Lime and grub control

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Toddppm, Sep 25, 2000.

  1. Toddppm

    Toddppm LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 268

    How can these big co's Trugreen, lawn doctor etc. keep selling repeated applications of lime and grub control? Once your Ph level is where it needs to be, everything i have read says it should be fine for 3-5 years? Grub control every year? found an old post on milky spore building up a resistance, to use nematodes instead. Either way i know the're making more money by repeating apps. every year but aren't they blatantly ripping people off?
  2. sunrise

    sunrise Banned
    Messages: 246

    Thats why they are so big people trust them
    But its starting to change people are starting to look at how big they are and not getting that 1 on 1 service they use to get
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    very true. I stole a truegreen customer today. Even more importantly is that I know where many more are.

  4. Toddppm

    Toddppm LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 268

    That's why i asked, i got a trugreen customer yesterday, and working on another one, i know i'll get it. This second one also has them monitor and treat her trees and shrubs!!!Ka-ching!$$
  5. Lawnmasters

    Lawnmasters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    The lime applications depend on the type of soil that is present, number of hardwood trees in the lawn, if the leaves are mulched or picked up, how long the leaves are left on the lawn, and if any fertilizer is being used. These things will determine how fast the ph changes. In Tn. our soil is very heavy clay. We will lime in Spring and Fall to keep the ph where it needs to be. Remember, you can't put down too much lime at once since the soil cannot use a heavy application, so repeat applications are better for the soil than one heavy application. Also, of all of the nutrients and additives you put on the soil, lime will leach out faster than the others.

    An easy way to solve the problem of does it need it, get a ph tester and keep it in your truck. We sell tons of lime jobs while giving lawn spray applications. Just stick the tester in the soil when you start talking to the prospect, when your done giving the estimate for spraying pull the tester out and "buy the way Ms., the ph of your soil is one point low, it will require X pounds of lime to correct it, would you like to add that while we are here?

    Don't sell what they don't need, just take care of the lawn's needs and you will be taken care of.

    Greg Pierce, CTP
  6. leeslawncare

    leeslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    Hey i took over a property last year that true green had been doing for 5 yrs.took a soil sample an had to put down 1200pounds of lime just to get it up to par!!!!

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