Like any other lawn service. They sell stuff you likely don't need.
Check with your local county extension office and work with them on a plan
for your lawn and then take that plan to the various services around to see
who will follow the plan and what will they charge. If they try to tell you
that the plan is no good and that you need to follow their plan tell them to
take a hike, without your money going with them.
Maybe try calling the company, get the local company that will come
out and ask them if they can give you some references of happy
customers in your immediate area. Then call those customers.
Then try calling the BBB in your are and see what they have to say (or
look it up here on the internet)
It really wont require that much work on your part. Just some phone
It will probably vary from place to place but let me tell you from
where I am in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. My neighbor across the
street used them and neighbor next door uses ChemLawn. Neither looks
as good as mine and 2 other neighbors and I think we all use our own
fertilizer and spread it ourselves. And I speak for about 2 years in
duration so far. About 15 years or so I used ChemLawn for my trees at
my old house and it did help. About 5 years ago I used them for my
present house on the lawn only for about 2 years in duration or so and
I could not see much difference from when I started with them and my
lawn was/is watered routinely by an underground sprinkler system.
When I told ChemLawn to end their services I was paying about $43 /
application and I recall them renegotiating the price at $38.. 35 and
finally $30 per application. I'm not kidding. I realized then that
perhaps they could lower their price so much because they over dilute
their chemicals to the point where it does little good. Anyway, I
won't use them or any other similar service unless it's for a special
application. But as I said, you area may be different but that's
just my opinion and experience from where I am.
We have gotten bids only from a couple of services (Florida).
Expensive, want to sell us stuff we don't need. If you want to pay for
maximum maintenance and chemical use, go for it. When my parents had
contractor do regular fertilizer/pest control, you could be inside the
house with windows closed and almost be overcome by fumes from malathion.
A lot of the increased grass growth will give you good exercise in more
frequent mowing :o) We all now have some amount of pesticide chemicals
in our blood, so it is past time to think seriously about dumping more
chemicals on the ground and into the water supply.
Using the right methods of fertilizing, mowing and watering will give
you a lawn that doesn't need regular pest control. Treat as needed,
according to pest and label instructions. There are studies that show
higher cancer rates in affluent neighborhoods that use such services :o)
Folks who whine about second-hand smoke in the park go home in their
gas-guzzlers, pop some poison on those nasty ants in the yard, dust the
roses with neurotoxins and enjoy the mild breeze that blows the stuff
back in their face, then sit down and enjoy a fire in the fireplace that
pollutes the whole neighborhood :o) That stack of firewood in the yard
is full of termites, so I best remember to dump some poison on it
Too true. I fight this battle with my wife all the time. Like not
letting my son sit and play on the lawn after I fertilize. Really
pisses me off. I may have to switch to milorganite.
I fertilize myself. I use scotts fertilizer. I follow their color
coded plan. I don't have problems with weeds really, except when the
city comes by to replace a patch they screwed up...
I hate poisons. You know these companies don't care about people but
only money. So if they put _hazardous_ on the label, you know they were
forced too so you had better respect it.
That being said, I find the scotts fertilizer itself to cause a deep
greening within 3-5 days of application. It lasts about 2 weeks. This
is how I can tell I didn't get an even spread of the stuff down. And I
go over those missed areas as soon as they show thelselves. Indeed I
have to have it cut more with frequent fertilization.
My cousin uses their lawn 'service.' Lawn looks about the same. And I
think it costs about the same as my buying these bags from Lowes. Of
course my lawn is probably 4x as big as his.
"Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor
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