Most homeowners take pride in their lawn – a lush, green weed-free lawn is high on their wish list, but many people just don’t have the time, energy or knowledge to make it a reality. That’s where a landscape professional can help. When it comes to hiring a lawn care company, most people are looking for the same three things: the best price, the best quality and the best service. As with any service company, doing your research is important to ensure you hire a reputable and experienced team of professionals. Lawn care companies are not all created equal; To find the right one for you, there are a few questions to ask and things to look out for.
Are They Insured?
This should be the number one thing you look for when doing your research. Hiring your neighbor’s teenage son to mow the lawn, or paying a small team under-the-table, may be cheaper, but it could have major consequences. Any serious injury that occurs on your property could result in a bill being sent to you or a claim on your homeowners insurance. If someone runs over the sprinkler system or shatters a window on accident, you’ll be the one stuck paying for it.
What’s Their Reputation?
After checking to see if a company is insured, do some research on their reviews and reputation and ask for references. Hearing from current customers is a great way to learn if the company truly delivers on their promises. Ask about reliability, professionalism, and results of their work.
While online reviews can often be unreliable, it’s also another way get to know the business before you hire them. Read through the good and the bad reviews and pay attention to what people are saying. It’s only natural for a business to have a few negative comments mixed in with the good, so don’t be deterred by one bad review. Grasshopper Gardens is proud to have hundreds of satisfied customer and over a four-star rating on popular sites such as Houzz, Facebook, Google and Yelp.
Be Weary of Chemicals
If possible, look into the fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals the company uses. Knowing what is being put on your lawn and why is something every homeowner should know to protect children and pets. At Grasshopper Gardens, we offer organic fertilizers, grass mixtures, soils, and tick treatments to minimize the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Any chemicals that are used should be applied by licensed professionals. Learn if your area requires prior notification, signage on the lawn, or personal notification and ensure that the company you’re interested in provides the necessary notification. Some lawn care services may try to convince you to fertilize your lawn more than necessary which is expensive and potentially damaging. Learn how often to fertilize your lawn so you’re not taken advantage of!
One way to weed out (pun intended) the good from the bad is to ask, “how often do you sharpen your blades?”. An experienced company will tell you every 1-2 days. An inexperienced company either won’t have an answer or will tell you every 3+ days. Grass cut with a dull blade will look tattered and brown. Sharp blades are incredibly important to achieve the professional look you desire and to get your moneys worth.
With so many options out there, these questions will help you find the best lawn care company for your needs. Grasshopper Gardens has over 20 years of experience maintaining lawns in Saratoga County and the Capital Region and our team of professionals is ready to help you get the beautiful lawn you deserve.
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