How to Choose a Lawn Maintenance Company in Bergen County

IMG_3567-300x224[1]If you need help caring for your lawn, a lawn maintenance company can help you reach your goals. Since you will be paying for the service each month, you want to make sure that you choose the best company for your needs. Reviewing local companies online, asking the right questions and being honest about your needs will go a long way in ensuring your satisfaction with a lawn company.

Your Checklist

  • To begin your search, start by assessing your own needs. Are you looking for a company to mow your lawn each week? Do you need detailed services such as weeding, planting seasonal flowers and irrigation? Lawn companies range in their services, with some providing basic lawn care while others offer aerating, pest control, seasonal cleanup and snow removal.

  • Next, take a look around your neighborhood and see if you have any neighbors who use a lawn service that you’re impressed by. Or, maybe your friends or coworkers have a recommendation. Thanks to the internet, you don’t need to have a referral, but it is nice to see the work beforehand.

  • Browse through the local lawn maintenance companies that serve your area and narrow down your search. Get a good feel for what services the company offers, their pricing schedule and their reviews and testimonials. You can learn a lot about a company from their website.

  • Also, what is the company’s philosophy? What are their pest control methods? Do they believe in organic methods only? Do they utilize locally grown plants and shrubs? Find a company that aligns with your own goals.

  • When you have a few companies that have impressed you, take advantage of the free estimate that most will offer. Someone will come to your home, assess your lawn and provide you with a quote for the services. Most companies have set fees for their services; what may influence the price is the size and complexity of your yard.

  • Inquire about who will be performing the lawn care. Most companies use mow-and-go crews. Ask what their qualifications are, and if they have any type of training or expertise in the field. Also, is the company licensed to apply lawn-care products?

  • Ask about the contract, if there is one. Some companies will have you sign an annual contract, while others work on a month-to-month basis. If you plan on using the service throughout the year, you may be able to save money by choosing an annual plan that you pay for in advance.

  • What is guaranteed? For example, if the lawn doesn’t meet your expectations, how does the company handle this? Some will refund your money while others will come back and fix the problem.

And of course, you can always check the BBB to see if the company you’re about to choose has a good standing.