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28 Mar 2017

What is the Cost When Choosing a Lawn Care Service Provider? Part 1: Tangible Cost

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.

28 Mar 2017

Technical Links

For information on Hairy Chinch Bugs in lawns:
www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/08-019.htm
For information on White Grubs in lawns:
www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/08-023w.htm​
Proper Lawn Maintenance:
www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/08-017.htm
How to Establishment a Lawn:
www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/08-025w.htm
Putting your lawn to bed for the winter:
www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/08-027w.htm