View Full Version : Fertilize Your Own Yard??

03-22-2004, 12:56 PM
Every year I swear to myself I won't fertilize my yard and then it happens. I have an extra bag and my lawn is screaming for it!! I wouldn't even give my own yard an estimate to be mowed, it's that bad. 45 mins of push mowing on a hill. So, do you fertilize your yard??

03-22-2004, 01:14 PM
My yard gets all the leftovers.

03-22-2004, 01:17 PM
i bought my house 3 years ago,and this lawn is always in great shape couple dandalions but otherwise clean green lawn.owner before me fertilized the lawn for some 20 years...

03-22-2004, 01:30 PM
Mine's nice and green, mostly weed free, but is the last one to get cut every week....it's like the plumber with leaky pipes, you know..Every one thinks our lawns and landscapes should be perfect, but who has the time or energy???:confused: <a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/3/3_4_14.gif' border=0></a>

03-22-2004, 01:43 PM
I have a home owners assosiation where I live....I have to pay someone else to treat my lawn! How Irionic is that?

03-22-2004, 03:37 PM
I live right next to a nursey and the owner always walks his customers over to show them my back lawn. Best advertisement there is.

craigs lawncare
03-22-2004, 03:44 PM
Yes, I fertilize.
In my opinion, if lawn care is a specialty of yours, you better have a nice yard. I always get compliments on my yard.

Craig :)

03-22-2004, 03:49 PM
Yes Matt fertilizes our lawn. We like to keep it looking real nice.

P&C Lawn Care
03-22-2004, 04:35 PM
Why would you trust anyone else to fertilize your own lawn? or spend the money too?

03-22-2004, 04:40 PM
what a site...I have my own small company and hire another company to fertilize my own yard. I started to do it myself after I installed the entire new yard it looked super until I ran into problems with Fungus and disease. Now I have one on the best local companies do it for me. OH WELL....What the neighbors must think!!!!! they charge me for materials only so it dont cost much.

03-22-2004, 04:42 PM
Absolutely - my business is based out of my home. First, I want to make sure my lawn and landscape looks nice as it's a positive reflection on me, our company and the quality of our work (however it is a constant work-in-progress). Second, since my business is home based, keeping the yard looking great help to keep the neighbors happy.

03-22-2004, 05:53 PM
I use my yard as a form of advertisement. If I can't make my yard look good, why would anyone hire me?


03-22-2004, 10:33 PM
Another home-based business, here. A lot of gear is stored at a storage site, but I've got the office in my home.

Keeping your lawn looking nice is a priority if you want referrals from your neighbors. Striped, lush, perfectly trimmed and edged. And when you're done, there had better not be a single blade on the sidewalk or driveway.

You own your own showcase - put something nice in it!

03-22-2004, 10:38 PM
sometimes teaming up with a company that specializes in different aspects of lawn care helps out both businesses. He gives me lawn jobs. I give him fert jobs.

03-22-2004, 10:44 PM
If i fertilize it, it will grow more and i will have to mow it more. If i dont fertilize it, it wont grow as much, and i can fill the time with a paying customer. no i dont fertilize.

Green Care
03-22-2004, 10:47 PM
I fert my own I am the greenest on the block now.

Albemarle Lawn
03-22-2004, 10:51 PM
Town population about 150,000 including outlying areas.

03-22-2004, 11:02 PM
I fert my own yard, squirt it too.
I have the nicest looking yard literally for miles around.
Due to this, I have had several drive by's and stops, and my yard has sold me MUCH MORE work than I put in to it:)

03-22-2004, 11:03 PM
Always, it is a great form of advertisement. A good flush green lawn with stripes says a lot about your business.

03-22-2004, 11:28 PM
I agree, I feel that my lawn should be the best, great form of advertising.

03-22-2004, 11:48 PM
Yes. We are home based too and the 12' trailer, with a 3' sign, with our number on it, is parked in the drive. Honestly, it started out as a mission to wipe out the grass burs (stickers). I'm a Turf Care and Management Specialist, so I better be able to do it right. I did such a good job, we couldn't let it go. We're the greenest on the block and can't tell you how many people stop and knock. It's worth it! It really doesn't take that long. If we get home and it needs it, we just run the 48" walk behind over it quick. Then every so often we take our time (usually on the weekend), pay extra attention, stripe it, clean it up really nice.

Wouldn't have it any other way.:p

03-23-2004, 01:25 AM
My yard has never seen fertilizer, seed lime, or water anymore than it gets rained on....Hate to say it but I have been cited to be in violation of city ordinances for tall grass....oops!....Been thinking about using growth regulators on it this year.....

Doster's L & L
03-23-2004, 02:33 AM
My lawn is newly established fescue. I have the best lawn in town. This is my form of advertisement until i can get some people to come off their wallet a bit. Bunch of tightwads..... :D

Darryl G
03-23-2004, 03:01 AM
I have never fertilized my lawn. It would be a waste of money. What I really need is top soil and some turf grass first. Maybe then I would use some organic fert on it.

03-23-2004, 10:29 AM
I live right by a semi busy street, because i am the first house as you enter our subdivision. I look at my yard as cheap advertising. As a matter of fact my business was started because my neighbor wanted me to make her yard look like mine. Now one year later I do 14 yards just in my subdivision. Yes i fertilize my yard.

lawn perfection
03-23-2004, 05:46 PM
Yes I fert. and weed control mine. My office is also out of my house. Try to keep it nice as possible to make good impression. I would be ashamed if someone came by (and being in the business/ or possible client) saw that i did not take care of my own place.

03-23-2004, 05:50 PM
Does anyone trust a skinny chef, of cousre not. Why would someone hire you if you cant keep you own home green? Granted not many people are going to get to see your home but what if they do?

Critical Care
03-23-2004, 06:17 PM
I have my shingle posted right out in front of my place by the street where everyone driving by can see who I am. Therefore, for good business, I have to take great strides in what I’m presenting to the public, and surely if someone walking down the street commented on how lush and green my lawn was, it wouldn’t be good for my business if I would have to say, “Oh thank you, but you’ll have to give all the credit to Joe’s Super Duper Green Lawn Service.”

03-23-2004, 06:34 PM
I think the picture answers your question..:p

03-23-2004, 07:54 PM
Yes! I do enjoy a well maintained lawn. Although I admit that at times I don't have the time to truely enjoy myself on it. Neighbors enjoy it though. Ironic!

03-31-2004, 05:37 PM
I have a buddy with a degree in golf course mangement and the lisence to do it. I don't want to spend $3500 a year so i can do my own lawn. I give his card to all of mine accounts that want fertilizing. So i get mine done for free as the 10% he pays me for each job.

03-31-2004, 05:47 PM
I take better care of my lawn then my customers lawns. I spoon feed my lawn every 14 days with a humate based product and hand pluck the weeds. It gets babied and looks great. From this I get lots of compliments and severla referrals. Already twice this Spring people have called and said "our friends so and so lives on your street, and I want my lawn to look like yours."

I couldn't afford to hire myself :)

Lux Lawn
03-31-2004, 05:49 PM
Yes I do minee 5 or 6 applications per year.

Norm Al
03-31-2004, 06:32 PM
no way its much cheaper and the results are better if you have a spray service do it!

Expert Lawns
03-31-2004, 06:56 PM
My fert guy does mine for his minimum price. He also drops the stop fee. Lawn looks great.