Welcome back to the Wonderful World of Weed Man! This week, we finish up our ‘The Grass IS Greener Over There!’ series. It has been a great journey. The first of many! We wanted to finish up the series by discussing the hiring of a professional lawn care company.
If you feel that you would like better results with your lawn, or just don’t have enough time to take care of it yourself, a professional can help. Before you hire a company there is a check list of questions you should answer to see which company would be best for you. We of course humbly submit our Weed Man hat into the ring. We previously posted 10 Reasons to Choose Weed Man, for just a FEW of the MYRIAD of reasons why Weed Man is the best company. But of course, you must decide this for yourself.
Questions you should be asking when considering hiring a professional lawn care company
What are the Pros?
A Pro Will Make the Complex Simple – It makes sense to have an expert help you on your lawn. If you do it yourself, you have to ask:
- What do you put down?
- Which product is best for my lawn?
- Do I need a license for a specific product?
- Is a product that requires a license a better option for my lawn?
- How much do I put down?
- Where should I NOT put product down?
- How do I calibrate the spreader or sprayer so I don’t put too much down?
It can quickly get confusing and one can see how easily it would be to make a costly mistake. A licensed expert will help simplify matters and do the work for you!
Regular Service – We run into many customers who previously took care of the lawn, and found that they would miss needed applications. They did not have enough time, or just didn’t realize the lawn needed a regular application program. With a company you will receive all the needed treatments for your lawn within a consistent program
A Healthier Lawn – a
professional service will help you achieve a level of health and beauty in your lawn you may not have thought possible. I know from personal experience that my lawn surprises me year after year when it keeps improving.
Slow, subtle improvements show up in my lawn making it easier to maintain and more resistant to problems. Not only is it healthier, it just looks better.
Professional Knowledge and Experience – This is HUGE!
I want to stop right here so I can stand up on my soapbox for a moment:
You’d be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable person about lawns than someone who visits multiple lawns every day. Day in and day out – week in and week out – month in and month out – year after year. It takes experience and knowledge to understand how your lawn lives/dies. That experience and knowledge can go to work for you! Lawn technicians are vital to help diagnose issues when they occur and help prevent them in the first place.
The alternative? Well, most DIY’s are subject to the confusing maze of misinformation on the interwebs! Hopefully you stumbled upon a knowledgeable website such as ours.
If you are unsure of the information on the internet, you can go visit a local retailer who may or may not specialize in your lawn. We often hear commercials for local establishments who tell you to dig up a piece of your lawn and bring it in to their store to diagnose the problem. They mean well, and can definitely offer products to help you with your lawn. However, the disconnect occurs when the retail establishment offers products without the necessary knowledge/experience. This type of interaction is great for the retailer but poor for the homeowner.
Think about it: You now have a pothole in your lawn, you brought a damaged area of your lawn into a young retail professional who may or may not really know anything about lawns. (Are they licensed? How many lawns have they treated professionally or personally?) They don’t treat lawns for a living! They do however sell things for a living! You may end up buying a product for a damaged area in your lawn that possibly would have been resolved with a change in watering.
Had you had a professional come and look at the lawn in its environment and context you would get a correct diagnosis without the potholes, and the extra cost for a product that many times is not needed. Not to mention the time you spent digging the hole, driving to the store, disposing of the dug up sod, cleaning of your vehicle, and application of the product (needed or not). If you insist on digging your lawn up to seek professional lawn advice from the dog food salesman, then I have a real estate proposition to tell you about….
I will pause again to now step down from my soapbox. I appreciate the patience while I displayed a little more candor and sarcasm than usual.
The advantages of a professional lawn care service can go on and on, but let us continue to other questions you need to answer when considering hiring a professional service.
What are the Cons?
There really are only a few disadvantages to hiring a professional lawn care company:
Cost – some might consider a professional service to be expensive. However, in our experience, if you do a full program by yourself, many find that the cost is similar to having a professional service do it for you. Usually the gap in value comes when a homeowner takes care of the lawn themselves and only does one or two applications a year.
Timeliness – With some professional services you may not have perfectly timed applications or come out as quickly as you need them to. At Weed Man Boise, we work really hard to visit existing customers’ lawns within 2 business days when they call regarding a reapplication, next application, or just need an inspection.
DIY – Some homeowners just really enjoy working on their lawn. We can’t fault you there. We suggest let us help you with the heavy lifting and you can focus on the more enjoyable aspects!
What type of company should I look for?
Reputable – Are they registered with the BBB? Are they on Angie’s List? Are they associated with organizations that promote professionalism and environmental responsibility? Do they offer a guarantee? Will they be around in the future? Look for online reviews. Take a look at their social media. A reputable company should have a good history and a good amount of reviews.
Licensed and Insured – Does the company have technicians who are licensed to apply products on the lawn? An applicators license is required in the State of Idaho for a professional company to apply pesticides on your lawn. If they do not have a licensed technician, I would run the other way.
Do They Partner with Me? – A good company will help you with suggestions on mowing and watering. To have a great lawn, it does take a partnership between the homeowner and the lawn care company. As a homeowner, you see your lawn every day, and have more involvement with watering and mowing. Your company should help educate on best practices.
If you have considered or are currently considering hiring a professional lawn care service, our hope is this article will help direct you in making the right decision. Consider firing yourself, and hiring a lawn care company. Better yet, hire Weed Man! For further information visit www.weedmanboise.com or call 208-888-9911.