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    Hire a Lawn Care Company or DIY?

    Posted by: Robert Palmer on March 30, 2023

    Whether you are planning for an outdoor party, want something your kids can enjoy, or simply want to be the best-looking lawn on the street, your goal is the same, to have a healthy, green, weed-free lawn.

    Not only is it frustrating, but it can be challenging to know where to invest your time and money to get a healthy lawn. Do you hire a company to do it for you or do you buy the supplies and do it yourself? Is doing it yourself really less expensive?


    Product Label

    For those who prefer to DIY, there are many options out there. Lawn care supplies can be found in most stores and garden centers, offering a variety of fertilizers, insect controls, and weed control products. When you are shopping for a product, you want to make sure you do not overlook the product label. Each product comes with detailed instructions on how to mix and apply the application.

    Product labels can be difficult to read for someone looking to apply fertilizer themselves. It is important to understand what the numbers on the label mean so that you can not only mix it correctly, but you can make sure you are applying the material at the correct rate and at the correct time. This can be the difference between seeing the results you want, or not.

    If you are going to spend your time applying the applications yourself, you want to make sure you’re not wasting your time and resources!


    Lawn Care Company

    Hiring a lawn care company saves you time to do the things you love. Although fertilizing your own lawn may have started off as the goal, more often times than not, what seemed like an easy and quick job, can quickly turn into a chore.

    By hiring a professional, the worry is taken out of your hands. You no longer have to worry about what products to use based on the time of year it is, how long to wait until your next application, or how to diagnose an issue that you may be seeing on the lawn. Lawn technicians are not only trained to apply the products correctly resulting in a better outcome but they are trained to diagnose and solve problems on the lawn.


    Is It Cheaper to DIY?

    Probably the biggest downside to hiring a lawn care company is the cost per application (or cost per visit). Depending on your lawn size, it may seem out of your budget, but it can also be argued that doing it yourself can actually end up being more expensive if you wind up making costly mistakes and need to buy more products to help fix them.

    Currently, prices of fertilizer have increased significantly, which can be said to be shrinkflation. Shrinkflation is when products get smaller in weight, size, or quantity, while the price either stays the same or increases.

    For example, today a 40lb bag of fertilizer said to treat 12,000 square feet, can cost you around $80. In the past, this same 40lb bag of fertilizer might have cost you $60 and was said to have covered 10,000 square feet. The rate at which you apply your product is decreasing, while the price is increasing.


    Certified, Trained Lawn Care Professionals

    Fertilizing your lawn yourself can seem like the less expensive option, but when you compare prices, the rate of application, what can go wrong if not done correctly, and your time, doing it yourself may not be the best or easiest option anymore.

    We understand the usual reasons why some people want to tackle their lawn care themselves, but we also know the frustration that can come along with doing so, and in the end, you might not be saving much money. Hiring a professional lawn care company can take the time and hassle away from you.

    If you are looking to speak to someone about getting an estimate, go to www.loveyourlawn.com or call 866-724-4555 for a free quote today!


    Robert Palmer

    As the owner and president of Weed Pro, Rob Palmer is committed to helping Ohio properties look and feel their best. With years of experience in the field and a passion for helping property owners, he offers useful lawn care insight and advice on the Weed Pro blog.

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