Making Smarter Landscaping Choices

Tips To Help You Select The Right Landscaping Service For Your Yard

Your property and yard are a big part of your home's appearance, especially during the warmer months when your lawn is green, your trees are full of leaves, and your shrubbery is trimmed and healthy. You have many options to choose from in terms of selecting a professional landscape service to take care of some or all your yard care tasks. Here are some recommendations to help you know what to look for in your landscaping professional and their services as you are shopping for a yard care provider.

Ask About Lawn Health Treatments

To keep your lawn in great health, there are a variety of treatments you can use to repair your lawn of specific problems and boost its overall root health. Aeration is a common service that you can hire in the spring or fall, which removes plugs of soil within your lawn to reduce soil compaction and allow nutrients and water to reach your lawn's roots.

Overseeding your lawn is another great treatment, which you can also do in the late spring or early fall. During this treatment your landscape professional will apply a layer of grass seed into your lawn, focusing on the bare and thin patches of the yard. As the lawn gets water, the seeds will germinate and fill in the sparse areas and thicken the rest of your lawn. Your landscaper will apply a good mixture of lawn seed to match what you already have grown and supplement it with climate-appropriate seeds. For example, in a southern climate, your landscaper can overseed with a mixture of Zoysiagrass, Centipede, and Bahia grass.

Look For Reliability 

When you hire a professional landscaper to manage your yard's landscaping and vegetation, you also want to make sure you hire someone who shows up to complete the work you hired them to and shows up when they are supposed to. A landscaper is caring for vegetation, which grows and requires regular care, and if your landscaper does not show up one week to mow your lawn, for example, your lawn is going to get overgrown, and this can lead to an unhealthy lawn. A longer lawn can block your sprinklers so the lawn won't get regular irrigation. And as the lawn gets longer, it will eventually layover upon itself and cause dead spots to occur and the lawn to turn a yellow color.

Before you hire a landscape service, ask them for professional references who can provide you with information about the work they do. You can look for recommendations that give high marks in their regular services and if they show up for a job on time and finish the job in the time arranged for. If there are any delays in completing the job, the landscaper should let you know and do all they can to complete a time-sensitive job sooner rather than later.