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Thursday
Feb282013

Pricing for Lawn Care and Lawn Service in Charlotte NC

As we enter into early Spring here in Charlotte NC, a lot of homeowners are thinking about either hiring a lawn care provider for the first time or switching from their current lawn service. I first question I often get asked is how much??? And understandably so, because budget is so important to the household these days.

Here's a little insight into how I come up with my pricing for lawn care and lawn maintenance services. Number one, I know my overhead and direct costs to operate the business. Second, I know the time involved in completing the tasks we provide as part of our service. And finally, I know the profit margin I would like to have in order to operate a succesful business.

Pricing for lawn care treatments is easy- its solely based on the square footage of your turf area. Lawn maintenance can get a little more complicated- its based on the time needed to service the property in a way that will meet and exceed your expectations. Factors such as leaf volume, detail work required, gated areas that require small equipment, etc all effect pricing.

Our prices usually end up being right around industry average for quality, established lawn service companies.

Most of our customers are paying anywhere from $120 to $200 per month for lawn maintenance service; depending on the size of their property, leaf volume, and the level of service they are looking for. Its very important for us to price our services correctly; if we're too low we don't realize a profit and eventually the service suffers, too high and we lose business to a more reasonably priced competitor. 

The most common story I hear from a prospective client who is thinking about switching lawn services is that their current service provider started out great, then gradually were not responsive to requests and the property started to decline. If they happen to be surprised that we are higher priced, I have to point out that if their current company was pricing them correctly and making a profit they would probably be bending over backwards to satisfy them and exceed expectations- just like we do for our clients. 

So yes, you can always find it cheaper. But when you want a company that knows how to balance quality service at a fair price, give Whitehouse Lawns a try! 

Sunday
Aug142011

Summer heat

August is always a difficult month for lawn professionals here in Charlotte. Not because we have to work in the heat, but because all the drawbacks of having a tall fescue lawn in the transition zone are exposed. Every year a few more people ask about switching over to a warm season grass like zoysia. Its actually not a bad idea if you don’t mind your lawn being dormant and brown for 5-6 months during the year. As busy as we are in the Spring with cutting the grass and in the Fall with renovations, we’re equally as busy now trying to minimize damage to the lawn from insects, brown patch fungus, and weed invasions.

I feel like we’ve gotten better every year after going through extreme conditions the last few summers, but Mother Nature will always stay a step ahead of us and throw another weed/disease/insect into the mix for us to go after. I’ve been investigating some new products that will hopefully be available this Fall to combat the insidious poa annua weed that we see in the Spring and I’m looking at incorporating an effective poa annua control into the program.

So this month will be spent preparing your lawn for a good renovation in the fall. We’ll be gradually spraying out all the weeds in the turf, and if your “lucky” enough to have Bermuda grass in your fescue lawn we’ll be working to kill that out also- see page 2 to learn about your options and what your up against.

I want to welcome all of our new clients this month and thank you for your referrals. Its an honor for me to work with a fantastic group of clients/friends that advocates my business. I’ll continue to do everything I can to provide you great service, support you with your endeavors, and get great results with your landscape.

We also welcomed the Lintz family to our routes as part of the GreenCare For Troops program. Dennis is on his 3rd deployment to the Persian Gulf with the Navy and his wife Tandra has been handling all the landscape maintenance while taking care of their young kids and running the household herself. I’m glad we can take a little stress away from them by providing full landscape maintenance for free until Dennis gets back. We look forward to welcoming him back safely and hopefully he will be pleasantly surprised by the condition of the landscape.  

Thanks, Ben        

 

Saturday
Jun252011

June in Charlotte

I hope everyone had a great Memorial day and is enjoying the great weather. There are a couple of service items we are focusing on this month in addition to keeping up with cutting the grass. We have started our shrub trimming schedule and will be getting to everyone who has requested shrub trimming over the next couple weeks. If you would like your shrubs taken care of for a special occasion or a certain date please let me know, otherwise we will come by as you fall on the shrub trimming schedule this month.

The next item that will need special attention this month is treating lawns for Brown Patch Fungus. Its usually mid to late June when we see the first signs of fungus on the lawn, but the recent weather of heat, humidity, and thunderstorms has brought on ideal conditions for Brown Patch to thrive and we usually start seeing the lesions on the grass blades during the first week of June. It looks like this could be a summer where Brown Patch could do some severe damage to lawns if not treated. Everyone on the Premium Lawn Care Program is getting a fungicide treatment at the end of May/first week of June. Page 2 of this newsletter has pictures of this lawn disease and everything you need to know about Brown Patch Fungus and what we can do to minimize its damage.

Water management is very important this time of year for a few reasons. The lawn needs extra water as we get into the hot season, but over-watering is a big mistake because its expensive and will cause brown patch fungus– even with the fungicide treatments we do. Since most irrigation systems run at night or early morning, we usually don’t think about them and don’t catch issues until the damage is done. I highly suggest taking the time to audit your system every few weeks– turn on each zone and walk around checking each head or drip area. Are the heads rotating correctly? Are all areas getting covered properly with water and not watering into the street (a simple nozzle change could adjust the amount of water and distance for a sprinkler head)? Are there any noticeable leaks? Do any areas look stressed from lack of water? Doing an irrigation audit regularly can save you money on your water bill and save your plants and turf from stress. Please let me know if you find any irrigation issues you need addressed or if you want help with your irrigation audit.  

Thanks, Ben

 



Sunday
Mar062011

Charlotte Irrigation Start-up– 2 options

1. Rainmaker Irrigation (704-896-6200) gets my highest recommendation for their knowledge and expertise in irrigation installation and repair. They are licensed irrigation contractors and plumbers and can provide your required annul backflow inspection. 

2. Whitehouse Lawns in-house irrigation service. Please contact if you want me to handle and coordinate your irrigation startup. I will schedule your startup with my in-house irrigation tech Ron and take care of the billing.