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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Is it worth it to hire a lawn service?

Hiring a lawn care professional can save you time and money on your lawn. Professionals know exactly which products to use to solve your lawn’s issues, such as removing crabgrass or controlling pests. Many lawn care companies are results-oriented, meaning that they come with a guarantee to provide results. 

If you’re DIY-ing it, you may save some money on costs. But you also might spend lots of money at the store that goes straight down the drain. 

Contact the best lawn care services near you and get free estimates from several professionals before DIY-ing your lawn.

Is it worth it to hire a professional to mow your lawn?

Although hiring a lawn care company is more expensive than doing it yourself, it can be well worth the money. For starters, it saves you time and equipment maintenance, which may be justifiable financially. It also creates a more professional appearance. Plus, a pro can spot problems before they occur. This can save you money on expensive reseeding, aeration and other types of lawn repair down the road.

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How much does it cost to have your lawn mowed?

Regular lawn maintenance can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal. Professional lawn care prices will vary based on the regional cost to do business and regional cost of labor, the size of your lawn, and any additional services you may desire such as edging or mulching. The national average for lawn mowing costs is $30-$50. Pros may charge an hourly rate, a flat rate or by the square foot (an acre contains 43,560 square feet). Square footage rates factor in the professional’s time, the use of their equipment, and the gas to operate the mower. Distance may also affect cost: If you live outside the company’s standard service range, you may pay an additional travel fee. Here are some examples of average prices for mowing and lawn maintenance:

  • Up to 8,000-square-foot property: $30 per week/$120 per month.
    • Bimonthly: $40 per service/$80 per month.
    • One time only: $45 per service.
      • Prices include mowing all turf grass areas; trimming grass away from fences, structures, trees, and lawn edges; and clearing or blowing all grass trimmings from driveways, sidewalks, curbs, etc.
  • Hourly rate: $25 per hour (including travel, equipment costs and labor).
  • Lot size:
    • Smaller lots in subdivisions: $35.
    • Half-acre lot: $50.
    • One-acre lot: $100.

Do landscapers or lawn care professionals offer remote or virtual services?

Landscapers and lawn care professionals generally do not offer remote or virtual services. But if you come across a profile that states the landscaper is offering remote services, it’s best to contact them to see what type of remote work is offered. 

Typically, lawn care and landscaping professionals can perform many of their duties without coming into physical contact with clients. Message local lawn mowing, landscaping, tree trimming, and lawn care companies near you to schedule a video call and inquire about remote services.

How often should you cut your grass?

In general, weekly mowing is the golden rule. However, different lawns and conditions may require different mowing frequencies. For instance, if your grass is growing slowly due to dry conditions or a lack of sun, don’t cut it simply because a week has passed. And don’t cut more than a third of the length of the grass blade at any time. Also, ease up on mowing if the weather is going to be hot and dry, as the longer blades provide shade and can keep water from evaporating so quickly.

If you're unable to mow your lawn, consider hiring one of the best lawn care professionals near you.

What should I do to my lawn in the spring?

Spring is the perfect time to start thinking about lawn care. The ground is recovering from a long, cold winter, plants are starting to grow, and the earth is ready to receive new seeds. When the weather starts to warm, the first step in your lawn care strategy is deciding what you would like to achieve and what you need to do to make it happen. Your next step is to start cleaning up. Rake your lawn free of decomposing leaves, trim back shrubs and branches, and clear out all the weeds. Once your lawn is cleared of debris, tend to your irrigation system. Test your system and decide whether any repairs are necessary. Now it’s time to nourish the lawn. If you opt to aerate your lawn in spring, the national average cost is $70-$100. Consult with your lawn care pro, as some regions benefit from only aerating in fall. If you have bare spots, you can overseed the lawn to encourage new growth. Next you’ll want to fertilize the lawn to ensure it grows in rich and lush. Professional fertilization services may range from under $50 to over $200, depending on your lawn size. If you have a bad weed problem, you (or your lawn care pro) can apply pre-emergent herbicide to prevent a weed outbreak. Make sure the irrigation system is routinely watering your lawn, and then enjoy watching the grass grow.

How do you look after your lawn?

Having a beautiful lawn doesn’t just happen by magic. A multi-pronged approach to lawn care will result in a healthy lawn that will have your neighbors green with envy. The national average price for multi-service lawn care ranges from $40 to $50. Whether you tackle the project yourself or hire a lawn care professional, looking after your lawn requires consistent work. A baseline of lawn care is keeping your grass mowed and your irrigation system working properly. Fertilizing plants and grasses, as well as trimming and pruning foliage, may promote the health of your plants and lawn. Many lawn care pros offer different packages with varying monthly fees depending on your lawn size and the services you desire. Here are a few examples of average lawn care prices:

  • 1,000- to 2,500-square-foot lawn: $60-$90 per month
  • 5,000-square-foot lawn or larger: $110-$150 per month.
    • Includes lawn maintenance, cleanups and irrigation repairs. The company trims shrubs, pulls weeds, blows out yard waste, fertilizes and does minor irrigation repairs.
  • Up to 8,000-square-foot property: $30 per week/$120 per month.
  • 8,001- to 15,000-square-foot property: $35 per week/$140 per month.
  • 15,001- to 20,000-square-foot property: $40 per week/$160 per month.
    • Includes mowing all turf grass areas; trimming grass away from fences, structures, trees, and lawn edges; and clearing or blowing all grass trimmings from driveways, sidewalks, curbs, etc.

What is included in lawn service?

Full-service lawn care companies typically offer a wide range of lawn care services, including mowing, mulching, landscaping, leaf removal, tree and shrub care, and more. 

Companies may offer additional specialty services, depending on your location and the type of business. For example, a company may provide seasonal maintenance services such as aeration, hedge trimming and weeding, while another offers pest control, seeding services and grub control. 

Contact the best lawn care services near you to see what kinds of services they provide.

How much is lawn care service?

Ensuring a lush, green lawn is so much more than simply mowing and watering the grass; it’s also pulling existing weeds and preventing future ones, fertilizing with the right nutrients, and coaxing new grass to grow in patchy spots. For many homeowners, a full-service lawn care company is the best way to maintain a beautiful lawn. The cost for professional lawn care depends on the size of the lawn and the services the homeowner chooses, as well as the location. For the typical suburban residence, the national average cost of full-service lawn care maintenance is $40-$50 per hour. Depending on the size of your lawn, that can cost you just $100 per month or more than $1,000 per month, but the average is about $350 per month. Most monthly services include a weekly cut, especially in the spring, as well as edging, weeding, and blowing the driveway, sidewalks and porches.

What's the best way to maintain your lawn?

Keeping a lawn lush and green requires consistent mowing, weeding, watering, fertilizing and more. If your lawn is particularly large, it may make sense to hire a full-service lawn care provider. Whether you take a DIY approach or bring in the experts, maintaining your lawn requires a range of tasks.

Plan to mow the lawn often, allowing it stay longer than may seem convenient — longer grass is healthier grass. The general rule is to cut off no more than a third of the grass blade. This helps prevent damage to the lawn as well as keeping weeds from taking root. It’s also important to remove any weeds, then prevent new ones from growing. In spring, consider spraying a pre-emergent herbicide on your lawn to prevent crabgrass and other types of weeds from sprouting from seed. During other seasons, broadleaf weeds like dandelions can be pulled by hand or sprayed with weed killers. The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning, allowing the sun to help dry the grass. Make sure to thoroughly soak the lawn so that the water penetrates several inches into the ground.

Lawn care also requires feeding; look for a mixture of fast- and slow-release fertilizers that include nitrogen. Some lawns also benefit from aeration, which creates small holes to let air, water and nutrients penetrate the grass roots. Although most homeowners can manage these tasks on their own, a full-service lawn care company can handle them on a regular schedule, taking the guesswork out of maintaining a beautiful lawn.

Reviews for San Diego lawn care professionals
Doug D.
Ace lawn care did an excellent job on a cleanup of my front and backyard.
Ace Lawn CareAce Lawn Care
Malynda B.
Ace Lawn Care! Amazing, I am very pleased with the job today. Thank you very much, Malynda
Ace Lawn CareAce Lawn Care
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Ruiz and his helper did a good job of mowing our lawns. He checked our sprinkler system to ensure it was putting water on the lawns where it needed to be. He replaced some broken sprinkler heads. I was pleased with the work that was done. He will return to do lawn care again. Thank You.
R  R ServicesR R Services
Daniel M.
Ace lawn care was professional, responsive and provided excellent service. I look forward to work further with Frank and his team to revitalize our homes landscape. Thanks again Frank for your work.
Ace Lawn CareAce Lawn Care
Adriane C.
Would have selected all 5 attributes if allowed, contacted Saturday afternoon, they arrived earlier than time agreed on Sunday, yard looks phenomenal, looks like we’ve found our new lawn care specialists!
Ace Lawn CareAce Lawn Care
Thumbtack Customer
So happy with the service and follow through I am experiencing. Did a fantastic job on our property clean-up. Ezekiel answers phone calls and keeps scheduled appointments. I am pleased to have ER Quality Lawns continuing to take care of our yard.
ER Quality LawnsER Quality Lawns
Brianna B.
Received a quote from this company, and when then lawn care provider showed up I was called and told the service would be $100 more than what was quoted from pictures and their satellite images. To give some context. The only service requested was to cut the grass on the curb which is 30 ft x 4 ft. After I refused service they came back with we can give it to you 30% off. Their service was three times what it should be. Be careful with this service provider.
Lawn Love Lawn CareLawn Love Lawn Care
Thumbtack Customer
It was a pleasure working with Ezekiel through thumbtack. He provided a quick quote and it was easy to work out a time for the service. My lawn was in some dire need of moving/weeding care and he did a great job cleaning it up and getting things looking nice again. He showed up right on time for the job and was very pleasant and easy to talk to. I'd definitely go with him again.
ER Quality LawnsER Quality Lawns
Jocelyn H.
My usual lawn care provider had a family emergency so I needed to find someone who could mow my lawn asap. The weekend was approaching and I wanted to use the pool with my kids. The guy called me back on Friday afternoon to tell me he’d call me in a couple hours to swing by & give an estimate. He said that he would then return the following day at 10 am to mow my yard. That night I did not receive a phone call so I messaged him the following morning asking if he was still planning to show up. He said he would, but asked for a window from 10 am to 1 pm. I said ok but was disappointed that he would be cutting into our pool time. At 12:43 pm I texted him requesting an eta. He called me to say his trailer was not working and that he needed a couple more hours. He finally showed up at 3 pm and proceeded to quote me $200 to mow my front and back lawn. I was outraged. My gardener charges me $150/MONTH to mow 4 times! He claimed the grass was too high (see pictures). I told him to leave. He then called me to say he was gonna loose money coming all the way out here and didn’t want me to leave a bad review so and offered to mow it for $40. I refused as I was simply disgusted that he tried to pilfer me for an absurd amount of money and had made me waste my whole day waiting around. Don’t waste your time with this guy. (See below for size of my lawn)
San Diego LandscapersSan Diego Landscapers
Jessie G.
Toro fixed sprinklers, sprinkler pipes and fence for me. I thought he was good, but after having someone else took care of some other projects (due to Toro on vacation), I realize Toro is the best. Toro took care of the sprinkler pipe fix with a fair price, and after he put back the grass, the lawn look just like how it was before. Comparing another person’s work, it was messy afterwards. He also fixed my fence due to termite. Another company quoted $500 to repair them by drill the wood and insert killing form. Toro quoted me slight more and he offered to replace them with new wood. He went to store bought new wood, replace them within one day. And next time he showed up and painted them! I was surprised by the detailed work. I would recommend him 100%.
El Toro Handyman & LandscapingEl Toro Handyman & Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
I truly wish I could leave a good review for ER Quality Lawns, because so many others had a good experience, but I didn't have as good of an experience as others. Hired ER Quality Lawns for a weed killing job. Ezekiel came out,seemed nice and professional, and gave us a reasonable quote. When his staff actually came out for the job, I was told after they had completed the work that it would cost more than the original quote - not a lot more, but still more than the original quote because the job was bigger than they thought it would be. I was surprised by the fact that the price was changed after the job was done, because wasn't it Ezekiel who came out and looked at the job himself so that this could be assessed? But because it wasn't a lot more, I didn't argue, and just requested that I reserve the right to request a return visit in the future in case the weeds came back within a short period of time, which he agreed to. A week or so later, I requested that I get a return visit because I noticed weeds coming back up in the treated area. I never got a response. I was working on renovating the front yard and couldn't wait for him to take his time responding, so I just took care of the job myself. To my surprise, last weekend a man showed up on our front lawn and just started spraying things down (this was about 2 weeks after I had contacted Ezekiel for return visit). We had received no communication that he would be coming, and he didn't even announce himself to us that he was there. We had JUST put down new baby plants in our garden, so we came out and asked him to leave so that our new plants would not be killed. Unfortunately I cannot recommend this company after my experience - he charged us more than the original quote AFTER the job was done (even after coming out for a quote so that he could assess the work needed), then promising to do something to make up for it, then not following through in a timely manner. Then just having his staff show up and start working without consulting us to know what was happening on our yard 3+ weeks after the job. I realize that maybe my "small" job was not worth his effort, but if he didn't want need my business, then I am left wondering why he even took the job.
ER Quality LawnsER Quality Lawns
Thumbtack Customer
I initially contacted ER Quality Lawns for an estimate on maintaining my yard. Ezekial was in touch almost immediately and we setup an appointment to meet at the house to discuss what exactly I wanted. Ezekial was prompt with our appointment and even brought an employee to see the yard. We went over what my expectations were and also discussed a larger project of removing all of the mulch and replacing with gravel. He was quick to get an estimate to me and was also willing to work with me for the pricing and payments! The project even expanded as they started the work as I decided to have a tree removed. It was no problem to contact Ezekial and ask to add that into the work and he was very reasonable with the cost. After 4 days of hard work, the guys finished the yard and I couldn't be happier. It completely revamped our yard and refreshed the appearance of the house! I relied on Ezekial's expertise for the gravel color too and was so glad I did, because it looks perfect! Very glad to have these guys taking care of our yard now and can say that this company is reasonably priced and they are very hard workers!
ER Quality LawnsER Quality Lawns
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