Educational Consumer Tips

Lawn Care

Author: Better Business Bureau

Hiring of a Lawn Service:

Lawn care companies provide many services, including mowing, maintenance, aeration, seeding, landscaping, fertilization, pest control applications, and tree care.   If you want to hire a lawn care company, you may wish to ask family members and friends for a recommendation.

Before hiring a lawn care company, you may wish to request that they give you an estimate for the service you are interested in having them to perform.  If the company performs fertilizing services, you may wish to contact your state Department of Agriculture, to find out if the company is licensed to apply pesticides.  You may also wish to contact your local city and county offices, to find out if the company is required to be licensed with them.

Before signing a lawn care contract, you may wish to have the contract reviewed by an attorney, so you can thoroughly understand its contents.  Find out if the company contracts are “open-ended” -  automatically renewed annually, without your consent.  Ask questions regarding their cancellation policy.  Find out if you can cancel at any time, and remember to get the policy in writing for future reference.