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Traditional vs. Organic vs. Hybrid: Which Is Best?

Whether one drives a hybrid car, buys locally-grown produce, or simply separates their recyclables from the rest of their garbage, going green is on everyone’s mind. When dealing with lawn care and landscaping, that mentality has held true in a different way over the years as homeowners work to achieve great looking lawns. As the green revolution continues to pick up steam, however, homeowners are reevaluating their past lawn care methods and opting to pursue more eco-friendly avenues. The number of organic products available is increasing every year, but one has to wonder how they stack up to traditional methods.

One hundred-percent organic programs take a more holistic approach to lawn care by using only products derived from natural sources and minerals to feed the soil. While this is a green approach, it can take much longer to produce results. This is where many consumers find themselves at a crossroads – they want to go green, but they also want rapid results – which is why many have turned to hybrid programs which combine natural organic materials and synthetic chemicals. As the demand for greener practices continues to grow, lawn care providers like Spring-Green Lawn Care are offering organic-based hybrid programs to their clients with more regularity.

“If our clients want organic care for their lawn, we’re going to provide it to them in the most effective way possible. Our organic-based fertlizer option is the perfect blend of what our clients want and need,” said Harold Enger, Spring-Green’s director of education.

By using traditional lawn care method, as well as organic-based materials, our clients get the results they have grown accustomed to from Spring-Green.”

Enger says only about 5 percent of customers currently use organic-based fertilizer, but that number is increasing slowly but surely.

Since organic products alone can take longer to produce results, hybrid methods like Spring-Green’s expedite the greening process. Not long after the first application, soil structure will show a marked improvement as the organic amendments promote microbial activity, increase root growth, and build drought resistance to reduce a lawn’s susceptibility to disease. And for issues like weeds, hybrid programs spot-treat the individual plants instead of spraying the entire lawn.

“Using organic materials alone can prove to be cost prohibitive, but hybrid programs are among the most cost-effective options out there for individuals wanting to introduce an organic element into their lawn care routine,” said Enger. “If a client wants peace of mind, as well as measurable results, this method is definitely the way to attain both.”

Learn more about Spring-Green’s organic-based lawn care program.

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FAQ

Does Spring-Green require a service contract?
Yes. In order to provide optimum service and fully guarantee our work, we require a 12 month service contract.
Does Spring-Green provide free estimates?
The application price and annual package is consistent for the majority of single family homes in our service area. The guaranteed service is designed to provide eradication of pests despite the level of infestation. For these reasons, our pricing is consistent across the board.
How long will the service take?
Our 1st visit is typically longer than the subsequent visits. Spring-Green provides a thorough and complete inspection of the entire home as well as an extensive clean out of hot spots and potential infestation areas. For this reason, your first visit could last 45 mins – 2 hours. All other visits typically last 20-30 minutes.
What is the process for quarterly service?
The time between visits is approximately 90 days.
Do I have to be home for the treatments?
We do require you to be home for inside visits. You do not have to be present for any visits limited to the exterior of your home. We ask that any locked gates be left open and all outdoor pets moved inside during exterior visits.
Is it necessary to leave my home during the service? If so, for how long?
You are not required to leave the home unless certain medical conditions exist. We ask that anyone on oxygen or chronically asthmatic should remove themselves from the home long enough for the treatment to settle. We simply ask that you avoid treated areas during the time of service and up to 15 minutes after the treatment is completed.
Will the stuff harm my children or pets?
Our products are used in accordance with label recommendations, and pose a minimal risk to people and pets.
Do I get any discounts for prepaying?
We extend a $15 discount when you prepay for a full year of service.
How long has Spring-Green worked in my local area?
Founded in Naperville, Illinois, in 1977, Spring-Green is a neighborhood-based service company. We take pride in serving our community. At home, at work, and at play, Spring-Green services affect people’s lives in a positive way.
What is included in the Total Home Pest Control Program?
The Pest Control Professional will first perform a thorough interior inspection which includes baseboards, carpet, window sills, window treatments, entry ways, ceilings, corners, crown molding, sinks, under sinks, pantries, between appliances, closets, basement walls, crawl space walls. This comprehensive inspection is designed to identify specific pest problems, and eliminate established invaders. Spring-Green will clean out hot spots and establish internal and external barriers. Products will be rotated throughout the year to prevent resistance.

The second visit involves collecting data from your initial treatment, re-establishing a strong barrier, and disrupting pest life cycles.

The third and fourth visits are designed to strengthen the barrier. This is especially important when the weather begins to cool and remains cold, as invaders search for food, water, warmth, and shelter.
What certifications do Spring-Green pest control technicians have?
Spring-Green takes certification seriously and we make sure our Pest Control Professionals are properly trained and receive annual certification based on state regulations. All of our Team Members are required to complete an internal certification through Spring-Green University, our proprietary online Learning Management System.
What is Spring-Green's guarantee?
At Spring-Green, meeting your expectations is our number one goal.

As a Spring-Green Total Home Pest Control customer, we guarantee your reasonable satisfaction with our pest control services. Due to the habits and life cycles of certain insects, no service or treatment can expect to achieve 100% control of all target pests at all times. As such, there may be times when pests are present days or weeks after a service visit.

In the event that you are not satisfied with the services provided by your Spring-Green technician, please notify us by phone or email within 90 days after your service is performed and we will return to your home to diagnose the problem and re-treat as is necessary. Due to the habits and life cycles of certain insects, no service or treatment can expect to achieve 100% control of all target pests at all times. As such, there may be times when pests are present days or weeks after a service visit. We will continue to work with you until you are satisfied. If we are unable to meet your expectations, we may refund or credit the cost of the services. For one time applications we guarantee the results for up to 30 days.
What's the guarantee if I don’t take the full program?
We offer a limited guarantee on anything less than our full program. We’ll correct any problem, related to our originally scheduled visit, at no extra charge if notified within 14 days of that visit. However, if you take advantage of our full program, there is no 14-day limit with our guarantee.
How and when do I pay?
You can prepay for the entire program up front, and receive a $15 discount. If you don’t prepay, we’ll give you an invoice at the time of service. If you are not home, we’ll leave the invoice at your door for you to mail in a payment or pay online.
What happens if I see bugs in my home in between visits?
If you notice persistent pests between service visits, call us; service calls are FREE. We’ll come back to diagnose the problem and re-treat as is necessary, at no additional charge.