In this DIY world, there’s a good chance you might be considering tackling lawn care on your own. After all, why pay for something that you could easily do yourself? But therein lies the big question—how easy is it to really do lawn care on your own?
If you’re thinking about tackling your own lawn care, you should first consider these points.
Saving Money: Chances are if you’re thinking about DIY lawn care, it’s to try and save some money. You might find that doing your own lawn care may initially seem less expensive but in time it could actually cost you more.
Great Exercise: Getting out in the yard to do some lawn work is certainly one way to get exercise and is one reason why some homeowners do their own lawn care.
Taking Pride in DIY Work: Some people like the idea of doing yard work on their own and may even take pride in tackling their lawn care. But that pride can quickly sour if the work doesn’t pan out the way you had expected.
Mediocre Results: Without access to commercial grade products and skilled expertise, DIYers might also get lackluster results. Or, more commonly, they have to continue spending until they find the right solution, if they do at all.
Hidden Costs: Although there can be initial savings involved, it’s also important to recognize there are often hidden costs associated with lawn care that most homeowners miss predicting. Without a trainedprofessional regularly overseeing your lawn care, there are also a lot of things that can go wrong.
Time Consuming: While you may feel like you have plenty of time to tackle lawn care projects, the process is often more time consuming than most people realize. Multiple trips to the store, finding the right day with the right weather conditions, along with cleanup and storage of materials can eat up more time than many assume.
If you’re considering hiring a professional, you should first weigh these pros and cons.
Better Results: By hiring a lawn care service, you’ll get better results and perhaps even a guarantee on the work, depending on the company you choose. That’s a guarantee that doesn’t come on a bag or bottle you’d buy at your local hardware or home improvement store.
Convenience: Plus, you won’t have to do it on your own. Although this may have initially been your goal, more often than not, what seemed like an easy and perhaps even fun endeavor at the start often turns into a chore when one realizes just how much time, skill, and work is actually involved.
Solutions for Tricky Issues: A professional lawn care service will also have trained technicians who know exactly how to diagnose and solve problems, which can also save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
Increased Safety: Professional lawn care companies often work with cutting edge materials for several years until the manufacturers release them to the public. These products can not only work more effectively, but are also, in some circumstances, safer than some products homeowners have access to.
Cost: The downside that probably comes to your mind in hiring a lawn care service is the upfront cost. It may seem expensive at the onset to pay a professional. But the fact of the matter is that a do it yourself lawn care program can actually be more expensive if you wind up making costly mistakes and have to pay to fix them.
Making a Bad Choice: Of course, hiring the wrong lawn care professional, can also be a con. You simply aren’t going to get the professional benefits discussed if you choose a company that doesn’t practice proactive lawn care.