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 clearly with the lead contractor and/or employees)
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?
The Master’s Lawn Care
1610 NW 55th Place
Gainesville, FL 32653
The Master’s Lawn Care
PO Box 358390
Gainesville, FL 32635
Are you licensed? Being certified by the state will mean that the service is accountable to you 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.
What guarantees do you have, what specifically is covered and the length of the guarantee?
Irrigation System Installation – 5 years (which is the best in all of Alachua County!)
Low Voltage Lighting – Lifetime on all fixtures which is also the best in Alachua County!
*with our annual service plans
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. As to see their irrigation, fertilizer, and pest control license.
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 offers 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.
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"?
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.
Mower heights are adjustable for good reason. Depending upon your type of turf, you should be mowing anywhere from 1-1/2" to 4-1/2".
St. Augustine Grass - The most common Gainesville lawn grass does best when mowed as high as possible, from 3-1/2 to 4-1/2".
Zoysia grass - The second-most common turf in Gainesville yards, does best mowed at 2-1/2 to 3-1/2". which keeps the turf from building too much thatch.
Centipede or Bermuda grass- The least common Gainesville grasses, should be mowed the lowest - which is about 1-1/2 to 2-1/2".
How often should I have my lawn serviced?
We recommend 43 visits for the best Gainesville yard care. This allows for biweekly lawn work to handle leaves and dead branch pruning in winter, and weekly yard care in spring, summer, and fall due to our long growing season in the North Central Florida are.
Why does it matter if my lawn mowing blades are sharp?
Your blades should be sharpened at least three times a year, especially in our humid Gainesville lawns. A sharp blade means a deeper green color and clean cut. Dull blades cause tearing of the grass, which leaves your yard more susceptible to fungus and disease. We sharpen our commercial lawn mower blades a minimum of twice per week to protect our client's lawns.
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.
When is the best time to run my Gainesville Sprinkler System?
It’s best to water in the early morning because it means that more water will penetrate into the soil, before the sun rises and evaporates the water. I typically recommend running your irrigation system around 4 or 5am, if it doesn't wake you up. While many people prefer to water in the evening, this causes the opposite to happen, leaving water on the lawn too long - which can create lawn disease and fungus problems.
How often should I run my sprinkler system?
The Alachua County Irrigation code mandates that we irrigate no more than twice a week during the growing season. There is one caveat, though - new landscaping has an exclusion for 60 days to water more often. Here are a couple more details from the rule:
Sprinklers for odd numbered houses should run on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
Sprinklers for even numbered houses should run on Thursday and Sunday mornings.
Non-residential irrigation should run Tuesday and Friday mornings.
How long should I run each irrigation zone?
To help illustrate how much this can change even within one lawn, imagine filling a gallon bucket with water and setting it out in your yard. When you check your bucket a week later, you’re going to find it still has water, but you’ve lost an inch or so from evaporation. That’s what happens to your lawn and landscape plants if the evaporated water isn’t replaced by rain and/or irrigation.
If you had that bucket of water in full sun, it would experience more evaporation than one in the shade. Also, a bucket put out in summer would lose more to evaporation than one in winter. This is why sprinkler run times are very difficult to give advice on - because it really depends on the season, how much sun your lawn gets, and even what type of soil you have (clay and sand hold moisture very differently from one another).
With all of that said, here is a basic guideline for sprinkler systems to keep a healthy lawn:
Rotor Zones - 40-65 minutes (These are the heads that rotate and cover larger areas of the lawn with one strong stream of water.
Spray / Mist Zones - 20-35 minutes (These are the heads that steadily spray a flat stream of water in a concentrated area and do not rotate)
Drip Zones - 60-90 minutes (These zones just slowly drip water at the base of root systems and do not put out much water at all. Although concentrated, they need more time to fully wet the plant's rootballs)
When is the best time to trim/prune landscape ornamentals?
Many types of plants, trees, and shrubs should be pruned in the spring. However, some plants must be pruned before there is new growth, so that means by early spring or even in the winter. Crape Myrtles should always be pruned in late winter/early spring to avoid damage to their growth habit. Done properly, with sharp blades and clean cuts, your vegetation will look great for the spring and summer by correct horticultural pruning practices.
How can I tell if my Gainesville lawn needs more water?
Grass Blade Folding - St. Augustine leaves have a crease down the center that act allowing it to open and close as needed. Healthy, well-watered grass will appear almost completely flat and open. When grass begins to dry out, the blade will close in half upon itself, to reduce its exposure to the sun and thus conserve water. This will also give the grass a “hazy” look, as the backs of the blades are not as deep a green as the enclosed fronts.
Slow Spring-Back - Healthy grass should return itself to the upright position within a few seconds of being walked upon. If your footprints last more than 5 seconds in the turf, this is a guaranteed sign of drought stress.
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.
What areas of Gainesville do you service?
We proudly service the following areas:
Newberry, Florida - All services except Lawn Maintenance
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.