Choosing a Lawn Care Service
Having a hard time deciding between professional lawn services and a DIY? First, you need to understand which parts of lawn care are the responsibility of the company, and which are yours as the homeowner. Should any of the two fail to keep their end of the bargain, it is the lawn that suffers.
Some lawn care specialists use an organic approach as an option to traditional fertilizer techniques. In any case, teamwork is essential. Some companies control weeds as well as insects and diseases, but the watering and mowing are done by the homeowner.
Yet other companies will only mow and rake debris but not fertilize the soil or control the 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 consideration to make when choosing a lawn care service is the quality of fertilizers they use, whether organic or inorganic (artificial). In conventionally fed lawns, grass plant is fed directly.
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.
Controlled-release or slow-release nitrogen fertilizers are usually recommended by experts for application periods that use traditional products. 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.
With organic products, the nutrients are released continually over time all throughout the growing season, producing the same slow-release effect that synthetic slow-release fertilizers create.
Usually part of lawn care programs is the application of a preemergence crabgrass herbicide in spring, and of broadleaf weed herbicide during spring or fall. Insecticide applications though should be performed only in the presence of a serious insect outbreak, rather than on a regular basis. For disease control, the same principle applies.
Regardless of the type of work you need, it’s crucial to have clear communication lines with your chosen lawn care service. Before you have them begin any work, be sure about what specific services they will perform, and what you will take care of. All services provided are factored into your contract price, but if you want them to take care of all the work, you can find a company that will fit this requirement.
If there are extra jobs to be done, you’d also like to ask how much they will charge for those. And very importantly, ask about their policies with regard to unsatisfactory outcomes.