The value of lawncare
The first discussion was a customer who wanted to re-turf their front lawn, which was in a very poor state of weeds and threadbare patches, but was pretty level, with only a few minor peaks and troughs. I then took the customer through a couple of plans, one with new turf followed by a very light treatment programme, vs a lawn renovation (heavy scarify, aerate, seeding, feeding and heavy top dress), followed by a normal treatment maintenance programme. As I showed them the comparable “investment” over a couple of seasons, their enthusiasm for the new turf option dwindled as they realized it would cost them 2-3 times as much to have that new lawn look a few months quicker than a renovation / re-seeding. New turf has its place, especially where you need the immediate impact, but if you can wait a couple of months extra and have the joy of seeing the fresh shoots come through and grow strongly, then you’ll save yourself a fair amount of money. Guess what, they now have a lovely front lawn born out of renovation & seeding.
The second discussion revolved around a DIY option for a customer who had gone through the renovation process and their lawn was well on the way to being fully recovered. Surely DIY would save them money…well no, not really; read on. Take a visit to your local garden centre and look at buying the different spring, summer and autumn fertilisers for your lawn, then think about how to apply them; then add the weed control products and ditto something for moss control. Then work out what basic equipment you’ll need to apply it (often equipment that even a professional would struggle to achieve good results from). All in all, it’s an expensive recipe for lawn disaster. Lawncare professionals use superior products, bought in bulk, applied evenly and in the correct dose. Want an example, well for this customer, an over-seed with a high quality fines & ryegrass mix would have cost them £29.60 from myself to include all materials, labour, equipment. The cost of similar seeds on Amazon…£33.00. So the DIY option can be an interesting learning curve, but it’s not the money saver people think.