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Old 02-16-2008, 04:58 AM
 
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My smallish yard looks awful after the lack of water. But it probably looks worse because I basically stink at trying to take care of it with proper fertilizer and spray (people would be dead by now if I was a chef!).

Last year I got an estimate from TruGreen to start services and they wanted over $200 for the initial treatment. This included aeration and maybe a couple of other possibly unnecessary tasks. Anyway, is there a company that treats lawns cheaper than TruGreen (Chemlawn)? I'm near Decatur.

Oh, I'm not talking about landscaping or mowing. Got that covered.
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Old 02-16-2008, 08:25 AM
 
Location: FL to GA back to FL
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My understanding of TruGreen is that they inject some kind of "green" to make the lawn look great. We use Fairway Lawn Service for our fertilizing and such and have been happy. They come out every 6 weeks or so and are very polite and thorough. Not sure if they service your area, but worth a try.
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:12 AM
 
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Default Lawn care suggestions

Hi,

I know of an excellent lawn care company that might be able to meet your needs....and at an affordable price.

Let me know,
Thanks
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:42 AM
 
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We use Simply Green and have been happy. We switched from Scott's. I don't know how the price compares to what you've been quoted, but I believe Simply Green is local and would probably give you a good price.
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:22 PM
 
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Do these services stop weeds as well?
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:48 PM
 
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Do these services stop weeds as well?
Most of them do a weed treatment or two along with the fertilizers. We used Scotts in NJ and they had a whole regiment of around 10-12 different treatments that they applied over the course of the year. Our lawn went from looking absolutely horrible (the previous owner had done nothing to it for around 10 years) to being golf-course green over the course of 2 years of treatments.
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:52 PM
 
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Save money and do it yourself!

from lowes website:

For a better lawn or garden, start with a soil test. Testing your soil allows you to:

Select the right plants for your garden—A pH test, for example, determines how acid/alkaline your soil is. You can then pick plants that will survive and thrive in your soil conditions.


Remedy your soil problems by determining what key elements are missing from your soil.


Monitor nutrients—Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium are all needed for plant growth, color and blooming.
Soil test kits are available at Lowe's garden centers. These kits allow you to get an immediate analysis of your soil's pH.

Your local agricultural extension office will also test your soil sample for pH and nutrient levels (usually for a small fee). Most offices provide you with a sterile container for your sample and a form to answer questions about your garden, where you live and the plants you wish to grow. The soil analysis usually takes a few weeks to get back to you. The analysis includes detailed results and suggested amendments specific to your region.
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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My smallish yard looks awful after the lack of water. But it probably looks worse because I basically stink at trying to take care of it with proper fertilizer and spray (people would be dead by now if I was a chef!).
We use a little local company based in Austell to fertilize and de-weed our yard, and I think they do a spectacular job. Check kudzu.com for folks who work locally. That's how we found these guys.
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Old 02-27-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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Save money and do it yourself!

from lowes website:

For a better lawn or garden, start with a soil test. Testing your soil allows you to:

Select the right plants for your garden—A pH test, for example, determines how acid/alkaline your soil is. You can then pick plants that will survive and thrive in your soil conditions.


Remedy your soil problems by determining what key elements are missing from your soil.


Monitor nutrients—Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium are all needed for plant growth, color and blooming.
Soil test kits are available at Lowe's garden centers. These kits allow you to get an immediate analysis of your soil's pH.

Your local agricultural extension office will also test your soil sample for pH and nutrient levels (usually for a small fee). Most offices provide you with a sterile container for your sample and a form to answer questions about your garden, where you live and the plants you wish to grow. The soil analysis usually takes a few weeks to get back to you. The analysis includes detailed results and suggested amendments specific to your region.
You'll spend almost as much on the tests, fertilizer, a spreader, etc., as what it costs to have TruGreen or someone do all of the work for you. If your time is worth more than about $3/hour to you, you actually end up loosing money. Not to mention that you run the risk of getting uneven coverage when you spread the fertilizer, resulting in streaks and burnt spots. Trust me- I tried to do it myself for the first 5 years we owned our last house, and it was cheaper to have Scotts do it- especially when they did the aeration- and the results were 10x better.
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Old 02-27-2008, 08:41 PM
 
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I have spent 2 years doing it myself and the garden still looks bad. Also as stated I am sick of working outside in the heat and mosquitos breathing in the chemicals.

I tried Zoysia last year in the back to create a better lawn with less weeds and mowing and it only covered maybe 20%. Some of the problem growing it was the water ban but is also seemed very difficult. In one patch where I grew Fescue to test it grew much better. If the Zoysia doesn't grow this year better I will probably re-sod with Fescue and get a service.
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