Hi there! Thanks for checking out Lawn Phix. I’m Mark Marino — the owner, operator, and President of Lawn Phix Inc. This is your go-to resource for all things lawn care, weed control, soil health, and turf nutrition. It’s also where I review products, give personal anecdotes, and offer science-backed suggestions for creating green and vibrant lawns.
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I specialize in two core areas:
- Lawn Care and Weed Control: I take pride in transforming plain-Jane yards into the greenest grasses on the block. My nutrition-first approach creates a healthy, weed-free lawn that stands out in any neighborhood. I also write comprehensive guides on microbiology and weed species so you can better understand the health of your lawn.
- Soil Health and Turf Nutrition: I believe a vibrant lawn starts with a strong foundation beneath the surface. I’m passionate about nurturing soil health and optimizing turf nutrition, creating an ideal environment for grass to thrive. I also write reviews and share decades of experience, so you’re better equipped to diagnose yard issues.
My Associations & Professional Affiliations
- Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Pesticide License List: Number AL-0053865
- Registered Trademark Serial Number 97675516
Why Should You Trust Me?
I’m the proud owner of a Massachusetts Core Applicator License and a Massachusetts Pesticide License. I’ve also taken courses from the UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, which, combined with my degrees as a nutritionally-focused chef, allows me to revitalize lawns of any size.
I have 20+ years of experience working with nutrition. I also have decades of experience applying top-notch lawn care products to my own yard. I’ve personally tested over 100 products and reviewed dozens of different tools for lawn remediation.
As an insured, accredited, and award-winning lawn care provider, I’ve never seen a lawn I couldn’t ‘phix.’
Your lawn is a canvas, and I take pride in turning it into a work of art. I don’t just want to ‘fix’ your yard — I want to show you what I do so we can reclaim your soil health.
I also don’t accept pay-to-play from other businesses. All opinions and suggestions are 100% my own, with total transparency into what, why, and how I tested various products.
I’m an independent company and an independent reviewer. I take great pride in my authenticity, and make a point of disclosing tips and techniques to help you make informed decisions.
No need to take my word for it, though. Just read my 5-star reviews on Google.
I’ve been drawn to turf and soil biology ever since I was young. I graduated in 1999 with a degree in culinary arts from Newbury College, and a Bachelors Degree from SNHU in 2016. But after spending decades in the Boston culinary scene, I began to realize I had another calling — remediating lawns with holistic, natural nutrition.
To my great honor, I won the July 2019 Jonathan Green “Show Us Your Lawn” contest. After having the greenest grass on the block for years and helping neighbors with their lawn care questions, I realized it was time to go professional.
I took courses from UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, then received my Applicator (Core) License from the Department of Agricultural Resources in March 2022. Today, I serve hundreds of customers in MA and serve more than 2.5 million square feet of commercial and residential lawns.
My nutrition experience as a chef has paid dividends on my journey to turf nutrition. I now focus on a hybrid-organic lawn care plan with sustainable products for soil, its microbiology, and the environment. As a fully insured owner-operator, it’s my goal to provide the best nutrition-based lawn care services to home and business owners alike.
Beyond the lawn, I’m a family man. I’ve been married to Leanne for over 10 years, and together have three wonderful children and a loyal dog named Boston. I now live and work in the Bellingham area — although you might find me dreaming of ice fishing in Maine.
My Recommended Products & Tools
I only settle for the best when it comes to lawn remediation. I prefer proven products and top-notch equipment, including the Turfco T3100, Flowzone Typhoon backpack sprayers, and Lesco 80# spreader, ensuring precision in every application.
If you’re just getting started with nutrition-based lawn care, I recommend some of my favorite top-of-the-line lawn care products:
- 16-2-3 Screamin’ Green fertilizer
- Barricade pre-emergent herbicide
- On Deck post-emergent herbicide
- Acelepryn insecticide (grub control)
- Armada WDG fungicide
- Kelp4Less Green Lawn & Turf
- Liquid yucca
I’m happy to give details about my personal experience with these products. Just send me a message to learn more.
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How We Make Money (Online)
I don’t receive funding from the brands recommended here. Instead, I use affiliate links and advertisers to provide unbiased content and trustworthy guides.
If you buy something from one of my affiliate links, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. I’ve personally used these products myself and provided an honest opinion on every product I review. This helps to support my site and its free content, lawn care guides, and calendars.
You can learn more about my affiliate program here.
Lawn Phix is a one-man show run by Mark. What started as a hobby has become a business that I run independently. I outsource the help of human editors to help with the final touches, but I publish everything, including all content on the website, emails, social media, and everything in between.
Absolutely zero guest posts are allowed on Lawn Phix, and nothing is written or touched by robots or AI. Lawn Phix has been my pride, joy, and passion since 2019, and I continue to hold its standards and core values high.
Still Have Questions?
Lawn Phix is more than just a lawn care service; it’s also a commitment to excellence. Join me on a journey to transform your outdoor space into a lush and vibrant haven.
You can reach me at (508) 500-8402 to discuss the specifics of your lawn. Otherwise, you can:
- Follow Lawn Phix on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, X (Twitter), Pinterest, Reddit, The Lawn Forum, and LinkedIn
- Connect with me on LinkedIn or email me at [email protected]
Browse my 200+ lawn care posts for inspiration and advice
Massachusetts Core Applicator License (PDF)
Mark Marino passed the Massachusetts core applicator license exam with a 97% score. This license has allowed Lawn Phix to apply fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides to residential and commercial properties in Massachusetts through 2024.Mark-Marino-Core-Pesticide-License-Massachusetts-2