TruGreen put down crabgrass preventative and I need to put down seed

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by forgop, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. forgop

    forgop LawnSite Member
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    I have a number of bare spots I want to get something in its place and these jokers automatically treated my yard earlier in the week, despite the fact I clearly didn't want them to come back because they failed to treat my nutsedge all year. What do I do now?
  2. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
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    well you are going to have to till up and put some new topsoil in those areas or seed will not happen . If the areas are small patch in some sod or wait till fall .
  3. Turfdoctor1

    Turfdoctor1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    did you tell them you didn't want them to come back?

    not wanting to take up for Trugreen, but nutsedge control is not part of a lot of weed control programs. If it requires a broadcast application, I can kill it, just not at the price my customers pay for a normal application. if I can spot spray it, that is different.

    to answer your question. if you have small areas that you are needing to seed, you could try activated charcoal. This makes the pre-emergent useless.
  4. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,517

    Just this year alone I've had 3 people that canceled with TGCL to go with my services and they still got the early spring app:rolleyes: It happened several times last year too. I think they do it on purpose.

    They treated a lawn that I was supposed to seed with pre-emergent a couple of weeks ago:hammerhead:
  5. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,993

    I believe the ultimate question here is why are you even using TG?
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,226

    Sometimes seed works just fine. My customers apply seed after I applied pre-emergent from time to time. Ryegrass can usually make it through the barrier.

    Best to rake it up thououghly to disturb and break the pre-emergent barrier.
  7. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    Truegreen and Scotts both do this on purpose. Every customer, and I mean literally every one, has had this happen when they cancel them to switch.
  8. CHiP's

    CHiP's LawnSite Member
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    tgcl does this on a regular basis as part of their plot to keep customers that cancel. as a former tgcl lawn tech i know this for a fact. if i were to take a cancel with them from a customer i would get that invoice back within a week showing them as a new customer new sale. that is how they try to keep the cancels by doing an app after a cancel and hope they will stay with them for the rest of the season. that is why i no longer work for them. their former ceo once said in a speech that we are a marketing company that just happens to do lawn care. how true. they don't care about their customers at all, it's all about the dollar for them, not customer satisfaction.
  9. Mr.GreenJeans89

    Mr.GreenJeans89 LawnSite Member
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    If you clearly cancelled then its on them..dont pay..but if you didnt cancel their services or failed to read their auto renew letter if sent then its on em.Till spots good,maybe add topsoil,seed straw,youll be fine.
  10. Joshuakwhit

    Joshuakwhit LawnSite Member
    Posts: 247

    I agree, you have to verbally call them and cancel. This happens alot.

    My question is why are you seeding in the spring. It is all gonig to die the first part of June.

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