A well-kept lawn is among the foremost tenets of responsible homeownership. Keeping your lawn properly mowed, watered and fertilized is generally a good indication of how much you value your home. However, as any yardwork enthusiast can attest, top-tier lawn care takes a substantial amount of time and effort. At the end of a long day at the office or a stressful workweek, the last thing many of us want is to pour hours of free time into our lawns. If time constraints have proven detrimental to the upkeep of your lawn, consider enlisting the aid of a professional lawn care service. To help ensure that you wind up with a company that’s perfectly suited to your needs, keep an eye out for the following qualities.

Convenient Availability

Any lawn care company you work with should offer convenient availability and be able to adhere to a schedule that corresponds to your own. If a company is difficult to book, lawn maintenance may prove inconsistent, and your grass may not be able to receive the TLC it requires on a regular basis. Of course, this isn’t to say that you should reject any company that isn’t immediately available. For example, busy lawn care services may need a little bit of time to work you into their regular rotation. Once you’ve entered that rotation, however, a dependable company should be able to provide you with the services you require at your desired rate of frequency.    

Experience with Multiple Grass Types

As any seasoned lawn care professional knows, grass is far from a “one size fits all” affair. There are many different types of grass that populate lawns across the U.S. While some grass types are fairly similar in nature, others are vastly different and require special consideration with regard to upkeep and maintenance. So, before committing to work with a lawn care company, make sure they’re well-versed in the type of grass that makes up your lawn.    

Licensed and Insured

As is the case when dealing with other types of business, any lawn care company you place your trust in should be fully licensed and insured. This isn’t to say that every licensed enterprise provides stellar customer service, but you can generally expect a much greater degree of professionalism and experience from companies that take the time to get licensed. Furthermore, insurance is an absolute must for any company that’s allowed on your property. This way, you won’t have to worry about paying for any accidental damage they cause while tending to your lawn. 

While it can sometimes be tempting to do business with unlicensed and/or uninsured companies, you’d be wise to overcome this temptation. Even if these enterprises charge lower rates than their licensed counterparts, they generally don’t offer the same level of dependability and accountability. If you’re unclear on whether a lawn care service is licensed or insured, peruse the company’s website for the answers you seek. If you can’t find the information you need on their site, contact the company via phone or email before committing to do business with them.     

Willing to Own Up to Mistakes

No matter how great a track record they have, nearly every business is bound to make the occasional mistake. The severity of these mistakes varies, and depending on how large a blunder is made, many clients may opt to terminate the relationship. How companies act in the aftermath of mistakes is often a testament to who they truly are. For instance, if a lawn care service vehemently refuses to take responsibility for something that’s clearly their fault, you’re better off taking your business elsewhere. Conversely, if a company accepts full responsibility for their errors and makes every effort to make things right, sticking with them may be in your best interest.    

You’d be hard-pressed to find a homeowner who doesn’t long for a vibrant, picturesque lawn. Unfortunately, many of us lack the time and/or inclination to make this desire a reality. No matter how much you want your lawn to thrive, sacrificing a significant chunk of your leisure time is unlikely to seem like an attractive prospect. Luckily, with a dedicated lawn care service in your corner, you can keep your lawn healthy and looking its best for the foreseeable future.