Homeowners like a nice looking lawn, but not everyone enjoys spending the hours it takes to keep a yard looking great. Hiring a professional ensures that you’re getting the best care possible while giving you more free time. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best lawn care services in Kansas City to help find reliable companies you can trust.
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When it comes to keeping your lawn looking immaculate, Kansas City residents can take the DIY approach or hire a professional. If you go the DIY route, there are many different tasks, including trimming bushes, mowing the yard, treating for insects and weeds. These tasks are time-consuming, and it’s possible to buy the wrong equipment or make a mistake that affects your lawn’s appeal.
By hiring a professional, you can have all your lawn care handled at once. There are a few types of lawn care companies, including basic lawn mowing services and lawn treatment companies that handle pest control, aeration and cleanup. Landscaping companies provide gardening services and install sprinkler systems or other forms of irrigation. Many landscaping companies in Kansas City also perform lawn care.
Here are a few benefits of hiring a lawn care professional in Kansas City:
Not many people want to spend their Saturday afternoon mowing and trimming their lawn. For most areas in Kansas City, people need to mow their lawns at least twice a month — and often weekly — to keep up with the growth.
The average yard size in Kansas City is more than 6,000 square feet, which can take two hours or more to mow and remove weeds. Residents in suburbs such as Overland Park or Parkville are likely to have even bigger yards that require more work, including pruning bushes. The time it takes to maintain your lawn adds up quickly and keeps you from other things you enjoy doing.
It can be difficult to properly care for your home’s lawn. The type of grass, the area in which you live and type of pests in your neighborhood all affect the approach you need to take. Hiring professionals ensures the right materials and techniques are being used, which provides better results.
With Kansas City’s brutal weather changes, lawn care professionals can also do the following maintenance year-round:
Kansas has a pesticide law that all companies must follow. The law ensures companies are qualified to use the pesticide and are doing so correctly — another benefit of hiring a professional instead of going the DIY route.
Lawn aeration is important when maintaining a healthy lawn in Kansas City. The city’s soil contains an abundance of clay, which is easily compacted and makes it difficult for growing grass to absorb nutrients and water. If you, like many homeowners in Kansas City, find that your lawn browns earlier than it should, you may need to hire a company to perform lawn aeration.
Other neighborhoods with specific lawn issues include those near lakes, including Raintree, Lakewood and Platte County. The soil in these areas is often wetter and more susceptible to weeds such as sedges, chickweed and knotweed.
While the upfront cost of lawn services make it seem like it’s cheaper to handle it yourself, there are hidden costs involved in DIY lawn care. A trained professional spots and diagnoses problems immediately and knows the correct solution and equipment to use. Untrained homeowners often misdiagnose problems and spend hundreds or thousands of dollars without finding the proper solution.
The average price for mowing a lawn for Kansas City, Missouri is around $45, and the average cost on the Kansas side of the city is close to $40. The total expense depends on several factors, including the size of your lawn and how often you have it mowed — many companies offer discounts for more frequent service.
Average cost for lawn mowing services in Kansas City
Twice a month
Most homeowners in Kansas and Missouri have their lawn mowed every other week, but your needs and overall preference should guide your choice. Additional services such as fertilization, aeration and leaf removal are typically an extra cost, but many companies perform these services at affordable rates.
How to hire lawn care in Kansas City
Professional lawn care companies do not need a license to operate in Kansas City, but both Kansas and Missouri may require landscaping contractors to be licensed for specific projects. Verify any company you hire is registered in Missouri or Kansas, depending on where the company is located.
To make sure you’re working with a reputable company with a track record of strong customer service, read customer reviews of multiple companies before hiring one. Ask the company if they charge hourly rates — most lawn care companies in Kansas City do — and see if there are complaints about the company taking longer to perform the work than expected.
Look for reviews from repeat customers, which shows a company is consistently reliable. Most homeowners prefer to continue working with one lawn care company.
TruGreen offers a variety of services, including weed control and full-yard fertilization, as well as regularly scheduled lawn plans for homeowners with any size of lawn. The company advertises hassle-free lawn plans and offer 50 percent off the first service to Kansas City residents. TruGreen’s specialists offer care suggestions and maintenance between visits as well.
Gunter Pest & Lawn
Gunter Pest & Lawn has helped more than 100,000 Kansas city residents since 1950. The company offers monthly, full-service residential lawn care packages that include pest control, making it easy and affordable to get the lawn treatment you need. Kansas City residents praise the company’s thorough, knowledgeable service.
Ryan Lawn & Tree
Ryan Lawn & Tree is a full-service lawn care company in Kansas City that offers lawn care programs, tree and shrub care and sprinkler systems. Ryan Lawn & Tree recognizes that lawn care is not one-size-fits-all and promises specialized service for all customers. Reviews from Kansas City include many long-time customers who praise the company’s quality work.
Benjamin Lawn & Landscape
Offering full-service lawn and landscaping care all across Kansas City, Benjamin Lawn & Landscape has been named one of the top companies for lawn care in the area. Benjamin Lawn’s affordable services come with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, and Kansas City customers report the company’s employees are courteous and prompt.
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