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DIY Lawn Care vs. Professional Lawn Care Services in Ohio

Have you ever found yourself standing in the middle of your yard, gazing at a patch of wilted grass and thinking, “I could probably fix this myself”? If so, you’re not alone.

Many homeowners in Ohio embark on DIY lawn care projects with the noble intention of saving money and cultivating a lush, green paradise. However, what often starts with enthusiasm and optimism can quickly turn into a frustrating and time-consuming endeavor.

Continue reading to uncover the hidden expenses and efforts behind DIY lawn care compared to the benefits of professional lawn care services.

The Reality of DIY Lawn Care 

DIY lawn care dreams often come to an end in the confusing aisles of your local home improvement store. Endless shelves of products with names like “Grub Be Gone” and “Weed Exterminator” promise quick fixes, but deciphering the instructions, application rates, and figuring out your square footage all on the back of a bag or a bottle leaves you stressed.

On top of it, finding a knowledgeable lawn care expert at the home improvement store is a rare find, and armed with your best guesses, you head home to transform your lawn just to run into the following issues:

1) Lackluster Results

These products aren’t one-size-fits-all, they require specific amounts and methods and an understanding of soil type, lawn health, and application rates.

Imagine the frustration of using the wrong product or simply overdoing it. Your lawn could pay the price. Ineffective products can hurt your wallet and your lawn. Plus, dealing with chemicals without the right knowledge and gear can lead to issues like:

  • Lawn Burn: Over-application of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides can cause lawn burn. These chemicals can damage the grass roots and leaves, and this can lead to yellowing, browning, or death of the turf.
  • Lawn Striping: Usually lawn striping is seen as something to be admired after the mower leaves its clean lines in the turf. However, when you see colors of dark brown and yellow stripes on your lawn after an application, it’s safe to say it was unsuccessful. This is due to excess nitrogen in fertilizer damaging your turf.

2) Hidden Costs

As you stroll through the aisles of the home improvement store, your anticipation may overshadow the financial reality that awaits you at the checkout counter.

Let’s delve into the costs you’ll need to consider:

  • Equipment: Sprayers are crucial for many DIY lawn care tasks, but be cautious of their pricing and quality. While a basic handheld sprayer can be found for $50, genuine quality may require an investment of $300.
  • Products: Essential lawn care products, such as fertilizers and pest control applications, also come with price tags. Fertilizers, for instance, can range from $20 to $50, depending on the brand and composition. Pest control products, like grub controls, present a price range of $20 to $100. These costs add up quickly when considering the needs of your entire lawn.
  • Additional Materials: Beyond the core products, a variety of tools and materials are essential for effective lawn care. These might include a spreader, water supply, hose, nozzle, gloves, and a mask, among others, which can individually range from $10 to $50. Although each item may seem insignificant on its own, their cumulative cost can catch you by surprise.

3) A Wasted Weekend

What initially appears as a simple Sunday project often unravels into a time-consuming ordeal.

The need for multiple visits to the store, due to insufficient materials or the wrong type, quickly extends your day. Beyond shopping, you must account for the hours dedicated to applying these materials, commuting to and from the store, cleaning up the mess, and figuring out how to store everything properly.

Additionally, you must carefully time your lawn care efforts to match the ever-changing weather conditions. This seemingly straightforward task becomes more laborious than anticipated, especially without access to professional-grade equipment.

Professional Lawn Care Services in Ohio

We understand that it may be tempting to do it yourself when it comes to lawn care, but at Ecolawn we want you to have your Saturdays AND your sanity.

When you use professional lawn care services in Ohio you don’t need to wander through any home improvement aisles, figure out lawn square footage, or even apply any application yourself.

Instead, you can expect:

1) Expert Application

Instead of relying on generic advice from store-bought products, our certified lawn care technicians provide specialized care.

We use EPA-approved, organic, and professional-grade products, applied with precision and care. With our comprehensive service packages, you won’t have to worry about scheduling or applying products – we manage it all.

2) Time and Money Savings

Misdiagnosing lawn problems is common in DIY care, leading to unnecessary expenses and effort. With Ecolawn, you receive expert assessments that accurately identify and resolve issues, saving both time and money.

Our services extend beyond just treatment; we offer follow-up care, and our use of organic products can also help reduce your water usage during dry periods.

3) Long-Term Lawn Health

Many of our clients notice improvements within the first few months. However, the most dramatic and enduring results are achieved with ongoing care over one to two years. Our professional and organic treatments gradually strengthen your lawn, enhancing its resistance to weeds and pests and resulting in long-term health for your lawn.

4) Personalized Customer Service

Navigating customer support for store-bought products can be frustrating. At Ecolawn, we eliminate this hassle. Contact us at 440-953-9100 for immediate assistance from our team during business hours, or expect swift responses to your emails. We’re committed to ensuring your lawn care experience is as smooth and effective as our services.

Our Lawn Care Service Packages

No matter your budget, we offer three solutions that guarantee grub protection, organic nutrients, selective weed control, and early and late summer surface insect treatments.

Platinum Services

  • 6 balanced fertilizer visits 
  • 1 guaranteed grub protector 
  • Organic nutrients 
  • Selective weed control 
  • Early & late spring crabgrass pre-emergent treatments 
  • Early & late summer surface insect treatments 
  • Liquid organic aeration for noticeably thicker, greener results

Premium Plus Service

  • Balanced fertilizer visits 
  • 1 guaranteed grub protection
  • Organic nutrients 
  • Selective weed control 
  • Early & late spring crabgrass pre-emergent treatments 
  • Early & late summer surface insect treatments

Premium Services

  • 5 balanced fertilizer visits 
  • 1 guaranteed grub protector 
  • Organic nutrients 
  • Selective weed control 
  • Crabgrass pre-emergent treatment 
  • Early & late summer surface insect treatments

Choose which one works for your lawn and budget and let us handle the rest!

Savor Your Weekends with Ecolawn

Say goodbye to the headaches of DIY and hello to weekend relaxation with Ecolawn. Whether you’re more aligned with our Platinum, Premium Plus, or Premium services, we’ve got a solution that will fit your lawn and your budget.

But don’t just take our word for it – hear it from Don, the owner of EcoLawn, himself: “Many people think they can achieve the same results as our program by going to the store and using a simple 4-step process. However, the truth is that our program includes organics that you can’t even buy at the store, and even if you could, most people wouldn’t know how to use them. Plus, it would cost WAY more in the long run. The closest comparison for people to make is our hybrid organic program with the 4-step, and by the time they buy the equipment, they’ll spend more to end up with a streaked lawn.”

So why settle for less when you can have the expertise, unique organics, and cost-effective solutions that only EcoLawn can provide? Give us a call at 440-953-9100 or simply click here to get started on your complimentary consultation!


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