Maintaining your lawn is one of the best ways to make your outdoor property look beautiful and appealing. However, the upkeep of your yard does require some costs whether you hire a professional to take care of your lawn or you take a DIY approach.
The huge difference between the two is that when you get a pro to tend to your lawn, you are assured that you get the best results. In addition, you also save time and energy to do other important things than working on your yard.
But the question is, how much budget will you need if you do hire an expert on lawn care services?
A typical American household spends an average of $100 to $200 per month for general lawn care and maintenance. The usual services included here are mowing, trimming/hedging, and cleaning up the yard.
You could also pay for a per-hour labor, which is around $60 on average. For a weekly lawn care service, it would run about $50 per visit.
Tip: You can ask the lawn service company if they offer a recurring plan, which may have a lower rate versus paying for a weekly or per hour service.
Do note that these are just estimates and the actual amount depends on the size of the lawn and how much work needs to be done. Another factor that could affect the cost is the rates of the company or individual that you hired.
Lawn Care Cost by Service
Lawn Mowing – Cost: $50/week
There are some companies that charge mowing services per acreage. Prices would usually be around $50 for a 1-acre lawn and would go up to $175 for a 5-acre yard.
Weed Control – Cost: $65 to $90
The cost to get your yard sprayed for weeds control would depend how many weeds you have. If you opt to use organic weed killer, the rate would go from $75 to $105, depending on the size of the area that needs to be covered.
Lawn Aeration – Cost: $130
This is a type of service where holes are poked into the grass to allow nutrients, air and water to reach the roots of the grass. This ultimately helps make your lawn healthier.
Fertilization – Cost: $50 to $380
To make your lawn look healthy and strong, you will need high quality soil. And using a fertilizer will be the best way to achieve that.
A single fertilizer application service will begin at $50, which may increase depending on the size of your lawn and the type of fertilizer that will be used.
Tree Trimming – Cost: $800
Trimming services usually start at $410, but on average, the cost would be $800. Expect to pay higher fees on trimming tall trees that are difficult to access.
For trimming your lawn/grass the cost is around $60-$100
Leaf Removal – Cost: $200 to $550
Most lawn care services offer a spring clean up to remove fallen leaves from your yard.
Note that the number of trees in your lawn and your location may affect the price for this service.
Dethatching – Cost: $215
Thatch is the layer of dead grass, stems or roots that is between the actively growing grass and the soil. Dethatching removes this layer so that oxygen, water, nutrients and fertilizer will reach the soil better.
Sprinkler System Installation – Cost: $2,500 (average)
Installation of a sprinkler system in your lawn can run between $1,740 to $3,410. Some factors that could affect the price are the size of your yard and the quality of parts used for your system.
Sprinkler System Maintenance – Cost: $85
Expect also around $85 for a service to winterize or activate your sprinkler system.
Lawn Replacement / Restoration – Cost: $2,500 to $6,000 (for an averaged-sized lawn)
Seeding – Cost: $400 to $1,500
Seeding a lawn is one way to prevent and repair thinning or balding parts in your yard. However, it will take a year or two for a properly seeded lawn to fully grow.
Sodding – Cost: $120 to $400 per pallet
A quicker way to repair or restore a lawn is through sodding. For an average-sized lawn, you will pay starting from $2,500 to $6,000.