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  • How to Choose a Weed Control Company

     

    How to choose a weed control company can feel like a complicated task.  With these tips, you will know HOW and WHEN to start using a weed control company that fits YOUR needs. 

     

     

    Cost - How to Compare

     Cost is definitely NOT most important, but hey, as I am also a consumer, this is often where people like to start and in the weed control industry it can be a little confusing. So BIG QUESTION is “how to compare prices when companies have different programs?” (“Apples to Apples”.)

     

    Weed control companies in the OKC metro continue to have variations of 6 - 8 application programs. The number of applications is not a deciding factor, rather just different philosophies of how and when to apply different applications.

    Consequently, the only way to actually compare "just cost" from one company to another would be to look at the total cost of each company’s program for a year.

     

    Example:

    Company A - 6 applications X $60 per app = $360 per year.

    Company B – 8 applications X $55 per app = $440 per year.

       So, if “only looking at price”, Company A is cheapest, NOT company B.

     

     

    Products Used/Applied to Lawn

    The backbone to all weed control programs are the pre-emergents.  I would recommend 3-4 pre-emergents a year, but again, don’t get hung up on just the number of applications.  Some companies will have 3 pre-emergents because they do not “split app” their pre-emergents. “Split-app” is not a negative, it can actually be very beneficial in some cases.  Additionally, I think it is beneficial for a company to change up their programs a tad here and there, so the weeds don’t build up resistance.

     

    The other important part of the program is the fertilizers.  Fertilizers can be applied in liquid or granular form. One is not necessarily better than the other.  But not all fertilizers are the same.  I would recommend going with an established company that knows what they are doing (and that will also know how to manage their expenses and therefore less tempted to use less inferior products simply because budget is tight).   

    BOTTOM LINE, don’t skip the fertilizer applications as you want your “good grass” to become thick an

    nd healthy to keep the weeds smothered out. Oh…and all the fertilizer in the world does not do much good if your lawn does not get the proper amount of water (but that is a whole other blog).

     

    Are These Chemicals Harmful to My Children and/or Pets

    Well…they are chemicals.  

    • After each application, people and pets should stay off grass until it is dry.  

    • If you want to be even be more cautious, water in each application for 20 minutes per zone/area.  Now your really good. (But also know that many of our customers wait and let Mother Nature water in their applications-which is fine too. But all applications must be watered in!)  

    • If a chemical has the potential to be really harmful, there will be a lot of rules to using it and more than likely too much trouble. Additionally, back in the “old days”, many pets stayed outside all the time and it was COMMON practice to treat lawns with pets outside. But, today, my Sadie would seriously be upset if I left her outside for longer than necessary.

     

    What’s HOT in the Weed Control Industry

    While we are on this topic….think back to the most recent recession.  Often things “start on the coasts” and then slowly but surely make its way to our region.  This is exactly what is happening in the green industry in regards to weed control. In the NE part of the United States, legislators have been passing tougher laws for years now, as a result of popular chemicals being over-sprayed on residential lawns and ending up in the water.  

    Here in Oklahoma, about 10 years ago, a popular chemical used to control grassy weeds was completely taken off the market when it was found in our water.  I can also think of a popular insecticide that was taken off the market about the same time, and this is just two well-known examples.

    For a more recent example, the City of Norman issued an Ordinance a just a few years back due to finding a high amount of phosphorus in Lake Thunderbird.  

     

    To learn more about ordinace, Click Here.

     

    Often people think that “more chemical, is better” or will “make sure those weeds are dead”. This is simply NOT true. Plants can only take in so much chemical at one time.  And there is the very real possibility that a lawn will be over-sprayed and therefore stunt the lawn’s growth for a period of time (or in the case of fescue lawns, even kill it).   So bottom line, lawn care companies and homeowners must always try to balance between what is needed to kill a weed/make it green, with both its effectiveness and potential harm to our environment…our watersheds.   

     

    Good News!  With demand, comes supply.  So the “hot news” in the green industry is the development of organic products that can be mixed with the more harmful synthetic chemicals.  When the base of the weed control program is the right balance of organics, probiotics, etc, we have found that the synthetic chemicals can be reduced by as much as 50 % here in the OKC metro and still achieve the same weed control and color as a traditional synthetic chemical program. Consequently, an organic based program is SAFER, BETTER, GREENER for your children, your pets, and our watersheds! See graphic below.

     

    At Irish Green Lawn Care, we switched all of our customers over to the Hybrid Program in 2017.  We have a blog that gives you a more detailed look at the pros to the organics we use in our treatments.

    For more information about a Hybrid Program, click here. 

     

    Payment Options

    I love the saying “these are interesting times”.  Right now with 3 different generations of homeowners, “preferred payment options” is an important topic.  

    Many people no longer use or even buy paper checks. (The times of learning to write checks or to write in “cursive” is gone!)  Today, many like to setup auto-pay options, “set it and forget it”. Us Americans are busy people. I think most companies realize this.  Again, I recommend only giving your credit card or checking account information to established companies, but after that, paying by credit card or auto debit from ones checking account is much safer and convenient than the “old days” when it was often standard practice to leave a check or even cash under the door mat. (Yikes, I think I might be showing my age!)

    For Payment Options, click here.  

     

    1. How many applications do you apply each year and why?

    Most established OKC weed control companies continue to have variations of 6-8 application programs. The only way to actually compare cost from one company to another would be to look at the total cost of each company’s program for a year.  (See example at top.)

     

    2. Is the company/person licensed and insured? In Oklahoma, a person who applies chemicals to someone’s lawn, other than their own, must have a pesticide license and a fertilizer license to legally buy and apply many products used in a traditional weed control program.  Additionally, applicators are also

    required by law to have liability insurance specifically for a pesticide applicator.

     

    3. Does the company use Green Dye?  "My Two Cents" - If you have pets and/or concerned about thegreen dye getting tracked into your house or on your fence, etc, then we do NOT recommend green dye.There are no real benefits to using dye. Dye is purely for marketing.  (Yes, I said it.) We have a blog on this topic if you would like more information.

     

    To read our blog on Green Dye, click here. 

     

    4. How long has the company been in business? Many new lawn care companies will pop-up each year in February or March. Hey this is the American Dream…it is a great thing! But also know that 80% of companies fail, so ask your friends and neighbors for referrals.  Referrals are a safe bet in this industry.

     

    5. How easy will it be to get in touch with someone if you have a question or concern?  Does the company have office staff during normal business hours? If you have a question, who would you contact?  Does the company have the capability to communicate through your preferred method, whether that be text, email, web chat, or phone call?

     

    6. Does the company offer “additional services” such as grub control or aeration?  Or if you have pets, do they offer a flea and tick program for your lawn? There are many different diseases and bugs that your lawn and trees can come up against during the year.

     

    To learn about our "additional services", click here.

     

    7. If you are concerned about your pets, children, or chemicals seeping into our watersheds, ask the company what they do to safeguard your priorities.

     

    For additional information on Irish Green Lawn Care's services, prices, etc...please visit our website for some great resources.

    For urgent/timely updates and concerns, we are active on Facebook and Google just to name a few.   A great example of how we use social media to communicate with our customers: Do you often wonder how much you should water your lawn when the temperatures change? As the seasons change in Oklahoma, we post to our Facebook regularly, or simply Google us at Irish Green Lawn Care.  

     

    Please do not hesitate to contact us by email, instant chat on our website, or by phone if you have any questions.  


    Sincerely,

    Shar McLaughlin

    And the entire team at Irish Green Lawn Care

    office@irishgreenlawncare.com
    (405)794-LAWN (5296)


  • One Mean (Fake) Green

    Pre-emergent season has arrived in Oklahoma!  And the crowds cheer (O.K. maybe only in my head).  But these pre-emergent applications are the back-bone to all weed control programs.  Pre-emergents keep a lot of weeds from coming up in the Spring and early Summer.

    When I am traveling out of state, I am often asked "WHY do some companies in Oklahoma spray the fake green or blue dye onto lawns?  I normally giggle and explain that it is mainly a marketing technique to remind neighbors that it is time to get their lawn sprayed for pre-emergents.   (I often relate it to how I used to keep the oven door cracked when i had the broil setting on.  One year my grown daughter asked me why I had the oven door open.  I laughed -- because my mother and grandmother always did it that way.)

    At Irish Green Lawn Care we want to challenge the reasoning behind using green dye and give you some information on WHY Irish Green Lawn Care does NOT use dye. 

    • A lot of our customers have pets.  Take a look at the green dog below. While we know that brightly dyed hair is currently in style, we are assuming you aren’t necessarily wanting a bright green fur friend walking around in your house on your nice clean carpet.

    • Green dye has no benefit for your lawn or soil.  A priority at Irish Green is to reduce synthetic chemicals by using organic components such as probiotics and microorganisms.  These organic additions to our treatments allow us to use spoonfuls, rather than cupfuls, of the more harmful synthetic chemicals.  With that goal in mind, why apply green dye to the lawn when it adds no nutritional benefits and proves nothing except that green dye was put on your lawn.
    • Cracks in sidewalks and driveways. Our technichians  spray the cracks in the sidewalks, driveways, and right up to the fence line.  Additionally, we train our technicians to "trim around the edges of the lawn", where weeds often appear first.  After all, the grass is supposed to be green, not your driveway!   

    Another popular question - "So if you aren’t using green dye, how can I know that you actually treated my lawn?” or “How does your technician know which areas he has sprayed and which he hasn’t?”

    Each of our technicians are trained to notice the light natural tint of the treatment so that they can ensure that they’ve sprayed your entire yard.  We also train them to see their own footprints in your lawn. When you spray lawns all day, it is easy to learn how to see what you have or have not treated.

    However, we understand and want all of our customers to feel confident that their entire lawn has been treated and treated well. So we guarantee our services with a free service call, if it is ever needed.  More specifically, this time of year with our cold temps, after two weeks since your last treatment, you should be able to see the weeds curling or turning brown. But if you don't see this, we will gladly retreat those weeds and address your concerns at no charge.  Oh..and our customers LOVE this new feature... after EVERY application, we will send you a quick email asking you to let us know if your completely happy with each application! Simply "click the stars" so we can continuously measure your happiness!

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call or send us an email.  We also have instant chat on our website.  

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    office@irishgreenlawncare.com

    (405)-794-LAWN (5296)

    Safer. Better. Greener. 


  • When It Comes to Lawn Care, 50% Less is More

     

    Less is More. It's a phrase often used when trying to explain how a little can do A LOT in some situations.  

    In our weed control and fertilization program for your landscape, this is so true. 

    January 2017, we switched all of our customers to our Hybrid Organic Program and the results have been AMAZING! 

     

    What does Hybrid Organic mean?  We add organic properties and plant probiotics (think yogurt) to our mix.  This revolutionary combination of organic materials and probiotics allow us to REDUCE the amount of  the more harmful synthetic chemicals (herbicides and pesticides) of a traditional weed control program by up to 50%! You still get traditional fertilizer and weed control, just delivered in a form that your lawn and your landscape can use much more efficiently.

     

    In todays world, there are many ways to be enviromentaly friendly.  Recycle, use less plastic, turn off electronic devises that you aren't using, etc.  But when it comes to lawn care, being enviromentaly freindly has been a tough concept in the past.  But today...there is a SAFER, BETTER, GREENER option in weed control.   The chemicals we all put on our lawns affect everyone - neighborhood ponds, our waterways, our families,our animals/pets are all affected by weed control treatments. What do you have to lose (except more chemicals)? We want all our customers to feel confident that they are getting the very best products every time.  So if an application does not respond as it should (they are weeds), just let us know and we will gladly respray at no charge. 

     

    To sum up the Key Benefits of our Hybrid Organic weed control program: 

    • Your lawn will grow a deeper, more web-like root system

    • Your lawn will become more resilient and more able to withstand disease, insect and weather related stress

    • Your lawn will be able to intake nutrients and water more efficiently

    • Your lawn will need less synthetic chemicals, while creating a Safer, Better, and Greener weed-free lawn

         Proud to be, Irish GREEN!

                             

     

     

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email us. 

     

    office@irishgreenlawncare.com

     

    (405)-794-LAWN (5296)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • To Dye or NOT to Dye?... That is the Question 

    ​This time of year bright green/blue sprayed lawns are popping up, but you will see that Irish Green lawns are NOT dyed, and here is why we choose NOT TO DYE…..   

    Take a look at the green dog above; while we know that brightly dyed hair is currently in style, we are assuming you aren’t necessarily wanting a bright green fur friend walking around in your house on your nice clean carpet. Additionally, a priority at Irish Green is to reduce synthetic chemicals by using organic components such as probiotics and microorganisms.  These organic additions to our treatments allow us to use spoonfuls, rather than cupfuls, of the more harmful synthetic chemicals.  With that goal in mind, adding green dye adds no nutritional benefits to your lawn and proves nothing except that green dye was put on your lawn.

                                                               

    We want to take care of the “forgotten” parts of your lawn.   We treat the cracks in your sidewalk and driveway to kill any weeds.  If we used green dye, there would be green lines and streaks staining your cement.  We also treat right up to your fence line and against your home and porch/deck.  If green dye was in our spray we would have to stop short of these areas to prevent staining which leaves more opportunity for weeds to grow in that spot.

    So “if you aren’t using green dye, how can I know that you actually treated my lawn?” or “How does your technician know which areas he has sprayed and which he hasn’t?” you may ask….

    Each of our technicians are trained to notice the very light natural tint that our treatment does have so that they can ensure that they’ve covered your entire yard.  We also train them to see their own footprints in your lawn, and when you spray lawns all day, it is easy to learn how to see what you have or have not treated.

    We want all of our customers to be able to feel confident that their entire lawn has been treated and treated well. This is why we guarantee our services with free service calls.  If a week or two has passed since your treatment, and the weeds are not curling or turning brown, we will come back out and retreat those weeds and address your concerns at no charge.

    Irish Green Lawn Care is committed to excellent customer service.  Our goal is for you to have a lawn you love and your neighbors will envy!

                       Safer. Better."Greener". Lawn Care 

     

    Safer. Better. Greener. Lawn Care 

     


  • Pulling Weeds in Your Flowerbeds is SO Last Year

    We know how it goes... you plant the perfect flowerbed and in a matter of weeks you are out there every day pulling out weeds!  The same weeds you pulled up last week are back again this week!

    Pretty soon, your life has been taken over by weeds,

     "How long have I been out here doing this?

    What did I do with all that free time before?

    Should I quit my job so I can devote myself full-time to pulling weeds?!?!"  

    Take a deep breath, take off the garden gloves,  we can help.

    Just like for your lawn, we have a program for your flowerbeds to control the weeds.  There are 3 pre-emergent treatments (also similar to your lawn) that are specially formulated not to kill out any flowers or other plants you WANT to be growing in your flowerbeds. Because of the treatment needing to be gentler as to not harm your plants, it is approximately 70% effective.  But hey, I would rather only pull 30% of weeds as compared to pulling 100%, wouldn't you??

    We also include three FREE summer weed treatments for your flowerbeds.  When we are out to treat your lawn for the summer applications, we will treat any weeds that have come up in your flowerbeds.  So that is 6 flowerbed applications for the price of 3!

     

    So let's sum this up.....

    • Less weeds,
    • 3 free treatments,
    • Regaining your sanity....

    what's not to like!!   

    Call or chat us today to ask about getting started with your flowerbed program!!


  • Time for Pre-Emergents!

     Wow! Thanksgiving is over and we are heading towards Christmas!  It is hard to believe 2016 is coming to an end.

    As we head into winter, that means that it is now time for our pre-emergent treatments. Pre-Emergents are the backbone to any and every weed control program.  Pre-emergents keep a lot of those spring and summer weeds from growing.  Without pre-emergents, it will be much harder to keep your lawn weed free.

    The pre-emergent that we will be applying until Christmas specifically targets winter grassy weeds such as: Henbit, Rescue, and Poana. 

    If you have not had your lawn treated yet this year, now is the PERFECT time to get started in order to have that weed free, green lawn next year.

    Give us a call or Live Chat with our office if you have any questions about our pre-emergents or if you would like a free estimate to have your lawn treated.

    Thank you!

    Irish Green Lawn Care

    794-LAWN

     



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