Perfection or Earth Stuff: Chemical or Organic Lawn Care in Cleveland

Hello, I’m having a crisis. I’ve been trying to grow a new front lawn since last fall and I’m officially admitting defeat. My lawn has some sections of awesome, thick grass, but a lot of it is just still dirt or solid weeds. The whole point was to burn the weed-lawn to the ground and start fresh with dirt and seed, but at this point, maybe I would have been better off aggressively hand weeding the lawn. So even though I love doing anything and everything DIY-style, and as a Certified Poor TM this is usually more cost-effective, I’m about to outsource some lawn care, which leads me to this internal debate: do I care more about having a perfect lawn or earth stuff, aka do I want chemical or organic lawn care?

TBH, I already know what I realllllly want, and it’s a perfect lawn. We all knew that already, right?

I think I’m conflicted because I know I should care more about Earth and not using chemicals, but the chemicals work and they kill the weeds.

At the recommendation of neighbor-of-the-blog Carrie, I’m going to get a quote from Good Nature, a Cleveland-based organic lawn company. It would be nice to have the yard safe for Fred and all the neighborhood animals while I’m on this lawn journey. But, my concern with Good Nature is that their website says it will take 2–3 years to really notice the changes in the lawn, and there will still be some weeds happening, and I’m 110% sure I don’t have the patience to wait 2–3 years.

An instant quote from Lawn Love rang in around $41 per application, roughly every 6–10 weeks. I’m not sure if I need to have grass everywhere though, or if they’ll take care of making the rest of the lawn grow in, too.

Another neighbor uses TruGreen and their lawn looks pretty great all the time, and the online quote is showing about $50 each for 6 applications.

In summary, I could have condensed this post down to three sentences:

  1. Wah, my lawn isn’t working.
  2. Should I do organic lawn care even though it will have weeds still?
  3. Everything costs the same amount and I have no idea what I’m doing.

Cry for help

Anyone in Cleveland have experience trying to grow a lawn and then maintain it? Also seeking recommendations for lawn care companies or DIY methods.



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