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Lawn & Plant Care

It All Starts with Your Soil.

Our customized lawn care programs are built from the ground up and they start with a soil test.  How can anyone know what your lawn needs if they don’t know what kind of shape your soil is in?  Your lawn is only as good as your soil and that is exactly where we start in order to determine what you really need, and what options we can provide to help you.  Learn about soil testing »

Lawn Care and Plant Health Care Programs to Fit Your Needs

    Residential Lawn Care

    We offer customized lawn care programs are built from the ground up just for your needs.  Starting with a site analysis and soil test, then we determine what your soil needs to give you a beautiful green lawn to enjoy.    You provide the sunlight and water and we provide the grass. We offer three main types of service programs that can be customized and combined to get you the results you want:  Organic Lawn Care, Organic-Based Lawn Care, and Low Impact Lawn Care.

      Commercial Lawn Care

      For property managers and landscapers we offer commercial lawn care programs. We are here to serve you to keep your property looking its best. Whether you handle just a few sites or have several hundred to manage we have the tools and experience to help your business succeed.  You can focus on servicing maintenance and installation customers and leave the applications to us!

        Plant Health Care

        Plant Health Care is a term coined by the International Society of Arboriculture (More at their website).  Monitoring the health of your ornamental trees and shrubs is the first step. Monitoring fees apply. A plant health care program is developed as a customized solution for an individual property.

        Our Services and Treatments

        • Grubs

          Grubs are a very destructive insect that eats the roots of turf grass. An area susceptible to grubs is a sunny and wet area. Any irrigated sunny lawn will do for grubs. The female beetle mates and lays her eggs in late July or early August. The eggs hatch and the feeding larva of the beetle (the grub) does its damage. The grub will feed until the following spring moving down into the soil as the frost line moves down staying just below the frost line. In late spring and early summer the larva will pupate and after the pupation, an adult beetle emerges.  Learn more by following this link to our grub post.

        • Fungus and Disease

          Lawn fungal diseases are the result of the correct humidity and temperature. With the correct temperature and humidity on the proper host for the right amount of time, fungal spores will begin to grow. Fungal spores are everywhere and it is unlikely they were carried in by you walking or a landscapers mower. Spores spread in huge numbers very easily on the wind. It’s like blaming the movement of pollen in the air on a landscaper or someone brings it in on their feet.  Learn More

        • Chinch Bugs & Other Lawn Insects

          After many years of limited activity, chinch bug activity is on the rise. The chinch bug is a surface feeder that damages throughout the summer thriving on sunny and wet areas. Damage from chinch bugs starts out looking like drought stress and continues to get worse no matter how much water is applied.  Learn More

        • Weed Control

          Weed control can be added to any fertilization program we offer. For reduced risk weed control there are several options. The two that we have used for years and have had good results with are Fiesta and Tenacity. Both offer weed control for a variety of weeds with an environmentally friendly profile.

        • Aeration and Overseeding

          Aeration is done to keep air circulating in the soil and minimize the effect of soil compaction. Soil compaction restricts air, water, and fertilizer in the soil. It can result in thin and stunted turf. Compaction can also allow invasion of certain weeds which are better adapted to those conditions.

        • Soil Conditioner

          Soil conditioner is used to help soil drain rapidly and hold water. It sounds impossible, but this interesting material does both very well. Soil conditioner is fired clay that has a lot of nooks and crannies in each piece. It is spread on ball fields after a rainstorm to absorb water. The clay absorbs water quickly. If integrated into soils, the roots of grass near the clay, then draw out the water held by the nooks and crannies like a reservoir. This is how it helps wet areas dry out and dry areas retain moisture for plants. It can be added at each aeration and overseed at three different rates (and charges) of light, medium and heavy.

        Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

        What our customers have to say about GreenHow:

        Boston Local, Cured My Ant Problem

        I have kids and pets so I wanted to avoid the crazy chemicals while still getting rid of the ants that had raided the cat food bowl and then made them selves at home in our bathroom. GreenHow was easy to deal with, prompt, and quickly found the source of my ant problem… and got rid of the ants. They are now my pest control company of choice!
        – Michael K., Arlington, MA

        I now have a go-to exterminator!

        They came out very quickly (one business day from when I called), were thorough in their investigation, and gave us an incredibly reasonable quote for pest control for other “guests” that we have like carpenter ants.  I was very surprised at their low initial and quarterly costs compared to their high level of service and commitment to using natural products.
        – Kathy R., Woburn, MA

        Great Service - Super Smart.

        Sean Grenhow has without doubt the best of business ethics. He came on time.  He was intrepid in finding the problem, did a thorough search, gave me lots of information – and good news- charged me not one penny and left after a good 20-25 minutes.  I recommend him and his extremely knowledgeable service wholeheartedly.
        – Alexandra H., Newton, MA

        Honest and Smart

        …the best experience of my life in calling an exterminator.  Sean is a great guy.  Honest.  Avoids toxins.  Smart.  GreenHow is what you should want to deal with pests.
        – Max, Cambridge, MA