How We Customize Our Lawncare Treatments

Skip Orth:
Hi, this is Skip Orth with Father and Son Pest and Lawn Solutions and one of the questions I get asked quite frequently is, do you truly customize your service for each individual lawn or does every lawn that you treat get the same formula no matter what? And it's a valid question. What I'd like to do is talk to you about how we actually do customize our treatments for every lawn and what that looks like.

Skip Orth:
So every lawn needs a minimum amount of maintenance treatments that you need a minimum amount of fertilizer to stay healthy, they all need weed control, and they all need insect control during the pest season. So in that regard, every single lawn, yes, does get the minimum amount of fertilizer and it gets a maintenance amount of weed control and a maintenance amount of insect control. However, beyond that, each lawn has individual needs. Some lawns have specific weeds in them that require specific types of herbicide. There is not one herbicide that treats all weeds. We do have a general purpose herbicide that we use in our broadcast treatments. But like I said, that one herbicide does not kill all weeds. There are some specific weeds like chamberbitter, Virginia buttonweed, nutsedge, and several others that require specialty herbicides in order to control them. So we carry with us all every day these specialty herbicides. So if any of those weeds are present in any of the lawns we treat, then we add those specialty herbicides to our treatment.

Skip Orth:
In addition, there are specific insect pests, turf destroying insects that will affect the lawn that also needs specialty treatments such as mole, crickets, and chinch bugs. We also carry those specialty insecticides with us so that when we do encounter those pests, we can treat those pests with those specialty products. Then the last thing is not every lawn needs just a maintenance level of fertilizer that we apply every month. Some of them need more and some lawns need different types of fertilizer in order to meet their needs. So we have about three different types of fertilizers that we use in addition to our maintenance broadcast fertilizer that we apply.

Skip Orth:
One of them is an organic fertilizer. We use that organic fertilizer on lawns that are already stressed for one reason or another and we're trying to help recover them slowly and just baby the lawn along with some very, I'd say, a gentle nutrient-rich fertilizer. That's what we use the organic for. Then there's other lawns where the soil is just void of most, any, and all nutrition. The lawn is anemic. It's maybe healthy, but it's just not growing and it's just not very dense. Maybe it was installed a year or two ago, and you can still see the seams and the sod because it has just sat there and hasn't done anything.

Skip Orth:
Cases like that, we'll use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer in order to stimulate top growth. And then there's other situations where it needs everything and we have another fertilizer that has equal amounts of the macro nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium and it has a greater amount of those, and we'll use that in areas that we need to. So we customize our service especially herbicides based on specialty insecticides and based on a variety of different fertilizers that we use for different situations and that's how we customize our treatments.