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Lawn Maintenance Contracts Protect You And Your Yard

Possibly the cheapest way to increase the curb appeal of your Bellingham or Ferndale Washington home, as well as maintain your home investment, is with the services of a professional lawn care company. When you hire a landscaping company they will probably ask, and you should demand, they sign a lawn or yard maintenance contract. The agreement should specify the responsibilities of the company as well as the homeowner so there are no questions as to who is responsible for what part of the lawn care.

Any Whatcom County lawn maintenance professional will have a yard maintenance contract. This contract should spell out how many times the company will visit and mow your lawn as well as being specific as to what areas will be mown, weeded, trimmed or in other ways, worked on. The contract will probably leave open some wiggle room for the weather when cutting the grass will not be possible (Bellingham and Ferndale both have this challenge in early spring and again in the deep fall). Generally, the contract estimates how many times during the season specific care will be provided, but do keep in mind, weather always plays a role in the final outcome of any lawn maintenance contract. Especially here in the Pacific Northwest!

In a basic lawn maintenance contract it will generally state how often (for example on a weekly or bimonthly) work is to be done. Most landscaping or yard maintenance companies may also offer beginning and season ending services such as yard clean ups, fertilizer applications, winterizing, aerating, weeding (etc) and if they are to be included in the work, they should be written into the lawn maintenance contract.  

A well written contract is designed to let the customer (and company) know what specific tasks will be completed so that there is no question as to the expectations of the job. For example, a fall clean up might include deadheading, cutting back dead foliage, cleaning/raking up leaves, trimming bushes and shrubbery, pruning fruit trees or  weeding etc.

Mulching flower beds is usually done by a landscaping crew but many yard and lawn maintenance companies offer the service and if available, should be included into your lawn maintenance contract so you know what type of mulch will be used and when you can expect to see it applied. It should also be noted what happens to lawn clippings and if the company picks them up, how are they disposed of.

There are many jobs that a lawn care and landscaping company can perform to help reduce your time outside and having a lawn maintenance contract can insure the jobs get done when they say they will get done at a preset cost. The best companies will create a custom contract designed to suit a customer’s specific landscaping needs and budget.

We here at Green Thumb Company really try to figure out how best we can help a customer take care of the specific needs of their yard while staying within the parameters of whatever their budget is. It really is all about customer service! A landscape contract is just a tool to spell out mutual expectations – and show exactly how well your landscape company can take care of you.

Enjoy your summer ~ Amy Harmon


Green Thumb Company is a full-service grounds maintenance company that feels confident in our ability to meet all of your expectations. We have a commitment to provide great landscaping services with outstanding customer satisfaction and have been serving Whatcom County customers in Bellingham, Ferndale and Lynden for more than 20 years.

If you would like to increase your home’s curb appeal or maintain your new or mature landscaping investment by developing a  contract that is specific to your yard & landscaping needs as well as your budget, please give us a call at 360-671-LAWN (5296).

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Landscape Maintenance Tips

After going to the expense of landscaping your Bellingham or Ferndale home, you should take steps to preserve your investment. The lawn must receive proper care and routine lawn maintenance is necessary to keep your landscape and yard looking it’s best!

Yard Maintenance

  1. Grass needs mowing as well as fertilizing. This is often done in the late fall. Flowering shrubs and perennials need pruning annually. A healthy lawn should also be aerated once a year. Mulching your flower beds helps keep moisture in as well as forming a barrier for keeping weeds out. A seasonal yard clean-up in both the fall and again in the spring keeps leaves from piling up in the yard, keeping it free from developing any fungus or mold.

Irrigation System Maintenance

  1. To operate an irrigation system so that it is most effective at watering, the system must operate properly. Timers must water the grass efficiently, and there must not be any overlapping watering zones.

Benefits

  1. The prime benefit of a well-maintained lawn is its natural beauty and the pleasure it gives the homeowner on a daily basis. Green grass and healthy shrubs also add to your home’s worth.

Considerations

  1. The weather can affect the lawn’s appearance. If a homeowner doesn’t have the time or physical ability to take care of routine yard and landscaping maintenance, Green Thumb Company can! We are able to set up an affordable season-long contract for yard maintenance or feel free to call us as needed.

Warning

  1. It is necessary to wear personal protective equipment when doing lawn or yard maintenance. Turn off all electrical systems for the irrigation system before performing routine maintenance to avoid the danger of electrocution.

Green Thumb Company is a full-service grounds maintenance company that feels confident in our ability to meet all of your expectations. We have a commitment to provide great landscaping services with outstanding customer satisfaction and have been serving Whatcom County customers in Bellingham, Ferndale and Lynden for more than 20 years.

If you would like to increase your home’s investment or simply have a desire to have your yard looking it’s best, please give us a call at 360-671-LAWN (5296). We would love to talk to you about your Bellingham or Ferndale or Lynden landscaping or yard maintenance.