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How To Treat for Grubs [Prevent Before its Too Late]

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Jun 25, 2020 4:02:18 PM

The Importance of Preventative Grub Control

Grubs are the silent killers of lawn pests. It is very easy to not notice them until it is too late.  Preventative grub control can save you a lot of money in the long run.

When grubs kill patches of your lawn, that grass will not come back on its own. Grubs can destroy an entire lawn in a very short amount of time. 

You will generally have to rake clean the debris, then soil and reseed all of the affected areas. 

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Topics: Moles, Grubs

How To Get Rid of Weeds in My Lawn [The Ultimate Guide]

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Jun 22, 2020 5:11:58 PM

Getting Rid of Weeds In My Yard

We have all been there - you have a lawn full of pesky weeds. What do you do? Who do you call to help? Weeds are in your garden, weeds are in your yard, weeds are in your driveways, weeds are in your flower beds, they are everywhere! We are here to help offer some tips on how to better identify and manage weeds on your property. 

 

Weed: /noun/ A wild plant growing where it is unwanted and in competition with cultivated plants. 

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Topics: Lawn care, Weeds, Lawn Tips, Lawn Watering

Choosing the Best Irrigation System [Top 5 Sprinkler Types]

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Jun 18, 2020 8:08:34 PM
Sprinkler Irrigation Systems Explained
In my 30 years of experience in the lawn care industry a lot has changed. One thing that has remained the same is this: grass needs water and watering your lawn correctly will keep it healthy and green.
 

Irrigation systems have many benefits. They water your lawn evenly, are environmentally beneficial (less waste), encourage healthy plant growth, and offer both aesthetic and financial benefits.

Sprinkler systems in your lawn can help you out financially in two ways:

  • A healthy, green lawn can boost your home's value by up to 15%. 

  • Sprinklers can save you water and money by offering features like gauges and timers. These features ensure that your yard is getting the right amount of water and nothing more.

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Topics: Lawn Tips, Lawn Watering

Am I Getting a Good Deal? - 5 Hidden Costs in Lawn Care Services

Posted by Dave Schwarm on May 28, 2020 5:36:09 PM

Common Lawn Care Hidden Costs 

Have you even been car shopping and found a "great deal" only to realize later that you were charged extra for your 4th tire?
 
I have 30 years of experience working in the lawn care industry and I have seen a lot of "slicksters" who take advantage of uninformed customers. I’m here to level the playing field and inform you. 
 
Here’s what I have found is common practice in the lawn service industry and where the hidden costs may lie:
 
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Topics: Insider, Choosing a lawn care company, Cost of lawn care

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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