A lawn care service can make your life easy. No more toiling in the sun, buying expensive lawn care equipment or getting overwhelmed with fertilizer choices. A professional and experienced lawn care crew can help maintain a healthy and beautiful looking lawn all year round.
5 Questions to Ask Before Selecting Professional Lawn Care Services
What Lawn Care Service Does The Provider Have Experience In?
There is a universe of diverse products and procedures involved in taking care of a lawn. Before you hire a professional lawn service, understand the range of functions they offer. Whether they would come in and mow your lawn or ensure the grass receives the required nutrients with fertilization.
Some of the standard lawn maintenance services offered by professionals are:
- Weekly mowing
- Mulching and top-dressing
- Core aeration
- Lawn rehabilitation – focussing on problems areas
- Snow removal, cleaning, prepping the lawn for spring
Other specialized services include:
- Installation and maintenance of an irrigation system
- Commercial property maintenance
- Design and development of a yard, deck, or patio
A professional service provider experienced in these services would be an ideal option. You do not want to be juggling different service care providers for varying lawn care needs.
Are The Lawn Care Products Safe To Use?
Ask if Health Canada approves the pesticides used by the service. This Canadian body assesses if all the imported, sold, or used pesticides in the country are safe to use and do not have any harmful effects on health and the environment.
When used in the appropriate amount and applied correctly, fertilizers, pesticides, and other lawn care products are safe to use. A professional crew has the skill and experience required to handle such products with the necessary precautions in place.
What Does The Lawn Care Contract Consist Of?
You now know the different lawn care procedures the service provider can handle and the products they would use for the same. The next question should be what other services are included in the contract and what services you would have to pay explicitly.
For example, you opt for a regular lawn maintenance package. Now what services are expressly included in this package? Is it mowing, trimming, fertilizing, and mulching? What happens when you notice mould and brown rot patches on your lawn? Is pre-spring lawn prep included in the contract?
An all-inclusive package would be cheaper in the long run than individually paying for different services as and when the need arises.
Where Can You Access Customer Reviews?
Most lawn service providers have customer testimonials up on their website. You can visit third party review websites to gain some insight. You could also ask them to share details on the type of projects they have undertaken or if they have worked for houses in your neighbourhood.
In this day and age, accessing customer reviews is a google search away. If a lawn care provider hesitates to share this information, look for other providers.
What Are Their Work Timings? Do You Need To Be Home While They Work?
Understandably, if you are a working homeowner; being available throughout the day is not a possibility. So check for the availability and timings of your lawn care service provider. Ask them if they do provide their services over the weekend or when you are free.
If not, is it necessary for you to be available at home? In most cases, you can make provisions with service providers to work while you are away. For that, you need to ensure they access your property if you live in a gated community.
There you have the five questions you must ask before signing up for a lawn care service. Do not hesitate to get clarity on what you get and how it helps your lawn. You are paying for a service; make the most of it.