How to prevent spreading weeds from one customer to the next.

Some lawn care customers might have quite a few weeds on their property that you don’t want to spread to your other customers. Or you might be specifically asked by a customer what your weed propagation prevention method is. If you find yourself in such a situation, consider these options shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. They will help you prepare for such an event.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I am trying to prevent carrying weed seeds from my mower to another customer’s yard. I currently spray my mower with a premix of bleach and water 50/50 mix. I spray the deck and blades. Is this good for killing the seeds under my deck? If not does anyone have any ideas or products that can prevent this from happening?”

A second lawn care business owner shared “I am not a fan of bleach because I don’t want to kill grass or plants with anything I am spraying. When I do need to use such a weed killing spray for my mowers I use a product that’s bio degradable and non toxic. However, if what you are doing works for you, then keep at it.

Over the past couple of years I have gotten away from spraying my mowers after every job and have employed another strategy instead. Here is what I do now, some clients have no weed issues so I mow them as a group. Then I have clients with weeds, which I mow at the end of the day then wash the mowers that night. If the client has insects then all the equipment is sprayed including the trailer bed at the end of the job.

Doing so can be a pain, but I know that one of the gated communities I provide lawn care services for had grubs which were introduced by the previous lawn care company. Not only were they fired but they ended up doing thousands of dollars in damage as they sprayed for chinch bug when the real issue was grubs.

lawn grubs

lawn grubs

I could tell this was going on as soon as I was called out by the community for help. From there, once we got the job, I sprayed for grubs, and all activity stopped within 48 hours.

chinch bugs in lawn

chinch bugs in lawn

So you have to be careful of what you are doing, spreading, or treating. It is better to err on the side of caution and prevent such situations from happening in the first place or you too could lose a very large lawn care contract.”

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