Lawn care is a very important aspect of home maintenance. Lawns need to be regularly mowed, weeded, edged, controlled for pests, and fertilized to ensure a beautiful compliment to your home. Often the amount of time needed to properly care for a lawn can be extensive. With today’s busy schedules, people often don’t have the time to care for their yard properly. Using a lawn care service is an inexpensive way to keep the yard looking nice without taking up all your free time.
Who do you pick?
There are several types of lawn care services from large professional organizations to the neighborhood kid making a few extra dollars. Who to choose will depend on the size of your lawn and what type of maintenance you’ll need. For weekly or bi weekly lawn trimmings, it is quite acceptable to choose someone at a budget price. If you are looking for more intense upkeep, look for a company that has a lot of experience in professional landscape maintenance.
Most people who opt for using a neighbor to do their regular lawn upkeep will not ask for a service contract. For this type of work, it is not necessary and even if they don’t show up, you can get another person or a professional service in without too much hassle. Make sure though, that you pay after the work is completed so you can inspect the job and ensure quality work. You may need to occasionally hire a professional to do some more sophisticated things like pest control or landscaping.
Professional lawn firms
If hiring a professional lawn service company, there are several things you should look for. Ensure they have experience in and the ability to do full service lawn care. This would include mowing, weeding, edging and fertilizing. They may also provide services such as pest control, seeding and landscape design. Choose only the services you will need on a regular basis and obtain quotes for additional items as necessary.
Most services will give you a maintenance contract that will outline the days they will come, how often they will provide service, and what services are included. These are generally done on a monthly basis for a set fee. Find out how to cancel your service and what steps need to be taken to ensure you are able to easily change if needed. Ask for and get proof of insurance. In case the company damages your lawn, you want to be sure you are covered. Check how long they have been in business, and if they have referrals check them.
Give yourself free time
A lawn care service can be an affordable way to maintain your lawn while allowing you to spend free time enjoying yourself instead of working in the yard. The best way to find a new service provider is to ask friends, family and neighbors for a recommendation. Many providers will give a discount if they are already working in the same neighborhood, so be sure to ask when you see a service provider at your neighbor’s yard.