Originally Posted by QualityLawnCare4u
OK, Im sorta embarrased to ask a dumb question like this, but after doing hours or research on LS, needed to ask. First of all, anyone can cut grass from a 8 year old up to 80. I dont want to be just a grass cutter but want to know how to make a bad yard look good. Ive read on here about a 3 step fert. program, aerating,(never seen that done in my area ever, believe it or not), dethatching, seeding and overseeding, and so on and Im just more confused. Most of my clients dont care what their yard has from weeds to poison ivy as long as its neat and mowed. But as of lately had a few new ones wanting a green and lush weed free yard. My question is you take a yard like one I looked at yesterday, front yard weeds, hydhondria, bahia and some centipede. Backyard mostly centipede and some weeds. What do you do to make this yard look great? I will say that 99% of my clients are not going to go for the expense of having top soil hauled it or aerating but I STILL want to know what to do. I am studying my 2 books now to get my applicators license but it does not go into enough detail to suit me. Like I said, anyone can cut grass but I dont want to be just "anyone". When I see the things you folks do on here I think to myself "Wow, I could see the folks here putting that kind of money in their lawns that live in a run down moblie home or ranshackled house that just want a cheap lawn cutting".
OK, dont blast me to hard but I really do want to be an expert in my field, and have people say "that Danny can sure make a yard look great".
you can make a mixed lawn look great, in fact, I'd say that the majority of lawns out there are mixed grass types of some sort. Getting the lawn thick and green to the point it is outcompeting weeds will take a lot more doing, even beyond fertilizer. Making the soil a hospitable place for your grass to grow, through relief of soil compaction(aeration) to correcting deficiencies, whether nutrient, ph or material(organics, soil type(clay,sand,silt,loam), microorganisms, etc.) is just the beginning. Irrigation, weed & pest control, cut height etc.etc., will all come into play as well. It's all about creating a balance for your plants to thrive in. Anything out of balance, and you'll be fighting one problem or another. I wouldn't say there is a definitive source on learning all about it because certainly, your local conditions will be different from everyone else, even down to the neighborhoods or individual houses that you service. That is where your field experience will be valuable in your particular area. Building a base of knowledge from everywhere you can find it (here, trade mags, books, courses, etc.) will give you the tools to mix with what you see at the local level to become an expert in your local problems. I wish that I could tell you that there will be a point that you will know everything there is to know about it, but there isn't and anyone who believes they are the master of it all is a fool. Do your homework though, and you'll soon find measurable results that will keep clients coming back to you. It's not hard to know more than the average homeowner or even competitor and that is what creates the value for your services.