There are many factors to consider when choosing a lawn care service provider and no single aspect should determine that decision, specifically price. The most important thing to do first gather facts:

  • What is being quoted?
  • What is the purpose of the program?
  • Why are they recommending it?
  • Why do they use the products that they do?
  • Do they research new products or use the same old stuff?
  • What specific problems does your property have and are they being addressed?
  • What exactly is included with the program?
  • How many times are they on the property?
  • Who is on the property?
  • When are they there?
  • Will they be treating the whole property or spot treating?
  • Are the measurements which determine the cost accurate?
  • Do they have a full money back guarantee or do they only give you back the last application?
  • Who is the owner?
  • Where are they located?
  • Do they have a call centre?
  • Do they auto-renew or are you in control of what happens on your property?

These are just a few questions to help you get started. Most of the questions directly relate to the over all cost of a seasonal lawn care program. However, the direct tangible economic costs which affect the results of a program are based on the following:


  1. # of schedules applications
  2. # of scheduled site inspections
  3. amount of product being applied
  4. quality of products being applied

These play a large part of the overall cost, but they do not guarantee results. And the whole point of having a service provider is RESULTS!

This lawn had 2 spring applications of weed control, 2 fertilizers (spring and fall), fall aerating, fall over-seeding and fall micro soil stimulation.

Although results are appear to be the most important factor when paying for ANY service not just lawn services…Have you ever heard of a company not being able to send an invoice because they ran out of paper? More on that story in the next post…the intangible costs.