The “do it yourself” conundrum is a topic that we all face from time to time, whether it’s about lawn care, painting your home, or having your hair done. The question is…do I really need to hire someone to do this for me or can I do it myself?
One way or another, we all find out if we can handle DIY projects. As your lawn is the most visible representation of your home care, deciding to maintain your yard on your own or hire a company is a big decision.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of DIY lawn care versus using a local lawn care service.
DIY Lawn Care
Learning and Education
Most people enjoying learning about a variety of topics, and some people particularly enjoy learning about their lawn and ornamental plants. There’s no reason you can’t have fun while learning about how to keep your grass healthy!
In today’s world, we’re programmed to feel like the best way to get a good workout is to head to the gym, pop on the treadmill or stationary bike, and scroll through social media while you let your body do the work.
You can also get a great workout by working on your own lawn, with all the benefits of being outside. However, we all know the heat in Dallas can be intense so stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun.
Taking Pride in Your DIY Project
Who doesn’t love getting a compliment on their DIY project and getting to reply “Thanks, I did it myself!” It’s a great feeling!
Most people think that taking care of their yard will be less expensive than hiring a professional lawn care service; however, cost of product (weed control, fertilizer) and tools for application add up! Time is also money – how much is your time worth?
One of the main reasons homeowners consider DIY lawn care is the perceived cost savings. Perhaps you already have some experience caring for your lawn, and you think “I can do this!”
While we applaud your confidence, don’t forget you’ll need to visit your home improvement store to grab a few tools. You’ll need a fertilizer spreader and all the appropriate products. Starting to sound a little overwhelming and costly?
DIY lawn care definitely seems like the most affordable option, but to do it right you’ll need the right products and equipment which can be pricey.
Often when caring for your own yard, it’s difficult (even impossible in some cases) to get your grass looking as green and healthy as you picture it in your mind.
One problem is that the lawn care “weed and feed” products that are available for residential homeowners are decent, but they are formulated for large regions of the country rather than your local conditions.
That means your results can vary widely, since the weed control and fertilizers are formulated to cover a generic list of grass types and weeds rather than the grass and weeds found in your lawn in Dallas. Homeowners using weed and feed usually find that they get very inconsistent results from season to season and wind up frustrated over time.
Time Consuming and Stressful
Yards require a strict schedule of care and maintenance. With busy work weeks, vacations, and other household chores, sticking to that schedule can be a challenge. And when you slip up for a week or two, your yard will show it.
That’s about the time when your neighbor starts to roll their eyes every time they walk by.
Professional Local Lawn Care
First and foremost, it’s almost a certainty that you’re going to receive better results when using a local lawn care service. When using a local service, you’ll have a lawn that you can be proud of and your neighbors will appreciate.
Grass requires year-round maintenance, including disease control, insect control, weed control, treatments, fertilizing, aerating, and more. That’s a big undertaking for a homeowner, but a local company will have it all covered.
Don’t forget the importance of timing - your lawncare provider knows what your lawn needs and when it needs it, which is important in achieving consistent year-round, season to season results.
How often have you seen someone working on their yard, trying to stretch out their back as they wipe the sweat from their brow, and thought to yourself, “I’m glad that’s not me right now!”
Using a lawn care service eliminates the need for you to spend your precious days off toiling away on your yard. Using a reliable company you can trust, takes all the worry and work off your shoulders.
No need to stress about how your yard is going to look when you decide to take a week off from yard chores or when you get back from a long vacation. It’ll look healthy and green year round without any effort from you.
Choosing the wrong company
When searching for a lawn care company to fertilize your yard and eliminate weeds, it is important to choose wisely. You need to make sure you find a company that cares about your needs and wants.
After all, you are the one that’s going to be looking at the yard everyday.
Using a local company will likely mean that company is an expert on all that is required to keep your lawn healthy year round in your area.
The Clear Winner: Using a Local Lawn Care Company
Overall, the best bet to save you time, money and stress is to hire a local lawn care company. The key is to hire the right company for you.
Why Choose Gecko Green?
Gecko Green is a locally owned and operated lawn care company that has been serving the Dallas area for 18 years. As a family run business, we know how to treat our customers like they’re part of our family as well.
With Gecko Green you’ll get to know our service team and they’ll get to know you and your yard preferences. As a local company, we know the challenges that face yards in North Texas, and we are experts at maintaining the health of your yard and preventing seasonal problems.
Our company always provides you with the individualized and personalized attention that you deserve. We’re the team you can trust.
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