Where do I start?
I was at one of the big box stores recently, and noticed the big display of do-it-yourself lawn care weed-control products and fertilizers on display. So I checked them out to compare these to what we use at LawnAmerica, along with the pricing of their products. Even with 30 years of lawn care experience, I was confused as to which products to use, what was the active ingredients in each, and how to apply.
So here’s the breakdown if a homeowner wanted to duplicate our Early Spring Weed-Control Treatment in Carolina. If I was a homeowner, I’d have to spend $65 to buy a 40 lb bag of this Scott’s Halt, which is fertilizer plus pre-emergent. This is enough for a 15,000’ lawn, but my lawn is 7,000’. So I either put out half of the bag, and have to store the rest to use in another year, or just apply the whole bag. Most homeowners would do the latter. Now in applying this, I’m also applying Nitrogen fertilizer, which would benefit fescue turf. Dormant bermudagrass does not need fertilizer now, so this is a waste of money, and not good for the environment with the nitrogen just leaching through the soil and not utilized by the plants. And then, what about the weeds I have in my lawn? Those would need to be sprayed with a liquid post-emergent for best results, or I could apply another weed-n-feed with a granular broadleaf herbicide in it. These granular products just don’t work well at all, since it’s hard for the granules to actually stick to the weeds. So I then have to sort through the various spray bottles of herbicide, and buy what I think may work, for another $18 for a bottle of this.
Then there is the little plastic fertilizer spreader in the garage, which I assume is not rusted and still works, so we’ll not even count the cost of that now. I’m still sitting at $83 just in products, plus the value of my time on the weekend. I’d rather be watching North Carolina in the NCAA basketball tournament, fishing, or just hanging out with my family, but what the heck? I”ll just call this exercise, and go with that. I had to pick up some other stuff at the box store, so I won’t even count that time and gas expense in this equation. I’m still looking at $83 in hard costs for doing my own lawncare, compared to $68.30 if I’d paid LawnAmerica to do it for me. And, work by professionals such as LawnAmerica is guaranteed, so if things don’t perform well, we’ll return to do whatever may be needed to do the job. Try taking back your empty fertilizer bag and spray bottle to the box store, telling them your lawn does not look good, and see what they say!
So the choice is clear, using professionals such as LawnAmerica is the best way to have a healthy, green, more weed-free lawn. More and more homeowners it seems are discovering this, which is why it looked to me like their stuff was not exactly flying off the shelves, and the lawn care display at the box store looked pretty full and it’s almost the middle of March.