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Lawn Care: Who’s In Charge?

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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Struggling to keep up with the weeds in your yard? You’re not alone. Next to death and taxes, weeds are way up there on most people’s lists of annoyances.

Weeds take over quickly, so don’t let your interior remodeling take all your time. One blink and your lawn care “to do” list can multiply like the weeds. If you’re debating whether to turn this over to a landscaping contractor, here’s how to decide.

What’s a Landscaping Contractor to Do?

One big benefit of hiring a landscaping contractor is time. You save your time and gain a great lawn more quickly. The right contractor would have the expertise, manpower, and dedication to stick with it (instead of getting frustrated and switching to painting the bathroom instead). Check out this typical lawn care schedule from the University of Missouri Extension Department.

Lawn Care Basics

Think about the size of your lawn, how bad the weeds are, and the time you can devote to lawn maintenance. If your yard is small and your work schedule limited, the DIY route can work. If your days are frazzled with kids and work, and the yard is large, the contractor often brings better results.

Lawn care includes:

  • Weeding…and more weeding.
  • Fertilizing. The trick is knowing your type of grass and climate. Also review these lawn care tips, such as whether you want organic fertilizers.
  • Seeding or sodding. Consider your timing (sod is much quicker but more expensive!), type of grass, and sun patterns. If your yard needs to be graded differently, consider hiring a contractor with this expertise. If you just need to fill in small areas, it can be easier and more economical to do the work yourself.
  • Dethatching. This important lawn maintenance project can help sunlight reach your grass.

Are you tired yet? Your answers determine whether you DIY or turn over the lawn maintenance to a professional.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Lawn Care: Who’s In Charge?”

  2. Dec 29, 2010

    Great reasons for getting a landscaper! Thanks for the post.

  3. Aug 29, 2011

    Lawn care for growing grass as we enter May has different needs than what is expected in late summer and fall. The way you mow your lawn can either make growing grass easier or harder. In the spring, you need to keep the grass high. You should also leave grass clippings on the lawn to help recycle important lawn fertilizing nutrients. It’s also important to give your grass the fertilizing lawn care and control treatments it needs based on the season.

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