NOW:53208:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
H 9° L 9°
Clear | 3MPH

BBB Offers Tips on Hiring Lawn Care Services

June 5, 2014

It’s that time of the year again, when the temperatures rise and the smell of freshly cut grass fills the air. However, this spring follows an extraordinarily harsher than normal Wisconsin winter, and according to local landscape companies, there is atypical damage to lawns, plants, and trees as a result of the exceptionally cold weather, harsh winds, and salt damage we experienced these past winter months.

If you are starting to think about lawn care, Better Business Bureau has a few tips to keep in mind.

In 2013, BBB received more than 3,500 complaints against lawn care services. Many of the complaints involved shoddy workmanship, a faulty contract, or billing and collection issues.

BBB recommends the following when hiring a lawn care maintenance service:

Know what you want. Have in mind the types of services you are seeking (fertilizing, weeding, aerating, mowing). Ask about the products used (seed, fertilizer, weed killer), request a lawn inspection and estimate, and be wary of any company that quotes a price without first seeing your yard.

Understand pricing. While price is certainly a major factor in any purchasing decision, find out exactly what you are getting. Do you pay by the mow or by the week? What happens when it rains? Does mowing include edging? Do they mulch or bag the clippings? Are services performed by employees or sub-contracted out?

Check first. Always check the company’s BBB Business Review at bbb.org. Ask for references and check the company’s affiliation with national franchises or associations. Choose a BBB Accredited Business by utilizing the BBB Accredited Business Directory.

Scrutinize the contract. Some contracts automatically renew unless you specify otherwise. If you do choose to sign a long-term contract, make sure you get information about cancellation rights in writing, should you find the services to be unsatisfactory.

Understand the warranties and guarantees. If the service is not to your liking, or the lawn doesn’t look as you anticipated, understand what recourses you may have.

Shop around. Get written estimates from at least three different companies. Keep in mind that the cheapest estimate is not necessarily the best option. You may have to invest a little more for higher quality products and services.

For more tips you can trust, visit our website, www.bbb.org/wisconsin. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

For an online version of this story click here

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Wauwatosa superintendent attends President Barack Obama's 'ConnectED to the Future' event 11/18

» Children's Hospital of Wisconsin moves babies to newly designed NICU 11/18

» City Market closes North Avenue location 11/17

» Early momentum doesn't stay with Tosa East 11/14

» Wauwatosa woman investigated for stealing credit card information from Froedtert Hospital patients 11/13

» Man pointed handgun at front door of Applebee's 11/10

» UW Credit Union branch could break ground in Wauwatosa this month 11/10

» Suburban roundup: Week three of the WIAA football postseason 11/10

» Indulgence Chocolatiers to open in Wauwatosa, and sell Purple Door Ice Cream 11/10

» Former Central States Mortgage CEO to plead guilty to obstruction of justice Updated:  11/6

» Tosa East stuns Brookfield East in volleyball sectional 11/6

» Election roundup: How the Milwaukee suburbs and Lake Country voted Updated:  11/5

» Walker wins Wauwatosa by slimmer margin than the state 11/5

» Walker's neighbors divided over election 11/4

» Authorities identify Wauwatosa man killed by train Updated:  11/4

» Wauwatosa apartments sell for $2.5 million 11/4

» Suburban roundup: Week two of the WIAA football postseason Updated:  11/3

» Power restored to Eisenhower after classes canceled 10/31

» Photo Gallery: WIAA state soccer tourney day one 10/30

» Four-story apartment building proposed for Hall Automotive site 10/30

» Apartments planned at Hall Automotive site in Tosa Updated:  10/30

» Little Read Book in Wauwatosa has author signing Sunday 10/30

» Pedestrian struck, killed by train in Wauwatosa Updated:  10/29

» Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason 10/27

» New Mayfair parking structure to open tonight 10/24

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Deal Watch - Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Best Discounts & Deals

Advertisement

Hidden Tosa

 

"Hidden Tosa" is a semi-regular feature where reporter Rory Linnane explores the closed down and closed off parts of Wauwatosa.

Local Business Directory

CONNECT