This is the time of year when many homeowners love to shop around for lawn care. If that’s you, we feel your pain. We know you want the best lawn care company with the most affordable prices.
When you’re searching for lawn care services, you have to make sure that you’re not going to pay too much. One way to avoid high costs is to know what you’re looking for. So, let’s crunch the numbers and make sure you don’t overpay and assure yourself of the best lawn care service pricing.
Lawn Care Companies Should Price by The Foot
If you’re in need of lawn care services, the first thing you’re going to have to do is your homework. Make sure you know the square footage of your lawn because that’s how lawn care companies should charge you to treat your lawn— by the square footage.
The very first thing any lawn care company should do is measure your lawn to get the most accurate size. This does not include things like:
- Tree and shrub beds
Grassmaster Plus uses the most advanced measuring technologies to ensure you get the best possible treatment price. Based on the precise measurement we have a set fee based on the measurement. Instead of having a “one size fits all” price, we only charge you for the amount of material used based on the square footage of your lawn. This way you will get the most for your money.
Lawn Care Pricing Mistake
By measuring your lawn, your lawn care company will be prepared to have the right amount of material needed to treat your lawn.
If you’re buying bagged fertilizer at the store, you often have to make a decision to buy more bags or fewer bags than you actually need because the bag is designed to treat a specified size lawn. What’s worse is when you buy a bag that covers 5,000 square feet, when your lawn is actually 7,000 square feet. At first glance it may not seem like much, but that 30% difference is critical if you are trying to get results.
Imagine baking a cake and the recipe calling for 24 ounces of flour, but you only use 17 ounces of flour because that is all you have. The result is your cake will either not rise or, even worse, be quite hard. Either way, the results of your effort will not work because you did not use the correct amount of ingredients.
The same goes for weed control or grub control. Using the correct amount is not only critical for good control, but it’s also essential for environmental practices. It’s about getting the most for your money from your lawn care service company.
Eliminating Lawn Care Services You Don’t Need
Lawn care costs should be based on the square footage of your lawn. But there are a few more things to consider. Good lawn care programs will include a price for preventative season-long grub and insect control. The goal of getting your lawn treated is to have a beautiful, hassle-free lawn that you can enjoy. Preventative grub control is essential to making sure these insects do not disrupt the progress your lawn will make after it’s fertilized. Your lawn care service might also include things like:
- Core Aeration - to relieve compaction and thicken the turf
- Overseeding - to improve turf density and bare spots
- Lime or Gypsum - to improve the pH of your soil
- Flea & Tick Control - to protect your lawn, children and pets
Unfortunately, some lawn care companies focus more on just selling a service rather than providing you the education to make a thorough buying decision. Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, so it is important to choose a lawn care company that provides you all the information you need to make a wise decision.
Typical Lawn Care Prices
As you can see, there are many things to consider when choosing the level of service for your lawn. Grassmaster Plus takes the time to review your expectation and match them with the services you need to achieve the intended results. To give you an example, a lawn that is 7,000 square feet will range according to the number of services you wish to purchase.
Traditional Lawn Care Includes:
- 5 applications of nutrients
- Crabgrass preventer
- Weed control
Deluxe Lawn Care Program:
- 5 applications of nutrients
- 1 pre-emergent crabgrass control
- Broadleaf weed control
- Preventative season-long guaranteed grub control
- Free season-long touch-ups, if necessary
The average price per application is $55 for a total of $275 per season. The average price for a Core Aeration is $160.
Worry-Free Lawn Care
There is no doubt that you can do your own lawn care. You can buy the materials from a big box store and do it yourself. But the quality of the material is inferior and usually does not come in the dosage you need to get the results you imagine. Not to mention, you have to consider the cost of picking up the material and having a safe, dry place to store it.
When we developed our pricing structure, we knew the cost of our lawn care services would be slightly more than a DIY application. But based on our volume of purchase and efficiencies, we do not expect our price to be significantly more than the true cost of DIY. Moreover, the cost of doing the application incorrectly is significantly more if you have to re-treat, or even worse, fix a damaged lawn if the DIY application failed.
For more information on pricing, check out our plans and pricing page.