How to Pick a Lawn Care Company
Can’t decide if you must hire a professional lawn service or do the job yourself? First off, understand which areas of lawn care are the job of the company, and which are yours. Should any of the two fail to keep their end of the bargain, it is the lawn that suffers.
Some lawn care companies follow an organic program as an option to the typical fertilizer programs used today. Either way, teamwork is a must. Some companies control weeds as well as insects and diseases, but the watering and mowing are done by the homeowner.
Yet other types of services only mow and rake debris but they don’t fertilize or control weeds. Generally, the property owner takes care of the watering. In this respect, your choice of a lawn care company will depend on your needs and preferences.
Another important consideration to make when choosing a lawn care service is the quality of fertilizers they use, whether organic or inorganic (artificial). When you talk about traditionally fed lawns, the focus is on direct feeding of the grass plant.
On the other hand, organic programs build the soil structure in which the soil organisms and grass plants thrive, and in turn, the grass plant is fed by the entire system.
In the case of application periods where traditional products are used, experts generally suggest slow-release or controlled-release nitrogen fertilizers. Both come in dry or liquid form, which means fertilizers that are applied as liquids can be slow-release nitrogen. Even if the cost is higher, lawns will reap benefits from liquid or dry application, controlled-release nitrogen.
With organic products, the nutrients are released continually over time all throughout the growing season, producing the same slow-release effect that synthetic slow-release fertilizers create.
Typically part of lawn care programs is applying a preemergence crabgrass herbicide during spring, and a broadleaf weed herbicide either in spring or fall. However, insecticide applications must only be made during a serious insect outbreak instead of on a regular basis. For disease control, the same principle applies.
Regardless of the type of work you need, it’s crucial to have clear communication lines with your chosen lawn care service. Before any work begins, make sure you understand what exactly they will do and which lawn care practices will be up to you. Know that all services they provide are included in your contract price, so if you would like them to do all the work, that may be possible with certain companies.
For extra jobs, if any, also inquire how much you are expected to pay. And very importantly, know what the policies will be for unsatisfactory results.