Three Good Reasons To Fire Your Lawn Care Service!
When you should fire your lawn service & two ways Retailers rip us off!
A lawn service approached us about their service and offered a low initial treatment, so we went with them. Their treatments were 35 dollars so we made it clear that we only wanted 4 treatments a year not the 7 that they push, they agreed. We also made it clear the time that we wanted the treatments applied and they agreed to that.
Our first problem came when they showed up to put a weed & fertilizer treatment down right before a 4 to 5 days of heavy rain, which was in the forecast. My feeling is if your large commercial accounts don't want their treatments put down to be washed away, neither do I! Instead of paying them I may as well take a bucket of quarters and roll them out in the yard!
Our second problem came when they did five treatments instead of 4 which we agreed to, but they convinced my wife that it wasn't 5 but only the forth treatment. Then the following year they asked my wife if we were going to get our usual 5 treatments!
The straw that broke the camel's back was when in January , you know when in even the south Bermuda stays brown and dormant, they came out to fertilize and put pre-emergent down. And to add insult onto injury they raised their treatments by 5 bucks. Now I'm no lawn expert, but I know that pre-emergent should be applied as closed to the time when crabgrass germinates, but after crabgrass germinates it is useless! Late February to early March! As far as fertilizer, that shouldn't be a concern until mid to late April when Bermuda is a least half green! Needless to say after they refused to refund the treatment we fired them!
Which brings me to the two ways that retailers rip us off! As I mentioned above, after crabgrass has germinated usually when it warms up in march, this is the first time you will see pre-emergent being stocked in stores, from the big box stores to the little hardware stores. And they will sell you pre-emergent all day long. If asked is now a good time to put it down? Most store clerks will tell you the truth! The reason they sell it after they know it does no good is because they know that people buy more out of reaction (crabgrass in their lawn) than being proactive(I better treat for the coming Crabgrass!)
The second rip off is selling grub treatment after they have hatched and are beattles eating every thing in sight. Again like the crabgrass grub treatment must be put down early, sometime in April and once beattles are around it is too late! And the reason they sell it like this is the same as above, people are reactive not proactive.