Professional weeders are available for residential and commercial properties as a one-time or ongoing service. The area to be weeded may be a small lawn under 1,000 square feet or well over 10,000 square feet. Weeding services provide treatment and control just for front yards, backyards, side yards, walkways or all areas on a property at the same time. Several factors affect the cost of weed control services.
According to Magnificent Services in San Jose, California, a key element to weed control is prevention. Professionals treat lawns and properties with "pre-emergent" herbicides that effectively prevent different weed varietals from ever growing. Pros usually apply pre-emergents in early summer and again in the fall (every six months) to all areas of the property (lawn, flower beds, cracks in concrete walkways, etc.). Costs are typically based on the square footage of the area to be treated. More area requires more labor for the application and more product. Organic pre-emergent also increases the total cost. Magnificent Services charges $65 per application of pre-emergent on a 1,000- to 5,000-square-foot lawn and $90 per application on an approximately 10,000-square-foot lawn.
Weed and feed is a combination herbicide (broadleaf weed killer) and fertilizer applied topically to lawns. According to Magnificent Services, this treatment helps when weeds have already taken over a lawn and is generally applied in winter or spring. Magnificent Services charges the same for weed and feed as it does for pre-emergent. Organic weed and feed applications cost $75–$80 for a 1,000- to 5,000-square-foot lawn and $100–$105 for an approximately 10,000-square-foot lawn.
Professional hand weed pulling is not as common as topical and preventative treatments. Individuals and companies that do provide the service typically charge by the hour to cover the time and labor of the person doing the work. Hourly rates often apply to similar gardening tasks such as raking and trimming plants. Magnificent Services charges $45 per hour for hand weeding and other gardening tasks.
Consistent customers often get a lower rate because of their ongoing loyalty. Bundling weed control with other lawn care services as well as committing to a weed control contract generally costs less than paying for a one-time service. Magnificent Services offers a 20 percent discount per service when customers sign a year contract, which includes quarterly treatments with pre-emergent, fertilizer, mold control and crabgrass preventer before summer.
Some lawn care companies charge an additional fee if the property is outside their standard service range. The travel fee covers the added employee time and transportation expenses in getting to and from the job site.
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