I was browsing on the TikTok app and there was an advertisement for a company called Sunday Lawn Care. This company is advising a custom lawn plan and giving everything you need for a set price along with a free soil test kit. I did some browsing on their site and I have a lot of mixed feelings. From working and helping customers with their lawn, I know that lawns are not alike. I do commend their program being organic as possible however, I do know regionally that there are different issues that Sunday does not have a solution for: such as crabgrass control and grub control especially my area of New Jersey.
This product is made to be simple with its liquid lawn fertilizer application. You receive two to four pouched a year to maintain your lawn with your customize lawn plan. I do commend the break down of macro and micro nutrients in the soil when I looked at a sample online. That information is important to me because a soil’s profile tells you what is in your soil and how that reflects to plant growth. I also commend their all natural product line. I do sway more toward using organic based product because I am all for protecting our pollinators and the impact that I leave on the Earth is important to me. I feel their blend of grass seed is very similar to Scott Lawn Products - a universal line that you would have to choose that is suitable for your region. I have looked at Sunday Lawn Care’s herbicides and insecticides; they are both made from naturally occurring or organic based products.
Sometimes the organic product lines does not take care of the major problems. The organic line offered by Sunday Lawn Care does not tackle crabgrass and grub control. Two major issues in New Jersey lawns! The herbicides may kill crabgrass on contact, but Sundays Lawn Control does not have a or emergent for weeds that need to be suppressed before germination - such as Japanese Silt Grass and annual Crabgrass. These things can be controlled with your heavy duty chemicals such as Trifluralin and Imidacloprid respectively. Somethings in our backyard do a lot better with chemical control instead of organic control and that is completely okay if it is done correctly.
One thing that I question with the product line is that it will become a quick fix for homeowners. The ability for plants to absorb fast acting nutrients is not the way to go, especially in the summer months, for example the turf grass goes dormant or when our shrubs stop growing. I also question the fact that it just comes in a box and you are all ready to go. When I interact with customers, I spend a lot of time with them because I educate them on what they can expect now with their lawn and where they are going with it. This limits one on one interaction between homeowner and the professionals.
Sunday Lawn Organics has a lot of potential to join the ranks of existing product lines such as Scott’s products, Espoma, Greenview products, and Bonide products but the jumping onto the trend of boxed products such as Hello Fresh for lawn care is not a good pathway at all for the Horticulture/Green Industry. I do commend Sunday Lawn Organics’s desire to be pro organic but the interaction between professional and homeowner to promote a healthy lawn is very important.