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South Florida Lawns
02-12-2011, 04:22 PM
While on the phone sitting in my truck I witnessed a local spray company pull up to a property, guy gets out, puts flag in ground then opens a side door on his truck stands in front of it for about a min. messing with something inside, then puts the bill on the door and leaves. I was half tempted to walk up and read the description on the bill. I wonder what they actually did? Driver never once set foot on the lawn. I just do maintenance so I'm no pro in the fert n squirt dept.

greendoctor
02-12-2011, 05:56 PM
That my friend, is the practice known as "ghosting".

44DCNF
02-12-2011, 07:26 PM
Maybe he was the Grass Whisperer.

tallrick
02-12-2011, 07:29 PM
I am always amazed when homeowners without irrigation pay for spray services. That itself makes no sense.

abrightday
02-14-2011, 06:42 PM
Sooo was it a Trugreen, Massey, or maybe a Scotts lawn truck?????

Landrus2
02-14-2011, 06:52 PM
Did you get the name of company?:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

Landscape Poet
02-14-2011, 07:24 PM
Seen it happen more than I would of ever thought I would. Some companies now have GPS built into the trucks to know exactly how long the truck was at the property. So when you see a tech sitting there for a extended period of time but not actually stepping foot on the property - they are ghosting but covering their but with the company in case the customer calls and complains.

Scotts has been the worst at this from what I have seen. Hell they may actually not be saying they are applying anything but I doubt it for some reason.

sodfather24D
02-14-2011, 07:42 PM
Tallrick, not chemicals for lawns need irrigation systems

tallrick
02-14-2011, 10:55 PM
Tallrick, not chemicals for lawns need irrigation systems

Spraying this time of the year on a yard dry as the sahara is a waste of money, is it not? I hate seeing chemicals used to grow grass you cannot eat or smoke. Considering how many homeowners put no effort into their landscape, they should just get rid of the useless lawn and re-landscape with native plants.

sodfather24D
02-14-2011, 11:02 PM
Spraying this time of the year on a yard dry as the sahara is a waste of money, is it not? I hate seeing chemicals used to grow grass you cannot eat or smoke. Considering how many homeowners put no effort into their landscape, they should just get rid of the useless lawn and re-landscape with native plants.

I see your point if their yard is a desert, and they don't as well put any effort in the landscape. My point was merely that irrigation is not always needed in conjunction with spraying. I have managed several hundred acres of parks with weed control and fertilizer programs without irrigation. But nothing pisses me off more than working hard for a lawn and then seeing the client piss it away. Makes you wanna make a gravel pit.

tallrick
02-14-2011, 11:22 PM
I see your point if their yard is a desert, and they don't as well put any effort in the landscape. My point was merely that irrigation is not always needed in conjunction with spraying. I have managed several hundred acres of parks with weed control and fertilizer programs without irrigation. But nothing pisses me off more than working hard for a lawn and then seeing the client piss it away. Makes you wanna make a gravel pit.

You understand the feeling. I get upset with my tenants when they park their cars in the yard or fill it with junk. It happens so often that I put in concrete poles or large coral rocks to keep them out. I am probably the only landlord who makes an effort to have a nice landscape, especially since the homes I have are in not so nice areas. Lately I have been switching to retirees who complain more but cause less damage. They love the green lawns and trees, hedges, flowers, etc. It amazes me that customers in more affluent areas would spend the money on a landscape, only to let it fail. Around here we can go from October-May and get only 4 inches of rain. When the summer comes it rains every other day and the weeds are impossible! I usually put gravel in the swale but in the summer it turns into sandspur heaven.

sodfather24D
02-14-2011, 11:35 PM
I absolutely understand, I used to manage those public parks and sportfields only to see them destroyed by baseball dads fourwheelers. Their response was typically its just grass. In your gravel area you might try dimension from down agro, its a pre-em I have used in areas like that.

sodfather24D
02-14-2011, 11:36 PM
*dow agro I meant

tallrick
02-14-2011, 11:44 PM
Good tip there. I never knew it was allowed to use motorized vehicles in a park. Around here the worst you see is bicycles. Lately I have used the swale as a place to dump mulch, and brazillian pepper mulch seems to kill just about anything. I remulched in January using christmas trees I collected, and so far those swales remain weed free. The test comes in the summer. Believe it or not, I have yet to have a pest problem at any of my homes.

sodfather24D
02-14-2011, 11:50 PM
I have never thought of pepper mulch. Makes sense. The people around here don't see the need to walk anywhere and see smooth beautiful turf as a green carpet for their minivans. One reason I'm out of parks and rec now. They want golf course results with no budget and no rules for user groups.

Landscape Poet
02-15-2011, 08:46 AM
I hate seeing chemicals used to grow grass you cannot eat or smoke. :laugh::laugh::laugh: