Hiring a professional lawn service is often the best solution. Whether you need the service for health reasons or because you don’t have the time, or simply because you don’t feel like doing the work, you still want your yard to look good. You’re paying for a lawn service, so you deserve to be satisfied.
Set your expectations up front and not at the backend. If you and your lawn service are both on the same page, you’ll have a mutually beneficial relationship. Here are a few key questions to ask:
- At what height do you set your mower decks? (Only one-third of the grass blade length should be cut.)
- Will the same people tend to my lawn every week? You need to feel comfortable with the individuals, but this isn’t easy if different people come ever week. You also want the lawn service personnel to get to know your garden, so that there’s consistency in the quality of their work.
- Are clean-ups and line-trimming included in your lawn service?
- Do you edge around the sidewalks and driveway at least once a month?
- What is your policy about grass-cutting during or after rain? (Remember, it’s best for grass to be cut in dry conditions.)
- Are fall and spring clean-ups included, or do you charge extra? (Usually, there’s an extra charge.)
- If required, do you provide additional services such as dethatching and fertilizing?
- Do you charge per mow or do you have a flat monthly rate, irrespective of how many times you mow?