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DIY Lawn Care – Is it really better to do it yourself?

Today I just want to look at and compare the cost of doing your own Lawn Care Fertilization and Weed Control Vs. Hiring a Professional.    I was out last week and was in one of the large retail stores and was glancing over the lawn care aisle and checking out many different products in stock.  I know many of us like to save money by doing this our self.  I believe that in most cases with the service we provide at Sharplawns that is typically the same cost to have us do it and in some cases even cheaper to just hire us.lawn care acworth ga - crabgrass pre-emergent

What do you need to do it yourself?

So, lets take a look at what you will need..  So its finally spring, you want to get down that pre-emergent and weed control treatment..   A bag of pre-emergent is going to be around $50 if you are going to be taking care of a lawn that is around 1/4 acre.  This does not even cover any weed control to control the weeds that are already up, so atleast $20 more if your gonna get something to spray out of the hose end sprayer.   Now, your gonna have to buy a spreader which can be up to another $50.  So, for a 1/4 yard your already up to $70 in the basic products alone.. and this doesn’t cover anything special to handle any difficult to control weeds.

Applying your products correctly

Now that you got what you need, your gonna have to check out the instructions on the bag.. Calibrate the equipment..  It may be a bit messy..  But, once your done, hopefully you put it down correctly. Timing everything is important as well.  When you hire a professional you know that the treatments are going down correctly and at the right time of year.

Does that come with a guarantee?

So, there is obviously no guarantee with any of the products you buy from the store to put on your lawn, its up to you to put them downLawn Care Acworth Ga correctly at the right time.   If the weeds don’t die, or something doesn’t go right and you aren’t getting the results you need.. you will either have to go back to the store to get more weed control, or end up having to call a service after all.  With Sharplawns turf care program we offer free service calls between every visit.   If a treatment isn’t working as it should, we will come back out and re-apply at no charge if it is needed.  That’s a guarantee you will not get with the products you will get at the store to put out yourself.

So, in conclusion…  if you want to save yourself some money, time and hassle.. Give Sharplawns a call for a free quote.  Click Here to fill out our online estimate request.

 

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Lawn Turn around of the Week – Acworth, GA

This is another transformation of one of our customers who signed up with our lawn care program in Acworth, Ga just this year.
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The Problem: We took on this lawn onto our lawn care program in late March of 2014.  As you can see from the above photo, there is very little grass, many weeds and what would appear to be little hope to improve the lawn without new sod.  A lawn like this can always be a problem if your in and HOA with strict guidelines on the appearance of the front of your property. Good thing the customer gave Sharplawns a call. We were able to make a big improvement in the lawn, in a rather reasonable amount of time. (See Above)

 

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The Solution: We started this lawn on our Acworth, Ga Lawn Care Program in late march 2014.  We started with post-emergent weed control, pre-emergent weed control and special blend of slow release high nitrogen fertilizer.  We made a grand total of 6 visits this year since they missed the first treatment. However, as you can see we where able to get it into reasonable shape in 7 months compared to the condition it was in when we started.  The customer above followed our watering and mowing instructions very well.. while the results aren’t perfect, we felt like it was a significant enough transition to share! And… The price for this transformation was under $300. Sounds alot better than paying thousands of dollars for a sod installation! (See Above)

How our Acworth, GA lawn care treatment works: We use a combination of Liquid treatments and Granular treatments to get the best of both worlds to get the best results possible.  We make it a point to use the latest and best products available to get the job done right.  We stress to all our customers starting up with us that the lawn treatments alone isn’t the only thing that will fix a lawn problem.. Proper maintenance and cultural practices go hand and hand with our program which in combination will get us the results we want to see.  With this being said, not only are we using good products and state of the art application techniques to get the products down correctly, we also use our knowledge and experience to keep our customers aware of the proper maintenance and cultural practices that they need to be doing on their end to get the best results from our treatments.  Once you start up with Sharplawns, we aren’t just there to show up to do the work and leave… We are always readily  available and can be reached at anytime if you have any questions or issues with the yard throughout the year.

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WEED ID – Spotted Spurge

Spotted spurge can be a common broadleaf weed to see during the summer in your lawn. It is a very low growing weed with a shallow root system. Spurge will be found growing in areas with dry, compacted soil.  With the dry weather this year, you may see this pop up in areas of thin turf, where the ground is particularly dry and compacted.  Controlling this weed once it emerges can be quite difficult at times.  Creating a dense healthy stand of grass by properly watering, fertilizing as well as pre-emergent control are the best options for controlling this weed.

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Lawn Mowing Tip #1 – Mowing to much off at one time.

Proper mowing of the lawn is a good way to ensure the best results from our lawn care program and to help maintain a more green and healthy lawn.  We always recommend to never mow more than 1/3 of the grass blade at one cutting.  On actively growing turf, such as warm season grasses during the summer, it may be required that you mow your lawn every 3 to 5 days or at the  minimum every 7 days for the best cut quality and best appearance.

Why scalping late in the season is bad!

When you remove to much grass off at one time, your essentially “shocking” the lawn, and doing more harm than anything.  During dry times this can be especially hard on the lawn, because it isn’t growing as fast, and the scalped areas may not return for quite some time.  Scalping the lawn late in the season is particularly bad because as the weather cools as we near fall, the grass will slow its growth. Its possible that these “scalped” areas will not recover from this until spring green up…  This can mean a thin lawn all winter,  and thin lawns can be more susceptible to weed infestations.

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Fescue Aeration and Overseeding Acworth, Ga

Fall will be here soon, and its getting close to time to consider Aeration and Seeding of your lawn if you have Fescue Turf in Acworth, Ga.  We take care of many fescue lawns with our lawn care program in the Acworth area and Its a good idea to have Aeration and Seeding each fall to repair your lawn from the stresses of the summer.

When does my lawn need overseeding?

For best results Fescue should be seeded when soil temperatures are between 50 and 60 degrees. This is why early fall is an ideal time to seed fescue.  We start with a good core aeration to break up soil compaction and increase seed to soil contact.  We use a top quality triple blend of fescue with excellent drought and disease resistance.  

Can i seed in the spring?

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Spring seedings are also a possibility but there are a few reasons why we feel that fall may be a better choice for overseeding.   In the spring time there is always the possibility that the seed will not mature in time to make it through the summer heat.  Also, you would be unable to put down a pre-emergent for weed prevention while the new seed germinates. This can make it tough to control weeds over the summer.  While spring seeding can certainly be done, we have found that we achieve the best results from overseeding fescue in Acworth in the early fall months.