Selecting The Best Atlanta Lawn Care Company

Sustaining a beautiful, green lawn can be incredibly time-consuming. As a result, many people choose to pass this tedious job on to a professional and hire lawn care companies to maintain a healthy lawn. Finding the right lawn care company for your specific needs takes a bit of searching. The following are tips to help select the right lawn care company for you.
Beginning Your Search
The first step in hiring a lawn care company is to understand exactly how you want to service your lawn. Maintaining a beautiful, healthy lawn is capable of being done, but achieving great results is not as easy as it seems. In order to take an environmentally healthy approach to saving your lawn, you must set reachable goals.
After thinking about exactly what you want for lawn, call several lawn care companies and ask questions about their services. The questions below are great to start out with.
Choosing the Perfect Lawn Care Company for Your Needs
Is the company legitimate and licensed? Are the pesticide applicators certified?
All applicators must be certified in order to apply pesticides of any kind to your lawn. Companies must also follow pesticide regulations and other practices in their Business Operators Certificate.
Does the company have any professional affiliations with lawn care companies or providers?
Companies make sure their members stay up to date about additions and improvements to the industry. Some even offer conference trips, workshops, and education as means of keeping their members lucrative.
What services does the company do?
Lawn care companies offer an array of services from applying fertilizer, covering the lawn in enriched nutrients, planting seeds, mowing, and weed and insect prevention. Many companies offer these services as a package deal or simply as individual jobs. A number of lawn care companies offer environmentally conscious programs that get the job done without the use of pesticides or organically.
Is an Integrated Pest Management program used by the company?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) combines many strategies to manage arising pest problems. An IPM program prevents pest from further damaging your home lawn, as well as restoring it to its beautiful, healthy state all while using healthy pest management practices. Periodically, the lawn will be checked for any returning insects and pesticides. Pesticides are only used in an IPM program if the applier notices there is a problem with your lawn that requires these services. Pesticides should only be used in the area of your lawn that requires them.
If I purchase a lawn care package that includes pesticide application, how do I determine how many treatments I need to use?
It is best to ask if pesticide application to your lawn can be used as part of an IPM program. Do not select a service that requires yearly pre-scheduled application of pesticides to your lawn. These are for lawns that are severely damaged by pesticides and will be damaging to your lawn because these services occur whether or not pesticides are in your lawn. It is also best to bargain for a separate contract for your pest control and your lawn care, this way you’re not stuck with a service that is no longer necessary.
How the pesticides be treated?
There is no need to treat the entire lawn for pesticides. Pesticides should only be treated in the area that is affected. If your entire lawn is not harmed, ask the company to treat only the area affected, this is called spot-treating.
Are there pesticide-free options?
In recent years, many homeowners have become concerned with using pesticides to treat their lawn and have begun using more organic approaches to maintain a beautiful, healthy lawn. Some lawn care companies offer programs that are organic or pesticide-free.
Are there “organic” lawn care programs?
When a company offers and organic lawn care program it just means that the treatments they use will be pesticide-free and your lawn will be treated in a more natural environment through the use of organic fertilizers, core aeration, soil amendments, etc. These methods don’t achieve greater success but they do keep the environment and your lawn, more sustainable.
What is an “environmentally friendly” lawn care company?
Beware. Some companies use this term to appeal to a broader clientele and although it may seem “environmentally friendly” the term is not regulated. It is up to the consumer to decide if the services being offered are truly “environmentally friendly”. If your lawn care company uses any of these terms it is suggested you ask them what it means.
What are organic, natural, and organic-based fertilizers?
Although these terms seem to be the same, their meanings are entirely different. Unlike advertising “environmentally friendly”, these terms are regulated under the Federal Fertilizers Act.
Natural materials come directly from minerals found in the ground without any added chemicals besides being crushed or grounded
Organic products come from the remains of partially decomposed plants or animals. Organic fertilizers can be bought in stores and contain an abundance of materials like composts, sewage sludge, bone and blood meals.
An organic-based fertilizer is any fertilizer that contains at least 15% of organic material.
Are synthetic or organic fertilizers better for the environment?
Either fertilizer is of only a small risk to the environment. But, if either fertilizer is applied incorrectly the problems they face to water quality may be adverse. Organic fertilizers originate from plant and animal waste and by using this type of fertilizer you are taking away resources that would have been useful to the waste stream.
Synthetic fertilizers come in two forms: slow release and fast release. Plants and grass need nitrogen (and oxygen, of course) to be green and healthy. Fast release fertilizers apply nitrogen to the grass all at one time. This turns the grass green a lot quicker but any nitrogen not used resonates in the soil and pollutes ground water. Slow release fertilizers release the nitrogen slowly into the grass. It is unlikely any nitrogen will go unused and resonate in the soil.
Servicing with Your Lawn Care Company
If the lawn care company you chose uses pesticides, you may want to consider some of these things.
How can I minimize the risk of pesticides to my family and neighbors?
The best way to minimize risk to pesticides is to not be exposed to it. The only way to do this is to stay away from areas where the pesticide has been applied. The area of grass that has been treated should not be tampered with for 24 hours after application. Children and pets should always stay away from this area.
Notify other neighbors that you have treated your lawn with pesticides. Some people are allergic to pesticides and it can be harmful to some of your neighbors’ health. It is best to notify your neighbor in advance before the pesticide has been applied.
How will I know when pesticides will be applied?
Most, if not all, lawn care companies will notify you before-hand when they will apply pesticides. Some companies, upon request, will notify your neighbors of pesticide application to your lawn as well.
Do I have to leave the sign the lawn care company puts on my lawn?
The sign notifies people that pesticides have been applied to your lawn. It is required by law that you leave the sign in place for 24 hours after pesticide application. After 24 hours have passed, the sign can be removed.