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Do you feel like the outdoors is where you belong? That your time is best spent under the soothing rays of the sun? If you love spending your time outside and find fun in tending to the lawn, then you must be in the lawn care business! Here’s a list of 10 signs that you’re a lawn care specialist.
1. You’re an Expert on the Subject.
A lawn care specialist should know more on the subject than the average homeowner. Getting the grass cut is as simple as hiring the kid down the block. Cutting grass and ensuring long-term lawn health requires expertise. The best lawn care providers not only have experience caring for grass, but they have also been educated on the subject. Your friends probably stare in disbelief when you tell them there is such a thing as lawn maintenance courses available at the local community college, but these refresher courses do allow you to stay in touch with new technology and techniques in the industry.
2. You Know All About the Weather.
Climate and weather play an important role in determining a lawn’s long-term health. Fertilizer and regular mowing may help, but grass also needs ample sunlight, water, and other environmental resources to grow and stay healthy. A degree in climatology is not required, but knowledge of how an area’s climate tends to change with the seasons and how it impacts plant life gives lawn care specialists an edge over the average homeowner just turning on their sprinkler system.
3. Species of Grass is Your Specialty.
Lawn care specialists understand that different species of grass require different kinds of conditioning to stay healthy. Mowing intervals, types of fertilizer, proper doses of water, and other means of maintenance will vary depending on what kind of grass the client has. Maybe the reason a client’s lawn isn’t growing is because they have a kind of grass that simply isn’t well-suited for the environment or it isn’t receiving the proper treatment to stay green. As a lawn care specialist, you can provide your client with a treatment plan to get their lawn back to a healthy state.
4. You Know About Other Plants, Too.
Your clientele will probably not increase very much if you limit your services to just cutting grass and edging. Lawn care specialists are oftentimes well versed in other types of vegetation in order to expand their services. With the right expertise, you can tend to clients’ flower beds, trees, and even their houseplants. Knowing how to tend to different kinds of plants is also useful when helping clients construct landscaping layouts and promoting curb appeal. Of course, clients will also come to you with questions about controlling weeds and crabgrass, and knowledge of these pesky plants leads to more effective ways to handle them.
5. You Have a Creative Eye.
Nobody wants to live on a drab, plain-looking piece of property, and a good lawn care specialist can provide insight and information as to how a client can improve the appearance of their yard. Your ideas on the placement of flower beds, shrubbery, trees, rocks, statuettes, and other man-made lawn features will help out in boosting curb appeal. Home sellers need this perhaps most of all, since they want to give the best possible impression of their property. There is more than enough room for the creative eye in this industry!
6. You Invest in Commercial Equipment.
When it comes to maintaining curb appeal, the average homeowner has a simple lawn mower or riding mower. It’s less expensive than commercial equipment, and it gets the job done, but it doesn’t provide exemplary results and is not meant for long-term use. If you’re a lawn care specialist, one of your passions is keeping the lawn in optimum condition. For this, commercial-grade lawn equipment is the only thing to use when cutting your client’s grass. It costs more than regular lawn care equipment, but the durability and outstanding performance will save maintenance and replacement fees as well as increase your productivity.
7. You Do More Than Just Mow the Lawn.
As any lawn care specialist knows, there’s more to keeping a lawn in top-notch condition than simply mowing it every few weeks. In order to remain in premium health, grass needs proper doses of fertilizer and water, not to mention irregular services such as cleaning out dead grass and debris that would otherwise hinder its health. Aeration is needed to provide the roots more chance to breathe and encourage growth. The occasional dose of over-seeding is also beneficiary for lawns with bare patches and encouraging long-term growth.
8. You Have Plan For Winter.
In most climates, the lawn care industry temporarily shuts down in winter. To make up for the slow season, most lawn care specialists either take the season off or open up a winter-only service such as plowing snow. If you would rather take some well-earned time off, careful financial planning will allow you to get by until spring returns and it’s time to start tending to the grass again.
9. You Care About the Environment.
As a lawn care specialist, you known how to impress your clients and give them more incentive to take care of their grass by alerting them to the fact that they can do their part in helping out the environment! A healthy, well-maintained lawn can actually function in water conversion. Turfgrass can function as a filter to purify water, and the right kind of soil can rid help rid the water of harmful chemicals.
10. You’re Rocking a Farmer’s Tan.
Of course, since your business primarily operates outdoors, under the rays of the sun, you’re likely to sport a good farmer’s tan. Don’t forget the sun screen and stay well hydrated!
So, would you call yourself a lawn care specialist after reading this list? Comment below!