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Old 05-17-2014, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Wanted to say thanks for the responses to my last two landscaping threads. I'm currently having mixed feelings about my lawn care service of six years (Real Green). They are really nice, but this year I've been having lawn problems. When a manager of theirs came out, they mentioned compacted soil as a reason for why I have the brown spots and dead zones. However, the guy who cuts my grass (and also does landscaping projects) told me the other day that "something is wrong with your grass. Worms". I'm thinking he's talking about grub damage. I googled and the grub damage seems pretty close to what I'm dealing with. Supposedly the service is supposed to put down a preventative so I don't get grub damage! Also, why didn't they tell me "grubs"? So, while overall I haven't had problems with them, I am having doubts. I've looked online for other lawn care services but they mainly seem to be lawn cutting services. I don't need that. I need someone to take care of any problems in the yard. So far, similar services all have horrible reviews (Scotts, TruGreen, ABC) or middling reviews (Emerald). Is there anything out there that has good reviews? Reviews aren't end all be all, but I want something that works!

Thanks!!
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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It's so much easier for the 'mow, blow and go' guys to 'mow, blow and go' that finding someone who will actually take care of your lawn won't likely be easy. We have at least one independent landscape service owner in Avery Ranch and a few other folks directly connected to landscape design, etc. They know the area well and could possibly check periodically on the progress of a particular yard in the neighborhood. That isn't the model for the lawn service folks...they have schedules and formulas to follow to keep the revenue flowing. I'd surely be talking to the neighbors to see if you have any independent lawnscapers working in the 'hood. Hopefully, you would get good recommendations, the folks would be in the area frequently and follow-up calls wouldn't be off some 'price sheet'.

DW(former Master Gardener, Fulton Co., GA) and I were just talking about that yesterday. Many of the so-called treatments for condition 'X' take 4,6, 8 weeks to see results; so the drive-by guys do whatever the 'schedule' recommends and you lose half of the season waiting for results.

Even though we are in a townhouse now, we have a 'yard' area that we can improve and help maintain as we wish; but the 'schedule' the landscape company follows is designed to be efficient--if not particularly effective.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:07 PM
 
Location: The People's Republic of Austin
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I need someone to take care of any problems in the yard. So far, similar services all have horrible reviews (Scotts, TruGreen, ABC) or middling reviews (Emerald). Is there anything out there that has good reviews? Reviews aren't end all be all, but I want something that works!

Thanks!!
I do the "regular" stuff - fertilize, pre-emergent, spot 2,4 D - myself. But I use Emerald for annual stuff - aeration, top dressing, etc. Had a fungus problem last year and they cleared it right up. Couldn't be happier.
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Old 05-19-2014, 02:30 PM
 
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I use Emerald Lawns and they've done a fantastic job with my lawn (weeds, grubs, etc). I highly recommend them!
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Old 09-09-2019, 02:37 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Hello,

Here I am going to share lawn care tips in early and mid summer:

Early Summer Tips

• Fertilize your lawn
• Treat for grubs
• Mow high
• Let the grass clippings lie
• Watch for weeds

Mid-Summer Tips:

• Water deeply
• Feed
• Use sharpen mower blade to cut grass
• Water your plants
• Work on weeds

Thank you!
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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We'll try to remember that for next year...or are you implying that it is still early or mid-summer?
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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We'll try to remember that for next year...or are you implying that it is still early or mid-summer?
Not sure if johndennis is still in Jersey; but fertilizing HERE in early-summer isn't likely a good idea(unless you are using some sort of whiz-bang, heat resistant concoction ).
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