How to Choose a Lawn Care Service
If you do not have the time to take care of your lawn or you simply do not enjoy working in the yard, there are several lawn maintenance providers to choose from. When choosing a provider it is important to take into consideration the price, their reputation and the type of lawn care service provided.
If you only want the grass mowed and the weeds pulled once each week, it is often more price effective to ask your neighbors if there are any local teenagers that will do the work. However, if you want additional services such as landscaping, fertilizing or planting, a professional landscape company is the best resource. Professional companies vary in price, so it will be in your best interest to call several companies for a quote, but keep in mind that the lowest price isn’t always going to be the best for your lawn. The majority of landscaping companies will offer a package deal or discounts for additional services. For example, if you hire a company to mow the lawn once each week, but also want flowers planted at the beginning of the season, ask if the company offers discounted products and/or labor.
Most states require lawn maintenance providers to be licensed, so when calling for quotes ask if the company is licensed. Contact the Better Business Bureau to find out if the company being considered is in good standing or if there are negative ratings on their record. Ask neighbors or friends and family for recommendations. Always meet with the provider before hiring them and get a written contract that specifies exactly what services will be provided, how often and the price you will be charged. Many providers charge for additional services such as using organic products, so make sure to inquire about this before signing a contract.
Type of Service Provided
Before contacting a lawn care provider, it will be helpful to make a list of the tasks you want done. For example, if you are going to mow the lawn, but want a company to do the fertilizing or weeding, make sure you specify exactly what services you want. Inquire about the type of pesticides and chemicals that will be used and if you prefer organic products only, make sure to only hire a company that guarantees to use only natural products. The philosophies and methods of a company can determine the health of your lawn. Ask how often they fertilize do they automatically spray for pests or is it a separate service. Make sure the company you hire guarantees their work, in case there is any damage to the lawn, shrubs or plants.
Your lawn is the first impression visitors have of your home, so take your time and only hire a professional lawn company that you are comfortable with. Always make sure the contract clearly specifies how often services will be provided and the exact services you expect to be done. Verify the provider’s credentials and use caution about giving out information such as when you will be away for a long period of time.
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