There are quite a number of companies out there that will offer you lawn care services but all they do is mow and edge your lawns and blow the excess down your street. If you want more than this you will have to do your homework. If you are a busy working person with a family and don’t want to spend the entire weekend working in your yard, then you will need a full service company.
Once you have made a list of all the chores you want the landscaping business to do, you will want to get some references. Check with your co-workers, friends, and neighbors and see if there is someone they would recommend that would perform at least some of the services you want. Make another list of all the information these people provide you, such as the company name, phone number and some of the services they perform. Then you can start searching the yellow pages for landscape service companies in your area and write down their information also.
It would also be a good idea, when you make your list of chores, is list them in order of importance, this will help your search go a little smoother.
Here are a few things you may want to inquire about when deciding on landscaping services:
Some communities and states have their own requirements for business licensing especially if they handle chemicals for insect treatment, disease or weeds. Always ask for their state pesticide and license number to be sure they are legitimate.
Don’t let a company give you a price over the phone. You want them to come out and see everything that they will be doing and get a measurement of your yard.
Make sure you know what you are buying and examine your service agreement very carefully. Chances are you are going to have them working for you on a weekly basis. Find out what day of the week they are planning on servicing your landscape and have them stick to that day, if they cannot, you need to have them give you a call in advance. If you are paying for a weekly service you want them be there every week.
To insure that you are going to get good quality work you should have them give you some sort of written guarantee.
Make sure that the landscape service provider that you want taking care of your lawn and garden belongs to a professional lawn care association. By belonging to this type of association they will be constantly informed of new developments in safety, training, research, pest control methods and regulations. Most members of a professional lawn care association are usually bound by certain ethical codes in order to keep their membership, therefore your lawn and garden will show their pride.
An excellent idea is to check their references and find out if you could visit some of the homes they already service to see what type of work they perform and if possible check with that homeowner to find out what service maintenance they have and if they like them.
Hiring a landscape service company is not a difficult task, it is just a little time consuming depending on how deeply you, the home gardener, want to investigate the company.