Choosing a Lawn Care Service
Can’t decide if you must hire a professional lawn service or do the job yourself? First, you need to understand which parts of lawn care are the responsibility of the company, and which are yours as the homeowner. Should any of the two fail to keep their end of the bargain, it is the lawn that suffers.
Some lawn care specialists use an organic approach as an option to traditional fertilizer techniques. In both cases, teamwork is basic for success. Sometimes, the company will only take care of controlling weeds and insects, but watering and mowing will be left to the property owner.
With other types of services, only mowing and raking of debris is done, which means no use of fertilizers or weed control. Usually, watering is left to the property owner. In the end, you will have to pick a lawn care service based on your needs and how much work you can contribute.
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.
Organic programs, on the other hand, build the soil structure in which soil organisms and the grass plant live, and this system in turn feeds the grass plant.
In the case of application periods where traditional products are used, experts generally suggest slow-release or controlled-release nitrogen fertilizers. The two may come in either liquid or dry form, which means even if fertilizers are applied as liquid, they can also be slow-release. 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.
Lawn care programs usually include an application of a preemergence crabgrass herbicide during spring, and of broadleaf weed herbicide application either in spring or fall. Insecticide applications, however, must only be made if there is a serious insect outbreak, and should not be done regularly. The same applies to disease control.
Whatever type of services you are interested in, you need to maintain clear communication lines with the company you decide to work with. Before any work begins, make sure you understand what exactly they will do and which lawn care practices will be up to you. All provided services will be part of your contract price, so if you would like them to be responsible for all the work, be sure that the company you pick offer full services.
If there are extra jobs to be done, you’d also like to ask how much they will charge for those. And very importantly, ask about their policies with regard to unsatisfactory outcomes.