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Looking for lawn care services in America's finest city, also known as, San Diego, California? Lawn Love makes it easy to get a fast, affordable quote online. We're excited to bring lawn care services into the 21st century. Get an instant quote for lawn care services near you such as lawn aeration, lawn mowing, leaf removal, gutter cleaning, gardening, yard care, weed control and more. See why we're rated the #1 lawn care service company in the San Diego area. Book with us and your lawn will surely thank you.

You live in San Diego, the finest city in America. Don't let your lawn work get in the way of soaking up some Southern California sunshine and enjoying everything this wonderful city has to offer.

Here at Lawn Love we are taking a new approach to an age-old industry. Our skilled technicians are equal parts scientist and gardener, and they have years of experience tending lawns across San Diego County. They are familiar with the local grasses, pests, and other seasonal challenges, and are also fully insured, so you can be confident that your lawn is in the best of hands. We're confident you'll love your lawn, which is why we are proud to offer our total satisfaction guarantee. If anything isn't done right, your lawn care technician will be happy to come back and fix it, free of charge.

So stop trudging behind your lawn mower, and let us handle all your lawn care needs. With a little time, we'll have your neighbors coming down with a severe case of lawn envy, and you can spend your time sipping cool Margaritas while watching them labor in the sun.

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What other people have to say

Josh advised me on proper watering and setting controls for the sprinkler system.

Phil G. - 10/26/2019

Oceanside, CA

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Josh is super amazing and helpful. I can discuss changes, etc with him, things I e been having trouble with, things I think need more attention...honestly ... I got the best

Sharon F. - 10/26/2019

Solana Beach, CA

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He did a great job once again. Thank you, Josh.

Amery C. - 10/22/2019

San Diego, CA

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Always does a great job!

Florencia S. - 10/22/2019

San Diego, CA

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Thanks for trimming the hedges! And for chopping down the dead tree awhile ago.

Ian T. - 10/4/2019

San Diego, CA

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Cleanliness

Amery C. - 9/24/2019

San Diego, CA

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Josh called and we talked about my expectations and he did a wonderful job. I hope his the one to continue taking care of my lawn.

Troy M. - 9/24/2019

San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Chula Vista, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Coronado, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Chula Vista, CA

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San Diego, CA

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La Mesa, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Lakeside, CA

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National City, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Chula Vista, CA

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Bonita, CA

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Santee, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Chula Vista, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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National City, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Encinitas, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Chula Vista, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Vista, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Encinitas, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Escondido, CA

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San Diego, CA

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La Jolla, CA

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San Diego, CA

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La Mesa, CA

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National City, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Vista, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Solana Beach, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Escondido, CA

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Brendan B. - 9/20/2019

Lemon Grove, CA

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Mo J. - 9/20/2019

El Cajon, CA

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Florencia S. - 9/19/2019

San Diego, CA

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Usual great job! Thank you!

Gerry T. - 9/18/2019

San Diego, CA

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Don V. - 9/18/2019

San Diego, CA

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Betty W. - 9/18/2019

San Diego, CA

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Escondido, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Chula Vista, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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La Mesa, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Vista, CA

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Carlsbad, CA

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Escondido, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Ian T. - 9/5/2019

San Diego, CA

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Miyuki C. - 9/4/2019

San Diego, CA

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Joshua was great to talk to and shared some meaningful feedback on Lawn Love. He did a good job with my yard and I would definitely recommend him to other customers!

Andrew K. - 9/4/2019

San Diego, CA

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La Jolla, CA

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Scott D. - 9/2/2019

San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Gary S. - 8/29/2019

National City, CA

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Excellent job on the backyard, thank you.

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Chula Vista, CA

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San Diego, CA

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La Jolla, CA

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Escondido, CA

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James S. - 8/27/2019

San Diego, CA

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Elizabeth C. - 8/26/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Gary S. - 8/26/2019

Vista, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Gwen H. - 8/24/2019

National City, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Jessica R. - 8/22/2019

Escondido, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Oceanside, CA

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David W. - 8/17/2019

San Diego, CA

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Josephine L. - 8/17/2019

San Diego, CA

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Michele C. - 8/17/2019

San Diego, CA

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Bill T. - 8/16/2019

San Diego, CA

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As usual, he's still my favorite lawn Pro! A hard-working man and very professional. Thank you!

Amery C. - 8/16/2019

San Diego, CA

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Patrick W. - 8/16/2019

San Diego, CA

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Andy J. - 8/16/2019

La Jolla, CA

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Great job - excellent service. Thank you,

Zack H. - 8/15/2019

San Diego, CA

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Roger C. - 8/15/2019

San Diego, CA

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Elizabeth C. - 8/14/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Carley K. - 8/14/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Ralph G. - 8/12/2019

Vista, CA

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John S. - 8/11/2019

San Diego, CA

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Matthew W. - 8/11/2019

San Diego, CA

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Jessica R. - 8/8/2019

Escondido, CA

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Christa G. - 8/4/2019

San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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David W. - 8/3/2019

San Diego, CA

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Krystal S. - 8/3/2019

San Diego, CA

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Nicholas was great. He said he would be back on the 15th to help with backyard.

Michele C. - 8/2/2019

San Diego, CA

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Elizabeth C. - 8/2/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Sharon F. - 8/2/2019

Solana Beach, CA

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Roger C. - 8/1/2019

San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Zack H. - 8/1/2019

San Diego, CA

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Roland M. - 7/31/2019

Carlsbad, CA

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Josh is a great communicator and provides useful information to his clients. Josh is also competent and professional. Thank you so much Josh for your service.

Marcus B. - 7/30/2019

San Diego, CA

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Ed M. - 7/30/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Clean & neat, thanks!

Ian T. - 7/29/2019

San Diego, CA

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Christopher C. - 7/27/2019

San Diego, CA

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Sophia D. - 7/25/2019

Encinitas, CA

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You're the best, thank you!

Lora D. - 7/25/2019

San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Gabriel E. - 7/24/2019

Coronado, CA

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Elizabeth C. - 7/23/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Ralph G. - 7/21/2019

Vista, CA

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David W. - 7/20/2019

San Diego, CA

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Christopher C. - 7/19/2019

San Diego, CA

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Elizabeth C. - 7/19/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Bill T. - 7/17/2019

San Diego, CA

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Tannaz S. - 7/17/2019

San Diego, CA

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John S. - 7/14/2019

San Diego, CA

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Matthew W. - 7/13/2019

San Diego, CA

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Tami P. - 7/12/2019

San Diego, CA

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The best pro!

Amery C. - 7/12/2019

San Diego, CA

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Jessica R. - 7/11/2019

Escondido, CA

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I was very surprised of the amount of work accomplished by the service person Scott and how good he cleaned up the area. Looks great and am very pleased with this company!!!

Ralph G. - 7/10/2019

Vista, CA

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Love Josh!!

Gwen H. - 7/9/2019

National City, CA

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Robyn B. - 7/9/2019

La Mesa, CA

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Jessica R. - 7/9/2019

Escondido, CA

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Benjamin V. - 7/9/2019

San Diego, CA

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Christa G. - 7/6/2019

San Diego, CA

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Krystal S. - 7/6/2019

San Diego, CA

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We appreciate Joshua taking care of our lawn.

David W. - 7/6/2019

San Diego, CA

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Patrick W. - 7/5/2019

San Diego, CA

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Sharon F. - 7/4/2019

Solana Beach, CA

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Ross F. - 7/4/2019

San Diego, CA

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Evelyn A. - 7/3/2019

San Diego, CA

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Went the extra mile. Will be getting more of your service very soon. Thankyou.

Chris B. - 7/2/2019

San Diego, CA

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Josephine L. - 7/2/2019

San Diego, CA

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Roland M. - 7/1/2019

Carlsbad, CA

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Dorothy W. - 6/30/2019

San Diego, CA

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Rosario E. - 6/30/2019

San Diego, CA

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Charles L. - 6/29/2019

La Jolla, CA

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Doug W. - 6/27/2019

Coronado, CA

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Don V. - 6/27/2019

San Diego, CA

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Jessica R. - 6/27/2019

Escondido, CA

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Tannaz S. - 6/27/2019

San Diego, CA

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Elaine C. - 6/27/2019

San Diego, CA

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Lisa B. - 6/26/2019

San Diego, CA

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Florencia V. - 6/26/2019

Escondido, CA

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Scott D. - 6/26/2019

San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Elizabeth C. - 6/25/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Rachel A. - 6/23/2019

San Diego, CA

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Andrea L. - 6/23/2019

Spring Valley, CA

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Spring Valley, CA

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Krystal S. - 6/22/2019

San Diego, CA

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David W. - 6/22/2019

San Diego, CA

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Great job - thanks!

Zack H. - 6/21/2019

San Diego, CA

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Sandra G. - 6/21/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Great job, very thorough. much better than previous service provider.

Matthew B. - 6/20/2019

Oceanside, CA

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Sean R. - 6/20/2019

Santee, CA

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Roger C. - 6/20/2019

San Diego, CA

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Carley K. - 6/19/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Bill T. - 6/19/2019

San Diego, CA

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Very professional, very friendly and just loved him!

Kathleen S. - 6/18/2019

San Diego, CA

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Josephine L. - 6/17/2019

San Diego, CA

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Elliot continues to do a great job. With his expertise knowledge, he was able to talk to me and recommend future landscaping projects I had. Thank you.

John S. - 6/16/2019

San Diego, CA

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Rosario E. - 6/15/2019

San Diego, CA

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Matthew W. - 6/15/2019

San Diego, CA

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Christine J. - 6/15/2019

San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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John P. - 6/14/2019

El Cajon, CA

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Elizabeth C. - 6/13/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Becky A. - 6/13/2019

Lakeside, CA

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Jim K. - 6/13/2019

La Mesa, CA

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Victoria A. - 6/13/2019

SAN DIEGO, CA

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Cut looks good!

Ian T. - 6/12/2019

San Diego, CA

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Another awesone job with our Lawn Pro Josh. Keep up the great work!

Amery C. - 6/12/2019

San Diego, CA

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Betty W. - 6/11/2019

San Diego, CA

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Patrice S. - 6/11/2019

La Mesa, CA

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Abbey C. - 6/10/2019

Carlsbad, CA

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Thank you for doing such a nice job and for explaining to us about the whitefly spray

Sandra S. - 6/10/2019

San Diego, CA

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Roger C. - 6/9/2019

San Diego, CA

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Krystal S. - 6/8/2019

San Diego, CA

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My guy is the BEST!!!!

Sharon F. - 6/7/2019

Solana Beach, CA

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Sophia D. - 6/7/2019

Encinitas, CA

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Danette W. - 6/6/2019

San Diego, CA

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Tannaz S. - 6/5/2019

San Diego, CA

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Gabriel E. - 6/5/2019

Coronado, CA

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He was awesome and the yard looks great

Rachel B. - 6/4/2019

San Diego, CA

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Jason A. - 6/4/2019

203 Parkbrook Way, CA

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Betty W. - 6/4/2019

San Diego, CA

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Scott D. - 6/3/2019

San Diego, CA

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Elizabeth C. - 6/3/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Excellent service from a great guy !!!

Dorothy W. - 6/2/2019

San Diego, CA

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Roger C. - 6/1/2019

San Diego, CA

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Annie B. - 5/31/2019

Poway, CA

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Richard R. - 5/31/2019

San Diego, CA

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Don V. - 5/30/2019

San Diego, CA

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Richard C. - 5/30/2019

Spring Valley, CA

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Krystal S. - 5/30/2019

San Diego, CA

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Andy J. - 5/30/2019

La Jolla, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Becky A. - 5/27/2019

Lakeside, CA

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Carley K. - 5/25/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Christopher C. - 5/25/2019

San Diego, CA

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David W. - 5/25/2019

San Diego, CA

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Molly M. - 5/24/2019

La Mesa, CA

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Igor A. - 5/24/2019

San Diego, CA

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Thank you for doing a GREAT job in the front and thank you for doing the small area's of growth in the back (and not skipping them) even though there wasn't much in the back at this time. GREAT JOB!!

Jim K. - 5/24/2019

La Mesa, CA

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John S. - 5/19/2019

San Diego, CA

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Dorothy W. - 5/19/2019

San Diego, CA

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Matthew W. - 5/19/2019

San Diego, CA

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Kevin H. - 5/18/2019

San Diego, CA

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He really listens and understands and sees things I even don’t ! Has great ideas and fully explains everything❤️

Sharon F. - 5/18/2019

Solana Beach, CA

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Job well done as always. He deserved a recognition from his team too. Thank you and we appreciate his hardwork.

Amery C. - 5/17/2019

San Diego, CA

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Elizabeth C. - 5/16/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Annie B. - 5/16/2019

Poway, CA

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Joe R. - 5/16/2019

San Diego, CA

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Jason C. - 5/16/2019

San Diego, CA

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Although I wasn’t home Josh’s job was noticed as soon as I pulled up to my driveway. Very happy with his service maintaining my lawn.

Macarena H. - 5/14/2019

San Diego, CA

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Betty W. - 5/14/2019

San Diego, CA

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Toshia S. - 5/14/2019

San Diego, CA

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Krystal S. - 5/11/2019

San Diego, CA

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Elizabeth C. - 5/11/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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David W. - 5/11/2019

San Diego, CA

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Patrice S. - 5/10/2019

La Mesa, CA

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Roger C. - 5/9/2019

San Diego, CA

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Danette W. - 5/9/2019

San Diego, CA

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Gary S. - 5/9/2019

National City, CA

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Sandra S. - 5/8/2019

San Diego, CA

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Carley K. - 5/8/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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Jason A. - 5/7/2019

203 Parkbrook Way, CA

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Betty W. - 5/7/2019

San Diego, CA

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Dorothy W. - 5/7/2019

San Diego, CA

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Abbey C. - 5/6/2019

Carlsbad, CA

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Jhoana G. - 5/5/2019

National City, CA

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Richard C. - 5/4/2019

Spring Valley, CA

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Betty W. - 5/3/2019

San Diego, CA

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Kathleen S. - 5/2/2019

Imperial Beach, CA

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William M. - 5/2/2019

San Diego, CA

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Trevor S. - 5/2/2019

San Diego, CA

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Elizabeth C. - 5/1/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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He did a really great job!

Aurora B. - 4/30/2019

San Diego, CA

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Daryl R. - 4/30/2019

San Diego, CA

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Neil H. - 4/28/2019

San Diego, CA

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Macarena H. - 4/28/2019

San Diego, CA

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Patrice S. - 4/28/2019

La Mesa, CA

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Elaine C. - 4/27/2019

San Diego, CA

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Krystal S. - 4/27/2019

San Diego, CA

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Carley K. - 4/27/2019

Chula Vista, CA

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John S. - 4/21/2019

San Diego, CA

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Jehrand C. - 4/21/2019

San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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Rated 4.86 / 5 stars in 3,242 San Diego customer reviews.

San Diego lawn care service tips

Should I water my lawn today?

There won't be any rain in San Diego today, which means you'll probably have to water your lawn.

Dusk and dawn are the best times to water your lawn (the sun will rise at 6:38 AM and set at 4:42 PM today in San Diego).

How often should I mow my lawn?

Here are the most common lawn mowing frequencies in San Diego:

Weekly mowing7%
Bi-weekly mowing53%
Monthly mowing21%
Lawns that get fertilized15%
Lawns that get aerated1%
Lawns sporting pink flamingos1

Lawn care prices in San Diego

Prices vary depending on the size of the lawn and frequency of your service.

Here are some average lawn care prices for homes in San Diego.

Average mowing price$48
Average lawn size2,221 sq. ft.
Time savedPriceless

San Diego lawn care services

In San Diego, we know a thing or two about having a good time. Maybe you're spending the day at Petco Park, cheering on the San Diego Padres to another win. Or you're taking the kids to SeaWorld San Diego or to the San Diego Zoo to have a chance to check out the animals. After a long day of entertaining the family, you've decided to have a nice stroll through Balboa Park's beautiful botanical gardens with your special someone.


It's a dream that many of us share to have an attractive home to come home to. After a busy day of seeing the city's many impressive sights, you want to kick back and relax in your own brilliantly green, lush and luxurious backyard. To get the perfect lawn requires that you follow specific steps, like using the right fertilizer and maintaining a regular lawn mowing schedule.


Here is a list of tips and tricks you can start using today to ensure you get the lawn you've always wanted.


Spring Clean


Just as your home requires a good spring cleaning, your yard can use some attention at the end of a long winter, too. Be sure to rake the yard, removing all the dead grass, branches and debris that have accumulated over the winter months. Remove all the thatch, dry grass and weeds. Then aerate the ground by removing small plugs of soil every few inches. You can purchase an aerator for the job, or you can do it by hand if you're not afraid of hard work. It's best if you water the ground thoroughly, allowing 1 to 2 inches of water to soak into the soil one to two days in advance of aeration. When you water the soil in advance, the job will be much easier.


The purpose of aerating your lawn is to break up the soil and allow water, air, and nutrients to absorb better into your ground. The result? Your yard will grow much denser and greener because the additional air and nutrients will allow your grass to develop a stronger root system.


Overseeding Your Lawn


To achieve optimal results, you want to start with the right seed mix. The San Diego area is in USDA growing zones 8, 9 and 10, which means you'll want to choose a blend of grass seeds that are tolerant of high heat and don't require heavy use of water.


Good choices for grass seeds include Zoysia, Red Fescue and Bluegrass. If you're looking to get your lawn as emerald green as the Padres field at Petco Park, you can buy a hybrid blend of Bermuda Grass and Perennial Ryegrass. Those seeds are ideally suited to the hot summer weather that San Diego brings, although you will have to water your lawn regularly to achieve maximum results.


Overseeding is a technique where you place the second layer of seeds over your pre-existing lawn in the spring. After aerating and watering, spread your new blend of seeds and water lightly to encourage your seeds to get established. Wait until your newly seeded lawn has reached a height of 2 and 1/2 to 3 inches before you mow the yard for the first time. This longer growing time allows the seeds to develop stronger roots, resulting in a greener and more lush lawn throughout the summer and into the autumn.


Lawn Mowing Schedule


It's imperative that you establish a regular schedule for your lawn mowing to achieve your best results. Lawn care professionals advise that you never mow more than 1/3 the height of your grass. Be sure you don't cut your grass too short. It results in having a scalped lawn, with a dull and brown yard of lifeless grass.


Timing is key. While it is better that you not mow your lawn too short, this does require that you mow your yard more frequently. The ideal time to water your grass is in the early morning because it lessens the opportunity for your water to evaporate. Given San Diego's high temperatures, this step allows you to save a significant amount of water and money.


Mow When Grass is Dry


Although it's better to water your grass frequently, the best time to mow your yard is when the grass is dry. Be sure to maintain your lawn mower properly, sharpening your mower blades at regular intervals. Mowing the lawn with sharp mower blades allows you to cut the grass, rather than merely tearing it.


Sharpen the Blades of Your Mower Regularly


If you mow your lawn with dull blades, it not only tears up the grass, it may even pull the grass out of the ground. The result? Bare patches in your lawn, something you'll want to avoid.


Choose the Right Fertilizer


Just as mowing the lawn too short can result in a brown lawn, using the wrong fertilizer can result in fertilizer burn. There are two types of fertilizer, fast-release, and slow-release. Each kind of fertilizer has its advantages. Fast-releasing fertilizer will encourage your grass to turn green quickly in the early part of the growing season.


You will not want to rely upon fast-release fertilizer throughout the summer, however, as it results in fertilizer burn. At your first signs of seeing fertilizer burn in your yard, you can water your lawn to dilute the chemicals. This will ensure your yard has a chance to establish a greener color.


Throughout the late spring, summer, and autumn, you will want to use a slow-release fertilizer. Ask a lawn care professional or go to your home and garden store to purchase a high-quality, nitrogen-based fertilizer. You will want to look for one that is granulated and is both pet-friendly and safe around children. There is an abundance of options for fertilizers, both traditional and organic. You will want to fertilize once every four to six weeks to ensure the greenest grass that will endure throughout the growing season.


Finishing Touches


To get the best look for your lawn, be sure to trim the edges. It will give you the cleanest, most attractive result. If you're hoping to achieve a lawn that looks like the Padres baseball diamond, be sure to mow in a pattern. You'll want to mow the yard entirely in one direction first, and then go over the surface a second time to create the diamond pattern you see. Another tip is to be sure that your grass length is a little longer because that will help to accentuate the patterned results.


Hire a Team of Lawn Care Professionals


Taking care of a lawn requires a significant amount of time, energy and hard work. Consider hiring a team of lawn care technicians to assist you with all the hard labor. Using a team of licensed, bonded and insured lawn care professionals lets you spend less time working on your yard, and gives you more time to enjoy it. Give yourself a gift today. After all, you've worked hard to earn it.

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