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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.

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
Thumbtack Customer
Great lawn care and respectful professionals! Lawn looks amazing! Very pleased.
Black Diamond Lawn ServiceBlack Diamond Lawn Service
Louis K.
The team from Chaney Lawn Care did a great job aerating, fertilizing and seeding my lawn for the Fall. They were easy to communicate with, professional and friendly. It is apparent that they genuinely care about lawn service and I would highly recommend them.
Chaney Lawn CareChaney Lawn Care
Billy B.
Did a great job getting my lawn back in shape. Professional, fast response and quality lawn care.
Trust Lawn care professionalsTrust Lawn care professionals
Christopher C.
Would recommend to anyone needing lawn care services
Friendly LawncareFriendly Lawncare
Liz B.
J Hopkins Lawn Care did a fantastic job!
J Hopkins Lawn CareJ Hopkins Lawn Care
Carly F.
I have had such a great experience with this lawn care company. The owner communicates very well and leaves you will a perfect lawn.
Cuttin’ Blades Lawn CareCuttin’ Blades Lawn Care
Crystal j.
J Hopkins Lawn Care does excellent work. I would recommend this company because their price is very reasonable and they do a great great job. They mowed, trimmed and cleaned up beautifully. My front lawn and backyard looks great! I’m on a tight budget and this company fits right into that budget with their reasonable price. I had to instruct my last lawn person what to do every time he mowed (which he should have already known as a lawn person) and he still missed places. I love the fact that I did not have to instruct J Hopkins lawn care they saw what needed to be done and took care of it. Very professional! This company is great I’m glad that I found them and just in time so that I can cancel the previous lawn person. Thumbs up to J Hopkins Lawn Care. Great job I’m very happy! Will be using this company in the future for sure! I suggest that people Hop on J Hopkins Lawn Care for great lawn service at a great price! Thank you J Hopkins lawn care.
J Hopkins Lawn CareJ Hopkins Lawn Care
Thumbtack Customer
Roderick has provided excellent service and knowledge about lawn care for the Charlotte area. He will be my go-to lawn care guy in the future. I have already hired him for additional work.
GVT Lawn CareGVT Lawn Care
Thumbtack Customer
Tugboat Lawn Care did an excellent job mowing my grass
Tugboats Lawn Care LLCTugboats Lawn Care LLC
Malcolm P.
Excellent service from J Hopkins Lawn care. On time and reasonable.
J Hopkins Lawn CareJ Hopkins Lawn Care
Vanessa T.
Gilbert was very prompt on answering our inquiry and giving us an estimate. We are very glad to find a professional with this level attentiveness, who is able to provide the care our lawn needs. We definitively recommend Hernandez Lawn Care.
Hernandez Lawn CareHernandez Lawn Care
Michelle O.
He did an excellent job. Found our new lawn care company
J Hopkins Lawn CareJ Hopkins Lawn Care
Thumbtack Customer
I was so pleased with the lawn care of my home and will use them again!
M&M Grounds Maintenance, LLCM&M Grounds Maintenance, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Fast response...super courteous..I've found my lawn care for the season and the next!
Tugboats Lawn Care LLCTugboats Lawn Care LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hired black diamond for my lawn care. They did an excellent job and I wasn't even at home!!! I have hired black diamond as my lawn care service on a regular basis. Prices are very reasonable ! Donna H. Charlotte NC
Black Diamond Lawn ServiceBlack Diamond Lawn Service
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic job! Stacey was vey nice and professional. After an earlier misunderstanding due to an emergency, Stacey was able to get everything taken care of and alleviate my fears. The lawn looks great and the service was swift. I would highly recommend Dominion Lawn Care!
Dominion Lawn Care & LandscapingDominion Lawn Care & Landscaping
Silverback lawn service is a very professional company. I enjoy working with them. Always prompt with great communication and very experienced in lawn care. I definitely recommend them.
Silverback lawn/handyman servicesSilverback lawn/handyman services
Pete M.
Trust lawn care came through for me in a timely manner and did qualify work. Thanks
Trust Lawn care professionalsTrust Lawn care professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Had no idea that a lawn care service would/could be run so professionally. This guy was awesome, automated, and on time. Will use going forward for routine care.
OAK PropertyOAK Property
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent service. Aeration, seeding, weed treatment and debris removal from lawn. I would definitely recommend them to friends and family for all your lawn care needs. Five star!
OAK PropertyOAK Property
Janet I.
I contacted Dominion Lawn Care late last week to see about getting them to take over my lawn care. Stacy was quick to respond and they came for the first time yesterday. The yard looks great and I'm looking forward to working with them this year for my yard needs.
Dominion Lawn Care & LandscapingDominion Lawn Care & Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Jim did a great job on my small lawn. The edging was particularly good and makes the whole property look great. He will be my regular lawn care person for the rest of this season and on into the future. Highly recommended.
Your Neighbor Home ServiceYour Neighbor Home Service
Thumbtack Customer
J Hopkins Lawn Care did a great job!!! I would definitely hire, and recommend their services again.
J Hopkins Lawn CareJ Hopkins Lawn Care
Ed V.
If you’re looking for lawn care look no further. Great communication, prompt, reliable and great work. Melissa is awesome!
Chaney Lawn CareChaney Lawn Care
Thumbtack Customer
Aaron is the best lawn care service! Trustworthy, honest and efficient...his passion for what he does is obvious!
Aaron's Lawn Care, LLCAaron's Lawn Care, LLC
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