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How to Pick a Lawn Care Company

Can’t choose between hiring professional lawn services and doing it yourself? First of all, you need to know which parts of lawn care belong to the company, and which belong to you being the property owner. 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. Sometimes, the company will only take care of controlling weeds and insects, but watering and mowing will be left to the property owner.

With other types of services, only mowing and raking of debris is done, which means no use of fertilizers or weed control. In most cases, the homeowner does the watering. In this respect, your choice of a lawn care company will depend on your needs and preferences.

Another important consideration you have to make when deciding on a lawn care service is the quality of fertilizers used, regardless of whether these are organic or inorganic (synthetic). Grass plant gets direct feeding in traditionally fed lawns.

On the other hand, organic programs create the soil structure where soil organisms live together with the grass plant, which in turn is fed by the whole system.

Controlled-release or slow-release nitrogen fertilizers are usually recommended by experts for application periods that use traditional products. Both come in dry or liquid form, which means fertilizers that are applied as liquids can be slow-release nitrogen. While more expensive, controlled-release nitrogen fertilizers, whether in liquid or dry application, will have a favorable effect on lawns.

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.

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. Insecticide applications though should be performed only in the presence of a serious insect outbreak, rather than on a regular basis. The same is true for disease control.

Regardless of the type of work you need, it’s crucial to have clear communication lines with your chosen lawn care service. Before you start with any work, be sure that you know exactly what they will do for you, and what you would like to do yourself. All provided services will be part of your contract price, so if you would like them to be responsible for all the work, be sure that the company you pick offer full services.

If there are extra jobs to be done, you’d also like to ask how much they will charge for those. And very importantly, see what policies apply when you are unsatisfied with the outcome.

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