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Lawn Care and Maintenance: Cost Factors

The cost of lawn maintenance will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide you with a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your landscaping professional.

This key will serve as your guide:

$0 = No additional cost
$ = Standard cost
$$ = Increased cost

Ask Yourself:

How many acres is my yard?

$ - When the yard is less than ¼ acre in size.

$$ - When the yard is between ¼ acre and 1 acre.

$$$ - When the yard is very large (over one acre).

How many visits do I need?

$ - For one lawn care visit.

$$ - For a seasonal contract or service plan (In many cases, purchasing a service package may help to save you money over the course of the season).

How frequently will the lawn need to be serviced?

$ - When the lawn is serviced once a month.

$$ - When the lawn is serviced twice a month.

$$$ - When the lawn is serviced once a week.

What is the current condition of the lawn?

$0 – When the lawn is currently in good condition.

$$ - When the lawn is severely overgrown.

$$ - When the lawn is diseased or in poor health.

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What type of services do I need?

$ - For mowing and basic lawn maintenance (includes trimming, edging, and blowing).

$$ - When additional services are needed (landscaping, aeration, mulching, lawn treatment, etc.).

Does the lawn need to be treated for disease?

$ - When no lawn treatments are applied.

$$ - When the lawn is treated for disease.

Learn More: Cost of Lawn Treatment

Does fertilizer need to be applied to the lawn?

$0 – When no fertilizer is applied.

$ - When a standard fertilizer is applied.

$$ - When an organic fertilizer is applied.

Do weeds need to be pulled?

$ - When no weeding services are needed.

$$ - When weeds are pulled.

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Are there any current pest issues (bugs, insects, rodents, etc.)?

$0 - When there are no current pest issues.

$$ - When lawn care company provides pest control services.

Are there any additional landscaping needs?

$$ - When mulch is spread.

$$ - When trees and shrubs are trimmed or pruned.

$$ - When the lawn is aerated.

Am I in need of leaf removal services?

$ - When no leaves are removed from the lawn.

$$ - When seasonal leaves are removed from the lawn.

$$$ - When seasonal leaves are removed and hauled away.

Read More: Fall Cleanup Checklist

Do the grass clippings need to be bagged and hauled away?

$ - When the grass clippings are left on the lawn or blown into the street.

$$ - When grass clippings are bagged up.

$$$ - When grass clippings are bagged up and hauled away.

Is my underground lawn sprinkler system in need of attention?

$$ - When sprinkler heads need to be replaced.

$$ - When lawn sprinklers need to be winterized.

$$ - When lawn sprinklers are re-activated for the spring.

Related: Cost of Lawn Sprinkler Installation

Ask the Pro:

1. How long do you expect it to take to complete the services?

2. Are you and your crew fully licensed and insured?

3. Do you offer any service packages or season plans?

4. How long has your company been in business?

5. Do you have any references available?

6. What is included in a standard visit?

7. Is cleanup included in the cost estimate?

8. If I have any questions, what is the best way to contact you?

9. What type of fertilizer do you use?

10. Do offer a guarantee on the services provided?

11. Are any of the products that you use potentially harmful to my pets?

12. Do you offer organic or eco-friendly services?


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ProMatcher Staff, ProMatcher
Orlando, FL 32803

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