Overan with weeds what to do?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Colonel Forbin, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. Colonel Forbin

    Colonel Forbin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92


    But I could say the same thing about the 70K boat sitting in my driveway with 20K worth of tackle inside of it plus the countless months and years I've dedicated throughout my life being the best fisherman on the lake.

    But every time I cash a check in a tourney or bring home a limit of fish for dinner I could say it would have been alot cheaper to pay a charter over and over for that limit of fish but guess what is WAY more satisfying?

    I kind of look at it the same way.

    A couple of my friends own landscaping companies and I can't hardly get them to come over to do anything for me even for money, they will drink beer with me and go fishing but they leave work out of it so I'm taking matters into my own hands and figuring things out myself that way I know it will get done right....eventually even if I may screw up along the way, I'll take my lumps.

    Who's to say the guy I call is a pro? Not everyone is good at what they do you know, many guys are hacks and dare I say too dumb to do anything else but cut grass and fling fertilizer?

    Get it?
  2. The Turf Guys

    The Turf Guys LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 135

    I always get a kick out of how some people have to talk about an expensive item they own to somehow justify a silly position. Sounds like having to make up for something. lol

    To answer your questions-
    You know they are a pro the same way you know any other pro is legit. You ask for a reference, get a referral, check their state license, and ask if they are insured, etc. It takes about 2 minutes on the phone to verify this. Then you ask them if they provide a guarantee of their work. Same as hiring any contractor.

    Then they come out and review your lawn and weeds in about 10 minutes, they create a plan, they explain the plan and your options, and then they do the work agreed upon. If the weeds aren't dead in two weeks, call them back out to make good on their guarantee. I'm sure Cleveland has 250+ licensed applicators.

    I am not opposed to a person educating themselves, but sometimes the cheapest education is to start with a pro. There are at least 20 different variables that need to be considered when killing weeds to get the desired result with the least negative effect on your grass and the environment. You could probably get your lawn sprayed for $100 with a guarantee or you can spend 5 times that amount and screw things up so bad that it would cost 1,000's to repair. I see it happen a dozen times each season. 10 years ago I would feel bad for these people but now I just laugh. penny wise and dollar foolish
  3. The Turf Guys

    The Turf Guys LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 135

    this guy killed his 40,000sgft lawn by applying the wrong chemical.

    dead grass.jpg
  4. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,109

    Lesco (John Deere landscapes) makes a weed & feed product that works pretty good. If you want to spray it you can mount a 3 nozzle boom on an old baby jogger and hook it to the back pack sprayer. Works and is relatively cheap. 3 gallons will usually cover 1500 sf so you'll have to fill up a lot. What percentage of the "lawn" is grass? If it is mostly weeds probably best to renovate.
  5. Colonel Forbin

    Colonel Forbin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    I only brought the boat and tackle into it because the comparison is the same. Hire out a charter or spend a ton more money and learn to do it yourself. Same end result.

    I personally get more satisfaction in the short and long term educating myself and doing things myself. When a friend or family member comes over and says damn nice lawn and landscaping I'll know it was because of my hard work dedication and research, rather than saying i hired so and so and watched them do it, its just the kind of person I am. I know you can appreciate that.

    One one my beat friends ran a garden center for 15 years and now works for Arett sales so before I do anything I call her so my lawn and everything on my property doesn't look like above photo.

    I hear ya tho some guys shouldn't even own a lawn mower. I'm not one of them.

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