Not everyone has a green thumb, and if you’d rather have it without weeds or bald spots on your lawn, a local consumer group can offer tips on hiring a lawn care service.

Not everyone has a green thumb, and if you’d rather have it without weeds or bald spots on your lawn, a local consumer group can offer tips on hiring a lawn care service.

Make sure to ask questions when looking at lawn maintenance companies

“Many lawn care services only have one program that they use. If your lawn doesn’t need to be sprayed against weeds or pests, they will anyway, ”said Kevin Brasler, Editor-in-Chief at Checkbook.org.

For example, the company can also require a certain number of treatments on various topics during the term of the contract. However, you can save money if the company takes an integrated approach to treating your lawn rather than sticking to a schedule that could apply to everyone.

“Ask them why. Do i really need this? Do i need this treatment? In general, lawn care services have become more receptive to this, ”said Brasler.

For example, if you don’t want to use herbicides or pesticides then say so.

“In fact, in Montgomery County they are no longer allowed to treat the lawn with certain chemicals. You need to take a more natural approach, ”said Brasler.

Obtain written guarantees and expectations before concluding a contract.

“Do you want a golf course out there? Or are you ready to live with a few weeds and just get rid of a few brown spots or bald spots? ”Said Brasler.

Of all the reviews from Checkbook.org, lawn care is one of the worst rated, which makes many customers dissatisfied.

Before hiring anyone, check what the guarantee is. Many services will refund payments if you are not satisfied. But the best guarantees will essentially say that after a year if you are not satisfied with what they did, they will continue treatment for free or will refund all your money for not satisfied.

Through a special agreement with the nonprofit Washington Consumers’ Checkbook, WTOP readers can view checkbook reviews and price comparisons for 144 lawn care services in the area for a limited time.

Consumers’ Checkbook / Center for the Study of Services is an independent, not-for-profit consumer organization founded in 1974. She has been an innovator in providing information that helps consumers make smarter decisions for more than 40 years.

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