The Pros and Cons of Using a Lawn Care Service

by: Thelma Heckman

There is an upside and a downside to outsourcing lawn tasks to a lawn care service. By ‘outsourcing tasks’ we are referring to the situation where, rather than undertaking the tasks such as mowing and edging by yourself, you decide to contract them to one of the LawnGuys firms that have lawn care as their core business. This is an increasingly popular way of doing things, as an ever growing number of LawnGuys firms opt to ‘concentrate on their core competencies’ while contracting other ‘distracting tasks’ such as landscaping design to firms that specialize in them. Of course, the idea of outsourcing is not open to businesses alone. Individual home owners who can’t find the time to do their own mowing, fertilizing and lawn care, and who doesn’t feel that they should directly employ full-time or even part-time lawn care staff? Especially since there is and ever increasing opting to outsource lawn care. The same is the case with non business organizations, that don’t feel they have to concentrate on lawn tasks, whilst possibly ignoring their core tasks on which they should be focusing their energies.

As it turns out, though, there are several advantages and disadvantages to this outsourcing of care of lawn tasks to firms, such as that have such lawn care as their core business.

Starting with the advantages, it turns out, for starters, that chances of getting the care of lawn well done are indeed very high when you task them to competent Lawn Guys landscaping and lawn care firms. In other words, thanks to the fact that this is what they do on a day to day basis, most of these firms end up becoming very good at it, as they over time develop an idea on which practices are truly effective. Still on the advantages, it emerges that, in most cases, getting care of lawn done by these ‘specialist’ firms may prove to be a more cost-effective way of doing it. That is the case even when it is a personal (home) lawn we are looking at, where keen calculations may show that the sums of money you pay to the lawn care firms are nothing compared to the sums of money you earn in the time you would have cumulatively spent caring for the lawns. Where the alternative is to employ care of lawn staff (as in organizational lawns), you may find the prospect of having your lawns being cared for without having to deal with human resource management issues of the lawn care staff attractive.

But there is a downside to such outsourcing of lawn care to the fly by night no name firms as well. For starters, it may emerge that since the staff at these firms have to care for lawns at many locations, they are unable to give your lawn the personalized attention it could get from your (or from your own dedicated care of lawn staff). To them, yours could be ‘just another lawn’ among the many they have to care for. Further, if you are a gardening enthusiast, you may find that tasking lawn care to these firms would amount to ‘giving away the fun,’ which could very possibly beat the whole point of having a lawn. There are also cases where the rates charged by the care of lawn firms turns out to be too high, even compared to what you would have spent on part-time (dedicated) care of lawn staff. My best advice to mitigate these issues is to use a Lawn Care service that has been around for years with customer recommendations that you can talk to. Do your research and check their references.

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Lawn Care and The Fall Guide to Pest Prevention

Short and sweet, there are a few things you can do now that will make your Spring and Summer next year a little more pest or bug free.

Fall guide to pest prevention

By Stephanie Warren of Popular Mechanics

As the temperature drops, we cozy up inside our nice, warm houses. Unfortunately, so do insects and rodents.

Whether the invaders are as small as an ant or as big as a family of skunks, your best defense against pests is sealing off their entry points into your fortress. Here’s what to do.

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The Lawn Guys: Four Reasons as to Why People are Advised to Retain the Services of Experienced Lawn Care Firms

Four Reasons as to Why People are Advised to Retain the Services of Experienced Lawn Care Firms 

       by Donald Dubay


People shopping for lawn care firms to which they can ‘outsource’ the tasks that revolve around caring for their lawns are typically advised to ensure that they only retain the services of experienced lawn care firms. At the very least, where they can’t find experienced firms to work with, such people are advised to work with those associated with people who have worked for other (major) lawn firms for many years. The latter, it is presumed, would tend to be people with lawn care experience, which they hopefully transfer to the firms associated with them.

Of course, the more experienced lawn service firms tend to charge higher prices than the upcoming lawn service firms. It is for this reason that many people have to be shown why it is indeed in their best interest to retain such (expensive) lawn service company, if they are to do so – while foregoing the cheaper but less experienced lawn service company. What we proceed to look at, then, are four reasons as to why the advice for people to only retain the services of experienced lawn service company makes sense.

It emerges that the reasons as to why people are advised to retain the services of experienced lawn company include the facts that:

1. Experienced lawn and landscape firms tend to know what works, in terms of lawn care practices: this is to say, in other words, that they don’t fumble. You tell them the type of lawn you want to end up with, for instance, and they instantly tell you what species of grass you should plant. Your lawn gets infested with a specific pest, and they instantly know what pest control measure to initiate. Now in theory, this knowledge of ‘how things are done’ may not look like a big deal. But in practice, it is quite can make the difference between successful lawn care and failed lawn care.

2. Experienced lawn or landscape care company tend to know what doesn’t work, in terms of lawn service practices: knowledge of ‘what doesn’t work’ turns out to be just as important as knowledge of what actually works. What you don’t want is a firm that will be ‘experimenting’ with various lawn care approaches on your yard! Yet that is precisely what you are likely to get if you retain a lawn service firm which is completely inexperienced.

3. Experienced lawn firms tend to have track records they can refer you to: it is often said that the best way to gauge the effectiveness (or otherwise) of a service sector firm is checking out its references. But how is a lawn care firm which is totally new in the field supposed to have past clients it can refer you to? The availability of a referable track record on the part of experienced lawn firms is thus what makes them ideal.

4. Experienced lawn firms tend to have capacity to handle major projects: you approach the folks at an experienced lawn service firm, and instantly notice that they know exactly what it is likely to take to bring a given lawn care vision into fruition. The inexperienced firms, on the other hand, tend to be either overoptimistic or plainly naïve when it comes to these things. Then again, if a lawn service firm has been in operation for a long period of time, and it has been making profits, chances are that some of those profits will have been ploughed back into the business. That would translate into better lawn service capacity – to handle bigger or more complex projects with ease.

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Lawn Care Training: The Lawn Care Calendar

Lawn Care Calendar by Classic Lawns

A beautiful lawn does not come without some effort. Year-round care is needed to achieve that bowling green look; below is a guide to what you should be doing in each month.

These are the lazy months in your lawn care year! If weather is mild, occasionally cut the grass with the mower blades set high – to maintain about an inch of growth. Check equipment. Keep off the grass if frozen or waterlogged. Keep an eye out for any fungal diseases; treat with a suitable fungicide.

Rake the grass thoroughly using a special rake or wheeled equipment. Spike the lawn all over and apply lawn sand if necessary. Keep mower blades high and just ‘top` the grass. Remove all debris from the lawn prior to first cut.

Re-seed bare patches, apply fertilisers and moss killer towards the end of the month. Mow regularly, lowering mower blades gradually to 3/4 inch. If moss is a problem, use a good brand of lawn sand and rake up the dead moss a fortnight later.

Keep mowing, increasing the frequency as required. Treat with selective weedkillers or combined weed/feed preparations if you haven’t fed the lawn in April.

Mow lawns twice a week if possible working to a definite pattern. Water grass if necessary, remembering to soak thoroughly. A good soaking is better than frequent light watering. Trim lawn edges.

Treat grass with second application of fertiliser or weedkiller/fertiliser. Water in as necessary. Don’t crop grass too closely – raise mower blades as required.

Keep on mowing regularly and watering as necessary. Fill any cracks caused by drought with a mixture of sharp sand and soil.

Raise mower blades to allow the grass to thicken and protect roots from winter frost and snow. Increase interval between mowings. Apply Autumn-Winter fertiliser, weedkiller and moss killer.

Rake out thatch from turf and spike lawn to assist drainage. Brush in peat and sharp sand. A rotary mower with a collector is particularly useful at this time of year to collect dead or loose leaves. Continue cutting as necessary.

Use a stiff broom to remove wormcasts from the grass. Raise mower blades to allow 1 inch cut. Don’t mow if very wet as this will compact the soil and encourage waterlogging. Treat “fairyrings” with fungicide.

Rake all debris from lawns. Continue occasional cutting if weather is mild. Service your mower and any other equipment.

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The Lawn Guys: Ecologically Sound Lawn Care for the Pacific Northwest


Ecologically Sound Lawn Care for the Pacific Northwest


Findings from the Scientific Literature and Recommendations from Turf Professionals


ABSTRACT: Turfgrass management since 1940 in the U.S. has been characterized by intensive use of synthetic chemicals including water-soluble fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Conventional practices also generate solid waste (through removal of grass clippings) and hazardous waste (leftover chemicals), and use large amounts of irrigation water, which may be wasted through overwatering or runoff.

A review of current science suggests that these practices may be harmful to human and wildlife health, and also negatively impact the turfgrass ecosystem, contributing to significant declines in populations of beneficial soil organisms, soil acidification and compaction, thatch accumulation, and diminished resistance to diseases. Interviews with turf professionals around the Pacific Northwest region and a review of scientific and technical literature indicate that a proven alternative approach exists. It is based on observation of the entire soil and grass ecosystem, appreciation that turfgrasses are sustained by the activities of soil-dwelling organisms, and understanding that this grass community is a dynamic equilibrium among many plants, invertebrates, and microbial organisms. This equilibrium can then be shaped to support the natural vigor of the grass plant and the beneficial soil organisms, and to minimize pest problems, by application of proper cultural practices.

Recommended practices include: setting realistic expectations for lawn appearance and tolerating a few weeds; proper site selection and soil preparation; using site-adapted grasses; mowing higher; leaving clippings; correcting soil deficiencies; moderate use of natural or slow-release fertilizers; irrigating deeply but infrequently; renovation practices including aeration, over-seeding, and compost topdressing; and use of the integrated pest management process.

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Key Words: turfgrass, lawn, pesticides, herbicides, earthworms, biological controls, IPM, grasscycling, compost, natural fertilizers, ecological lawn care.


David K. McDonald

December 1999

Community Services Division

Resource Conservation Section

Seattle Public Utilities