What spring clean up services should you offer?

It seems the services included in a spring clean up can differ vastly depending on which lawn care company is asked. As we will see here, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, each of these three lawn care business owners differed on what their basic spring clean up services included and what services would be considered upsells. Compare the different list of services to what you offer and you might find a new way to market and sell your spring cleanup packages.

One lawn care business owner wrote “what services do you include in a yard spring clean up? I include the following:

  • Power Raking (Dethatching)
  • Early Seeding
  • Winter ‘Salt Spot’ repair
  • Aeration (If absolutely needed)
  • Turning on and inspecting irrigation systems (After final frost)
  • General Trimming
  • Fertilizer and weed control
  • Mulching
  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Power Washing

The list goes on and on. Basically everything that needs to be done…”

A second lawn care business owner said “we do offer all those services but we mainly focus on mulching leaves and small branches, sweep the lawn with a power sweeper to remove thatch, use a landscape rake to remove rocks from winter snow plowing. To come up with our price we usually charge by the square foot, and by using a lawn sweeper to dethatch, we feel it provides a better job and faster.

At the same time we try and upsell our organic fertilizer products. Everyone of our customers last year signed up for it.

We can offer additional services during our spring clean ups however they are not part of a basic spring clean up quote.

The average lawn care customer of ours spends on average between $45 to $300+, depending on many factors. Before I bid, I have to see the property and discuss it with the client first. I will not quote clean up jobs without seeing what has to be done. If the client doesn’t want to have us drop by, then I simply pass as we will get burnt every time on a sight unseen bid.”

A third lawn care business owner shared “this is right from our lawn care agreement / contract


• All lawn and planting bed areas will be free of all debris. Planting beds are to have weeds removed, and soil beds to be cultivated and edged. Work is to be completed by April 30, weather permitting.

• All snow plow damage repair and heavy winter storm damage clean up will be an extra to the agreement and will be dealt with only after consultation with the Owner.

However, we also offer all basic services as well. But that is all above and beyond the spring clean ups basic cost.”

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