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Navigating the Confusing Options for Lawn Care

Category: Lawn Care | Posted by: Jeremy Newell

Crabgrass. Pre-Emergent. Rhizomatous. These are intimidating words for someone who just wants to be able to take care of their own lawn. The more you read and talk to people, the more confusing it can seem. You shouldn’t need an advanced degree in turf grass management to keep a picnic-worthy yard, right? Walking into a […]

Crabgrass. Pre-Emergent. Rhizomatous.

These are intimidating words for someone who just wants to be able to take care of their own lawn. The more you read and talk to people, the more confusing it can seem. You shouldn’t need an advanced degree in turf grass management to keep a picnic-worthy yard, right?

Walking into a garden center and seeing all the products doesn’t help. So many shiny bags! Seriously, what is the difference between all these odd smelling chemicals? There are so many companies that make all this stuff, how do I know what to buy?

I’ll share a secret a secret with you. Even as someone in the lawn and garden industry, I also have trouble deciding what to put on my lawn. It is more of a brand decision for me. Here is a peak into my internal dialogue:

“Should I get the Scotts 4 Step Program? It’s their highest quality lawn care program, I know that.
It’s Scotts, so they’ve spent gazillions of dollars on research to make this stuff.
It’s pretty much the crème de la crème of lawn care.”

“But there is also Fertilome 3 Step. I really like the fact that Fertilome is an independent-only company.
I like to support those types of brands. And it is a really great product.”

“But, you know, I used to be all about saving the Earth. I was Mr. Organic back in the day.
Maybe I should try the Espoma organic line or that Milorganite stuff.”

 

Here’s one of the cool things about White Oak. When you come in and talk to us about your lawn we will actually listen. If you want to get into the nitty gritty of the different products and know exactly what is happening when you apply this stuff, we can delve baby! Or maybe you don’t need to know all the minutiae of nutrient uptake. You just want to know the ‘what’ and ‘when’. You don’t have the interest in the ‘how’ and ‘why’. We can help you there, too. The point is, we can make a variety of recommendations based on your unique wants and needs. We will approach you as an individual, not a cookie-cutter, one-size fits all consumer.

You are more than capable of maintaining a great lawn. If you don’t have the time or interest, there are plenty of lawn care companies that do the work for you. However, we often see homeowners become frustrated with their lawn services. I like knowing exactly what is going down in my yard. I also want to decide WHEN to apply fertilizer, etc. based on the needs of my yard, not the needs of a lawn company’s schedule. I don’t mean to bash lawn care companies. But the more individualized the applications are concerning ‘what’ and ‘when’, the more effective the result.

 

Next week I will talk about the first lawn application to make and why you should even do it (it’s not just because you see the neighbors doing it). In the meantime, if you want to talk lawn feel free to email me at Jeremy@whiteoakgardens.com or call us at 513-385-3313.

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