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Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Keegan, May 4, 2014.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 611

    I will be giving a presentation on organic lawn care to a condo board. Any thoughts of the topics I should touch on?
  2. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,052

    Results, cost, health and environmental concerns.

    Condo Boards that I have dealt with tend to be politically charged, usually one member has forced the issue of organics & the rest just want the same results at the same price as a chemical program.

    Weeds will be your biggest issue as far as results. How will you handle this?

    Generally organics will cost more at the beginning. If done properly, after 3 years it can cost about the same as conventional programs and less after 5 years. Make sure you account for lower irrigation costs with an organic program.

    Different views on health & environmental concerns can turn into some ugly debates among board members.
  3. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 611

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  4. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 611

    That is exactly what is happening. One lady is driving this and she won't stop until she gets what she wants.
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  5. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,052

    My best advice is to present the facts as you know them without taking sides.
  6. Skipster

    Skipster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,075

    Are they inviting you as an outside expert or are they asking you what your organic program can do?

    If this is possible (or continued) business, I think it’s very important to set a clear, reasonable expectation for how your service will perform and be sure to spell out what you’re going to do.

    If they should expect more weeds because there is no effective organic PRE herbicide, be sure to tell them that. If you apply PRE herbicides, be sure to tell them that it’s not a true organic program, just a modification of one.

    I would think that the last thing you want is to leave an opportunity for them to misunderstand what you’re doing. If you don’t spell out for them that they should expect more weeds, they’ll be upset when they get them. If you run one of these organic fert programs, but still use herbicides, be sure to tell them that, or they’ll be upset when they see on the invoice that you’ve been using herbicides.
  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,559

    If you get the job--just be ready to offer a modified program when the weeds get bad and she gets pressured by other members to do something about the weeds.

    Have in mind a low toxicity, no odor product that you can spot spray in the fall when everyone is inside anyway. Spot spraying uses a hundred times less product. Triclopyr and carfentrazone both have favorable environmental and toxicity profiles. Weed-B-Gone is more toxic.
  8. txlnd

    txlnd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    That Organic Turf doesn't make you itch

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