Lime and pH Control Pittsburgh

FAQ About Summer Lawns

Summer is upon us and our lawns!  There are a few things you want to be on the lookout for as it warms up outside.  Oh and don’t forget to read to the end – we’ve compiled a list of 10 activities that you can enjoy with your family in Pittsburgh this summer!

Enjoy!

 

FAQ About Summer Lawns

 

Is treated grass safe for my dog and kids?

As the weed spraying season is in full force, many homeowners are asking, “Is the grass safe for my dog & kids?” It can depend on what is applied, but as for Dream Greener’s spray products once it’s dry, it’s safe.

We ask that you keep 2 and 4 legged animals off the grass immediately after treatment and up to about one hour. That gives the grass time to dry off.  Please read the care instructions that come with each application to learn more about watering. Each application is different.

 

 


What’s the deal with brown spots that pop up in my lawn each summer?


Brown spots can be caused from a number of reasons.  In the summer, it’s not uncommon to see entire areas of lawn dry out and turn brown due to lack of irrigation coverage.

Additionally, funguses such as Red Thread or Dollar Spot can attack lawns during really hot and humid periods in Pittsburgh.

Best practices to avoid lawn fungus include:

  • Mowing at the appropriate height – not too high and not too short
  • Aerate and seed in the fall every year to break down thatch
  • Allow your lawn to dry out during the day by watering in the morning
  • Provide ample drainage for low areas that hold water
  • If you’re not able to water regularly, mow less frequently with a sharp blade

 

I noticed my grass has white tips after mowing, what’s that about?


Dull mower blades leave your lawn with ragged cuts, which will cause your lawn to dry out faster. If you notice that your lawn has white tips a few days after mowing, your blade is too dull.

At Dream Greener we sharpen all of our blades daily to ensure you get a crisp cut every time!

By the way, during the heat of the summer, you want to make sure you’re not just mowing at the appropriate height, but also trimming at the appropriate height. You can open up your grass to disease, drought and insects by cutting it too short.  The extra canopy in the summer provides shade and holds in moisture.

 

 

I have some bare spots – Is it the right time to aerate or seed my lawn?


We recommend waiting for cooler temperatures to repair dead lawn patches.

The best time to overseed your lawn is going to the be after the heat of the summer so the seedlings have time to germinate and get strong before next year. The most common week to aerate and seed is around Labor Day.

 

 

If I am seeing moles, does that mean I have grubs?


Mole’s diets largely consist of earthworms.  So just because you have moles in your lawn, does not mean you have a grub problem.

However, you can check to see if you have a grub infestation by lifting a piece of your grass about 2-4 inches deep in an area you think may be infected. If you see 10 or more grubs within a 1 foot square that is a sign of trouble that can create visible damage if left untreated.

Dream Greener is currently on round 3 of our fertilization and weed control program which includes grub control, fertilizer and liquid weed control. Timing is key. Our preventative grub control products go down before or just as the grubs hatch for best results.

 

 

How do I get rid of that pesky, fast growing weed in my lawn?

One of the most prevalent summer weeds in Pittsburgh is Nutsedge.

Nutsedge is an invasive weed that is bright green and grows faster than your regular grass.  This makes it seem impossible to control, but there is a solution.

Dream Greener offers nutsedge application. The product works on contact with existing Nutsedge and typically it takes at least 2 applications to minimize Nutsedge since the product doesn’t offer preventative control.

 

 

Summer Delight

Now is the time of year that neighbor’s really start to notice the lawns that are doing well and comment on beautiful landscapes.  Keep your lawn healthy, green and lush with Dream Greener’s Fertilization and Weed Control Program!  We’ll take care of the treatments and provide you with timely suggestions on maintaining the lawn of your dreams.

That will give you time to attend these family-friendly events and leave the dirty work up to us!

 

2018 Family Friendly Summer Events in Pittsburgh, PA

 

Three Rivers Arts Festival

10 Days of Free Music & Art

Each June, Pittsburgh hosts 10 days of art, crafts, dance, music, food and partying in downtown’s Point State Park. Lots of family-style entertainment makes this a winner for all ages.

 

14th Season of Market Square Farmer’s Market

Every Thursday, May-November

This is a wonderful market, brimming with seasonal produce.  Food carts sell local treats like pierogi, and handmade crafts are for sale. Market Square also hosts kids programming throughout the summer, with arts and crafts, music and fun!

 

Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails Exhibit™

May 19 – September 9

This exhibit combines exciting play opportunities with hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts.

 

Ropes Challenge

Defy gravity on Highmark SportsWorks® newest exhibit! The Ropes Challenge will challenge your sense of balance and enjoyment of heights as you navigate obstacles, “walk the plank,” and then zoom down a zipline! Learn about the science behind the climb, such as center of mass and inertia, as well as the physiology of fear and thrills and perception.

 

Jazz in the Garden

Enjoy smooth jazz tunes and full blooms at Jazz in the Garden. You can pre-order delicious locally-sourced picnic box meals prepared by the chefs at award-winning Café Phipps, plus refreshing beverages at the wine and beer cash bar. Rain or shine, the show will go on!

 

Super Science Saturdays

Saturdays from noon-4pm

Celebrate with dinosaurs, discover secrets of DNA, and learn what it is like to be a scientist in the field at Super Science Saturdays! Visitors can explore a topic in-depth through hands-on activities, experiments, demonstrations, discussions with museum experts, family-friendly activities, and more. Super Science Saturdays are free with museum admission.

 

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

August – September

Experience medieval fun! You are welcome to come dressed in costume and costumes are available for rental. Costume swords and daggers are permitted as long as they are properly sheathed and peace-tied.

 

Night in the Tropics Beach Party at the National Aviary

Join the National Aviary for a vintage summer beach party at our 16th Annual Night in the Tropics! Indulge in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the tropics while enjoying a tropical escape right here in Pittsburgh.  

 

Yoga in Schenley Plaza

Mondays | 12 – 1PM | June – September

Saturdays | 10 – 11AM | June – September

Bend and stretch on the emerald lawn at Schenley Plaza during this free yoga class. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a water bottle and a mat — or borrow one of ours! Registration is not required.

 

Go Ape!

If you’re ready for a totally unique outdoor experience, it’s time to Go Ape! Way more than just zip lines, Go Ape is a 2-3-hour journey through the forest canopy as you take on suspended obstacles, Tarzan swings and breathtaking zip lines – all with an incredible view.

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  • Responsiveness to existing and prospective customers: Site visit, email, or phone call in 24 hours or less.
  • Reliability that our customers can count on: We’ll say what We’ll do and We’ll do what we say.
  • Responsibility for the quality of our work: We hold ourselves accountable to you — you can, too.

Our business has grown because of our customers’ word-of-mouth recommendations to family, friends, and neighbors.

Our company continues to flourish because we satisfy and delight our customers with levels of service and communication far exceeding the rest of the industry.

Reviews

The Dream Greener crews have cleared the snow and ice off my driveway for three years now. They've always done a great job and are always timely. The emails they send to communicate the plan for snow removal for each storm are always appreciated and if they come in the middle of the night (as they often do) I've always wondered how they get the work done without waking me. Additionally, this company has taken care of my yard maintenance for four years. This includes mowing, edging, maintenance of the planting beds (including mulching) and leaf removal. Always a great job, always show up when they say they are going to and never a problem. I rarely write reviews, but this is a company worth recommending and I so so highly.
Herman Maestas
16:51 01 Feb 18
We recently contacted Dream Greener to do some grading and reseeding work. Additionally, we had drainage installed around our shed. This company was very responsive and pleasant each time I contacted them. Jon came out to take a look at the property and talk with me regarding our needs and then quickly sent us an estimate. The price was very similar to other companies we had give us an estimate. On the day of the work, Jon came out with the crew and walked through the plan. The team worked diligently the entire day and tidied everything up when they left. Jon followed up to make sure that I was satisfied with the work done. A follow up email was sent to provide us with watering instructions for our newly seeded areas. Now I am tending to my "baby grass." We are very happy with the work; the yard already looks so much better. We are already thinking about additional projects to have them help out with!
Jamie Turer
18:58 14 Aug 17
Our landscaping beds were a mess. Dream Greener came out to evaluate the situation, made some suggestions for alternative approaches, and broke down the proposal into sections so that we could do the pieces we could afford. While not the lowest, their prices were very competitive, but, more importantly, both the service and the outcome were superior. People actually stop at our house to tell how terrific our landscaping looks. I've never had THAT happen before.
Rebecca Bowman
16:06 06 Nov 17
I don't leave many reviews for businesses, but this one is worth the exception. Over the past four years I've had some fairly disappointing interactions with a number of landscaping companies. Missed appointments, poor communication, subpar work.. the list goes on.Dream Greener is absolutely amazing. Even compared to other excellent companies, I think they really manage to stand out. They follow up 100% of the time, when they say they will. If you have scheduled services performed (I do- mowing and basic grass upkeep), they show up on time, work quickly and the product is excellent. On at least one occasion, I didn't even realize they were there- Lawn Ninjas!Moreover, when they do additional work (for example, using a weed killer) they leave a note detailing the work performed and any additional care items. If you have scheduled work, they keep you in the loop as to when the work will be performed, and then send you reminders immediately before. The kicker in all of this is: They are priced very competitively. They're also very honest about their pricing- when quoting some work they even suggested that I might be better off working with another business for the work and provided a referral. I highly recommend!
Christian S
18:56 12 Jul 17
We had several companies come out for estimates and design. We decided on Dream Greener because of their professionalism, customer service, great attitude, and pictures/reviews of the work completed.The children and I were out when the work was completed and my little girl was mesmerized. She said it was a princess yard now! My wife drove past the house a few times just to admire the work. In one day I've had 4 neighbors ask about the work, and multiple compliments on the pictures we posted. We are in the process of moving (we had scheduled the landscaping prior to finding a new house) and when we move I will be using them to landscape the new house. We couldn't be more pleased with the work and with the care they gave to our home.
David Bliss
12:33 26 Apr 17
I've used Dream Greener to handle my complex and expansive landscaping for two years running now. They do an amazing job with all the bushes, trees, shrubs and flower beds. They are always professional, cost-effective and I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Verle Haines
18:09 02 Apr 18
We started using the Dream Greener crew not long after we moved into our home. Over the last ten months our lawn has made incredible improvements thanks to the wonderful job the crew does every week. It's absolutely one of the best lawns on the block now. They are extremely clean and efficient and take very good care of our property. Based on the great job they do, we are planning to use them for some other landscape work that we need done. I highly recommend them for any lawn care and maintenance jobs.
Benjamin Lindsey
20:12 09 May 18
We built a home and the lawn they gave us was awful. Jon and I mapped out a plan and knew it would take 12-18 months. We are now 36 months in and out yard is spectacular! Thanks Jon!!
Wade Wilson
19:51 14 May 18
Responsive, on time and great attention to detail. The entire time worked tirelessly until the job was done. Exceeded our expectations and will absolutely use again.
Sarah M. Kreinbihl
19:41 23 May 18
Dream Greener did a fabulous job on spring cleanup in our yard. The beds, edging and hedges look wonderful!! Thanks for your prompt service. #Thistlenomore 😂😂
Patty Conlon
11:34 15 Jun 18
We had an incredible experience with the entire Dream Greener staff on our recent project in June of 2018. With a larger scale job, we relied on their expertise in both the design and creation of our entire front yard landscaping. We were very pleased with the outcome and the efficient work of the team. The Dream Greener staff did more in a morning than I could have possibly done in an entire summer. Thanks again for your top notch service.
Jeff Brancolini
17:37 02 Jul 18
Wow! We just had Dream Greener install a completely new landscape around our entire house last week. It is absolutely gorgeous! Our neighbors even ran over as soon as the job was finished to tell us how beautiful it is. Our job involved a lot of work too, since we had stones instead of mulch. Everything had to be pulled up and taken away. The crew got the entire job done in less than 2 full days, absolutely amazing work. I would highly recommend their services, we couldn't be more pleased and impressed!
michele tommarello
20:35 03 Jul 18
Great company! Very reliable and they always call back quickly if I miss them in the office. Maria does a great job answering my questions and the crew always shows up with a smile when they mow my lawn. I've contracted Dream Greener for a year now and it was one of the best decisions I've made. They mow my lawn, mulch the flower beds, plant new flowers, and trim my shrubs. They always do a great job, I highly recommend them!
Sarah Ferano
17:28 12 Jul 18
I've been a customer for 3 years and each year their team's responsible and efficient work amazes me! Jon always keeps in touch and makes sure that I am happy with the work. I had them install a landscape 2 years ago (and they touch it up) and I still get compliments from people about it! I highly recommend you try them out
Kylie Wilson
17:18 12 Jul 18
Last spring I hired Dream Greener and I was very pleased with their work. They were very professional and did a great job! I now use their snow removal and mowing services as well, they always do amazing work
Emily F
17:36 12 Jul 18
John and his team at dream greener are amazing. I went through no less than 6 landscaping companies before I came Upon dream greener. I do not have an irrigation system but my lawn looks as good as the neighbours that have sprinklers. I would highly recommend dream greener to anyone who wants to have the best looking lawn and landscape in their neighbourhood.
Joe Lamphere
23:13 02 Aug 18
Oh My Goodness!!! What an amazing job done on our property yesterday. I have to keep going outside to marvel at the difference!!! Thank you. Thank you. This company does what it says. I’ve had previous landscaping services and NO ONE did the beautiful job that they company has done—-and the icing on the cake is the fair price that they charge.
Dayl Jewell
00:48 09 Sep 18
I highly recommend Dream Greener ! My yard looks absolutely amazing . I have had so many different landscapers and the job these guys did was unbelievable. They are so dependable and meticulous . I can truly say this was money well spent . In addition , everyone is so nice and professional.
Amy Belmear
05:13 18 Aug 18