Summer is the time for fun, vacations and working on the lawn and garden. But not everyone has the time or enjoys mowing the grass and the upkeep of the landscaping.  A  lawn care maintenance company can help to free your weekends of this sometimes dreaded chore. If you decide to hire someone to help out with this, be sure you do your research and ask the right questions so you can make an informed decision. 

 How much does this cost?

The cost for services can very from company to company, some will provide services at a flat fee while others  provide a table or scale for lawn care.  Keep in mind, if you don’t already have the tools to maintain a lawn, the start up can be quite expensive.  Start by getting quotes and what services are offered.  A good place to start is the Professional Landcare Network.  This is an organization for lawn care, landscapers and other garden professionals.  Get a ballpark figure from them and go from there.  TruGreen offers a free lawn analysis which can give you an idea of what your lawn needs and how much this costs.  This can help you determine what services fit your budget and needs.  

What do you want to do?

Some people love to plant their flowers and mulch the beds, but hate the edging and weeding and grass cutting.  Other people would prefer to just forget about it and put the whole lot on someone else’s to do list.  If gardening is therapy for you then don’t be afraid to say all I want is someone to handle the yard.  Be clear about what you are expecting and make sure you understand what they have to offer. 

Supplies

Be sure to understand what they use on the lawn and what they provide.   Some companies package the whole care, some companies itemize.  While there is a mark-up on the products used by the lawn care professional, that is an industry standard.  After all, they had to shop, buy and store the product before it made it to your lawn.  Be sure to ask what products they will be using, particularly if you are trying to stay “green” while your lawn does the same. 

Other Services

Many lawn companies offer year around services which also include leaf removal and snow removal.  While some residents may not be in need of seasonal services, it doesn’t hurt to find out what services are offered. 

Today, everyone has a busy schedule and there may not be enough time to do yard work. Shop around to find a provider that is in your budget and that you feel comfortable with.