Q&A: What is included in H&G’s Lawn Care program?

In this article, Cal Glaspie talks with a customer about what is included in the Hertzler & George Lawn Care Program.

Q:  Is addressing lawn fungus/brown patch included in the service? I know we have had to battle that problem at least once or twice each year since we built our home.

A: A fungus control program  is available for customers who need it. About 50% of our customer’s use this service. Depending on the quality of turf you are trying to achieve (average vs pristine), whether or not you want to avoid aerating and seeding each year (every year vs every other year), the weather that year (increased heat and moisture), and the history of brown patch on your property (whether you get it or not) dictate the necessity of fungicide applications. If you are someone trying to achieve a lush green lawn, have a lawn that is low in the landscape, on a hill, southern facing, or have a history of brown patch, I would recommend adding fungicide applications to your service. We generally recommend 4 to almost completely remove any possibility of seeing brown patch on your property (with the changing weather we are getting close to needing 5) but sometimes you can sneak by with only 2 applications in the middle of the season (our June and July applications). I DO NOT RECOMMEND WAITING UNTIL YOU SEE THE PROBLEM BEFORE YOU TREAT. As with almost all plant diseases, control after infection does not work well or at all so all applications need to be preventive. If you get brown patch, fungicides can be applied there after and for the rest of the season to prevent further damage and spread but any damage caused by brown patch will not go away.

Q: Is grub prevention/ grub control included in the service?

A: Grub control is not included by default. Unlike fungus control, I only recommend this treatment if you have had problems with them in the past. Our techs will keep an eye out for sign that your lawn has a problem and recommend service if needed. However, most of our lawns do not have problems. Many homeowners (and so-called professionals!) treat grubs thinking that it is a way to control moles. Not so! While grub outbreaks and mole outbreaks can occur at the same time, more often than not they are unrelated. We offer a Mole/Vole control program which we have found to be effective.

Q: Do you do a soil test annually or just during the first year of service?

A: We soil test the first year and every three years thereafter. Testing every third year follows VT recommendations since soils tend not to change drastically from one year to the next. Also, since we include lime in our applications if a soil test indicates you need lime, we will apply it each and every year until a soil test indicates otherwise.

Q: Is there a discount for paying for the annual cost up front in one payment?

A: Yes, each spring we offer a Pre-Pay Discount for customers who wish to prepay services for the year. We offer this discount because prepayment makes our operation more efficient and we pass those savings on to you. Customers can prepay all services or just certain ones. For instance, some customers do not prepay the aeration and seeding.

Q: What happens if I have prepaid for the year and then move or otherwise have to cancel a service?

A: Hertzler & George is all about service. Even if you prepay and wish to cancel later in the year we will still refund what you paid. It’s that simple.

Q: I am also scheduled to get an estimate from [one of the nation chain lawn care companies] as well this week.  I have used their lawn products for years doing it myself. Do you have any thoughts/comments on their service in comparison to yours? Do you have any current customers who were formerly using their service?

A: I try not to talk negative about other companies because I know all too well we make mistakes ourselves. That being said, when we say we do a service, we do the service. When we say we will work with you to get done what you want done, we do just that. Lastly, when you want to talk to someone, we will talk to you. I guess in some ways the best indicator will be if you get a personalized e-mail like this from [one of the national chains]. Typically, the reason people go with [one of the nation chains] over us is price. But I think our slightly higher cost is justified in the service we provide.

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Thanks also for being so flexible with the changes we requested for our mowing schedule.

E.L. - Ford's Colony

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Brian came out last week to try to assess a problem we are having in our yard.  He arrived on time, was extremely courteous and took a considerable amount of time analyzing our situation.  While he was unable to reach a solution, he did take the time to research and recommend another business that might be able to help us.  That kind of customer service will make us more likely to call on Hertzler & George if other issues arise.  Thanks, Brian!


Five Stars All Around

We hired H&G to help us re-do our landscaping after a different local landscaping company did a sub par job with plant selections and installations. That company also was very hard to deal with. H&G stepped right up with Jennifer creating a new planting scheme comprising of native plants with some we had never seen before and which we love! She is extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with – a true landscaping charm! Jon did the installations and also did a fantastic job. He was very meticulous on planting and finishing the job neatly with mulch. Unlike that other company’s installer, Jon left us extremely happy with the job done. Customer service on the phone – pleasant, patient and helpful. The only, and ever so minor aspect of their work, is they don’t offer a guarantee on the plants or install. I suppose that’s becoming industry standard. However, now looking over all the plantings with a bit of time passing, I am confident that there won’t need to be any replacements. Watering is of course the key element. Thank you H&G, the country cottage landscaping we’ve wanted is now ours – FIVE STARS!

Chris Dombrowski
Ford's Colony | Homeowner

True professionals

Had these guys build a surface-grade patio in May 2023. They looked at the project, sent me a proposed scope of work and contract via email, took a deposit of 1/2 the total via bank transfer. They set a date weeks later to start the job. They showed up on time, worked professionally and cleaned up at the end of the day. Whole job took 3 days, and they even replaced all the patio furniture on the last day. The final product was precisely what I asked for, done in a high-quality, workmanlike way.

H&G are not the cheapest guys out there, but for the extra money you get a professional product, professionally executed, on time, on budget. Honestly: I don’t think it gets any better than that.


Ken Blakely

Beyond Satisfied

We had an ugly uneven weedy patio and a driveway that needed reshaping and gravel. The transformation is stunning. Your representative Brian was patient and helpful in designing repairs to our satisfaction and your work crew was exceptional. Edwardo the work site foreman was extremely knowledgeable and professional and created a beautiful patio. His crew was superior.

Tim & Cynthia Porter