Here are some helpful tips to consider when searching for a lawn maintenance provider this spring.

  1.  Insurance: You should request to see this from any potential lawn company.  Many solo guys, and even bona-fide companies, advertise they are licensed and insured.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  Request a copy of their insurance before allowing them to service your lawn.
  2. Equipment:  Residential yard require smaller equipment than larger commercial properties.  Make sure the company you go with is not putting an overly-heavy zero-turn mower on your yard.  That heavy mower can tear up your lawn and create drive tracks after only a few services.  In addition to that, the big commercial mower may have just been used to cut a big 5-acre weed field.  Just make sure that the equipment being used on your residential yard is of appropriate size.
  3. Contracts:  Some companies require clients to sign year-round contracts to do business with them.  This is always good for the company, but it may not necessarily be a good thing for you.  You could end up paying a lot during the winter months, when frankly, you don’t need service.  Really look and compare to see if signing up for a full year contract is beneficial to you.
  4. Services Offered:  It’s a pain to have one company cut your grass, another company do the hedges, and yet another pull weeds and and mulch to the flower beds.  Make sure to ask up front what all services a company offers before doing business with them.  This is especially true if you’re signing a contract.  You don’t want to be making phone calls later in the season to another lawn company, because you find out that your lawn guy won’t trim the hedges.
  5. Employee Background Checks:  Many lawn care companies will hire the first individual they can find off Craigslist.  Not good.  Any individual who sets foot on your property, or has access to a gate code, needs to be of sound character.  Make sure the company you go with vets their employees and has a low rate of employee turnover.

There are the items we hear the most often when new clients join our company.  Hope this can be of help to you when making a decision.