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When Should I Treat for Crabgrass?

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Apr 30, 2020 5:40:59 PM

When is the best time to put down crabgrass control on my lawn?

In my 30 years of lawn service industry experience, a top concern for customers has been the timing of your 1st service.

Homeowners have been taught to apply pre-emergents when the Forsythias bloom in spring.  This is just not true anymore.
 
With research and development, pre-emergents and post emergents for crabgrass control have advanced. Below, we'll go over the recommended timing for 3 different crabgrass control products. 
 
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Topics: Weeds, Spring Lawn Care, Crabgrass, Lawn Tips

Lawn Care Tips

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Apr 23, 2020 1:13:06 PM

Tips from the Pros

A lot goes into maintaining a beautiful, lush, green lawn. If you are a home improvement weekend warrior and feeling up to the challenge, here are some tips from the pros.

Topics covered: Fertilization, Tick Control, Overseeding, Spring Prep and Watering Your Lawn. 

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Topics: Lawn care, Fertilization, Spring Lawn Care, Lawn Tips

How Do I Cut Back My Lawn Care Costs by 40%?

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Mar 10, 2020 2:06:17 PM

How To Cut Back On Your Lawn Care Costs Without Hurting Your Lawn. 

In my 30 years in the lawn care industry, I have seen and talked to many customers regarding how to reduce the annual cost of their Full Lawn Care Program.

It usually it's starts something like this:

  1. I receive a phone call from a concerned customer who has to make some budget cuts.
  2. Their first thought is they have to do away with EVERYTHING...

But there is a middle ground! There is HOPE!

A good company can identify the goals of a customer and help them find something that allows them to maintain the investment that they've already put into their lawn yet not break the family budget. 

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Topics: Insider, Lawn care, Choosing a lawn care company, Cost of lawn care, Spring Lawn Care

Why Are Some Lawn Care Companies Cheaper Than Others?

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Feb 27, 2020 12:19:52 PM

Behind the Scenes: Why Lawn Care Company Prices Differ

Working in Lawn care customer service for now 30 years, one of the most common calls I get is, “I need to cancel my services because I can't afford it”. 

 Have you ever gotten a knock on your door or a phone call or a mailer with a 'too good to be true' price? 

If it seems too good to be true, it just might be...

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Topics: Choosing a lawn care company, Cost of lawn care, price of lawn care

5 Best Ways to Find A Local Lawn Care Company

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Jan 28, 2020 10:59:55 AM

Finding a Lawn Care Company That's Right for You. 

Are you tired of dealing with the “Big Boys”? National & Franchise Companies have their place in our industry but might not be right for you.

You may want a more trusted and local option. It’s not always easy to find the lawn care company that is right for you.

Here’s where I have experienced the best referrals and recommendations coming from in my now 29 years in the lawn care industry:

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Topics: Lawn care, Choosing a lawn care company

5 Best Ways to Seed Thin and Bare Lawns

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Oct 29, 2019 9:04:14 AM

Troubleshooting A Thin Lawn.

1. Triple Core Aeration and Seed

Core aeration is a type of aeration where thousands of  tiny "cores" or tubes of soil are removed from your lawn.  These small holes allow water, nutrients and air to penetrate compacted soil. This process allows your existing grass to create new plants through a process called tillering. 

The most effective way to build up your thin lawn is to not only aerate but to over seed as well.   While single and even double core aeration will give you good results, triple aeration leads to the fastest acting results and a great lawn. 

What is triple aeration you might ask?  Triple aeration means that we are simply passing over your lawn 3 times to create three times the space for air, water and nutrients to penetrate your soil. 

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How Do I Get Rid of Moles In My Yard?

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Mar 5, 2019 7:21:28 AM

7 things you need to know to become a successful “Mole Hunter”

In my 29 years in the lawn care industry as a Licensed Lawn Supervisor, I have heard many stories and seen many strategies used to control moles such as filling the tunnels with gum, hair, rose shards, glass, gummy worms, gas tablets, moth balls or castor oil pellets to name a few.  All can work but to truly understand the effective strategies, you need to understand the mole. 

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Topics: Moles, Grubs

Is Roundup Safe to Use on My Property?

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Feb 21, 2019 7:33:16 AM

Is Roundup Safe to Use on My Property? 

Recently, In a groundbreaking decision, DeWayne Johnson was awarded a $289 million settlement in August of 2018 from manufacturer Monsanto after a jury of his peers ruled that the company’s weed killer, Roundup (Glyphosate), caused the man’s cancer. Here’s a timeline of events:  

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Topics: Lawn care, Weeds

Top 5 Reasons Why Lawncare Companies Raise Prices

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Feb 19, 2019 6:36:06 AM

With spring fast approaching, is the lawn care company you are using having a price increase and you are struggling to understand why? If so, this article is for you.

I usually start my blog articles with a search of the web to research what is being said. When I Googled “lawncare price increases” it gave many strategies on how much to increase and when to increase but not much on the why. In my 29 years in the industry, I have witnesses good reasons and then ones that just made me shake my head.

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Topics: Choosing a lawn care company, Cost of lawn care, price of lawn care

Synthetic Fertilizer vs. Organic Fertilizer

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Jan 31, 2019 8:55:57 AM

What type of fertilizer is right for my lawn?

Plants need many nutrients to survive and thrive. How do they get the nutrients they need? Most are naturally occurring.  If your lawn has yellowing or slow growth,  it might be time to step in with fertilizer. The best way to determine what your soil needs is by performing a soil test. 

Both Synthetic and organic fertilizers provide your lawn with the needed nutrients. Much debate has been had on this subject and it really just boils down to this; at the most basic level, nutrients are nutrients. 

Below, we will go over some major differences between organic and synthetic fertilizers in terms of nutrient availability and the long & short-term effects that each has on your soil and plants. 

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Topics: Lawn care, pests, Fertilization

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