Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by theweedman, Aug 28, 2004.

  1. theweedman

    theweedman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    anybody ever work for trugreen-chemlawn or know anything about them? are they a good company to work for?
  2. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    OK - did this guy just crawl out from under a rock?
  3. theweedman

    theweedman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    sorry, i just want to hear from some people who have worked there.

  4. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    No - it's OK. It's just that ChemLawn is the evil empire around here. Don't be looking for many people to be saying many good things about them.
  5. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,369

    do a little search on google. Theres a website devoted to ex pissed off trugreen workers. Some great stories.
  6. trying 2b organic

    trying 2b organic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    Did you buy a weedman franchise? They are the biggest in Canada and I know they are making a push south.
  7. theweedman

    theweedman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    no, i haven't bought a weedman franchise. i have heard of them in my area.. doesn't appear to be doing to great here tho. but mabee over time, who knows. most companies go in biz here, and sell to chemlawn or scotts after a year or 2. this seems to always be the case.

  8. sniggly

    sniggly LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    I mostly lurk here........but I am going to put my 2 cents in here.

    In my opinion there are two major problems with TruGreen/Chemlawn. Others may find other faults but on a scale I think these are the most glaring.

    1.) Poor training of the field tech's and poor supervision. I have personally spoken with 3 field tech's in the last two months, only to find they really didn't know weed ID as well as they should. Proper identification of the weed is crucial to identifying the proper control. The latest example being the treatment of dollar weed in a new installation of Pensacola Bahia WITH MANOR (Metsulfuron Methyl Methyl 2) Sure........he killed the dollar weed........but he also managed to kill 35% of the lawn. Who mixed the tank? Did the tech know Manor was mixed in the tank? Did the tech care? Sure.....he was able to identify dollar weed but who can't?

    2.) Programs they offer are really not tailored to the individual needs of each lawn they service. To them broadleaf weed control and fertilization means the same thing for every lawn. Some lawns require different fert programs than others. Some lawns require different conrols for the different types of weeds present and NOT a universal tank mix.

    I have just taken a client that has a Floratam yard eat up with Chamberbitter and Matchweed (Lippia).......but you won't see me out there doing clopyralid or metsulfuron apps because they aren't labeled as controls. A soil profile has to be done and a good scrub of the customer's irrigation habits are first in line. programs cost more......but I visit the property more often and I tailor my programs for each lawn.

    I am sure that there exists intelligent field tech's for TruGreen........and this is not meant to offend those that have taken the time to learn and know. I do, however, have to call it like I see it.
  9. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 593

    The only reason anyone should work for them is if you have no experience and want to get into this industry. You can do ok as a sales scrub there if you have no conscience...
  10. TSM

    TSM LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 707

    funny how i always feel the need to get into a skimpy skirt and get my cheerleaders pom poms out whenever chemlawn is discussed. (and this is NOT a pretty sight to behold :) )

    I worked for chemlawn in the 80's. When they were chemlawn....not trugreen. when they were truely the best and they were the best because of the intense training a tech had to go thru (i definately learned more in one winter with chemlawn than i did in 3 years in college...ok, i was being paid to learn from chemlawn and i went to college for the party and girls...but you get what i mean, right?)
    Anyway, without chemlawn most of us would not be in this industry. they were truely the pioneers. they had the top folks in their field on the payroll, from toxicologists to agronomics. being employed with chemlawn was almost like being in the military. a regiment of strict rules to follow and only those with self discipline would succeed.

    but thats all ancient history. trugreen has always had a horrible reputation within this industry. But when 'chemlawn' is discussed it brings me back to the days when they were #1 in sales, in service, in customer retention, in training, they had the largest fleet of trucks in the nation (well second to the post office). And the last I checked, trugreen/chemlawn still brings in the largest revenue than anyother green industry company.

    Sorry for the possitive back to chemlawn bashing....:D

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