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Choosing a Lawn Care Service

Can’t decide if you must hire a professional lawn service or do the job yourself? First, you need to understand which parts of lawn care are the responsibility of the company, and which are yours as the homeowner. Both sides must do their end of the bargain, or the lawn might suffer.

There are lawn care companies that work with an organic approach as an alternative to using conventional fertilizers. Either way, teamwork is a must. Sometimes, the company will only take care of controlling weeds and insects, but watering and mowing will be left to the property owner.

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, you will have to pick a lawn care service based on your needs and how much work you can contribute.

Another important part of choosing a lawn care company is looking at the quality of the fertilizers used, no matter if these are organic or inorganic (synthetic). When you talk about traditionally fed lawns, the focus is on direct feeding of the grass plant.

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.

For application periods in which traditional products are used, experts recommend slow-release or controlled-release nitrogen fertilizers. 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.

Using organic products, nutrients are consistently released throughout the whole growing season, creating the same slow-release effect which slow-release fertilizers are popular for.

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, however, must only be made if there is a serious insect outbreak, and should not be done regularly. The same applies to disease control.

Whatever type of services you are interested in, you need to maintain clear communication lines with the company you decide to work with. 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. Know that all services they provide are included in your contract price, so if you would like them to do all the work, that may be possible with certain companies.

For extra jobs, if any, also inquire how much you are expected to pay. And very importantly, know what the policies will be for unsatisfactory results.

Learning The “Secrets” of Homes

Learning The “Secrets” of Homes