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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Yard Work Service

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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Yard Work Service

Many people love homes with yards. However, while making the purchase they do not factor in the need for long-term yard maintenance work. Irrespective of whether the yard is a large or a small one, it has to be carefully tended to ensure it retains its aesthetic appeal and functionality. Doing yard work may or may not be your forté, but the fact remains that a yard needs proper maintenance. Thus, it is a good thing that the option of hiring a yard work service is always open to you.


Certain elements such as availability of time, the effort required, and your financial constraints might often be the deciding factor when choosing to hire a service or doing the yard work on your own. If you choose to do yard work on your own, then it is a good idea to consult some authoritative sources before you set out. The Environmental Protection Agency is one such government organization that publishes valuable information on the subject.


If hiring professionals to do the job, getting reviews from friends and family or online sources is a good way to make your selection. It is a fact that whether you do the yard work yourself or hire a service to do it for you, there are bound to be certain pros and cons.

    You may require special equipment to keep your yard in good shape. This may be too expensive to buy or rent. However, professional yard maintenance services will have these at their disposal.
  1. 1.Time and Effort

    One major advantage of hiring a service to do your yard work is that it means you don’t have to take out the time and effort to do it yourself. Mowing and cleaning a decent–sized yard can take a couple of hours easily. This will have to be done regularly every few weeks. You can use that time to attend to other pressing matters on hand. However, professional services will not come cheap. If finances are a constraint then you might be better off doing it yourself. You will also end up getting a good full body workout in the process. Raking leaves, pushing a wheelbarrow, and lugging around a heavy hose can do much more than an expensive gym membership would.

  2. 2.Equipment

    You may require special equipment to keep your yard in good shape. This may be too expensive to buy or rent. However, professional yard maintenance services will have these at their disposal. Even if you can afford to buy the required equipment you must consider whether you are willing to keep up with the annual maintenance of the equipment. If your lawn does not need sophisticated equipment and can be well-kept with the help of just a few basic tools such as a lawn mower, shears, and pruners, then it might be feasible for you to do it on your own. If you can get a family member or friend to help out, that would be even better.

  3. 3.Knowledge

    You may not have the required expertise to keep our yard in top shape. If you have a lawn on your property, the lawn specialists will be able to do a better job of keeping it lush and trimmed. Lawns require proper handling and unless you have a green thumb, it might not be easy to do it yourself.

  4. 4.Hazards

    The professional yard workers are liable to use chemicals and fertilizers to keep away plant disease and fungi. So, if you are keen on organic methods then you may want to find someone who specializes in that. If you have an interest in gardening and yard maintenance you might be able to come up with organic fertilizers and pesticides with just a little ingenuity. Using certain yard equipment or performing some of the chores requires great caution else it can lead to physical injuries that will need medical attention or emergency care.

Evaluating the pros and cons of both options will help you get a better idea of which one will suit you best. You can even choose to take the middle path and hire the professionals occasionally and do the work yourself at other times. For instance, slogging in the yard may not be your definition of summer fun and during that time you can choose to have someone else do it for you.

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