When you need pest control or seeds planted- who do you call? What about spring cleanup or regular lawn mowing services? Several types of businesses operate in various kinds of lawn-related activities, but depending on what you are looking for, not all of them may offer the types of services you’re after.
Lawn care and lawn maintenance are often used interchangeably, however, as anyone who works with lawns and gardens can tell you, they cover a different range of services. To help guide you in the right direction, here is a breakdown of different types of lawn care and lawn maintenance services.
Lawn Maintenance Services: Keeping Things Neat and Tidy
Lawn maintenance is the type of service you use to help keep your healthy lawn looking its best all year round. While the services offered are not necessarily specialized, they do require some skill and the right kind of equipment. Examples of services that fall under lawn maintenance include:
• Regular lawn mowing services
• Trimming around driveways, walkways, and curbs
• Routine lawn and garden watering
• Trimming and pruning trees and shrubs
• Seasonal cleanups (spring and fall)
Companies that work in lawn maintenance are usually hired on a seasonal or annual basis and visit your home regularly. Depending on your needs, your lawn maintenance company might come by on a monthly, bi-weekly, or even weekly basis.
Lawn Care Services: Everything you Need to Keep Your Lawn Lush, Green, and Healthy
Lawn care is a more specialized field of lawn services. Where lawn maintenance crews are tasked with keeping your lawn and garden neatly trimmed and clean, it’s a lawn care team’s job to ensure the vitality of your yard and vegetation. Rather than being concerned with regular upkeep, a lawn care professional with be focused on factors that influence the health and quality of your lawn and soil.
Services provided by a lawn care company might include:
• Lawn pest control
• Fertilizer application
• Deep root feeding
• Aeration service
• Soil testing
• Irrigation systems
While your need for regular lawn care services will depend on the state of your lawn, these types of services are typically requested on an as-needed basis. For example, if you have areas of patchy grass, signs of lawn disease, or a lawn pest problem, you would hire lawn care services.
But Wait, What About Planting?
If you are looking for a service that can transform an empty slate or revamp a tired garden, you might not need lawn care or maintenance services as you might be looking for a landscaping company.
Landscapers are kind of like garden artists working with homeowners to develop comprehensive landscaping designs that might also extend to include some hardscaping elements. You would hire a landscaper to:
• Plan your outdoor space
• Create designated areas within your garden
• Plant trees, shrubs, flowers, and other vegetation
• Plan hardscaping features like patios, walkways, planters, and boarders
Can I Get All These Services in One Place?
Now that you understand the distinctions between different types of lawn services, you might be wondering if (or hoping) you can get one company to manage it all. The answer is, but it depends.
Like Harp’s Landscaping, some companies have a diverse team with experience in multiple areas of lawn care, maintenance, and landscaping. Other times, it may be beneficial to hire one company to manage your lawn maintenance needs and a separate one to help with lawn care or large-scale landscaping projects.