When the grass is greener …

Healthy grass

Sometimes a customer tells us that he or she wants a greener lawn. Upon further investigation, I find what they want is a “nitro” lawn — that nearly phosphorescent green that comes with excessive use of nitrogen. It’s that beautiful green that suites Ireland so well becuase they can grow it year-round in mild weather. Here — you can only get that kind of grass with heavy fertilizer use.

Usually, customers tell us that this nitro green is the color of their neighbors’ lawns.

At any rate, when we hear that the grass isn’t green enough, we tell our callers what we’re about to tell you.

That kind of fertilizer use is irresponsible. To get that kind of green here in the United States, you need enough fertilizer that you will certainly have run-off and affect the Chesapeake Bay. It’s that simple.

Is that a fair trade-off? I don’t think so. That’s why I specialize in organically fertilized lawns.


Therefore, one quarter of all lawns that feed into the Chesapeake Bay are overfertilized — are present a significant problem.

Here are the facts:

  • Test your soil before fertilizing.
  • Use natural (animal and plant based) slow-release fertilizers instead of synthetic, water-soluble fertilizers.
  • Apply no more than 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of land.
  • Apply any fertilizer at the right time — follow instructions.

Read more about it:

Home Lawn Fertilization in Virginia: Frequently Asked Questions, Virginia Cooperative Extension Service

Groundwater Quality and the Use of Lawn and Garden Chemicals by Homeowners, Virginia Cooperative Extension Service

Lawn Fertilization in Virginia, Virginia Cooperative Extension Service

Healthy Lawns, Healthy Waters, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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Bed Transformation!

Once again I am very pleased with the excellent work H&G did on my property.  They turned a section of my ugly front yard with invasive Bermuda grass into a beautiful and simple flower bed with mulch and many small bushes.  This striking transformation adds greatly to the house’s curb appeal.  I look forward to them coming back out this fall and replacing the rest of the front yard with sod and removing all the undesirable Bermuda grass.  Brian was easy and pleasant to work and plan with.  He always responded to my questions immediately.  Jon and his crew were likewise very nice, efficient, and perfectionists in planting my new yard.  Many thanks and accolades to H&G once again!

Sandy Hall

So thankful to be a customer!

when i returned to williamsburg in 2022, it was a real challenge to find a company willing to take on “yet one more customer” – i was ignored and turned down by others… but hertzler and george came to my rescue and i could not be happier – wonderful staff, professional and so friendly, i completely trust them to service my yard!  merry christmas and happy new year to everyone and H&G!


Drainage Help

I would like to let you know how happy we are with the service we received recently.
We had a drainage issue in our yard and did some research, learned your company was highly recommended and decided to see what your company could do.
From the first contact, we had a great experience as the lady that answered the phone was very nice. She put us in contact with Brian Kemp who we also liked from the start, and we made an appt for him to come and take a look. He was right on time, very thorough, and just a very nice fella who we both liked right away and had confidence in. We really liked how he gave us options and listened to what we wanted. We scheduled the work, it was done right on time, and it looks great! Brian was even nice enough to do a video walk through for us afterwards as we weren’t in town. Just great service from start to finish! Thank you Brian

We will definitely be back with more projects in the future.

T.M. - Ford's Colony

Thank You

Just a short note to thank you for all the help you gave us with our garden this year. Jonathon again did a wonderful job doing the bed detailing this summer, as did the mulching crew in the spring. I don’t know the name of the woman who supervised the mulching crew, but I want to let you know how professional she was. In fact, the entire crew was pleasant to work with, especially to experience the care that they took with their work.

Thanks also for being so flexible with the changes we requested for our mowing schedule.

E.L. - Ford's Colony

Always Helpful

Brian came out last week to try to assess a problem we are having in our yard.  He arrived on time, was extremely courteous and took a considerable amount of time analyzing our situation.  While he was unable to reach a solution, he did take the time to research and recommend another business that might be able to help us.  That kind of customer service will make us more likely to call on Hertzler & George if other issues arise.  Thanks, Brian!