9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring A Lawn Care Service
9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Lawn Care Service
- How long have you been in business?
Experience comes at a premium, and I think in most cases homeowners and property managers tend to seek out the budget contractors. Those who will work for $30 an hour or even less tend to have less experience, and are simply looking for the best possible way to get their foot in the door. The trouble with brand new companies, is that most are fly-by-night, inexperienced individuals. While, they can push a mower around their home, that doesn't always qualify to care for your precious lawn.
We constantly hear horror stories about hiring a lawn care service, only to find out the following week they picked up and skipped town, and sometimes ask for a down payment to cover the first 3 services. For example: If you are charged $80 per service, some companies ask for $240 down payment, that covers the first (3) three visits, then monthly billing thereafter. This is a common practice in brand new companies that don't have capital to purchase equipment, so they ask for a down-payment, utilize those funds to purchase equipment so they can fulfill their contractual obligations.
2. What types of lawn care services do you offer?
There is a common misconception that all lawn care service providers are exactly the same. However, that's actually quite the opposite, very few contracts are exactly alike. Some companies use different types of blades based on the type of lawn. The four types of blades include:
Medium Lift Blade: Typically the straight edged blades that are used most commonly when the horsepower is an issue or with smaller engines. Medium lift blades are most commonly equipped on these smaller lawn tractors or zero-turn models with smaller engines having lower horsepower.
Low Lift Blade: This blade requires less power, produces less noise and overall the least amount of dust. This is the ideal blade when terrain is dusty or sandy high suction isn't necessary. Most dust and sandy pulled into the deck can progressively speed up the wear and tear of mower decks, blades and components.
High Lift Blade: These are the most common types of blades on the market as it is the blade responsible for creating the freshest cut. These blades require much more horsepower and generally used on much larger engine types and upgraded models, vs the lawn tractors or push mowers.
Mulching Blade: Mulching blades are ideal for lawns that have a more consistent and common mowing, every 3-4 days, versus every 7 to 10 days. Mulching blades pulls the grass into the deck and cut them more times over before dispersing them onto the lawn. Mulching grass clippings is the most environmentally friendly way of dealing with clippings. Mulching the organic matter returns nutrients back into the trees and grass and stored into the leaves and grass blades. This is especially important in areas that experience droughts often and/or periods of low rain and precipitation.
Each blade provides a different type of cut, function, and overall end result. While you may have a nice and clean lawn that is mowed to 3", some blades allow the clippings to return to the lawn to nourish the soil, others blow the clippings away, and many other unique functions. That's just the cutting of the grass and which blades used.
Lawn care companies provide weed eating, which is using the battery-powered or gas-powered option that provides a thin strings of plastic. These trimmer strings can be:
Rounded Trimmer Line: The most common household type of trimmer line. Round lines tend to tear the grass and rougher weeds versus creating a cleaner cut. In some cases, round trimmer line is responsible for regenerating less desirable weeds and/or killing grass along walkways and landscaped areas.
Twisted Trimmer Line: Twisted trimmer line reduces breakage and creates a clear cut than a rounded trimmer line, but isn't the best option.
Edged Trimmer Line: The edged trimmer line typically comes as the square line, 5-point or 6-point lines for a much cleaner cut for trimming grass and tough weeds. This is a more efficient way to weed eat as you don't need to trim the same area over and over again to create that clean cut.
Serrated Trimmer Line: The serrated trimmer line is the most ideal trimmer line. It creates the cleanest possible cut, and reduced possibility of grass developing a disease or weeds regenerating faster and stronger.