I'm not sure if it's just me, but is anybody else noticing a huge increase in homeowners and the unqualified undertaking their own weed control using professional products, leading to a decrease in work?
I have been trying to rebuild my business with a focus on specialist weed control of invasive species such as JKW and horsetail plus some rescue lawn treatments (trying to go more organic with lawn care), but I now have potential customers phoning me asking for advise on how to control weeds as they've purchased products online such a Kurtail and Provantage, and they haven't been able to manage it.
The same issues are popping up in various lawn care and gardening groups with the general public recommending products they've purchased without any controls from most of the well known companies we all use. It starting to grind on me because I put every control in place and use herbicides as a last resort, but then I have to wonder who's at fault.
I know the suppliers need to generate sales, but by selling to unqualified individauls they're impacting on the professionals who undertake this as their main source of revenue, plus their helping add to the ever growing impacts of pesticides. If we go to the time and effort of undertaking and observing the codes of practice, should the suppliers and government not be implementing tougher restrictions on the sales of products?