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Old March 27th, 2019, 01:13 PM   #1
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I'm at my wits end with trying to get my lawn back in shape and I'm contemplating professional help.

Does anyone have experience with companies like Trugreen, Chemlawn, Natural way, or the like? Are the results as good as they say, or am I better off to just keep trying on my own? Thanks in advance for your experiences / opinions.
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Old March 27th, 2019, 01:31 PM   #2
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I just try to hit it with a brush hog around June



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Old March 27th, 2019, 01:56 PM   #3
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If I lived where you're building I'd agree, but the city (and my wife) aren't going to go for that.
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Best to find a full service lawn care service that is licensed to apply the products needed to revive your lawn. Rather than a franchise that is one size fits all in a particular area.
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Call a local lawnmower dealership in your area and ask them for a referral of a good company in your area. They do busy with the companies and can point you in the right direction.
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My neighbor uses TruGreen and I get their flyers all the time. When it was actually raining last year his lawn was weed free and looked great. I think he had it applied 4 times throughout the season. He's also the type who leaves it a little long to "healthy" length and cuts twice a week. I cut once a week and scalp that shit. When it got super dry out my lawn still looked fairly okay and his was a burned out mess. So apparently there's a trade-off. Although since you're in the city and actually care about the lawn you probably have irrigation, so most likely a non-issue.
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Old March 27th, 2019, 04:51 PM   #7
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I have used TruGreen, it was great to mow a lawn and have it mostly weed free. I was so tired of all the thick stalk weeds I had and the dandy lions. They couldn't get rid of the little purple flowered vine in the grass so I told them I was done. So now I'm going to see if I can just use Scotts products to keep my lawn decent.
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Old March 27th, 2019, 06:25 PM   #8
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I used to use tru green and they did a good job. I watered twice a day, morning and evening. I did get tired of cutting twice a week though.
So I have been using the Scotts brand for a few years now and applying it three times a year and its ok but not as green when I used the company. I do have a few more weeds also.
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Heads up. I worked for a lawn care provider up here in Canada. Laugh but it’s called Weedman and it’s rather popular. They can do wonders for your lawn with your help. The weeds they kill need to be replaced or you’ll have continuing issues.

The bad side, these companies can be aggressive in their practices. Constant calling and soliciting of products. They also can practice in shady dealings. If you cancel or only want a one time visit of a certain product, the next year they will just add you to the regular schedule for the season. Sometimes too they just auto renew until you cancel service.

I quit cus of a couple reasons. One was I was jumped over on a promotion. I loved my job and what I did but gave up hope when that happened. It was for the best, I wasn’t the quickest technician, my boss was great and took care of his guys.

Final thoughts, read the contract and ask lots of questions.
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My neighbor uses TruGreen and I get their flyers all the time. When it was actually raining last year his lawn was weed free and looked great. I think he had it applied 4 times throughout the season. He's also the type who leaves it a little long to "healthy" length and cuts twice a week. I cut once a week and scalp that shit. When it got super dry out my lawn still looked fairly okay and his was a burned out mess. So apparently there's a trade-off. Although since you're in the city and actually care about the lawn you probably have irrigation, so most likely a non-issue.
Yes, I have in ground sprinklers so no issue with watering.
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Old March 28th, 2019, 06:30 AM   #11
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Couple of questions. First, how big is your lawn? Second, what exactly is wrong with it? A good de thatching with a power rake (and vacuum up the thatch afterwards) will do wonders. Scotts fertilizer is about the best on the market (know this from working at a golf course). I would use the green bag and not the weed and feed.

Here is an excellent weed killer. I live in the country where dandelions are excessive and have about 4 acres and use it in a tow behind sprayer. I might have about a dozen dandelions a year.

https://www.truevalue.com/amine-400-...SABEgJ3sfD_BwE

It comes in smaller bottles so you do not have to get this big one and you do not have to get this brand, just any one with the 2 4 D in it. PM me with questions.
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Forgot, after you de thatch, and vacuum it and fertilize put on some more grass seed and maybe some good top soil.
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Thank you for the info.

To answer your question, it's thin with lots of weeds. It seems no matter how much fertilizer I throw at it (weed and feed, whatever) it doesn't do much. I even did the 4 step process for two years with lack luster results.

I think the real problem is when they built the house they didn't put down a good coating of top soil for the lawn to root into. (I have mostly clay in my area)
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One more thing I forgot. You probably need to aerate (using a plug aerator is best). I have a lot of clay also but have a pretty good lawn (and I do not water because I have 4 acres), it just takes work.

Thin with lots of weeds, use the 2 4 D and the weeds will be gone after a couple of applications.

Do the other stuff I mentioned (some top soil will really help) and you should see a big improvement). Also lots of watering. With your sprinkler system I would water at least 2 times a day until you get it better. My wife used to soak our lawn by hand with a hose and we had the best lawn around. After she got done you would be walking in water on the lawn.
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Man, I've got so many other house and vehicle projects when the weather is decent that I'm lucky if I can get an hour to halfass mow/scalp 2 acres of lawn once a week. You guys are on a whole different level of lawn giveafuck.
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Man, I've got so many other house and vehicle projects when the weather is decent that I'm lucky if I can get an hour to halfass mow/scalp 2 acres of lawn once a week. You guys are on a whole different level of lawn giveafuck.
when you live in a subdivision in the city you have no choice.
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How big is your yard and how many obstacles do you have? I've got a deere 455 lawn tractor with a broom on the front for dethatching and have a pull behind aerator. I'm planning on doing my parents yard in Macomb and could possibly do yours once the ground starts drying up
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How big is your yard and how many obstacles do you have? I've got a deere 455 lawn tractor with a broom on the front for dethatching and have a pull behind aerator. I'm planning on doing my parents yard in Macomb and could possibly do yours once the ground starts drying up
In the front there are not many obstacles. You wouldn't be able to get through the gate in the back, but the back isn't too bad anyway.
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Thank you for the info.

To answer your question, it's thin with lots of weeds. It seems no matter how much fertilizer I throw at it (weed and feed, whatever) it doesn't do much. I even did the 4 step process for two years with lack luster results.

I think the real problem is when they built the house they didn't put down a good coating of top soil for the lawn to root into. (I have mostly clay in my area)
I have the opposite at my house...only about two inches of topsoil and then gravel/sand for 150' down. Cant keep the soil wet even watering every day its super frustrating. But the maple that is in the path of the sprinkler has doubled in size since i put in irrigation. And no i dont know how to fix it either.

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