Common Lawn Care Hidden Costs
5-Steps of Fertilizer:
- Crab grass pre-emergents
- Border control
- Insect control
- Root enhancers
Surface Insect Control:
What is surface insect control? Surface insect control targets bugs that feed above ground such as chinch bugs and billbugs. They damage lawns by robbing them of nutrients and chewing grass blades.
Since this is a pretty standard inclusion, ensure that this is not a separate charge. It is often paired with service #3 and you might already be unknowingly receiving it then being charged AGAIN for it as an add-on.
What is nutsedge? Nutsedge is a pesky perennial weed that can look like grass but is identified by its yellow, spiky flowers.
Nutsedge grows faster than most grasses so it will stand a bit taller than the rest of your turf. It's a tricky weed to control because its roots can grow as deep as 8-14 inches.
Hidden Cost: Nutsedge control can be very difficult and very expensive to control. Some companies include this in their full program but others treat this as an "add-on".
“Special” Weed Control:
Not all weeds can be killed with standard weed controls. Weeds like Ground Ivy, Violets and Cinquefoil will need more expensive weed control that some companies just won’t use or will charge extra for. Ask your lawn care provider if this is included or if its an extra charge.
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Lawn care is a business - the trustworthy companies are upfront and honest about what they are doing and will take the time to see what your needs are before talking price and recommended services. As always, check a company's reviews. This can save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Hidden costs can be some of customer's biggest complaints.
Since 2007, Green Meadow Lawn Care has provided homeowners throughout the greater Tolland, Connecticut area with premium fertilization programs, tick control, mosquito management, seeding & aeration and tree & shrub care.
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