How To Decide If You Should Hire A Lawn Care Company Or Do-It-Yourself
In order to decide if you need a lawn care company, you’ll need to know what services you need! You can figure this out by knowing what problems you have, and what the solutions are.
If you don’t know what your problem is, you’ll need to either do your own research or . . . hire a lawn care company who can diagnose it.
Decide What Services You Need
There are more problems and services than just these, but this will give you an idea of what you may encounter in your yard.
Grass Won’t Grow Under A Tree
This is a common problem, and is usually due to the variety of grass not being shade-tolerant. This requires planting a more shade-tolerant variety of grass seed.
Grass Won’t Grow On A Hill
This problem usually occurs because the hill absorbs more sunlight, which dries out the grass and soil faster. Fertilization and watering, along with aeration can help the grass grow thicker to protect the soil from the sun, and the roots will become healthier so they can absorb water better and be more tolerant to the heat.
Lawn Is Overrun With Weeds
Weed control needs to be applied to your lawn, either selectively or broadly, and at multiple times throughout the spring, summer and fall to take care of different types of weeds.
Lawn Develops Brown Patches In Late Summer
These brown patches are often caused by grubs, which are the larvae of various types of beetles. They eat the roots of grass and other plants, and the best way to get rid of them is to apply a grub control in the fall and make sure your lawn is extremely healthy to discourage their growth.
Research What To Buy/Learn
Once you’ve decided what your problem is, you’ll need to research what you need to buy and what you’ll need to learn.
Whether it’s fertilizer, weed control, implements like aerators and herbicide applicators or protective masks and gloves, do your research thoroughly so you can do an effective cost analysis.
For information on how to execute some of these strategies to keep your lawn healthy, you’ll need to determine which sources of information online or locally available to you like a library are going to be your main resource, and how much time you’ll need to invest in them.
Research Lawn Care Companies
You’ll also need to research lawn care companies, and determine one or two who offer the services you are looking for, as well as ancillary services should you need them in the future. You don’t want to have to contract with two companies next year when you have a different problem!
You’ll also want to check out their online reviews, to make sure they have happy and satisfied customers and are generally in the 4-5 star range.
Determine Your Costs
Once you know what you need to purchase/learn, and you know which company you’d like to work with, you can compare true costs.
On the one side, you have the costs of the fertilizer, weed control and other products, along with the cost of any implements you need now or later, and the time you spend both researching how to use the products and implements and the time spent actually maintaining your yard.
On the other side, you have the upfront cost the lawn care company gives you, and any extras they may discuss with you.
Come To A Conclusion
Once you factor in all of the costs associated with maintaining your own lawn, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results, which will point to hiring a local lawn care company like Valley Green!
Pick up the phone or send an email today to contract with our professional lawn care company!