It’s a DIY world these days and as a result, many homeowners have considered performing their own lawn and landscape services. Everything from mowing to weed control to even pruning and trimming might seem like something the average homeowner can tackle. After all—they think—why should I pay for services that I could just do on my own? But should you perform DIY Landscaping on your own?
What most people don’t realize is that lawn care can be more involved than they may think—and the results they could achieve on their own are likely not going to match up with those of a professional.
Before taking the leap and performing DIY lawn and landscape services, it’s important to consider the following points.
DIY Landscaping – The Time Consideration
Anytime that you consider hiring a professional service you are likely weighing your time and ability to perform that service against just paying someone to do it for you. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t realize just how time-consuming
these types of services can be. More often than not, they underestimate just how long it’s going to take to get everything done themselves. What might have seemed like it was going to be a couple of hours of your weekend could end up chewing up a good part of your (already limited) free time.
On top of that, you must consider the fact that the weather is not always going to cooperate for you. If you only have the weekends to do yard work—and it rains one weekend—then suddenly you’re pushing those services back. That downtime will show as your property won’t be looking its best. Plus, for many lawn care services, such as weed control applications, the timing is critical. Weather conditions and temperature must be taken into account for optimal results. Again, if you’ve only blocked off a specific time to perform those services, that could be a problem.
The Hidden Costs of DIY Landscaping
The main reason why homeowners would even consider performing lawn and landscape services on their own is the cost. It’s easy to assume that you’ll be saving a lot of money by performing these services yourself. However, lawn care can be more expensive than people realize. Purchasing the right equipment and products to perform your own lawn care can start to add up. And chances are, you’re still not going to have access to the higher quality equipment and products that a professional is using. Isn’t it worth paying just a little bit more and having better results?
In addition, oftentimes there are also hidden costs associated with lawn care that people fail to think about. At some point, you might run into problems—and be unsure how to fix them. Ultimately, you could end up making your lawn worse and having to spend more money fixing something than you would have to just pay a professional to do those services for you in the first place.
Finally, you also have to think about the results. Without access to professional products and equipment—as well as skilled expertise—you’re likely not going to get the same results as a pro.
Sometimes, we find that this leads homeowners to get stuck in a cycle of “buying and trying” various products in order to try and achieve better results. Again, this is a habit that can start to add up cost-wise when you could just pay a professional to perform those services and get the best possible results in the first place.
Of course, the key is to find the right company. It’s important to recognize that not all lawn and landscape companies are created equal and some are going to produce better results—and be better to work with—than others.
Ultimately, we understand why you might consider tackling lawn care and landscaping on your own. But we also know that most people find it’s a relief to be able to hand those services over to a professional and make sure that they’re taken care of without the hassles. The benefits of investing in professional lawn care services far outweigh the benefits of a DIY approach and will ultimately leave you with a property that you can feel good about showing off.