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Lawn Care maintenance is something every homeowner or business owner should think about. Besides increasing your property’s value, a well-kept lawn looks clean and inviting. It’s important to note that professional lawn care prices vary.
A messy lawn that looks like it has been let go will take longer to get under control. Once the experts work their magic, the property will look much better. However, the cost of maintaining your yard depends on several factors, including size and the services required.
The type of grass that makes up a yard affects the cost of lawn care services. Although various grass types have different growth rates, sports turf is the most expensive to maintain. A small lawn will be quicker to treat therefore cost less to maintain but a larger lawn will cost more.
For instance, homeowners likely want their lawn care service to come out every month during late spring and summer to tame rapid-growing, warm-season grass such as Empire Zoysia grass. This grass type requires more attention. It is plagued with constant disease and weeds.
Alternatively, warm-season grasses such as St. Augustine can live through hot summers without experiencing many problems. St. Augustine is mostly plagued with insects and weeds. It grows rampant in the heat and can flourish in warm weather. It does not do very well in the shade but fairs better than zoysia. Homeowners in South Florida often need consistent lawn care for these grasses to look their best.
Ensuring regular fertilization is the secret to keeping your grass lush, thick, and green. You have several fertilizer options: liquid or granules, slow- or fast-release, and synthetic or organic. The type of fertilizer you choose and the size of your lawn will determine the cost of this service.
However, the price of routine fertilization typically averages $85 to $380.
Lawn aeration punctures the soil with tiny holes to allow air, water, and nutrients to reach the grassroots and promote better growth. Lawn care professionals usually perform this process in the spring and its cost averages about 25 cents to $1 per square foot. Aeration is not commonly needed in South Florida as our sandy soils don’t get compacted easily.
Common lawn weeds, such as dollar weed and spurge, are generally harmless but unsightly. While crabgrass, signal grass, and dayflower are invasive and can crowd out a lawn. Some weeds, such as nutsedge, are highly noxious. Although lawn size, the type of weeds in it, and the treatment’s frequency can impact weed control costs, the average price of weeding is between $95 to $390 but would be included in a regular lawn program.
Bed weed control is a must. Bed weeds can invade your rock garden, fence lines and pavers but also get back into the lawn if not treated on a monthly basis. If you don’t have the time to do the weeding yourself, you’ll want to pay extra for a premium weeding service if you have shrubbery or flower beds on your landscape. The average price of weeding is between $85 to
$150 and comes highly recommended.
Lawn maintenance is more manageable if an edge clearly defines flower beds from the rest of the lawn. Edging or landscape curbing may use concrete blocks, brick, wood, natural stone, or PVC plastic to make a divider that keeps grass and weeds out of the planting beds.
Furthermore, the price for this service, which ranges from $700 to $1,700, depends on the material used for edging and the number of linear feet installed.
Palm trees frequently fall ill to several insects and ailments – one being fertilizer deficiencies. Regular fertilizer treatments can be both curative and preventative. Palms are usually treated quarterly but can be treated bimonthly for a tighter look.
Treatments stem from drenching to spraying to injection of products and even granular fertilizers. Palm tree fertilization usually costs on average between $85 - $360 depending on how many trees and the type and variety.
Palms also fall ill to a variety of insects such as spiral whitefly and phantasma scale. These are specialized problems and carry their own costs on a per tree basis. Finally, diseases like lethal bronzing and lethal yellowing require quarterly preventative truck injections to keep the trees alive. Coconuts are highly susceptible to lethal yellowing and will die if not treated preventatively.
Palm injections cost on average between $45 to $125 depending on the size and count of the trees. Injection amounts vary according to DBH (Diameter at breast height).
Palm trees can quickly add warmth and a tropical feel to any landscape. In addition to looking gorgeous in landscaping, these trees and shrubs can also grow well in containers on patios and decks. However, keeping a palm tree healthy and in good condition often requires the knowledge and expertise of someone specializing in these unique plants.
Furthermore, professional palm tree care and maintenance involve trimming damaged, diseased, or dying fronds and skimming or shaving the trunk to eliminate bushy dead fronds. The trimming process for palm trees differs from pruning other tree types, including oak trees.
Instead of trimming the tree’s branches and limbs, the palm tree trimmer removes fronds and dead matter. In addition, these professionals use ropes, chainsaws, cranes, lifts, and similar equipment. They may also use an aerial work platform, also known as a cherry picker or a bucket truck, which features an extendable boom to hold the worker.
In most cases, tree services don’t charge by the hour. They usually charge on a per-job basis. During the process, they’ll thoroughly assess the palm tree to determine the scope of work required. Next, they’ll speak with you about the project and give you a free quote, which usually includes debris disposal.
Palm tree trimming services may vary depending on height. For example, you’ll likely pay around $60 to $200 for palm trees under 15 feet. Trimming companies typically charge $150 to
$450 for mid-range trees measuring 15 to 30 feet. While trimming taller palm trees measuring 30 to 60 feet costs around $300 to $950, palm trees over 60 feet can cost $1,000 or more to trim.
A diseased or dead palm tree may need to be taken out. In such cases, a palm tree service bases its bid on the amount of work involved. If they can take down the tree in one piece, you can expect to pay $100 to $600. Otherwise, the palm tree’s height determines the cost of its removal.
Palm trees under 30 feet cost $150 to $450 to remove. On the other hand, you can expect to pay $350 to $1,100 to remove a palm tree measuring 30 to 60 feet. Removing trees over 60 feet ranges from $700 to $1,300. Since a tree-removal estimate doesn’t usually include stump removal, you’ll likely pay extra to remove a palm tree stump. The cost typically depends upon the tree stump’s size and type.
While some tree removal services eliminate the stump themselves, others bring in a separate specialist who removes it entirely or grinds the stump down below ground level. The average cost of stump grinding ranges from $125 to $350, and removal costs around $175 to $450.
Hiring an expert can save you money. A quick diagnosis can save time and plant material from dying. The average tree can cost thousands to replace. Lawn replacement is in the hundreds of dollars for a small area. Also, you may spend more than you bargained for at the store trying to figure it out and buy all the chemicals and equipment needed for the job. Pest professionals are much more efficient and can deliver a fast result for a better price while also protecting your lawn from pests such as white grubs, cutworms, chinch bugs, and sod webworms.
armyworms, moles, and voles that can wreak havoc on your lawn. A one-time visit from an expert in pest control usually costs around $85 to $390.
At O’Hara Pest Control, we’re here to help you create and maintain a healthy and good-looking with less time and effort. Contact us today to make an appointment.