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Lawn Maintenance: Professional Vs DIY

Posted on by Urban Eden

As summer’s warm weather fades away and autumn begins to show signs of returning here in Camas, Vancouver, and Washougal, Washington, many people are hit with the dread that comes along with the first sign of newly sprouting weeds, grass growing vigorously, and an abundance of leaves falling. Tall grass means a mow is in order, but what’s the right way to go about it? Today we’ll be discussing the pros and cons that are involved with the DIY and professional landscape approaches.


The do-it-yourself spirit is one that boasts a strong sense of pride and accomplishment. Being involved in a project around the home from conception to completion is truly worth celebrating but is rarely achieved without some headaches. Landscaping is no exception to this rule. While maintaining your own yard comes with a more personal touch, homeowners are often found without the appropriate equipment for the job. Electric/battery powered mowers, hedge trimmers, and weed whackers rarely pack enough punch to get the job done efficiently and effectively. In addition to this, most people don’t have access to specialty equipment like aerators, rototillers, and brush hogs. Even if you find a store to rent the machines, learning how to safely operate them is a whole other story. Furthermore, purchasing (or even merely renting) the appropriate equipment can become extremely expensive; these costs add up rather quickly, and that’s before any of the work has actually been performed!


That’s where the pros come in. A professional landscape company has the equipment needed and knows how to operate it. They get the job done at a much quicker pace, with an expert eye. However, landscape companies aren’t free. If you have access to affordable lawn equipment, then perhaps the DIY approach is the better choice; especially for those who don’t have any wiggle room in their budget. However, when you add up the cost of purchases/rentals of the necessary equipment (as well as the cost of maintaining that equipment) and if you value (or merely lack enough of) your free time, then the pros are worth considering. A substantial time investment is required in order to maintain a visually appealing yard; and most people don’t want to spend their entire weekend on their knees fishing around in the dirt for weeds. Landscape companies take that weight off your shoulders. Gone are the days of back-breaking work in the yard.

A well-kept yard is something to take pride in. Getting from point A to point B is entirely up to you. The DIY approach allows for a more individualized touch and, upon completion, provides a rich sense of accomplishment. Going with a professional, on the other hand, is a very simple process that yields expert results. If there’s room in your budget for a landscaping company, please consider Urban Eden Landscaping. We carry all the perks of a professional lawn care company, coupled with the benefits of clear communication, expert touch, and flexibility that gives our work a more personal look. If you’re interested in getting an estimate, you can reach us at 360-567-6399, contact us here, or fill out a free online estimate request. However you decide to care for your lawn, we’re always here to help!



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