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Frequently Asked Questions


Doster's Lawn & Landscaping began in 1983 as a mowing service.  Derek Doster, the current owner, took over in 1998 continued providing mowing services and over the next 3 years began to create what is now a Full-Service Lawn and Landscaping including maintenance, Design/build, and even Snow Services.


Our services begin with Landscape Design and Build, to Mowing and Lawn Applications, Mulching the beds, Trimming Shrubs to keep your home looking great!  For those who want a little more out of their STAY-cations, we're able to design and build your dream back lawn get-aways and outdoor Kitchen!

 Will Doster's stand behind your work?

Yes.  Absolutely.  I guarantee that you'll be satisfied with the services you receive. We'll have a number of meetings before work begins so you'll know what to expect from the services we'll provide for whatever it takes to ensure your satisfaction.

QUESTION:  If I treat my lawn for weeds, and my neighbors do not, won't I still have weeds to come up?

Yes and No.  The soil under your turf is a seed bank.  It contains millions of weed seeds already.  We treat to kill existing weeds and another product to Prevent weeds that would otherwise come up. These prevention products last only so long and each one is different. Once the treatment dissipates, the barrier is no longer there and weeds will begin emerging again in their season.  Science hasn't yet given us a 1-treatment-and-forever-done product yet, so we recommend regular treatments to keep the weeds under control.  

So the answer to the question is, As long as the lawn is being treated prior to weeds emerging, it doesn't matter how many weeds fly in from your neighbors ugly, weedy lawn or the vacant lot nearby. Your lawn will still look great!

QUESTION:  Why should I consider treating my lawn for weeds?  Isn't it just another expense?

1)  Weeds are ugly.  We all know that.  You mow the lawn and the very next day, up comes the dandelion stem. Weeds cause you to have to mow more often than you really should.  They're the first things to emerge in the Spring, and the last ones to die in the Fall... So you mow March - November 'till they're gone to keep the lawn looking as nice as possible, right?  

2)  Weeds grow too fast!  They steal the valuable nutrition the good lawn grass it needs to be healthy and they diminish turf's ability to produce it's own food by out competing for it and casting shade onto the good turf.  This makes your turf remain thin. Crabgrass overtakes everything and causes the need to mow twice per week. Otherwise your lawn looks like a hay field after mowing.  This is an EASY FIX with 1 properly timed treatment.

Answer:  Given the right circumstances and proper weed control strategy, you could save time and money on mowing by shortening the mowing season on the front and back end to have the lawn treated and fed. Plus, mowing will be easier during the main season due to the absence of aggressively growing crabgrass.  Many customers will save money on the mowing service While also having the nice, clean, healthy lawn.

QUESTION:  If I fertilize my lawn, won't I have to mow twice a week?

No.  Folks used to apply straight Ammonia Nitrate (0-0-46) to their lawn to give it a dark green color.  The result was, a dark green color, BUT you paid for it by having to mow multiple times a week.  The reason is, (0-0-46) is not a slow-release product. The best way to describe it is like if you were to eat a half-pound of sugar.  We get a massive energy rush and then we crash and feel horrible.  Improper turf feeding can cause your lawn to grow way too fast

BUT We apply a granule product that has been designed for turf in this region and it is slow release. The result after application is, we have a turf that is fed at a fairly constant basis, over an extended period of time.  We get a steady green up without the vertical growth in turf.  The green color is maintained, without all the mowing for an extended period of time.


What is considered a Healthy Lawn?

A healthy lawn has few to no weeds, the soil pH has gone from being acidic and brought to the 6.5-6.7 range and the turf is thick. Some lawns may require some overseeding to achieve this, particularly weed infested lawns with little to no turf grass and shady lawns.  We may achieve a thick lawn simply through controlling the weeds and feeding the turf and or by seeding.

Got More Questions?  Feel free to Contact Us

Full-Service Landscaping Services servicing Northwest, Tennessee

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