Lawn Maintenance Service: What to Expect from the Pros

Hiring a lawn maintenance service is an easy way to save you time and money.  It takes a lot of time to mow and maintain your lawn equipment.  So, what should you expect from the professionals?

What is a lawn maintenance service?

A lawn maintenance service is a company that provides professional and experienced lawn care services to residential and commercial customers.  Lawn care services can mean a variety of things, such as:

  • Mowing, Trimming & Edging
  • Mulching
  • Tree Trimming
  • Weed Removal
  • Shrub / Bush Trimming
  • Leaf Clean Up and Removal
  • Flower Bed Design & Other Light Landscaping Services

The specific services a lawn maintenance service offers will vary from company to company.

What is the lawn maintenance service process?

Lawn maintenance service companies typically follow a similar routine:

  1. Clean up / remove any obstructions from the property, including trash, brush, limbs, objects, etc.
  2. Mow the bulk of the property
  3. Trim around obstructions, objects and other tight areas
  4. Edge all sidewalks and driveways
  5. Blow the grass and debris off of all concrete and roadways

What is the cost to hire a lawn maintenance service?

The cost to hire the professionals is dependent on the following factors:

  • Size of the property
  • Location of the property
  • Obstructions, such as signs, trees, buildings, etc.
  • Frequency of the service, i.e. weekly or biweekly

Though it’s not all-inclusive, depending on the company, other factors could be considered.

Most lawn maintenance service companies have a minimum fee based on certain criteria.  This minimum fee is typically in the $25-30 range per cut.  The price a company gives you is all-inclusive of mowing, trimming, edging and blowing, but always confirm this before hiring a company to prevent potential conflict.

What do lawn maintenance service companies charge for yard clean up?

Since there are so many variables to yard clean ups, it’s best to ask your local companies.  Leaf removal, tree and shrub trimming and weed removal are commonly priced based on an hourly rate.  It’s common for companies to charge $40-90 per hour depending on the job and the number of people necessary to get it done.  Professional and experienced companies can give you an all-inclusive price by discussing the job with you.  They are experienced enough to know how long it will take.

Mulching jobs are priced per job as well.  Most lawn maintenance service companies price mulching by the cubic yard.  The cubic yard rate includes delivery and installation.  The professionals will measure and calculate the mulch required and give you an upfront price.

Other landscaping tasks, such as flower bed design and patios are strictly priced per job since there are so many factors to consider.  These jobs require extreme detail and customer direction to price the job.

Many people enjoy and prefer to maintain their own lawn and property, but for others, the professionals are the best choice.  This guide will help you determine the best option for your situation.

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