Do you dream of having a lawn like the ones you see in home magazines or on TV? Probably, everyone does. However, regardless of your efforts and countless hours spent in mowing and weeding, your lawn isn’t even close to the one you were trying to achieve. 

As much as you hate giving up your hobby and aspiration to become a gardener, sometimes it’s better to just leave the job to professionals. There are plenty of lawn care companies, providing care and maintenance of your garden in the area where you live. For example, if you live in the south of Virginia, you can easily find this type of companies, such as Lenard’s Lawn Care Service of Virginia Beach

Some of these providers still use old-fashioned equipment while others use the latest tools. Anyway, you shouldn’t disregard the ones which don’t look modern to you.  Do a thorough check on each provider prior to hiring it, as the health and exterior look of your lawn will be in its hands. 

These tips will help you in finding the right one for you. 

Begin your search early 

When looking for a lawn care company, you should start looking for potential candidates a few months before you request their services, For instance, the best time to start your search would be in winter as the season of gardening services begins in early spring. It’s important to enter the companies’ schedules, so that they call you for an estimate when the time comes.

You can find candidates in various ways. If you like the garden of someone in your neighborhood, you can ask them to tell you more about its provider and the experience they had with it so far. You can actually, visually assess their work, by looking at the yard itself. That’s the most reliable proof you can get.  

In case you aren’t the type of person to ask your neighbors, friends or family for advice, there’s always the possibility to do an online research by reading reviews and visiting companies’ websites.

Schedule an estimate

After selecting couple of lawn care providers, the next step is to schedule an estimate to determine the cost of their services. This estimate is usually free, as it’s in the companies’ interest to persuade you to become their client. 

Ask them about the annual cost of hiring them as well as the cost per single service. The price will depend on the size of your garden, the required materials and labor and all the additional expenses such as gas or the time spent in travelling to get to your house. Visit this page to see what an accurate estimate should include.

Schedule several estimates in order to compare prices between competitors and find the one which fits your budget.

Inquire about their education, license and insurance

Although you believe that lawn care is nothing more than mowing, weeding and edging, it’s actually much more than that. There should be at least one agronomy expert who would truly understand the types of techniques required to maintain the yard all-year-round as well as the use of pesticides.

Moreover, it’s essential for the company to be licensed and insured. Unlicensed providers may cause problems with the law and therefore they cost cheaper. Having proper insurance is also extremely important in case some of the workers get injured while working on your lawn. 

Ask questions

Upon meeting the lawn care professionals, ask all the questions you believe are relevant to hiring them. Ask them about their experience, the type of equipment they have or about the pesticides and fertilizers they use. You can also ask them about the payment method and the way of communication with their clients.  

Check this link: https://www.angieslist.com/articles/7-questions-ask-hiring-landscaper.htm, to get an idea of which questions to ask. Don’t be shy; you have every right to gather information on their services. 

Conclusion

Hiring a lawn care company can be a challenging task if you want your garden to be taken care of by real professionals. 

Ask for referrals, get an estimate, check the license and insurance policy and most important of all, ask questions!