Happy November everyone, we are so close to the most magical time of the year….. when doveweed dies off in the cold weather!
We hope everyone enjoyed a safe and spooky Halloween, forget poltergeists and witches I am being haunted by malevolent lawn crews wielding their blunt blades and razor-sharp spinning wheels of twine, even worse they collect the dropped candy before I have a chance. (helpful hint – don’t ever keep a British girl from her chocolate!)All joking aside, poor lawn care practices have become by far the most widespread and damaging of the problems facing our customer’s lawns and are the number one cause of weeds. Year on year this is becoming a bigger problem as each mowing compounds the issue. This and Brown Patch are our focus as we begin to prepare the lawns for Winter, please see below our list of what to be aware of as cold weather approaches
  • Lawn crews are the main cause of damage and weeds right now, please see our top tips below to minimize the effects on your lawn and maximize recovery.
  • Brown Patch will continue to be the other main cause of damage this month, keep sprinklers off and consider adding fungus prevention to your winterization if you already have damage or normally get it this time of year
  • We’re about to start our winter application as summer weeds start to die off, but winter weeds will be here soon. Post-emergent weed treatment is always included with your winterization but if you’d like to add pre-emergent as well please contact us for an estimate.
  • Most damage to your lawn develops in Fall and will reappear in Spring as the areas slowest to recover. To minimize this effect and help protect the lawn from further damage apply compost to the affected areas. We have limited bookings still available early next year if interested and can provide detailed instructions for anyone who might want to DIY.
  • We’re now booking Spring treatments! We highly recommend aeration and compost top dressing annually if possible, custom recommendations can be found in your treatment history log. Estimates will be provided on request and there’s no obligation.



Sprinklers should be off at this time, we don’t expect them to be needed again until next year other than for watering in the winter fertilizer we’ll be applying the next few weeks (and even then wait for rain if it’s forecast within 2-3 days of application.)

Allowing the grass to dry out regularly will help strengthen the grasses root system, control weeds and fungus as well as helping prevent sod worm damage.

Please keep in mind every lawn is different, a shaded lawn needs less water than a full sun lawn. Remember, all sprinkler zones are not created equal.

Before you reach for the sprinkler controls please note my three top watering tips below.

– Walk/monitor your lawn
– Test the sprinklers
– Customize your cycle

General guidelines are always available on our website at the link here, let us know if you have any questions.

10 Tips to Stop Lawn Crew Damage


As anyone who regularly reads their treatment history log knows, I’m a little obsessed with mower damage. Unfortunately, after extensive research on the matter I can report the average lawn crew is not swayed by exaggerated sighs and scowls, eye rolling or even that Crazygrass lady who works on lawns woefully shaking her head in their direction in a disapproving Mary Poppins manner. I can’t really blame them. So instead of continuing to be passive-aggressive to innocent lawn crews I’m going to empower you, yes YOU! (Think Uncle Sam pointing his finger, what’s more American than an immaculate expanse of green lawn?! Your country needs YOU!) to take back control of your lawn with my list of Ten things you can do now to help turn this receding-grass-and-excess-doveweed ship (they almost called the Mayflower that I’m sure ) around!

1) Ban weed eaters: The grass is growing much, much slower now and rarely needs edging. Just avoiding the use of a weed eater immediately resolves a huge amount of the stress and weed spread. Alternatively, you could request they use an edger only, cutting along edges and never below 3″, though that can be a more complicated request especially if it’s not always the same tech who shows up.

2) Request small push mowers only: not even on the firmest ground are sit on or stand on mowers appropriate for the average residential lawn, always using a smaller mower also minimizes the risk of them causing muddy tracks if they decide to mow after rain.

3) (speaking of mowing after rain) Don’t mow when wet: if we’ve just had a heavy rain call the crew off, the grass no longer needs cutting every week, better for it to get a little uneven than have ruts through the lawn.

4) Raise mowing height: this applies to most but not all of the crews our customers use, the mower should be set at pretty much the highest cutting height, St. Augustine should be at least 3″ after cutting, cutting short will weaken and stress the grass and often leads the lawn to look dull and thin. It also makes it much more susceptible to other stressors.

5) Clean equipment: this is a bigger ask but preferably you want to crew to wash off their equipment (just a quick spray down with a hose) between lawns, alternatively you can ask to be the first lawn of the day.

6) Sharp blades: around August is when the grass will start to really suffer from the use of blunt blades, ask your crew about sharp blades, learn to spot the tearing and ragged edges that demonstrates this problem so you can point it out to the crew.

7) Bag clippings: for people using lawn crews clippings should always be bagged no exception, especially as unfortunately most crews are unlikely to follow through in a request to wash off their mowers.

8) Provide the equipment: if you’re really attached to your lawn crew but the damage is significant and no amount of polite requests is improving the situation, consider providing the equipment. I know this seems extreme but then so is using a lawn crew who damage the grass every time they cut it. Providing the equipment immediately puts you back in control of blade height, blade sharpness, edging (leave edger out when you want it done and not when you don’t), size and cleanliness of equipment.

9) Consider paying extra. I know I spend a lot of time criticizing crews but I’m actually sympathetic for the pressures they’re under to move fast, it’s not really conducive to a good job. Show the crew your concerns, ask how you would like things to be different and then ask them if/what this would cost extra. This also makes them accountable to actually follow through with the changes. From my experience most crews simply aren’t paid enough to do a good job.

10) Communicate with us. If you don’t think your crew are going to change but you don’t want to change your crew, check in with us as to what damage is being caused specifically by your crew and how you should expect it to impact the lawn year on year. Realistically we can’t offset damage being done weekly with five or even twelve visits but it may be the downsides balance with the benefits of your current arrangement. At the least it will enable you to move forward understanding the risks.


 Crazy Grass Lady’s Giveaway 
We are pleased to announce the winner of our free Application is Cynthia W in Houston.
This month our giveaway is free Pre-emergent application.
One entry per person but you can nominate a friend or relative within our catchment area. You don’t have to be a current customer to enter. To enter just reply “Pre-emergent” to this Newsletter.
The prize will be drawn on the 30th November

Yours sincerely

Crazy Grass Lady