I purchased a new home in March. It was a stretch for me... Previous owners had professional landscapers, fertilizers... everything by a professional... My new yard was the envy of the neighborhood I unfortunately, can afford it all, especially in these economic times. I had the first two "professional" applications of Fert & Pre-Emerg and a second application with a "weed killer". After writing a check for $250.00, and spending over $220 a month in gas to get to work, something had to give... Unfortunately, the fertilizer company had to go... Realizing that I had to stay on top of the yard, I attempted to keep up with Ferts from Home Depot (Scotts). A few weeks after the 2nd application a fungus set in. I didn't know what I was dealing with... That's when the obsession set in. I haven't stopped doing research on lawn maintenance, weeds, fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, etc. etc... All, which I'm sure you professionals do to keep the lawns looking pristine. On the other hand I'm a DIY type of guy and when I normally do something I do it 110%. Not sure if your all willing to help out a residential guy, learn some trips and tips. (I'm not sure if I was a professional in this business, I'd be so willing to post on a public forum to a home owner.) I guess my first question would be about Fertilizers. As I mentioned I've been using Scott's 4-step program, but I can't say I think its very good. The house across the street is using the same Fert company that my house used to use, and their lawn looks great compared to mine and they don't do a damn thing. I've been looking into Green View, but have also found the local Lesco's. How about these products Dimension, Armand, and Acclaim pre-emerg, fungicides and weed killers? I had the early season pre-emerg and I've decided that it's definitely starting to wear out. While I don't have a lot of crab grass, I do see, more and more spots starting to prop up. Can a home owner get hold of these products and apply it? Or are they strictly for professional. I've done some research and it seems as though there is an applicator license one can get in the state of NJ. Which would allow me to applicate on my own property. In your experience do certain home owners do this? Could I then purchase this stuff from Lesco's for self application? I have so many questions, and I'm trying so hard to keep my lawn green.