Green Thumb started out as a grass cutting business and has grown into a full service lawn maintenance company. In my early years I took an arborist course and later I became fully licensed and insured to apply chemicals and fertilizer. Due to Phosphorus ban, we are no longer able to apply it onto lawns. The only exception is seeding a new lawn or over-seeding. As of 2015 a Pesticide ban came into effect. We are no longer able to apply Par III to lawns. Fiesta is the only product on the market at this time that can be used on lawns. I had been experimenting with the bio chemical for some years already and have used our own lawn as a trial area before using it on our first customer’s lawn in 2014.
We think environmentally, recycling grass when we can. If we cannot recycle and mulch the grass on-site, we collect it and haul it to our compost site. We allow the compost to reach 160 F before turning it, thus killing the weed seeds. We mix shredded paper, thatch and kitchen scraps into the compost. The finished product is sifted to ¼ inch with a Trommel screen on-site.
We are a full-service lawn maintenance company serving residential and commercial clients. This includes fertilizing, weed control, core aeration, power raking, and shrub & hedge trimming.
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Mowing, Residential and Commercial
Cutting down some shrubs, blowing leaves from beds, and dethatching.
When to Aerate
In spring or fall are a good times to aerate. After a rain is a great time to Aerate as penetration of up to 2 inches is beneficial. Core aeration is the best form as it removes cores, which break down over time. It looks messy but as grass grows and is mown these break down. This should be done every two years to increase water penetration and let air into the root zone of turf. Poking causes additional compaction, while coring doesn’t.Top dressing
Compost applied after aeration gives the grass a natural slow release feeding, seeding grass into the compost allows the existing grass to get thicker which reduces weed infestation. When over-seeding, it is recommended to use a starter fertilizer. Starter fertilizer contains Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium. Phosphorus, due to a ban, cannot be applied to lawns unless you are seeding new grass or over-seeding. Top dressing is done in spring or fall. But not when it is very hot.
What kind of fertilizer?
A well balanced fertilizer 30-0-08 or 33-0-11 or 28-0-10 are good fertilizers to use. The middle number 0 is Phosphorus, due to a ban it cannot be applied to lawns unless we are over-seeding or starting a new lawn.
Turf looks better if the weeds are taken care of. Grass doesn’t need to compete with anything.When?
Spring is the best time, as Fiesta works best in cool weather. A third application in fall just before a killing frost also works well.What Product?Fiesta is an Iron-based bio chemical which helps the grass green while suppressing weeds. Fiesta is the only product we can use on lawns due to a Pesticide Ban which came into effect last year. It isn’t as effective as it only eradicate top growth, but two applications 21 days apart destroys the plant. Fiesta dries in 2-3 hours, same day visible kill, no odor, reseeding in a day, kills weeds not lawns.
We are Licensed and insured for weed control and have a truck mount sprayer. We use a bio chemical Fiesta, spraying the lawn twice in 21 days to suppress weeds. Fiesta works quickly turning the dandelion brown the same day as spraying.
Green Thumb TLC Inc.
Steinbach MB R5G 1S3