A. How could you think such a thing?? We have a team of career staff who love what they do and look forward to treating you like family (the good side of the family). We are in the business of having happy customers and have no interest in cutting corners to save a nickel. We want to do a good honest job and see your smiling face year after year.
A. At Yard Guard all of our staff first go through the state certification process to become a licensed applicator. We provide an intensive 10-day training series for new specialists. The program covers a variety of agronomic, horticultural and safety related topics. Each new specialist is paired with a mentor who provides coaching and tips on how to give the best health care to your lawn and trees. We like to make training fun, if you ever want to learn more come visit our shop sometime!
Weed control is important, but the best weed control is thick healthy turf that leaves weeds nowhere to go.
We build the program based on our soils and climate, but also based on the feeding period of our nutrients. By using higher quality slow-release products we can extend the feeding period to about 40 days.
Each application builds on the last, starting with our 5th application. Our fall application sets up your root health for the following year. The spring application helps get things growing evenly and breaks down some of the thatch built up. During the second application we are able to start tackling some of the newly germinating weeds while taking advantage of the moderate temperatures to put down a decent amount of nutrients. Things are starting tobget warmer for our third and fourth application, so we still have weed control and we pack on micronutrients along with humic acid while cutting back a little on macro nutrients. In the heat we want to continue to keep the grass growing, but not overwork things. Then back to the 5th application to start rebuilding for the following year!
A. We use a mixture of liquid and granular fertilizers depending on the time of year and what is best for your lawn. With each application, we leave a service ticket that lists the products used on your lawn/trees and their amounts.
A. No, unfortunately dogs can cause real damage to a lawn when they urinate on it. Urine from a dog can cause scorching of the turf. By watering regularly, especially to urine spots, the damage caused by dog urine will be minimized. With regular applications from Yard Guard, your lawn will be healthier and able to recover quicker.
A. With Yard Guard, we make it easy for you. Go to yardguardmt.com and click “my account” in the top right corner. Simply sign up for auto bill or you can prepay for the year’s services. By prepaying at the beginning of each season, we offer discount for your services.
A. Yes. We would never use a product that we don’t feel comfortable using on our own homes and around our family’s. Safety is our highest priority for our staff and customers. We live here too, we want what’s best for our neighbors and environment.
A. In Southwest Montana’s hot and dry summers, it is important to water your lawn with 1-2” of water each week. During the hotter summer months, some zones, mostly the south facing zones that are constantly in the sun, should be adjusted for more water to avoid those areas from drying out.
If you are unsure, shoot us a text and we can drop off a free rain gauge to use to test your sprinklers.
A. We recommend setting your mower to its highest setting, at a height of 3.5” to 4”. This keeps the roots from drying out and retaining moisture in the soil. Try to cut less than one-third of the grass blade in each mowing. When lawns are actively growing in the spring it may require mowing more than once a week.
Remember to sharpen your mower blades a couple of times per growing season. Dull blades tear the grass rather than cutting it.
If you want to cut your grass short like a putting green, keep in mind a putting green costs $25,000. Unless you want to spend that kind of money, raise your blades and see your lawn turn a rich dark color.
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