The pros & cons of hiring a professional lawn care provider

I can think of a lot of reasons to use a professional lawn care company, but not too many reasons not to hire one. The first reason that probably comes to mind for not hiring a professional is cost. Obviously, hiring someone is going to cost you something. There's not too many lawn care companies out there that don't want to feed their families. But when a lawn care company becomes involved with your lawn, you don't have to worry about a lot of things, like when to treat your lawn-- they do it for you. Regular treatments are key to great lawns.

Licensed professional lawn care providers are very aware of environmental concerns. They understand all the fine print you'll see on the back of a label, including all the warning precautions.

Many professional lawn care providers are unfairly criticized for harming the water quality of our rivers and streams by putting down too much fertilizer that runs off into our streams. The fact is, that professionals are more likely to apply a lawn care product correctly than the average homeowner. Most of us think that if a little bit is good, more is even better, which is not true. When applied properly, lawn fertilizers do not run off as many environmentalists suggest or leach into our aquifers. They are gradually absorbed into the soil and used up by the plants they are intended to help.

You don't have to worry about which application should be applied and at what rate. You don't have to store nasty chemicals around the house that could possibly harm someone-- they do that for you, and they apply only the amount of any particular treatment necessary to do the job. Studies have shown that homeowners typically over-treat their lawns by as much as 50%, which is not only wasteful, but can be harmful to the environment.

You don't have to worry about identifying harmful lawn diseases and which treatment best controls them before they also turn your lawn into a patch of dead spots.

The cost of lawn care can be looked at from several different viewpoints.

The value you place on your time if you do-it-yourself. The cost of materials to put on your lawn. The cost of equipment to apply the materials. And, the cost of your peace of mind wondering if you are doing the right thing at the right time. Compared with the relatively minor cost of regular care from a professional lawn care company, the answer seems obvious.

Save your peace of mind and contact a local lawn care provider to help you make your lawn the best lawn possible.