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Choosing Lawn Maintenance Services Easily

Author : Ryan Wolfe


If considering hiring a lawn maintenance company to take care of all or certain areas of your lawn it is important to know what services are needed from professionals. Deciding what is necessary can be difficult; if this is a hindrance for you then receiving services is a must. However, there are several options available.

Few yard maintenance companies offer complete lawn services. Some control weeds, fertilize, and spray for insects and disease, leaving the homeowner to mow, water, and fill bare areas. Other services will mow, water, rake debris, etc., but will not fertilize or control weeds. Investigate a company and consider having a representative evaluate a lawn to help make these decisions. Knowing what you want prior to hiring is the most important task you can do.

Regardless of what services you are considering receiving from a lawn maintenance company, establish good lines of communication with the firm and understand how they work. Obtaining references from neighbors who are having work done is a good way to make sure a company is reliable and does efficient work. This will weed out the garbage companies from those who are knowledgeable about what they are doing. Screen several companies to evaluate different packages that they offer and which best meets all of your needs, rather than only a few needs. A company that provides all of these services, although rare, is the best route. By using one company for all your needs there is less hassle of having to communicate with several different services and deciding schedules that work for all employees. Don't be afraid to not hire a company long term upfront. Offering a one-time service is a good way to see if you're happy with the work a company provides.

After deciding what yard maintenance is required, request a lawn inspection and free estimate of service cost from the company. If satisfied with the services offered, decide on what agreement will be made concerning the costs, how routinely yard maintenance will take place, and what results can be expected. Receive a guarantee that pesticides will be applied at all times and not only "weather permitting," since some companies will not be upfront about the fine print. All of the details should be confirmed within a written contract outlining fees of the services provided and the routine at which they will be administered. The contract may also state whether the company assures performance or will refund money if not satisfied with the outcome. Be wary of companies that promise the same or similar services of others for a lesser price. Although this may seem ideal, it is vital to remember that a lower price does not always mean a better lawn.

Completing your homework and deciding which company will provide your lawn maintenance services can go a long way and ensure you have the dream lawn. Be an educated consumer and choose a lawn care company that embraces environmentally safe practices and optimal customer care. With a little help from a professional you will be enjoying a healthy, beautiful lawn in no time.


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Ryan Wolfe is a landscape designer in Portland, Oregon. His company, Valley West Landscapes, provides landscape design, organic yard care and lawn maintenance services in Portland, Oregon.

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Tags:   landscaping, lawn care, gardening, landscape design, lawn service, organic yard care

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