This page has our; contact info, mission statement, why we're the original/only, FAQ, franchise info, and ideas about 'non profit'.
We currently only serve Eugene and Portland, Oregon.
If you don't live in Portland and want to learn how you can have a moss lawn, see our Outside Eug & PDX page.
The best way to contact us is email: email@example.com
Our mail address is PO box: POB 903, Eugne, OR 97440.
We don't have a physical office or store.
We give our clients our cell phone number.
The Original Spray Maintenance Company mission statement:
Our mission is to help millions of people globally feel empowered about taking control of our chemical use and contribution to air-pollution*, by sharing our low cost organic spray maintenance service for grass/weed control, and mossy lawn conversion to all moss- moss lawns.
FaQaA (Frequently asked Questionsand Answers)
What's the most important thing you do? It's about YOU having a choice to be part of our special mission. We are not about less weeds, or more moss-only lawns. Sure that's what we do. But the meaningful thing is we offer individual people hope. When people face our powerlessness, and take conrol- special things happen. We're good for you- choosing you personal responsibility for air pollution*. Good for you- choosing to pay us for ongoing service. Good for you- choosing to think about grass lawns. Good for you- choosing to livv without weedz.
What spray do you use to kill grass and weeds but not moss? It's a trade secret we keep confidential. It is organic, registered with OMRI & USDA approved. Organic sprays have been available since before non-organic options. Our mission is to organically spray to rid the world of weeds, not to hope everyone who has already had that opportunity suddenly does- we make it easy.
So you're a bunch of organic environmentalists? Not that there's anything wrong with that, but environmentalism is not the point. The point is people take control of one small part of our lives. Stopping weeds any other way than TOSMC costs more, and is inefficient. Systemic sprays aren't practical- weed seeds are in the air. Pre-emergent chemicals aren't practical- weed seeds are in the air. Property owners have better things to do than spend time fighting weeds.
So everyone hasn't figured out weeds and TOSMC has? Do you think each person is supposed to get perfect everything about life? Or, consider the point here- we're each busy and doing our best? TOSMC is like any product or service- we took time to figure out something for you. Beware- there's other people who figured out not practical stuff for you to spend your money and time on.
You have specific service areas, because of cyclists? Yes we are non-motorized, employing cyclists, but will use city buses because they travel routes anyway.
What is the asterisk about in air pollution*? We hope you ask us about that after becoming a client.
Are you anti-lawns? Yes but not all of them. The better point is, we're pro-people. We conservatively estimate each year globally there are around 1,000,000,000 home size lawns (including municipal & business) being mowed for a total of around 20,000,000,000 hours of mowing. At 30x more pollution than cars that's around 60,000,000,000 hours of polluting because of turf grass lawns, conservatively. Even if TOSMC instantly succeeded in our global mission, the effect environmentally would not be significant, compared to fossil fuels burned in international trade, industry, etc. So, it's a matter of individual choice- pollute or not. The point is- it feels good to be good and we give YOU that choice.
You don't do anything with lawns except convert ones with a lot of moss to moss only? Yeah because our mission does not include making grass lawns nice.
What's your relationship to pottedchristmastrees.org and are you anti-xmas trees? That's simple, we are owned by the same founders, we promote artificial, cut and potted trees for specific uses, they are all great, there should be hardly any artificial, around 1/10th less cut, and around 20% more potted.
What kinds of moss do you put in the areas of my lawn that I want moss in?The best answer is, 'the kind you already have'. We'll take bits of moss from your property and transplant them on areas you want moss to grow. What if your service doesn't work for me?We understand you are asking that because this is a new idea. We choose our clients carefully and communicate in writing with a contract, including a money back guarantee. We don't use a synthetic systemic spray so we don't, initially, kill the grass roots, so it'll grow back if you cancel our service soon.
Can I do the maintenance on my own? That's your choice to buy at a higher cost, buy/use your own tank, and spend your leisure time spraying. We do maintenance to make sure our clients are proud of their property and our service.
I love moss- can you make it grow anywhere, like on my retaining wall and big stones i have? Usually. We understand & transplant moss, it's not hard. It might take a while, up to a year, for moss to grow and spread.
Are you a legitimate company?We are just starting business in April '17. Pioneer with us and together we'll be legit in '18. We're gonna be in the national media someday- because of the non-mowing angle, oh yeah.
How are the costs of your services determined?Per square foot and how many minutes we visit. We only need to cover the concentrate bulk spray, near minimum wage labor (no skill, easy, cycling mainly), and (super low) overhead. We hope that we would be saving you time and money verses doing it yourself.
Are you guys experts in this?Yes and no. Yes because we're the only ones doing this. And yes becauseknow more and have more experience than almost all folks. We don't think of ourselves as experts because working with Nature is humbling. Basically our idea is pretty simple- spray and weeds go away.
Your website has a '.org' instead of '.com', are you guys a nonprofit?Yes and no. If you mean are we a do good group (charitable purpose) that is in it for the love more than money- yes. If you mean are we a registered corporation that pays tax on our income and has a board of directors (bureaucracy) then- no, we're not a nonprofit (corporation). Our mission of anti-mowing is what qualifies us to qualify for nonprofit status, because we have a charitable purpose (no mow). We haven't applied yet.
Please feel free to email us any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ideas on "non-profit"
(We're not experts on law so the following is meant as a guideline.)
The main reason we think we are a nonprofit is because we have a charitable mission- rid world-wide property of grass/weeds organically for less polluting grass and less polluting mowing.
Please forgive the following over simplifying (it's to make a point about "charitable purpose, taxation, and costs to qualify)... Almost all folks think nonprofits are 'groups'. Well every nonprofit is a business that can also be a corporation. Nonprofits have a boards of directors. Everyone who makes money through the operation of a nonprofit business pays the same income tax as everyone who works in the private sector. The main distinguishing criteria is that nonprofits perform a charitable cause. Seriously, why is the owner/operator of a convenience store in a dangerous neighborhood not a charitable cause- he provides food for people while risking his life and finances!
We're not registered as a nonprofit with the State. It costs like $2,000 and more than a few hours to file for nonprofit status. All legally designated nonprofits are businesses that are corporations. 'Profit' is most best understood as income above expenses. A nonprofits expenses include employees and board members wages, any money at the end of the year above those set limits goes into growing the business, not to shareholders. Profit above expenses can go to increasing expenses (employee wages) the next year. Employees of nonprofits pay income tax on their wages. OHSU hospital is a nonprofit and is the largest employer in the Portland metro area.
We convert mossy lawns into moss only which reduces lawn mowing which is fighting global warming which a lot of nonprofit groups do. We say our charitable purpose is that we 'increase the number of people honoring our role with Nature, some even quit mowing'. Doesn't that sound like something a nonprofit (group) would do?
The main benefits of nonprofit registration are tax breaks, get things donated and people to volunteer. If TOSMC was a nonprofit we could get more press, more cooperation from bureaucracies, people volunteering and stuff given to us. If people volunteer we could charge less for everything we offer. It's just a matter if we qualify to be a nonprofit, if we apply to be a nonprofit and then if we're designated by the state as a nonprofit.
Getting nonprofit status is not a hill the owner of TOSMC wants to climb. Someday someone might become part of TOSMC and help us get us nonprofit status.