The wind had whipped the clouds into a dense froth, and the sun flickered wildly through the fissures.  Soon the sun had dimmed, like a dying light bulb, before being swallowed up whole by the menacing sky.  A Spring tempest had arrived, bringing a mixed bag of rain, sleet and snow.

Spring can be a trying season.  Lawns and gardens require our attention under the looming shadow of unpredictable weather and temperatures, leaving you overwhelmed, and at times, helpless.  Hiring a lawn service should never feel this way.

Here are some simple tips to get you started while maintaining your sanity and budget:

  • Vet, vet, vet!  Research the company’s website and check out consumer review sites, like Yelp, Google Plus, BBB and even Facebook.  Look at overall ratings then scan for trends or patterns.
  • Confirm the company is properly licensed and insured.  Don’t be afraid to ask for proof.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Companies offering cheap mowing and landscape services are most likely not licensed or insured, and are likely operating illegally, which could cost you dearly in the end.
  • Refuse to be intimidated by lingo or ambiguity!  Many proposals/contracts can be vague and confusing while using industry lingo to further make your head spin.  Don’t be afraid to push back and seek clarity.  Make sure you understand the cost, proposed work and terms of the agreement.  Further still, many companies add a lot of fine print that contains important details about the contract.  For example, if you don’t cancel services via a written request, the contract will automatically renew for an additional year.  Read thoroughly and ask for clarification when needed.
  • Conversely, don’t be afraid to sign a contract or agreement ONCE fully understood.  Contracts/agreements protect both parties while outlining exactly what has been agreed upon for what price.
  • Confirm what services are offered.  There’s nothing more frustrating than having to hire multiple contractors.  Chances are, a lawn service company will also offer fertilizations, aerations, lawn renovations and spring and fall clean ups.  Some, like Sweeney’s, also offer mulch and gravel installation, landscape design and install and snow and ice services.
  • Your lawn service provider should be easy to get in touch with via numerous platforms, like phone, email or text.  Stay away from companies that repeatedly don’t answer the phone or return calls, emails or texts.

A good lawn service company will not only transform your lawn and landscape, but they can make your life infinitely easier while providing a valued service with the utmost experience, integrity and reliability.  Contact Sweeney’s today, and see if we’re the right company for you.

Plant of the Week

Photo of Allium Millenium courtesy of Midwest Groundcovers

Allium Millenium

Rosy-purple globe shaped flowers bloom July – August atop strong stems amongst glossy, dark green foliage.  Prefers full sun and dry soil.  Grows 12-18″ tall and 18-24″ wide.  Attracts pollinators.  Deer and rabbit resistant.  Drought and salt tolerant.  Named 2018 plant of the year by the Perennial Plant Association.

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,

if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you,

If the simple things in nature have a message you understand,

Rejoice, for your soul is alive.”

-Eleanora Duse

Best wishes,

Kim Sweeney