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Old 05-15-2017, 06:59 AM
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It seems everything I've heard about these chemical lawn services is negative. Has anyone had a good experience? My lawn is 50% St. Augustine and 50% weed. Wife wants to start over with new sod but I'd rather not pay for that.
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I think you got to get it done twice a year.
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My plan for my yard which is centipede and a lot of bare spots with some weeds is to kill the weeds with Celsius (herbicide I have) and topdress entire yard with local compost and putting more of it in the bare areas. The grass should start to spread out via runners.
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Lawn Doctor in our area. I have had very very good luck wth them. My parents tired to save $40/year by using someone else, their yard sucked. When they switched it got better w/in the year.


You will likely have to wait until next year for results though.
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
My plan for my yard which is centipede and a lot of bare spots with some weeds is to kill the weeds with Celsius (herbicide I have) and topdress entire yard with local compost and putting more of it in the bare areas. The grass should start to spread out via runners.
Centipede spreads SLOOOOOOW. If you are already top dressing, get some sod remenants, and cut them up and spread them around in the bare spots. Will greatly reduce your fill in time.
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And water them heavily until they take root, they will dry out fast.
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I have had no luck. Best option I have found is Ortho Ground Clear and do it myself. Do not read the directions, do a 50-50 mix with water. Nothing will grow back all year.
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Originally Posted by wahoo wacker View Post
Lawn Doctor in our area. I have had very very good luck wth them. My parents tired to save $40/year by using someone else, their yard sucked. When they switched it got better w/in the year.


You will likely have to wait until next year for results though.

Thanks! I'll give them a call.
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I use TruGreen and have had very good experiences.

The one thing I would comment on is that it takes time to rebuild, way more time than I would have thought.

I'd get someone there now to limit any further growth this year and knock down as many as you can. In the fall, have them aerate and re-seed with a real deal slit/trench seeder.

Have them apply a pre-emergent as early as possible next year and work to keep the weeds out for the year. Aerate and re-seed again next fall and you should be in a good place!
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weedman
thought this was A TOTALLY DIFFERENT thread.
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Sean's Lawns is doing mine....and it was BAD before.

Still working on getting it 100%, but he's helping a lot.


https://www.facebook.com/Seanslawnswilmington/
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Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
I use TruGreen and have had very good experiences.

The one thing I would comment on is that it takes time to rebuild, way more time than I would have thought.

I'd get someone there now to limit any further growth this year and knock down as many as you can. In the fall, have them aerate and re-seed with a real deal slit/trench seeder.

Have them apply a pre-emergent as early as possible next year and work to keep the weeds out for the year. Aerate and re-seed again next fall and you should be in a good place!

I can look and tell all the trugreen yards around here. They are about the worst and I tell my customers to change to a different provider. I'm glad to hear that they are good in some areas.
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I have spring green. They come pretty often. Maybe every 2mo. I have seen an improvement since using them. $50.85 per visit. Which is actually less than the materials were costing me at the box stores when I did it myself. I just get it done more often now and it shows.
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Originally Posted by myyellas2k View Post
weedman
thought this was A TOTALLY DIFFERENT thread.
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bait and switch
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My grass man subs out a contractor but a neighbor up the street uses Tru Green and his yard is really nice. He spends a lot of time with it but it obviously works under the right situation. We have irrigation at the new house and that makes all the difference.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Centipede spreads SLOOOOOOW. If you are already top dressing, get some sod remenants, and cut them up and spread them around in the bare spots. Will greatly reduce your fill in time.
So far, it's growing faster than I thought it would, but I'm watering it a lot (and aerated it again just after all day rains earlier this week). I started buying cotton burr compost, but that's too expensive and a heavy rain washes it away (bare spot on a slight slope) so I bought cheaper mushroom compost and then that crap they pass off as top soil from Lowes.
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
So far, it's growing faster than I thought it would, but I'm watering it a lot (and aerated it again just after all day rains earlier this week). I started buying cotton burr compost, but that's too expensive and a heavy rain washes it away (bare spot on a slight slope) so I bought cheaper mushroom compost and then that crap they pass off as top soil from Lowes.
I bought that once. Seemed like it was about half sawdust. Won't make that mistake again.
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We've been using Weed Man for several years w/no complaints. Grass is nice and green, and grows like a weed.
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You need to find a good one, they are not all the same.

I started with a weed and feed service last year after growing tired and poor of trying to grow that thick, relatively weed free lawn and i must say they are doing an excellent job and I am spending less than if I had done it myself.

My lawn is for the most part weed free and has never looked as good. The jury is out on the crab grass, that usually doesn't take hold until July but they put down all the necessary preemergent chemicals to mitigate that so we shall see. less than a year in I am very happy.
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Originally Posted by ole_blue View Post
I can look and tell all the trugreen yards around here. They are about the worst and I tell my customers to change to a different provider. I'm glad to hear that they are good in some areas.
I had Trugreen for a year and they sucked! I swear they sprayed weed seed in my yard instead of weed killer!

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