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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.

Contact the best lawn mowing professionals near you to start getting free estimates.

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.

How can I find out if a landscaper or lawn care professional is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To consult national guidelines on essential COVID-19 service providers and see whether a lawn care professional qualifies, visit a page on CISA’s website called Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. This website contains 16 categories of critical infrastructure sectors that you can search through. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure so you should also check your city or state’s government website.  

Can I use digital payments to pay for outdoor landscaping and design, lawn mowing, tree trimming and other similar services?

Many outdoor landscaping and design, lawn mowing and tree trimming companies will likely accept some form of digital payment instead of cash or check. The COVID-19 pandemic will likely causing more businesses to adopt digital platforms like Zelle, PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash and Google Pay.

Search professionals’ online profiles to see if they list digital payment services, and ask them about their payment policies during a consultation call.

Does a landscaper or lawn care professional need to enter my home?

Because landscaping and lawn maintenance take place outdoors, it is unlikely that these professionals will need to enter your home.

To stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, practice social distancing at all times -- even with professionals doing work outside. You can minimize exposure during a consultation by using a video chat service. And when you pay, you can use a digital payment service like PayPal. Discuss strategies with any lawn mowing, landscaping, tree trimming and lawn care companies you may be considering.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a landscaper or lawn care professional when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a landscaper or lawn care professional, you can take safety precautions on the worksite by not making any physical contact, keeping at least 6 feet between you and the pro(s) at all times and using digital payment platforms instead of cash or check.

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.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a landscaper or lawn care professional during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up an appointment or consultation call with a lawn care professional or landscaper during the COVID-19 pandemic, take advantage of digital technologies to avoid face-to-face exposure. When searching for lawn mowing, landscaping and lawn care companies online, ask if they’ll do a video call to assess the job and give you an estimate. You can also go over strategies for completing the job and conducting virtual payments to stay safe.

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.

Reviews for Ashburn lawn care professionals
Hal M.
They came earlier than expected and worked HARD and did a great job! Best price out there. I highly recommend for one-time or scheduled lawn care. I will definitely use them again!
Cheryl P.
Updated review: Jose has done an excellent job of maintaining our lawn. He stays on schedule, mows at the right height so as not to cause burnout and cleans up all trimmed grass. He has also applied weed and fertilizer treatments and our lawn has never looked better! Jose responded quickly and professionally to my initial inquiry. Work was scheduled promptly and exceeded expectations. We are looking forward to using him in 2021 for all of our lawn care needs.
Picon&Ale landscaping LLCPicon&Ale landscaping LLC
Jenny C.
Awesome work! I will definitely use them again in the future. Ignacio and Juan let me know they would be here around 9:30am-10:00am Wednesday morning and they were so punctual and came at 9:30am right away. I appreciate their punctuality. They did an awesome job of mowing and trimming the backyard lawn and they also did my front yard and put all the mulch in. We ended up not having enough mulch and Juan said he would come back and finish the side up. My fault of not having enough mulch but he was so kind and caring!! They even took the boxes of trash from the backyard lawn. It helped me out so much! The total price was very fair and affordable. (Honestly better value than most services). If anyone needs their lawn mowed or garden taken care of please call Garcia Services! All I can say is 5 stars!!!!
Garcia ServicesGarcia Services
Mekeio J.
Came out within an hour and gave me a quote. Was very pleased with the work performed. Hired to clean up leaves in my yard and clean out gutters and spouts. Did an excellent job. Provided me with pictures from the job. Will definitely hire again. Plan on bringing back out during the spring for lawn care maintenance. Highly recommended. Thank you!
Mercury Junk RemovalMercury Junk Removal
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Everything you need to know about lawn care and mowing services.

How do professional lawn mowing services work?

A local professional lawn care and mowing service offers expert guidance on how to achieve a lush and green lawn. They'll provide mowing services and weed control options for your lawn and offer several options for long-term weed mitigation. If you want (or don't want) certain services, including specific chemicals, make your wishes known right away.

Many lawn mowing professionals also provide additional lawn care services, including fertilizing, aeration, leaf clean-up, seeding, insect control and more. 

Lawn mowing tips.

How much of your grass should you cut?

Grass that is lush and thick can produce enough shade to prevent weed seeds from germinating. When grass is too short, weeds can thrive, creating additional problems. 

Typically, the best mowing height for cool-season grasses is 2 to 3 ½ inches. For warm-season grasses, it’s 1 to 3 inches, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals. However, the ideal mowing height for your grass also depends on the time of year, your lawn’s condition and other factors.

What’s the one-third rule?

The one-third rule is an easy way to remember how high or low your grass should be. Basically, just remember this: don’t remove more than one-third of the grass blade at a time.

When should you mow your lawn?

Mow your lawn as often as needed depending on the type of grass you have and its condition. During the spring, you’ll probably cut your grass more regularly. But as you enter the summer and winter months, you can mow less frequently. Mid-mornings are usually the best time to mow your lawn.

However, there are times when mowing your lawn is unnecessary and could cause harm. In general, avoid mowing your lawn if: 

  • The grass is wet.
  • The grass is dormant.
  • The mower blades are dull.

Benefits of hiring a lawn care service.

There are a few benefits to hiring a lawn care service (beyond the convenience of never having to mow the yard yourself). With a lawn mowing service, you don't have to buy, maintain, store or service a lawn mower. You also won't need to buy other lawn maintenance equipment like an edger, weed eater or fertilizer spreader. 

A great lawn care service can help you understand when it's best to mow, fertilize, seed, overseed and aerate your lawn. They can also help you diagnose problems with your grass and offer solutions to keep your lawn healthy.

Questions to ask local lawn care professionals.

Before you hire a lawn professional to help take care of your yard, ask them a few questions to get an understanding of their services, availability, pricing and quality of work. For example, you can ask:

  • Can you help me figure out what type of grass I have? 
  • What are your maintenance recommendations for my grass type?
  • Do you offer environmentally friendly weed mitigation?
  • How do you handle long-term weed control?
  • Do you conduct a soil test before proceeding with lawn maintenance and treatment recommendations? 
  • How often will a supervisor look at my lawn to diagnose potential problems and offer solutions?
  • Will you make recommendations about how often I should water my lawn?
  • What costs are included in your services? 
  • Do you offer any deals or discounts if I sign up for an entire season?
  • Who should I contact if I have a problem or question related to my lawn or the lawn care service? 

How to choose the best lawn care service near me.

Choosing the best lawn care professional to take care of your yard is easier when you can look through past customers' comments and reviews. Read through your top candidates’ reviews, and check out their profiles and photos of lawns they’ve maintained. Ultimately, hire a lawn care company or service with a reputation for producing reliable results at a fair price.

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