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Weeds in concrete and brick drive/walkways

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by asyracus, May 21, 2004.

  1. asyracus

    asyracus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I'm curious....what do you all do with clients who have concrete or brick walkways and driveways that have weeds coming up in them?

    Do you (1) use your string trimmer to trim them down flush, (2) pull out the sprayer with roundup and spray them, (3) hand pick them out, or (4) nothing....the driveway weeds weren't quoted as part of the job!

    The reason I ask, is because my last client had a driveway full of weeds.....I trimmed them down flush to the pavement, but they'll surely be back next week.

    What do you all feel is the most professional solution?

  2. BigEd

    BigEd LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 299

    #2, is the most professional way,and the best way.
  3. asyracus

    asyracus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Thanks, BigEd.

    I guess I need to start carrying a bottle of Roundup in the truck. That stuff can be pretty expensive. Do you just eat the cost, or do you figure it into the pricing of houses with weedy driveways?

  4. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I would bring it up when I see them. I'll tell them that I noticed that they have a lot of weeds in their driveway/patio/what ever and ask them if they want me to take care of it. If they say yes than spray away and add to the bill. I dont spray for free because I dont like to give away product for free. Some labour is fine to keep them happy (within reason) though.
  5. lawncarepros2004

    lawncarepros2004 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    At about $100 for 2 gallons we charge............
  6. Aleman

    Aleman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    The first thing you will need is a license to spray the Round Up. After you get that, then you can buy a gallon of concentrate fairly reasonable from a supplier like Lesco. My cost for a gallon of RU mixed is less that a dollar per gallon....
  7. jbrink01

    jbrink01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    There are several generic foliar herbicides that work as well as Roundup for less money. I go the local MFA Co-op and get Hi Yield Kilz All. It's about $35 a gallon, and 5 Tablespoons make 1 gallon. Mix a little dish soap with it so it sticks better....
  8. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    I usally weed whack it then spray it with finale
  9. T Edwards

    T Edwards LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    asyracus..you're right ....they'll be back. Save yourself a lot of time and kill them. You're cost will be pennies and your time saved is profit.
  10. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I try to wack 'em down when I can. I'm not licensed, can't spray to kill them. If I get caught doing even that, it's a bigtime fine. Although I can go home and spray roundup all over my yard and so can the average idiot homeowner, with no repercussions. Go figure.

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