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Growth Potential: Does It Matter Who Fertilizes Your Lawn?

Mar 16, 2014 01:59PM ● Published by Steven Jack

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Winter might not be ready to let go just yet, but spring is right around the corner. That means it’s time to think about getting your lawn in shape for the months you can enjoy it. This article will help you make some important decisions about whether or not to fertilize yourself, and what to look for in a professional company.

 Should You “Self-Serve”?

Many people fertilize their properties themselves. As a professional lawn care provider, I can appreciate the desire to take care of your own property.  For the most part, the products in traditional four-step programs are great, but they don’t always give your lawn what it NEEDS.  In many cases, you can hire a professional to take care of the property for roughly the same cost with guaranteed service.  Looking at Home Depot’s site, I found the following:


Scenario 1- 5,000 square feet

Scotts 5,000 Sq Ft.

Price


Fox River Lawn Care 5,000 sq ft (Guaranteed)  For New Customers Only

Price






Step #1 Fertilizer and Crabgrass Preventer

$22.98 


Round #1 Fertilizer, Crabgrass Preventer, and Weed Control (where needed)

$28.00 

Step #2 Fertilizer and Weed Control (on entire lawn)

$19.98 


Round #2 Slow Release Fertilizer and Weed Control (where needed)

$34.00 

Step #3 Fertilizer with SummerGuard ( no weed Control)

$24.98 


Round #3 Slow Release Fertilizer and Weed Control (where needed)

$34.00 

Step #4 Fertilizer with WinterGuard (no weed control)

$19.98 


Round #4 Slow Release Fertilizer and Weed Control (where needed)

$34.00 

Ortho Weed-B-Gone Max Plus 1.33 GL

$19.98 


Round #5 Slow Release Winterize Fertilizer 

$34.00 






Sub Total

$107.90 


Sub Total

$164.00 

Sales Tax (7.75%)

$8.39 


Sales Tax

$0.00 

Grand Total

$116.29 


Grand Total

$164.00 

Scenario 2 - 10,000 square


Scotts 10,000 Sq Ft. you have to buy 2 5,000 sq. ft. bags

Price


Fox River Lawn Care 10,000 sq ft (Guaranteed) For New Customers Only

Price






Step #1 Fertilizer and Crabgrass Preventer

$45.96


Round #1 Fertilizer, Crabgrass Preventer, and Weed Control (where needed)

$28.00

Step #2 Fertilizer and Weed Control (on entire lawn)

$39.96


Round #2 Slow Release Fertilizer and Weed Control (where needed)

$50.00

Step #3 Fertilizer with SummerGuard ( no weed Control)

$49.96


Round #3 Slow Release Fertilizer and Weed Control (where needed)

$50.00

Step #4 Fertilizer with WinterGuard (no weed control)

$39.96


Round #4 Slow Release Fertilizer and Weed Control (where needed)

$50.00

Ortho Weed-B-Gone Max Plus 1.33 GL

$19.98


Round #5 Slow Release Winterizer Fertilizer

$50.00






Sub Total

$175.84


Sub Total

$228.00

Sales Tax (7.75%)

$13.62


Sales Tax

$0.00

Grand Total

$189.47


Grand Total

$228.00

Scenario 3 - 15,000 square feet

Scotts 15,000 Sq Ft. 

Price


Fox River Lawn Care 15,000 sq ft (Guaranteed) 

Price






Step #1 Fertilizer and Crabgrass Preventer

$59.98 


Round #1 Fertilizer, Crabgrass Preventer, and Weed Control (where needed)

$68.00 

Step #2 Fertilizer and Weed Control (on entire lawn)

$49.98 


Round #2 Slow Release Fertilizer and Weed Control (where needed)

$68.00 

Step #3 Fertilizer with SummerGuard ( no weed Control)

$59.98 


Round #3 Slow Release Fertilizer and Weed Control (where needed)

$68.00 

Step #4 Fertilizer with WinterGuard (no weed control)

$39.96 


Round #4 Slow Release Fertilizer and Weed Control (where needed)

$68.00 

Ortho Weed-B-Gone Max Plus 1.33 GL

$46.98 


Round #5 Slow Release Winterizer Fertilizer 

$68.00 






Sub Total

$256.88 


Sub Total

$340.00 

Sales Tax (7.75%)

$19.84 


Sales Tax

$0.00 

Grand Total

$276.79 


Grand Total

$340.00 

The cost to have it done professionally is only slightly more expensive. However, when you consider that the four-step process includes only one application of weed control, the cost is the same or even more economical to go with a professional. Another aspect you have to look at is the time you take out of your life to apply the products yourself.  Most professional services guarantee the service and will come back to retreat the weeds for FREE.  Fox River Lawn Care will give all new customers who contract with us before May 1 their first fertilizing application for just $28.00 (some restrictions).

Are All Professional Lawn Care Companies Created Equal?

If you do decide to go with a professional company, make sure to ask the right questions:

Insurance: Does the company carry an extensive worker’s compensation and liability insurance package? Ask who their insurance agent is and contact the agent directly.  If the company does not carry both workers compensation and liability, do not hire them.

Properly Licensed: Does the company have a pesticide license from the Illinois Department of Agriculture?  In order for a company to receive such a license, employees must pass written exams and prove they carry liability coverage, that is a combined single limit of not less than $100,000 bodily injury and property damage liability combined, with and annual aggregate of not less than $500,000.

Number of Applications per Year: How many applications of fertilizer does the company want to put on the lawn every year?  The University of Illinois Extension recommends no more than five applications of fertilizer per year.  Many companies will try to sell you seven applications. Don’t throw money away.  

Type of Fertilizer: What kind of fertilizer does the company use: liquid spray or a granular product? Liquid fertilizers are contact fertilizers.  This means they start working immediately. Granular fertilizers are typically a slow release product. They will give your lawn nutrients slowly over the course of a few weeks. Organic fertilizers are granular products as well but tend to cost more.

Pesticide Use: How does the company spray weeds on the property?  If they are using a liquid fertilizer, chances are the weed control is mixed in with the fertilizer and spraying 100% of the lawn with chemicals. This is called a “blanket application”. If they are using a granular application, most likely, they are spot treating weeds.  In this case the chemicals are only being applied where the weed(s) are present.  Less chemicals equals less worry. Something important to consider if you have children and/or pets. 

Experience: How experienced is the person treating your lawn? The company that you hire may have been in business for many years, but the person applying the treatment may only have been on the job for a couple of days.  You want to make sure you hire a company that sends out a knowledgeable person to treat your lawn and answer your questions.

Knowing the answers to these questions should help you find the right lawn care company and guide you to a greener, healthier lawn.

About Fox River Lawn Care

Extensive Insurance Policy carried with Hometowne Insurance in Oswego, IL. 630-554-4040.

Three State of Illinois Licenses to apply pesticides and we are working on more.

Apply Five Fertilizing Applications per Year starting in spring and spacing out every 6-8 weeks until fall.

All Natural Slow Release Fertilizer used on most customers’ lawns and organic fertilizer on others.

Spot Treatment of Weeds, which means we use as little chemicals as possible with maximum results.

More Than 12 Years of Lawn Care Experience. We have seen it all.

To contact Fox River Lawn Care for a free estimate, call 630-898-4480 or email  services@foxriverlawncare.com

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