Let's face it. Sometimes, we put the lawn on the back burner until the day we get the damning letter from the homeowner's association or property manager that the time has come to cut the lawn or else... Then, you try mowing the lawn yourself, only to realize the grass was just too high for your good old mower. The mower kept bogging, getting stuck, or the blades were simply dull. You perspired under the sun like you were young again, just this time without the extra energy, dexterity, and stamina you once had as a young fellow. Finally, you gave up. Unlocked the phone. Started to call around. By now, you realize that lawn care service providers in Austin are either so cheap, they do not ever show up, or so committed in getting you to sign a contract, you ended up finding us here. Oh, paradise!
First, Is My Lawn Overgrown?
Yes, if any of the following is true.
Overgrown lawns get even more difficult to mow as time passes by. Don't believe us? See us in action for yourself with our YouTube video below:
The Top 3 Reasons Why Overgrown Fees Exist
Reason #1: Overgrown Lawns Take More Time to Mow.
As you may have realized by now, overgrown lawns take more time to mow than well-maintained lawns. In fact, most overgrown lawns take twice as much time to mow. Mower blades often get stuck from excess grass clippings. Our crews compensate by trimming the pathway with weed whackers first, and then mowing at a much slower pace than normal to keep the mower blades turning. Because the blades are not turning at full speed, we almost always have to make multiple passes just to get an even cut. Moreover, crews have to be more cautious of what lies ahead. These factors increase the biggest cost factor anybody can find in lawn care services: labor time.
Reason #2: Servicing Overgrown Lawns Are Hazardous.
Overgrown lawns are both neglected and very moist. Neglected lawns are prone to having random debris lying somewhere beneath the surface, while moist lawns make sure plowing deep into the soil is made possible. Since we normally find toys, two-by-fours, baseball bats, dog bones, dog poop, empty beer bottles, among other things that are not supposed to be there at the time of service, overgrown lawns created the perfect recipe for disaster. Random debris are often just a couple of inches beneath the grass, and can be difficult to notice, especially on big sprawling backyards. This means that they are also inches from our mower blades, spinning at who knows how fast. Flying debris from mowers or weedwhackers can break windows, scratch cars, or injure not just our crews but also other people in the area. Because of these, the risks involved in mowing overgrown lawns increase. Fees are there to compensate us appropriately for the risks we take.
Reason #3: Overgrown Lawns Cause Increased Equipment Wear and Tear.
Overgrown lawns are very heavy on equipment use. Since they take at least twice as much time to mow, they also bring at least twice as much wear and tear. Sometimes, even more. Imagine the mower blade spinning at half speed suddenly get wedged by a 2-by-4 your son had left somewhere around the lawn months ago. Maybe it is a piece of landscape boulder your wife had dragged to the lawn. Either way, something just has to give: either the blade, the mower's belt, the engine's crankshaft, the 2 by 4, or the landscape boulder. Usually, the one that gives is the mower blade. Sometimes, the belt. And at rare occasions, the mower's crankshaft. It is never the 2 by 4 or landscape boulder. The possible wear and tear to equipment and damage can easily amount to hundreds of dollars, and they do happen... quite often.
Having an overgrown fee does not make it rain profits on our end. It is just the additional cost for having an overgrown lawn. You are not saving money by skipping service this week. In fact, whether you do it by yourself or hire us, the cost of servicing your overgrown lawn will be realized. Give yourself a break this weekend. Sit back, relax, and leave the lawn to us.
We hope our blog entry has helped you better understand why we charge an overgrown fee for overgrown lawns. If you need professional lawn care assistance in Austin or around Travis County, please don't hesitate to contact us at 844-50K-LAWN (844-505-5296).
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