Lawn care services

Lawn care involves maintaining a client’s grass and plants so they stay healthy. Not every landscaper provides lawn maintenance, but it can be a great way to bring in recurring revenue, and keep your crew busy all summer long.

Lawn mowing: Cut grass to an even height using a push or riding mower. This service is often paired with edging and blowing to clear paths. When pricing your lawn care services, you can give clients the option of one-off or weekly visits.

Edging: This service creates clean lines between lawns and nearby pathways, garden beds, or other areas. You can offer edging alongside your lawn mowing services for a sharp, detailed look your clients will love.

Dethatching: Leaves and stems collect at the base of actively growing grass, just above the soil’s surface, forming a layer called thatch. You can dethatch the lawn to help water and nutrients reach the grass’s roots more easily.

Mulching: Mulch is made up of organic materials like grass clippings, leaves, straw, sawdust, and wood chips. You can apply it to the soil’s surface to lock in moisture, reduce weed growth, and promote overall soil health.

Fertilizing: To keep plants healthy and green, add fertilizer to a client’s soil as part of regular lawn and landscaping maintenance. Timing will depend on the season and the type of lawn, but your lawn care schedule should account for spring fertilizing.

Weed control: Regular weeding will keep weeds from growing out of control and taking over the entire space. Weeds grow fast, so you can offer hand-weeding or chemical weed control as part of your regular lawn care service.

Leaf removal: Leaves fall to the ground throughout the year, but especially in the spring and fall. You can offer a recurring seasonal leaf removal service, whether it’s raking or blowing, to keep the lawn clean and green.

Trimming: When trees and hedges get overgrown, the outdoor space looks messy and can be hard to use. You can cut back the overgrown areas to make the space more appealing and help the client enjoy it more.

Pruning: This service involves removing dead or infected branches, twigs, or stems from trees and plants to encourage healthy growth.

Yard cleanup: Some lawn care professionals offer yard waste removal, like fallen branches or other plant waste. This is a simple add-on service that keeps lawns looking great.

Lawn aeration: During aeration, you’re poking small holes in the soil to keep it from compacting. This allows air, water, and other nutrients to seep in and help the roots grow. You’ll want an aerator to help you save time and do the job right.

Overseeding: Spread new grass seed over an existing lawn without turning the soil to improve overall lawn health. This process adds color, thickens grass, and prevents weed growth. It also helps with insect damage, drought stress, and other signs of deterioration. You can offer this service alongside aeration when a lawn is looking run down.

Sod maintenance: If a client has a new lawn, they’ll need ongoing maintenance to ensure the sod stays put. You can provide regular watering to keep the new sod healthy.

Grass planting service: Create a new lawn from scratch, or improve the look and health of your client’s lawn, by grading the soil and planting new grass on it.

Artificial turf maintenance: Even though it doesn’t grow, artificial turf still needs to be sprayed and maintained regularly to keep it in top condition.

Lawn pest control: Pests can affect a lawn’s health and make it hard to enjoy an outdoor space. Think about offering pest control services to keep insects at bay, like grubs, fire ants, and armyworms.

Hourly labor: Your time is the most important part of any quote. It’s usually bundled into your other services. But if you know a task will take extra time or you need another employee, add more hours for extra labor.

1. Design consultation

Consultations are a chance for you to visit the client’s site to assess the space and ask questions. You’ll then create a few rough ideas and finalize the design with the client.

2. Landscape design

Landscape design involves planning and designing outdoor living spaces before doing any digging or Hardscaping: This type of design incorporates the “hard” elements of an outdoor space, like brick and rock. For example, a hardscape design could include a plan for a brick patio, stone wall, or fountain.

Softscaping: Softscape covers any plants that will be included in an outdoor space, like trees, shrubs, and flowers. A client might want hedges lining their property, trees planted in specific spots, or flowerbeds laid out in a certain way.

Xeriscaping: An environmentally friendly landscaping method, xeriscaping involves building outdoor spaces that need little to no irrigation. Xeriscapes often have hardy, low-water plants like cacti, or are designed to collect and distribute rainfall among plants.

3. Planting

You can plant a wide range of shrubs, trees, and flowers according to specific landscape designs. You’ll need to remember the watering, sunlight, and other garden maintenance requirements of the desired plants when creating your softscape design.

4. Grading

If a surface isn’t flat and the client wants to plant new grass, you’ll need to level the surface to prepare for planting. This can be a good add-on service if you also offer sodding or seeding.

5. Tree removal

Some clients may want to remove trees as part of their softscape design. You can cut a tree down yourself if you’re trained to do it safely.

6. Sod or turf installation

Sodding is a fast way to create an instant lawn where there wasn’t one before. It involves picking up, unrolling, and laying down strips of healthy turf (or sod), then watering heavily to help the grass take root in the soil beneath.

7. Lawn returfing

You can remove old grass that’s too damaged to save, then install new turf. Some clients might need only small areas re-turfed, while others need their lawn completely redone.

8. Artificial turf installation

Artificial turf is for homeowners who want an always-green lawn that never needs to be cut. It’s also a good option for areas that get little to no water. Installing this turf is just as big a job as the natural kind. You’ll need to remove existing turf, if there is any, and lay down the new turf on top of the soil.

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