I was asked how one goes about choosing a lawn care company.
My head started really spinning as this is very important for homeowners that are flooded with all sorts of options that all state they are the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Here are a few ideas that are important to verify with companies you are choosing from...
- Verify if the company uses a slow release, granular fertilizer for all of their fertilizer applications, only a couple of applications, or not at all.
- Liquid fertilization has very little to no agronomic value to the turf
- Note, even if companies state they are using slow release fertilizers (like they should), they are not all equal. For example, Weed Man Lawn Care uses only a 65% slow release fertilizer. This lasts 7-10 weeks per application vs some that state they use a slow release fertilizer but don't mention that it is only 15% and only lasts 3-5 weeks.
- More info on fertilization and plant health Here
- It is important to ensure that the company is doing their part to minimize the environmental footprint and enhance your turf quality
- Using a very slow release fertilizer all but eliminates any movement in the soil
- It also will help thicken the turf and reduce runoff compared to a malnourished lawn
- Using weed control to spot treat weeds only, if possible (using combo products for "weed and feed" usually over apply weed control that is not necessary)
- Make sure the company clears off all driveway and sidewalks of fertilizer
- Make sure the companies you consider give free service calls and within a timely matter. There will be times when weeds pop or there are other problems between visits and you might want your company to come back and it should be free of charge
- Make sure they have a willingness to meet with you if necessary to address any concerns
- Check into the background of the owners of the company to see how they are qualified to run the business
- At Weed Man, the owners have degrees in Soil Science, Turf Management and Agronomy and we have a Masters Grad and a PhD in turf grass management as well two ex-golf course superintendents on staff.
- Many companies over promise and under deliver. Be leery if companies promise control of things like quack grass or tall fescue
- Click Here for all sorts of tips based on previous seasons with your lawn