course, only works if it is still an active tunnel and they travel back down it again, but it has been much more effective for our clients than other methods - if you are comfortable with burying a rodent bait in your lawn.
Fighting rodents in the lawn is never fun - and if you find yourself without the time or know-how to DIY, please feel free to contact our office and ask about our lawn pest control service and installing mole bait.
What can I do about Armadillos in my Gainesville yard?
One of Gainesville lawn owners largest frustrations is Armadillos tearing up their yard. Due to their food source (earthworms, grubs, and other insects), they root around in the soil with their nose wreaking havoc on a beautiful lawn. The quickest way to remove Armadillos from your yard is by ensuring your backyard is enclosed with proper fencing and free of tunnels to go under the fence. If the armadillo is tearing up your front lawn or an unfenced area, the only other option that consistently works is trapping. If fencing or trapping aren't options, you can try mothballs or ammonia in your yard to create a scent that repels them, but the effectiveness of these methods has been very sporadic.
Do you provide Gainesville Lawn Aeration?
On your lawn care program, does the insect treatment cover the mulch beds in addition to the lawn?
Our insect control part of the lawn program covers lawn-damaging insects such as chinch bugs, webworms, and mole crickets. Because of these pests not historically residing in mulch, these areas aren't treated. However, our other programs such as fire ant control and flea/tick control do include the bed areas because those pests do utilize mulch beds.
On the lawn fertilization plan, does weed control include treating weeds in the mulch beds?
Although our lawn spraying program includes weed control, it is specifically targeted for weeds growing in the turf areas, not mulch beds. Weed control is mulch is typically offered by your weekly lawn maintenance service, which we offer as well. This is primarily due to weeds in mulch beds needing more than treatment every 6-8 weeks. Weeds in mulch beds (depending on the mulch depth) can need removing as often as weekly when there's nothing to supress them such as pine straw, pine bark, or hardwood mulch.
I don't know what is wrong with my lawn, but I don't like how it looks. Can you help me?
Yes! Our local lawn care service professionals will begin by performing a FREE evaluation and soil analysis to gauge the current condition of your lawn, as well as inspecting for active lawn pests. Our first treatment will be effective at controlling the pest and weed problems and helping the health of your lawn turn around quickly. Our staff will also give tips on other things such as raising the mowing height, increasing/decreasing irrigation times, and other tips to give you the healthiest lawn in the neighborhood.
We offer services for lawn pest control and shrub and ornamental fertilization that help maintain and improve your yard’s overall appearance and health.
What if my lawn issues remain after a visit from the lawn care technician?
We always guarantee your satisfaction with our service.
For trees and lawns – if any of our applications of lawn care fail to achieve results that are satisfactory, just let us know. As your Gainesville lawn experts, we will either come back and reapply an application at no extra charge or we will resolve it with another service.
If a new issue develops in your lawn or shrubs before our next scheduled visit, get in touch with our office. We will gladly send a lawn treatment technician out to look into it.
Does the lawn pest treatment help control fleas and ticks for my pets?
There are some outdoor pests that ruin your lawn (chinch bugs and sod webworms), and there are others that can ruin your outdoor experience, such as fire ants, fleas, and ticks. Flea and tick control for your lawn is important because these pests can harm your family and pets.
Fleas and ticks can cause all sorts of problems for your pets. Fleas feed on your pet's blood and can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, and anemia. Fleas can also carry tapeworms. Fleas reproduce very quickly; flea eggs are laid on your pet, where they then fall off onto the carpet, grass, or other areas of your home. Flea and tick control is important to prevent these fleas from hatching in your lawn and then getting transferred inside your home via your pet or clothes.
Ticks also carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and other Tick-borne diseases. The diseases that ticks carry can be harmful or even fatal to humans and animals. Ticks are common in Florida, and can often be found in our yards.
The Master's Lawn Care offers flea and tick control treatments. Our process allows us to eradicate fleas and ticks at different stages in their life cycle, and stop their ability to reproduce. We kill the pest and their eggs. Contact us today to protect your pets and family.
Why does my grass look darker green after a thunderstorm?
Why does my grass look darker green after a thunderstorm?
Nitrogen is the nutrient in the soil that is most responsible for the green in your grass. It’s also a common ingredient in the lawn fertilizers commonly used by Gainesville lawn fertilization companies. The Earth’s atmosphere is approximately 78% nitrogen. Yet, nitrogen can’t be used by grass as raw nitrogen; it needs to be combined with oxygen to create what is called a nitrate. The blade of grass absorbs the nitrate and it is used to create more chlorophyll and— POOF! dark green grass.
During a thunderstorm, every time there is a lightning bolt, electrical energy breaks the strong nitrogen bonds free. The nitrogen then quickly attaches to oxygen, forming nitrogen dioxide. Nitrogen dioxide dissolves easily in water, creating nitric acid, which then easily dissolves to create a magic ingredient: NITRATES. The nitrates fall to the ground inside of the raindrops, seeping into your soil and helping your grass to turn green.
There is some debate as to how much the electricity in lightning affects the greening of grass. Some people say that not enough nitrates are formed to affect the green. Thus, they believe the darker green is an illusion that is created from the wet grass in the cloudy skies. Either way, your grass will likely appear more green after a lightning storm than after a storm with no lightning.
Should I fertilize my Gainesville lawn in winter since it's brown?
It is normal in February for our grass to look dull green and, in some cases, even brown in a harsh winter (even if our version of a harsh winter is a spring day to northerners). It also is normal to hope for warm days and green grass to come quick. Late February is an appropriate time to control weeds with pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control products. But February and early March are not the months to put down a nitrogen fertilizer on Gainesville lawns. In the late winter, our grass is not actively growing, and it doesn’t have active roots to absorb the nitrogen. This causes the nitrogen to leach into the soil, and water resources that damage our ecosystem. We recommend waiting for the lawn fertilization until it warms up so the fertilizer, and your money, aren't wasted.
How much does Lawn Fertilization and Pest Control in Gainesville cost?
Lawn Spraying applications in Gainesville can vary based off of two important variables: the size and the exceptions. The size is the easy one, as it's obvious that a smaller lawn costs less than a larger lawn. Even within the same subdivision, take Haile Plantation for example, you have some homes with lawns under 5,000 sq ft. and some lawns that can range over an acre (44,000 sq ft).
The other variable is what is included in the lawn health program. For example, some lawn pest control companies only use insecticides. Others may use fertilizers and insecticides, but no fungicides to control lawn diseases. Some may fertilize the shrubs, whereas others may only spray the grass. Some may use a higher-quality organic based soil ammendent, and others may not include that. Our programs include options of varying inclusions, so that we can make sure we take care of all your lawn concerns.
To finally answer the question about lawn pest control pricing, most companies range anywhere from $41/month to $175/month, depending on the size and the type of service. Our prices start as low as $42 and go up from there depending on the size of your lawn.
If we can help provide you with a free lawn health program proposal, please don't hesitate to call our office at (352)378-LAWN, click here to contact us through this site, or read more about our Gainesville Lawn Health and Weed Control program.