In talking to various homeowners over the years we have found that there are generally three reasons why people tackle DIY lawn care.
If you’re someone that falls into the first or second group, we tip our hats to you. We love lawn care, too. We’re also always available to partner with homeowners who want to handle some tasks themselves (like gardening) while we handle others.
To those looking to save money, we want to explore the cost of DIY lawn care so that you don't end up in over your head.
We have found that homeowners are often surprised that DIY lawn care is not as cheap as they think—and it can come with unexpected hassles and headaches. We hope that by exploring this issue, you can be prepared to make a decision that’s best for you.
When people choose to go with a DIY lawn care plan, most choose a four-step program that is marketed as having all of the services they need. Let’s assume that’s the type of DIY program you’re going to use and start adding up the cost.
In searching for the Scott’s 4-Step Lawn Care Program, which is one of the more popular program choices out there, we found it to be around $275 (on average) for the four bags. Of course, you have to also purchase the equipment to apply the product. That means investing in a spreader, which might run another $60 or so.
While the marketing message would have you believe that’s all you need, in reality, the Scott’s program is missing some really important products/services so if you truly want a complete lawn care program, you’ll also need to invest in these additional products.
The program addresses crabgrass, fertilization, and generalized weed control.
But many lawns in Flower Mound, Highland Village, and Lewisville, TX have a variety of weeds that might need specialized weed controls. Any additional products will be an add-on.
The Scott’s 4-step program also does nothing to address lawn grubs or other lawn pests that might wreak havoc on your turf. It also does nothing to address potential lawn diseases which can run rampant here with our climate. As a result, there are likely other products and equipment (including a sprayer) that you will need to buy to make your DIY lawn care program more complete.
It’s easy to see how these costs can start adding up—plus they come with no guarantee that they’ll work. If you make a mistake or something goes awry, there’s nobody to consult with or to come out and correct the problem. You’re on your own.
As we start talking to homeowners about these various costs—plus your time (and gas money) running back and forth from the hardware store and spending time working on your lawn—people begin to see that it’s not as “cheap” as they thought it was. The hassles and headaches involved with all the work also quickly become apparent.
The conversation really boils down to, how much is your time worth?
Isn’t your spare time worth $50 an hour? That’s generally the starting cost of having a pro handle the work for you, and when you begin to add up the DIY costs (and hassles), most people start to think it’s more than worth it.
Frankly, your time is probably worth a lot more than that! You’re not having to do work and you’re getting to invest that time into things that you actually enjoy.
You might spend a little bit more on a pro, but you also gain the peace of mind that the job is getting completed as it should. After all, unless you’ve worked in the industry before (as we mentioned early on), you probably don’t know much about lawn care. Things like the rate of application or when to apply can get complicated. But a licensed and trained lawn care technician will know exactly what your lawn needs.
Plus, whereas the DIY lawn care programs fall short of everything that’s needed, with a professional program, you’ll know your lawn is getting all of the products and services it needs to grow thick and healthy. You also get the added benefit of having a trained eye overseeing your property. That means that if a disease or a pest problem is brewing, they’ll be able to spot it early and get it under control quickly. When it comes to talking about cost, that’s invaluable!
After all, having to go through replacing your turf after it’s been ravaged by disease or pests is a lot more costly than having just hired a pro in the first place.
We completely get that choosing to hire a professional is not always an easy decision. We’ve been there ourselves. So often, DIY projects start out seeming simple. Trust me, I (Jack Moore, Grassperson CEO) can relate. I’ve often become entangled in seemingly small house projects that I figured I could do on my own. But after the fourth trip to Home Depot, I often wonder why I didn’t just hire a pro.
At Grassperson, we’re here to work with folks at the level where they want to meet us. We have some clients who really love gardening and certain aspects of yard work. They might handle some projects around their property but they hand their lawn care over to us.
Other clients don’t want to have to work on any of it. They just want to know they’re going to have the best-looking property on the block with zero aggravation on their end.
Whatever category you might fall into, we’re here to help. But the last thing we want to see is people falling into DIY traps that end up being costly simply because they were trying to save some money. You shouldn’t have to waste your time or money because you didn’t know what you were getting into. We can help you have the best-looking lawn on the block without the hassles or the headaches.
Ready to get a professional-looking lawn at your Flower Mound, Highland Village, or Lewisville, TX home? Get a free quote and get ready to enjoy the best lawn on the block with no hassles!