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Tolland 2021

It’s finally springtime here in Tolland, CT and everyone is glad. From the breezy country roads up to Crandall Park, the signs of spring are everywhere.  As I was driving along these beautiful country roads, I took in the green and pink buds on the trees, the hazy colors bursting with the promise of the coming season, soon to bloom into luscious leaves that shelter us from the rain and sun later in the season.  Everywhere in town I see the lawns coming out of their winter slumber.  From Katie Lane to Baxter Street and along South River Road, things are greening up. I can see the turf coming back to life in the charming country yards along Goose Lane and Kozley Road.  On Barstow Lane and Old Stafford Road, I am noticing a fresh, new look on the lawns, bright green sprouts aiming toward the sun, which grows stronger each day. I stopped for a minute on Cider Mill Road, and took in the sweet song of the Red-Winged Black Bird by the pond and the sight of the spring grass at the Pavilion, looking better each day. In the idyllic Tolland Green Historic District, I also see the turf at The Tolland Arts Center, The Hicks-Stearns Homestead, and various small businesses coming back for a new season of family-friendly fun and community. So many families are looking forward to the special time of year when we can welcome travelers and friends back to this special and historic town you all call home.


Many of the town’s adults work in Hartford, located about 30 minutes away, often at one of the city’s many insurance companies, or UConn, to the south. A family-oriented town, the landscape of Tolland is primarily composed of single-family houses on plots of land around two acres. Undeveloped, forested land covers the area between the town’s many residential developments

The Tolland Public Library opened in 1899. Located in the old county courthouse until 1985, the library was moved to the former Hicks Memorial School in 1985. It was significantly expanded in 2017.

In 2006, Tolland opened the new Tolland High School to support the growing number of students. The town is also expanding with new commercial and residential developments.

Tolland has ranked among “Best Places to Live in America” by CNN magazine in the “Small Town” category several times and greatly appreciated the recognition.


Lawn Science was founded in 1991 as a division of American Landscape. The purpose of the Lawn Science division is to offer lawn care approaches based on science and organic fertilizers. The first organic products Lawn Science used were developed at the Yale School of forestry in New Haven. The Product was called “Roots” and was derived from Seaweed and Humic acids, there was a companion product that was derived from the Yucca plant, this Yucca extract acted as a surfactant and penetrant helping the liquid Roots product to penetrate into the soil and affect the roots of the grass. Lawn Science had a lot of successes with the Roots product line turning lawns greener, healthier, and thicker. Lawn Science now uses a similar product that contains additional nutrients and a biological element of beneficial microbes. These beneficial microbes eat dead and decaying plant matter control the turfs thatch level and converting the plant material into organic matter. The organic matter developed by the microbial activity is carbon-rich and helps build health and improve the structure of the soil naturally. 


Before the start of Lawn Science, American Landscape had use Scott’s Turf builder fertilizer and Scott’s weed and feed products. The lawn initially responds really well to Scott’s Turf builder lawn fertilizer but after 3 years of using Scott’s Turf builder fertilizer the lawns started developing a thick thatch layer and the lawn need to be detached and core aerated once or twice per season. The high nitrogen rate in Scott’s Turf builder fertilizer created rapid top growth in the lawn resulting in thatch build-up which reduced the effectiveness of watering and fertilizer would get caught up in the thatch layer and never make it into the root zone of the grass. After trying to correct this declining lawn condition with core aeration and detaching and not seeing much improvement, I started searching for an alternative method that would be more effective. I found using organic products that contained living biology known as microbes along with a food source like molasses to stimulate the biology to work the best. The microbes eat the dead and decaying plant matter like thatch and turn that into carbon-rich organic matter. I found the addition of liquid seaweed to also improve the soil and the lawn. Seaweed contains over 50 micronutrients, natural growth hormones, L amino proteins, and potassium. I did notice the health and vigor of the lawns improved with the addition of liquid seaweed. 


Homeowners in Tolland looking for a local lawn care company to provide grass fertilization to have green grass without using Scott’s fertilizer or the large national company called TruGreen now have an option for lawn care service in Guilford with Lawn Science. TruGreen provides lawn fertilizer and weed control as well as grub control and TruGreen is a national company with many branches and TruGreen locations throughout the country. Some homeowners would rather have an affordable lawn care program provided by a local lawn care professional.


How much does lawn care cost for Tolland lawns? The cost and price for the best lawn care service are usually slightly more than a limited-service lawn care program. The best thing to do is contact a few providers and get a lawn care quote. TruGreen will provide a free quote without even going to look at the lawn. TruGreen will measure the lawn online and email the lawn care quote to the homeowner. The challenge with giving quotes and price for lawn care without actually looking at the lawn and property is TruGreen will not see the condition or issues that the lawn may be facing. TruGreen will be using the very same lawn care program and approach for each lawn regardless of the condition of the lawn. The TruGreen is the fastest and easiest way to get a lawn care quote but may not produce the best result for your lawn in the long run.


Lawn Science visits each lawn and then provides a lawn care quote with recommended lawn care programs based on the condition of the lawn, issues the lawn is facing, and the goals of the homeowner. Lawn science actually walks the lawns and looks for challenges the lawn faces, from shade damage, dog damage, bare spots weeds, to other needs like seeding the lawn at the proper time of the year. If the lawn does not look good lawn Science inspects the lawn for drought damage, grub damage, or insect damage. There are many lawn conditions to consider before lawn applications can start


For over 30 years Lawn Science has been helping homeowners have a green beautiful healthy lawn using our 5 steps organic-based lawn care program. Lawn Science lawn care program is more advanced than traditional do-it-yourself lawn care programs. Lawn Science’s secret is in their unique organic fertilizer formulas that feed the lawn and build the soil providing the best long-term results and value for homeowners’ lawns.











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