Nurturing a thick, healthy lawn can be a lot of sweaty, dirty work. Between weeding and dethatching, watering and feeding, aerating, top dressing and dealing with pests, you can easily spend a large portion of your spring and summer weekends devoted to lawn care.
But the thing is, while some homeowners genuinely enjoy the feeling of satisfaction that comes with successfully maintaining a lush, weed-free lawn we would rather spend our sunny Saturdays hauling a golf bag along the green than dragging a bag of fertilizer across the lawn.
So, let’s take a look at lawn care services!
At this time of year, finding a lawn care service couldn’t be easier. In fact, they’re out there looking for you! Perhaps you’ve received a few phone calls, some flyers and maybe even a knock at the door?
The question is how do you know which lawn care service to choose? Here are a few things to consider:
You will find that most lawn care companies offer a standard suite of services. Typically these services include a free estimate, fertilization and weed control.
What you want to pay attention to is what they offer in addition to these services and whether or not you genuinely believe that you need them. Additional services may include insect control, aeration, overseeding and possibly more. The key is to look into what these services are beforehand. That way you will be able to more accurately choose the level of service you truly need.
You should also look into how frequently the treatments are applied. Is it a one-time application, or do they have a season-long program?
If you run in to a lawn company that does not offer some sort of guarantee, you might not want to do business with them. A reputable lawn health specialist will offer a service guarantee. Typically, it will involve a treatment reapplication if you are not satisfied with the results.
Another thing to pay attention to is the contract –specifically the renewal policies. Contracts that roll over to the next season are a very common practice in the lawn care industry. Even some of the most reputable companies adhere to this practice, so be sure to make note of your service’s policy up front. If they do auto renew, you will need to contact them and cancel at the end of the season if you do not want to continue.
Technicians and Customer Service
When you take a look at the websites for each company you’re considering, try to look for any mention of the training their lawn application technicians receive. Some companies, particularly the core aeration people, tend to hire teams of students and send them out to knock on doors. This isn’t to say that there isn’t some training that takes place, but you really do need to be aware of what you’re paying for.
You will also want to consider the customer service and reputation of each company. Ask about things like cancellation policies, whether or not they notify you before coming out for each treatment and most of all, whether or not they are licensed and fully insured.
If you’re considering contracting the services of a lawn care specialist, be sure to do your homework first. Visit their respective websites, ask around and look for online reviews like those you will find here at EiEiHome.