A Scott's truck just showed up in my town?????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Five Diamond Lawns, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    I noticed a Scott's fertilizer truck in my town yesterday ;) Didn't even know they had a residential spray fertilizer operation. Nice looking truck.
    We have 3 companies in this are offering liquid fertilizer plus. One good and 2 so so. It will be interesting to see how they fit in. Scott's has such a good name with do-it-yourself homeowners.
    Anyone have their operation in your area???? How are they????
  2. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    Scotts showed up here a few years ago. I am not sure how well they are doing, but I don't see a whole lot of them around here.
  3. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,433

    They have been around here for a couple years also. None of my customers use them. We have one major company around here and its NOT TG or Scotts.
  4. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,432

    I have noticed TG and scotts around here a lot.True Green more than scotts.True green even has a snow plowing operation here now :rolleyes:
  5. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    they are all over here ,5 of my customers had them, none of them now,we have bad bug problems here mole crickits ,cinch bugs ,grubs they can eat a lawn up in a week ,scotts just seemed to make things worse, all my customers
    now use local or independent people who seem to be well on top of things
  6. Tony Clifton

    Tony Clifton LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 865

    Scotts has both franchise and corporate locations. The lawn care division is something that they started about 3 years ago, and is growing incredibly fast. The corporate owned offices are in the larger markets, they are also aquiring other lawn care companies as needed to help them grow. I think they will be a very large player in the next few years, especially with the name recognition. There is a Scotts franchise where I am, they ae small, 1-3 trucks, and seem to do decent work. They are nt very aggressive and I have no problem with them.
  7. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    We have a Scotts van running around here as well. I have one customer that uses them. they are getting a little better each year it seems. It's all in who is running the local franchise. Tony is corect about them not being very agressive, I never really see and advertising other than a yellowpages ad I think, but they have the homeowner name recognition and that's their foot in the door. I can't count the number of customers that refer to what I apply as "turf builder" "halts" "summerizer" or "winterizer" All terms originated by the Scotts corp. I even looked into using Scotts professional products a few years ago, before the Scotts lawncare franchize so i could advertise that I use scotts products. Funny thing is, that Scotts lawn care does not use Scotts fertilizer, mostly Lesco as far as I know.

    One turn off I had with them was with the one customer I have, last year, early summer the first time it really was getting dry. He had not been running his irrigation enough and had a number of clogged heads. Lawn was developing dry spots that were turning brown and also my tires were leaving tracks thru those spots. He called Scotts and they came out and treated for brown patch. which was crazy as it was late may I believe and there was no brown patch anywhere to my knowledge plus it was DROUGHT STRESS, nothing to do with high humidity and warm night temps. Ones it rained a couple times it greened back up, after that we worked over the sprinkler system and go it back working properly.

    Oh, on a side note, I have noticed those cute green lawn signs from Chem Lawn popping up around town here. Humm, barelly the middle of febuary, a good month early at least for any preemergent around here...
  8. yamadooski

    yamadooski LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    Ahh thats funny have them all over the place and everytime I see a sticker in the yard at my customers I run and tell them they will ruin yard and you might consider switching. Ive seen to many yards go down hill after they take over.
    TG has mowing service here too. They do just as a crappy job as they do fertilizing.
  9. MassLawnMan

    MassLawnMan LawnSite Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 7

    Scott's is gaining strength up here. Working for TG until recently, I would see there specialists and have a conversation. Scotts bought out TG's largest competitor in Mass., and it is starting to resemble the number machine that TG is. Their specialists told me that they do use lesco products often too. The difference between them and TG seems to be that their specialists are trained well, and the sales tactics are far less aggressive. You would think with the brand name's reputation with homeowners and a little marketing, they may give TG a run for their money.
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I have only noticed Scotts once here. They take care of a fast food restuarant...and that is all that I know of.

    TruGreen has the market around here pretty much wrapped up big time, even though I hate them.

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