I am happy and proud to announce that we have partnered with Cerami Lawns this season. The Cerami family is the only local family business that we know of that has been in the business for as long as Ott Landscaping has been… Over 45 years! Their reputation and experience are second to none when it comes to lawn fertilizer programs. We will provide a universal “traditional” program created with years of experience and research, that, in most cases, works without the need of supplemental applications or products. However, because New Jersey lawns are subjected to such an array of unusual weather and environmental patterns, there will always be exceptions. In other words, droughts, heat waves, humidity, excessive rain, and other conditions will influence lawn activity. When you think about it, it’s not really reasonable to assume that each lawn will react perfectly and exactly the same with any universal program(s). For example, if your lawn is facing East with full sun exposure, and you are watering every day for an hour per zone, how can the lawn that is across the street react the same way if they are facing West, have lots of oak and pine trees, lots of shade, and water every third day for 20 minutes per zone?
Why do I bring this up? Because I want you all to know that some lawns may need more work and more applications than others. If we are on your lawn to make an application of fertilizer and a post emergent weed application, and see a fungus, (which is an “extra”) we want to be able to treat the fungus while we’re there. The sooner we can treat a problem, generally speaking, the sooner we can correct the problem, or at least stop or slow down any potential damage.
There needs to be a certain amount of trust between our customer and our technicians. We will never make an unnecessary application and/or charge our customers for an application they don’t need for two important reasons.
- The obvious reason; We will never cheat anyone, ever.
- Fertilizers and pesticides are harmful to the environment, and therefore to you, me and our families, friends, neighbors, pets, and water sources. We will never make an unnecessary application.
We respect the fact that you may request advance notice before we make an additional application. However, please be aware that it may take several days or possibly more than a week or two for us to return to make an additional necessary application. It is possible that in the time it takes us to return, the “problem” may be far worse than the day it was originally detected.
If we do not hear from you, we assume that you trust us to make the decision to treat your lawn as we feel necessary, and to charge you fairly and honestly for any and all services and products used over and above our standard, universal program.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at any time. We appreciate and respect your business and will do everything and anything possible to keep our customers happy.
6 Step Lawn Fertilizer Program
Below is our general description for this season’s traditional program. As many of you know, it’s always “subject to change” based upon weather conditions, pest habits, and DEP rules and regulations. Please note that we offer Traditional programs, Organic programs and Hybrid programs, all described below the program description.
Early Spring – Slow-release turf fertilizer plus pre and post-emergent weed control
Late Spring – Turf fertilizer, pre and post-emergent weed control, optional lawn, optional disease preventer *
Early Summer – Turf fertilizer, post-emergent weed control, surface feeding insect control, Grub prevention, post-emergent (spot) weed control**, optional lawn disease preventer*
Late Summer – Turf fertilizer, broadleaf post-emergent weed control, optional lawn disease control *
Early Fall – Turf Fertilizer, post-emergent weed control as needed
Late Fall – Winterizing Turf Fertilizer, Optional Lime*
Fertilizer Program Options
Traditional Fertilizer Program – We use non-organic fertilizers and pesticides.
Hybrid Programs – We use as much organic products as possible, and as few non-organic products as possible to maintain a nice lawn. The Hybrid is generally 20% to 30% higher in cost than our traditional program.
Total Organic – This is a total organic program. No pesticides are used. Customers must have a low expectation of lawn quality and should expect weeds, fungus and/or insects. The organic program is approximately the same cost as our traditional program unless additional applications are necessary to correct a particular pest. No pesticides will be used without customers’ authorization.
Lime and Fungus prevention are now “Optional”. We also offer seasonal Mosquito Control and Fall Core Aeration and Over-Seeding.
Note: There are some uncommon weeds that are not included in our 6-step program, including but not limited to Dallisgrass and PoaAnnum control. These weeds will be treated and estimated on a case-by-case basis.
If we begin a lawn program with a lawn infested with obvious problems, over and above the “average” lawn, there may be an initial additional charge to get the infestation under control.
If we begin a lawn care program after April 10th, we cannot guarantee the prevention of crabgrass from appearing, however, it can be “spot treated” at an additional cost