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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
Rita I.
Very thorough! Excellent service! Very pleased with our lawn Care!
Cheapscape Lawncare and LandscapingCheapscape Lawncare and Landscaping
Alexandre B.
Received a prompt response to my quote request. They came the next day and did an exceptional job taking care of my lawn.
Deerfield Landscape llcDeerfield Landscape llc
Erick S.
Todd’s team was amazing. I recently bought a house where the previous owners did not take care of the lawn and his team came in and made it look amazing! Would recommend!
Quality MaintenanceQuality Maintenance
Emily K.
This has been the best and easiest lawn care experience. I highly recommend this service if you want quality work done. Yeffrey is always easy to communicate with and does an excellent job. Thank you!
E & G multi serviceE & G multi service
Francisco C.
Alex did an exceptional job and my yard was in horrible shape. He was quick and even went out of his way to clean off the driveway for me which was not in his scope of work. I highly recommend Alex and look forward to continue working with him on my landscaping and lawn care needs.
Rhodys FinestRhodys Finest
Evelyn A.
Cleaner and his team did an amazing job! He did everything we envisioned with our backyard and more. He also gave us recommendations on mulch and cut any and all unnecessary trees and bushes that were located too close to our home. He will be taking care of our lawn going forward! Thank you Cleyber!
Cleyber LandscapingCleyber Landscaping
Mona S.
Cleyber responded quickly to my request for a landscaping quote. Immediately after viewing my property he completed the work as promised on the first day. I am very pleased with how my front yard looks. I was so impressed that I hired him to complete my backyard as well. I highly recommend him for all your lawn care needs.
Cleyber LandscapingCleyber Landscaping
Ethan H.
AVOID THIS COMPANY — there is no way to delete your payment method from their website. All they do is find really shoddy subs. If a landscaper cannot find their own work right now, in this economy, and they rely on LawnStarter to find them leads, they are the bottom of the bottom believe me. I tried them at two properties with two different landscapers. Believe me it was not just chance that one of them was bad, they were both terrible. EXAMPLE: they leave weeds all around the perimeter, when you cut along you cut the lawn and trim the weeds around the perimeter. I asked them to get to them, they say they will, guess what, they do not. I have a large hedge I scheduled with them months ago, they came out to do the work, rescheduled the hedge work for a month later. I said fine, he comes for the hedge work a month later, they reschedule again, say they need a ladder. They knew well they needed a ladder two months ago but they still keep rescheduling it. Now the hedge is out of control and will cost more to cut it. Not to mention when you try to dispute the work all they do is offer a credit for future work. They just string you along they have you locked in with your payment method and there’s no way to delete your payment method from their website. Plus I’m addition their contractors are lazy and will block your neighbors driveways, not even care. The contractors lie about the work they did, lie about the work they will do. Overall terrible experiencez
LawnStarter Lawn CareLawnStarter Lawn Care
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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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