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4 Reasons Why DIY Lawn Care Might Be a Mistake

Jack Moore
Nov 12, 2019 4:45:21 PM

There’s nothing like having a carpet-like lawn to show off on your property—one that stands out as the best grass on the block. But you might be wondering whether you really need to hire a professional lawn care service to achieve the results that you’re after. You might be thinking about whether you can get just as good results with a DIY lawn care approach. 

This is not an uncommon thought in a day and age when many homeowners think about DIY tasks around their home. However, there are a number of reasons that a DIY lawn care plan in North Texas could actually end up being a mistake. 

The last thing that we want is to see people waste their time and money because they didn’t know what they were getting into. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of reasons why DIY lawn care might not be the best choice. Read on to see if any of these might apply to you before getting started with DIY lawn care.

Reasons Why DIY Lawn Care Might Be a Mistake

1. DIY Lawn Care is More Complicated Than Most Realize

Most people don’t quite understand how much science is involved in lawn care. They assume that tossing down some store-bought weed and feed products are all it will take to achieve a great-looking lawn. But the truth is, lawn care is actually quite complex.

lawn technician applying fertilizer

For one, you need to know exactly how much lawn care product to put down. Unfortunately, we have heard stories from homeowners who have made mistakes when it comes to calibrating their spreader and put the wrong amount of product down. This can cause your lawn to decline or even be damaged by “fertilizer burn.”

In addition to how much product is used, the timing is also important. Getting on a regular DIY lawn care schedule can be difficult for some homeowners when they also have to fit in work or “to-do’s” in their busy life. 

While you might start out on a regular DIY lawn care schedule, things come up and you might miss a weekend here or there. It might not sound like a big deal but considering the fact that lawn care should be performed at specific intervals (or under specific weather conditions), it can definitely impact your results.

2. DIY Lawn Care Can Be Dangerous

We find that homeowners vastly underestimate how grueling and exhausting lawn care can be in North Texas. It can also be quite dangerous. When you’re talking about doing hard work in the hot sun, you’re putting yourself at risk for conditions such as heat stroke. 

lawn technician spraying lawn

You may encounter bees, wasps, or even snakes, all of which are prevalent in our region. On top of all that, working on your lawn can take a toll on your back (or your body in general). It’s undeniable that lawn care is labor-intensive work—probably not the way that you want to spend your weekend.

You should also recognize that lawn care products are perfectly safe when handled and applied properly, which professional lawn care technicians are trained to do. But as a homeowner, you might be rightfully worried that a spill could be dangerous. 

In addition, you’re also now faced with having to store lawn care products properly and safely—something you wouldn’t have to worry about if a pro were handling it for you.

3. DIY Lawn Care Doesn’t Yield the Best Results

While a lot of homeowners start the process assuming that they can get the same results as a professional lawn care service, there are a number of reasons why this doesn’t end up happening. For one, we mentioned that lawn care is a complex science and everything from the application rates to the timing can really impact your results.

But another really big reason is the fact that DIY lawn care products are subpar. Store-bought products simply cannot stand up to the professional, commercial-grade products that a professional has access to and will utilize on your lawn.

professional lawn care technician applying lawn care products

Of course, a pro is not just going to use one product for everything. A professional lawn care provider is going to use a rotation of great products for your lawn’s various needs. Different products will be rotated throughout the year. This customized approach with high-quality products is going to get you the best possible results.

4. DIY Lawn Care Can Actually Be More Expensive

Most of the time when homeowners tackle DIY lawn care, it’s because of cost. They wonder why they should pay for something that they can easily do themselves.

But the truth is, DIY lawn care is not all that inexpensive. For one, many homeowners that take a DIY approach find that they end up buying a variety of products trying to find the right ones for their needs (in a trial-and-error type of process). On top of that, there’s the equipment that you also need to invest in.

Costs can also escalate when lawn care mistakes are made—actually causing you to spend more money to fix problems that haven’t been properly solved (or made worse). 

All of this may leave you wondering why you didn’t just pay for a professional lawn care service in the first place. The cost difference is likely not as drastic as you may have originally thought plus it will save you the hassles and headaches associated with doing it on your own. That means that the value you get out of hiring a pro may far outweigh the actual cost investment. Plus, you’ll get superior lawn results.

Taking the Next Lawn Care Step

If any of these potential issues sound like concerns you could be faced with, then you might be re-thinking your DIY lawn care plan. After all, is it really worth it? We’ve talked to homeowners who have gone down this DIY path only to end up regretting it and the last thing that we want is for you to end up in that same situation.

Of course, we get many homeowners who tell us they enjoy working on their properties. What we always tell them is: Do the work that you truly enjoy, have the capability and skill to do, and have the tools to do. Leave the rest to us.

landscaping truck lawn flowers planting

For most people, the best DIY lawn tasks are ones such as planting and caring for flowers in the landscape. We recognize that a lot of people enjoy doing that. But most people don’t actually enjoy DIY lawn care—nor do they have the right tools or know-how to perform the work properly. 

Leave that work to us and you’ll not only have to take on the stress and headaches, but you’ll also ensure you’ll get the best results.  In the end, it’s a win for everyone.

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 on your end.


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