How to Hire a Professional Lawn Care Service
Can’t choose between hiring professional lawn services and doing it yourself? First, you need to understand which parts of lawn care are the responsibility of the company, and which are yours as the homeowner. Both sides must do their end of the bargain, or the lawn might suffer.
Some lawn care specialists use an organic approach as an option to traditional fertilizer techniques. In both cases, teamwork is basic for success. Some companies control weeds and probably insects and diseases, and leave the mowing and watering to the homeowner.
Yet other types of services only mow and rake debris but they don’t fertilize or control weeds. In most cases, the homeowner does the watering. In the end, your choice of a lawn care service will depend on your needs and the amount or type of gardening work that you can do.
Another important part of choosing a lawn care company is looking at the quality of the fertilizers used, no matter if these are organic or inorganic (synthetic). 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.
For application periods in which traditional products are used, experts recommend 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.
Using organic products, nutrients are consistently released throughout the whole growing season, creating the same slow-release effect which slow-release fertilizers are popular for.
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. However, insecticide applications must only be made during a serious insect outbreak instead of on a regular basis. The same applies to disease control.
No matter what type of work you want, you have to establish clear communication lines with the lawn care company you choose. 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, ask about their policies with regard to unsatisfactory outcomes.