Customers often ask us what type of fertilizer they should buy for their new home landscape we installed. The answer is always the same. At Squeals Landscaping Inc. we recommend all homeowners use a local professional lawn fertilization company. All lawn fertilization techs are required to pass a state exam before fertilizer can be applied for payment. They use different products than what a homeowner can get at the big box stores. Often a combination of liquid and granular chemicals is applied. In addition, they have training to identify and diagnose a wide variety of issues. Techs who can treat trees and shrubs must take an additional test by the State of Michigan to become certified above a lawn care technician's requirements.
The key is to hire a small local company. Their prices are usually fair because the industry is very competitive. Often the same tech will service your lawn throughout the season. This allows the tech to establish a relationship with your lawn. He can see the progress from the last application and should be your contact person if you have any questions. Never be afraid to ask them to come out and meet with you if you have any concerns. All small local companies will offer this at no charge. Most importantly, the fertilization company will have insurance if any damage occurs resulting from the chemicals which will void your landscaping warranty.