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How to Choose a Lawn Care Company in Grand Traverse and Leelanau County, MI

When it comes to finding a lawn care company in the Traverse City area, there is certainly no shortage of options. A simple Google search returns a lengthy list of contractors, including both local providers and nationwide lawn care chains.

However, selecting the right company for you and your property can prove to be a bit more challenging.

Let’s look at a few tips to help you ‘weed’ through the lawn care service providers in Northern Michigan so your grass will impress without breaking the bank.

1. Investigate their Online Presence

The most effective way to rule out lawn care providers from your list is to do some quick research on each company you are considering.

While the landscaping industry can sometimes have a bad reputation of being unprofessional, imagine rusty old unmarked pickup trucks and guys with no shirts and cigarettes hanging out of their mouths fertilizing your grass, many industry leaders have been working really hard to make changes.

Check to see if the company you are interested in has a functioning and easy-to-use website. Look to see if they have any social media accounts and if they are updated regularly. Give a quick Google search to see if any reviews have been left or if they feature any pictures of their work.

While a website alone doesn’t tell you if the company will do a good job, it does provide a clear line of communication to your provider and speaks to their level of professionalism.

lawn care expert applies granular fertilizer on ride on machine

2. Give Them a Call

After ruling out companies by completing a quick Google search, try giving them a quick call. One of the most frustrating struggles you can have as a homeowner is hiring a contractor and then not being able to reach them when you need them.

Does someone answer the phone when you call? Is your call returned by a professional in a timely matter? What you find during this investigative step will show what type of customer service and communication the team you hire will provide.

3. Check for Organic, Green Options

Living in a beautiful area surrounded by fresh water like Traverse City, means that many local residents want organic service options. If this is important to you, be sure to look around their website for organic service offerings. Typical offerings could or should include:

  • Robotic Lawn Mowers
  • Organic Fertilization
  • Organic Pest Control
  • Moisture Retention Solutions (like Hydretain)
robotic mower in docking station

4. Inquire About Additional Outdoor Services

Making multiple calls to several different landscaping service providers is a pain. Look to see if the company you are choosing offers any other outdoor services. Many lawn care companies offer pest control options as add-ons to existing service plans. In the future, if you want a landscape project done, like a patio installed, you have a trusted lawn care service provider already at your fingertips. Many lawn care companies offer their services in an a la carte type fashion, where you can pick and choose a few simple services.

Others offer full-service maintenance plans which would include things like mowing your lawn and caring for your plants and trees as well. Look to see if they have any connections so you can get these services done as well.

lawn care expert sprays for pests

5. Look for Local Professionals

If you are taking the leap to hire lawn care services, you want to make sure your money is invested wisely. Unfortunately, there are lawn care companies out there that are not following the rules and regulations set by the state. During a meeting with the company you are considering, be sure to ask the following questions:

  • Are your lawn care professionals licensed pesticide applicators? For a company to put any type of chemical, even organic chemicals or weed control like Round-up, their applicators MUST be licensed. This means lawn care professionals study extensively for tests, must pass the test, and must do continuing education every single year in order to keep their license. If applicators are not licensed, your property can easily be damaged and over using chemicals can negatively impact the environment.
  • Is your company licensed and insured? This protects you from any accidents that may happen on your property.

In addition to professional services, a great lawn care company will offer professional resources too. If you don’t want to pay for irrigation and lawn mowing services for example, check to see if they offer learning resources or a blog. Many companies have their experts consult on these topics to help support homeowners in caring for their properties. For example, our Green Team division does not offer lawn mowing services at this time (other than robotic mowers), so we have included mowing tips to help your lawn be in great health so the lawn care treatments you are paying for can work their best.

It can be beneficial to select a local company over a nationwide chain as well. Typically, plans and services are more customizable and service is more consistent. Owners as well as employees live and work in the area they are servicing, so they are more invested in building long-lasting successful business relationships.

lawn care expert pours granular fertilizer into spreader

Choosing a Lawn Care Company that’s Right for You

Finding a great lawn care company does require a little bit of time and effort, but making the right choice ends up worth it in the end when you have a beautiful lawn that you can enjoy with friends and family. These five suggestions can help you select a lawn care service that aligns with your vision for the property as well as services that leave your property looking great.

At Green Team, we would love the opportunity to talk with you about the services we offer and design a game plan that is right for your property. Currently, the Green Team division offers fertilization, weed, disease, and grub control, organic fertilization, aeration, overseeding, Hydretain applications, perimeter pest control, mosquito control, organic mosquito control, and robotic mowing sales, installation, and serving. To learn more about what our parent company, TruNorth Landscaping offers, we invite you to visit their website. Together, both divisions are ready to offer nearly every outdoor landscaping service you can think of!

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