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Whether you want to hang out and enjoy the view from the Space Needle or sip a cup of coffee from Starbucks while chilling at Discovery Park, you can bet that Seattle will have something to keep you busy. It is a great city that is surrounded by greenery, which is why its nickname is the Emerald City. You can really explore this city and bask in all of its glory if you're not going to be too busy sweeping the leaves from your garden during the weekend. Lawn Love has got you covered on that one.

Trees will begin to shed their leaves during the fall, and there really is nothing that you can do about it since it's a natural occurrence during this particular time of the year. The leaves can leave behind a lovely looking scene in your lawn, but try not to be fooled by it though because they can actually cause plenty of problems. These leaves can suffocate your lawn and deprive them of much needed sunlight and oxygen.

You need to remove them if you don't want your lawn to suffer any further, and this is something that Lawn Love would be more than happy to do for you. We have highly skilled lawn techs who can work on yards of all sizes and remove most of the leaves scattered around them. You can give us a call at 206-466-4650 if you have questions. You can also get a quick free quote online to know our rates.

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What other people have to say

Larain always does a great job!

Bree O. - 11/9/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

The lawn looks great!

Paul H. - 11/9/2019

Genesee, WA

*****

The crew arrived and jumped right in to mow, trim and edge. Great clean up, also. Our yard was a mess when they got here and now it looks great. Thank you!

Gary T. - 11/6/2019

Snohomish, WA

*****

Thank you so much!

Alessia B. - 11/3/2019

Redmond, WA

*****

Wow! What a fantastic job!!! I so love this service. I appreciate the really nice professional people you have on staff. I will definitely continue using this service!!

Edith R. - 10/31/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Thank you for your great work.

Priscilla J. - 10/26/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Barry was rescheduled due to the weather 4 times. He had to come back once to finish the job. He did WAY more than I expected and the place looks INCREDIBLE.

Christi L. - 10/25/2019

Renton, WA

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Vicky T. - 11/12/2019

Seattle, WA

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Ralph H. - 11/8/2019

Seattle, WA

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Jeff M. - 11/8/2019

Seattle, WA

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Tom M. - 11/7/2019

Bellevue, WA

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Meredith M. - 11/7/2019

Des Moines, WA

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Mary A. - 11/7/2019

Lake City, WA

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Elizabeth L. - 11/6/2019

Seattle, WA

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Brooke S. - 11/12/2019

Seattle, WA

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James W. - 11/4/2019

Everett, WA

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Michael B. - 11/4/2019

Bellevue, WA

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Christine D. - 11/4/2019

Seattle, WA

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Marc S. - 11/11/2019

Seattle, WA

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Meredith M. - 11/3/2019

Seattle, WA

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Guy W. - 11/1/2019

Seattle, WA

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Ryan H. - 10/31/2019

Seattle, WA

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Zach F. - 10/31/2019

Renton, WA

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Mary M. - 10/31/2019

Seattle, WA

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Ryan H. - 11/10/2019

Seattle, WA

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Jovita M. - 10/29/2019

Tukwila, WA

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Mark M. - 10/29/2019

Seattle, WA

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Melissa H. - 10/28/2019

Seattle, WA

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Paul T. - 10/28/2019

Shoreline, WA

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Patrick A. - 10/28/2019

Norkirk, WA

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Vicky T. - 11/12/2019

Seattle, WA

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Matthew M. - 11/9/2019

Seattle, WA

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Mary A. - 10/25/2019

Lake City, WA

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Zach E. - 10/25/2019

Carnation, WA

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Greg A. - 10/25/2019

Seattle, WA

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Jason G. - 10/25/2019

Seattle, WA

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Linda G. - 10/25/2019

Seattle, WA

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Tom M. - 10/24/2019

Bellevue, WA

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Ashley K. - 10/22/2019

Kirkland, WA

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Janis A. - 10/21/2019

Seattle, WA

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Bree O. - 10/21/2019

Seattle, WA

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Linda D. - 10/20/2019

Kirkland, WA

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Andrew O. - 10/19/2019

Seattle, WA

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Liangju L. - 10/19/2019

Kirkland, WA

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Christine D. - 10/19/2019

Seattle, WA

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Cody R. - 10/19/2019

Seattle, WA

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Elizabeth L. - 10/18/2019

Seattle, WA

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Shawn M. - 10/18/2019

Shoreline, WA

*****

seth was enthusiastic about getting the work that i requested done . great job done.

Barb L. - 10/17/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Taylor W. - 10/16/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

I haven't met my lawn pro but the job that was done is professional. The property is a rental. I is good to have someone able to do the job that I can trust.

Cheryl M. - 10/15/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Looks great! Thank you.

Terry H. - 10/15/2019

Renton, WA

*****

Seth and Co were communicative, easy to work with, and did everything I asked PLUS more quite professionally.

Jennifer B. - 10/15/2019

Bothell, WA

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Mike D. - 10/15/2019

Shoreline, WA

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Will J. - 10/15/2019

Renton, WA

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Alessia B. - 10/14/2019

Redmond, WA

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Teri P. - 10/14/2019

Seattle, WA

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Yuling Z. - 10/13/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Seth was great was able to mow the lawn quickly and took extra care to ensure my pets didn’t leave the back yard

Ulibee C. - 10/13/2019

Renton, WA

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Mary A. - 10/12/2019

Lake City, WA

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Jenny C. - 10/12/2019

Lynnwood, WA

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Matthew M. - 10/12/2019

Seattle, WA

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Scott O. - 10/12/2019

Seattle, WA

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Bryan H. - 10/12/2019

Seattle, WA

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Joanne H. - 10/11/2019

Seattle, WA

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Siu C. - 10/11/2019

Bellevue, WA

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Ralph H. - 10/11/2019

Seattle, WA

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Harvey W. - 10/11/2019

Seattle, WA

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Dorrene B. - 10/11/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Did a fantastic job. Trimmed my sidewalk and the flower bed!

Edith R. - 10/11/2019

Seattle, WA

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Tom M. - 10/10/2019

Bellevue, WA

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Kevin B. - 10/10/2019

Seattle, WA

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Louise S. - 10/9/2019

Lynnwood, WA

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Andrew O. - 10/8/2019

Seattle, WA

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Hank W. - 10/8/2019

Lynnwood, WA

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Maude M. - 10/8/2019

Everett, WA

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Ann P. - 10/7/2019

Kirkland, WA

*****

They did an amazing job in the front but I think just ran out of time in the back. But for what we paid, I'm happy with what got done in the front and look forward to the next lawn pro taking over the back.

Sally R. - 10/6/2019

Seattle, WA

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Amit G. - 10/6/2019

Seattle, WA

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Christine D. - 10/5/2019

Seattle, WA

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Mary A. - 10/5/2019

Lake City, WA

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Elizabeth L. - 10/4/2019

Seattle, WA

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Zach F. - 10/4/2019

Renton, WA

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Kiley R. - 10/4/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Marco always does a wonderful job!!!

Christina H. - 10/3/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Erin A. - 10/3/2019

Burien, WA

*****

He was great. He showed up, took a look around, and then got right to work. I'm really pleased with the job he did, and won't hesitate to hire you guys again for more work in the future!

Zach F. - 10/2/2019

Renton, WA

*****

Greg J. - 10/2/2019

Shoreline, WA

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Alessia B. - 10/1/2019

Redmond, WA

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Paul T. - 10/1/2019

Shoreline, WA

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Jason G. - 9/29/2019

Seattle, WA

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Linda G. - 9/29/2019

Seattle, WA

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Laura D. - 9/28/2019

Seattle, WA

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Jeff M. - 9/28/2019

Seattle, WA

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Priscilla J. - 9/28/2019

Seattle, WA

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Harvey W. - 9/27/2019

Seattle, WA

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Barbara C. - 9/27/2019

Seattle, WA

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Tom M. - 9/26/2019

Bellevue, WA

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Roshawn C. - 9/26/2019

Seattle, WA

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Barb L. - 9/26/2019

Seattle, WA

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Peter B. - 9/26/2019

Lynnwood, WA

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James W. - 9/21/2019

Everett, WA

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Elizabeth L. - 9/21/2019

Seattle, WA

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Andrew O. - 9/21/2019

Seattle, WA

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Craig L. - 9/20/2019

Seattle, WA

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Amit G. - 9/20/2019

Seattle, WA

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Hongnah L. - 9/20/2019

Seattle, WA

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Janis A. - 9/19/2019

Seattle, WA

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Mimi D. - 9/19/2019

West Seattle, WA

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Roshawn C. - 9/19/2019

Seattle, WA

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Kevin B. - 9/18/2019

Seattle, WA

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Paul T. - 9/17/2019

Shoreline, WA

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Mary A. - 9/14/2019

Lake City, WA

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Scott O. - 9/14/2019

Seattle, WA

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Teresa H. - 9/13/2019

Seattle, WA

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Marquise B. - 9/12/2019

Renton, WA

*****

Yan Z. - 9/12/2019

Renton, WA

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Harvey W. - 9/12/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Michael B. - 9/10/2019

Bellevue, WA

*****

Leah K. - 9/9/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

marco is great to work with. He is super enthusiastic about his work. He is professional and friendly . I would highly recommend him to family and friends.

Barb L. - 9/8/2019

Seattle, WA

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Wren C. - 9/7/2019

Seattle, WA

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Amber S. - 9/7/2019

Fall City, WA

*****

Jason G. - 9/7/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Scott O. - 9/7/2019

Seattle, WA

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Linda G. - 9/6/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Christine D. - 9/6/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Elizabeth L. - 9/6/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Carley P. - 9/6/2019

Seattle, WA

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Ray R. - 9/6/2019

Redmond, WA

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Mimi D. - 9/5/2019

West Seattle, WA

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Vivian L. - 9/5/2019

Seattle, WA

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Stephanie W. - 9/5/2019

Seattle, WA

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Stephanie W. - 9/5/2019

Seattle, WA

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Allison M. - 9/5/2019

Seattle, WA

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Barbara C. - 9/2/2019

Seattle, WA

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Alicia D. - 9/2/2019

Mountlake Terrace, WA

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Jeff M. - 9/2/2019

Seattle, WA

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Mary A. - 9/1/2019

Lake City, WA

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Ernest P. - 8/31/2019

Seattle, WA

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Priscilla J. - 8/31/2019

Seattle, WA

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Amit G. - 8/31/2019

Seattle, WA

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Andrew W. - 8/30/2019

Seattle, WA

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Larry M. - 8/30/2019

Kenmore, WA

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Yan Z. - 8/30/2019

Renton, WA

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Roshawn C. - 8/30/2019

Seattle, WA

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Andrew P. - 8/30/2019

Seattle, WA

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Jeff J. - 8/30/2019

Bellevue, WA

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Sam H. - 8/29/2019

Seattle, WA

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Paul T. - 8/28/2019

Shoreline, WA

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Harvey W. - 8/28/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Gabriel J. - 8/28/2019

Renton, WA

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Ernest P. - 8/26/2019

Seattle, WA

****

Hank W. - 8/26/2019

Lynnwood, WA

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John E. - 8/25/2019

Marysville, WA

*****

Sheila G. - 8/25/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Jade M. - 8/24/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Elizabeth L. - 8/24/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Linda G. - 8/24/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Ray R. - 8/24/2019

Redmond, WA

*****

Christine D. - 8/23/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Janis A. - 8/22/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Bree O. - 8/22/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Jenny C. - 8/21/2019

Lynnwood, WA

*****

Erica K. - 8/20/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Barry did a fantastic job with my lawn. Super happy with the quality of service. I felt like he went above and beyond to make sure everything looks neat and tidy.

Linda P. - 8/20/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

marco is very knowledgeable. He goes the extra mile for customer service.

Barb L. - 8/20/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Paul H. - 8/19/2019

Genesee, WA

*****

Matthew M. - 8/19/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

You rock. My lawn looks lovely. You did an amazing job with edging and caring for my plants. I love it

Heidi F. - 8/17/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Mary A. - 8/17/2019

Lake City, WA

****

Tom M. - 8/16/2019

Bellevue, WA

*****

Michael O. - 8/16/2019

Issaquah, WA

*****

Andrew W. - 8/16/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Yubo X. - 8/16/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Marco did a very nice job on our lawn. Very good worker.

Ralph H. - 8/16/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Zach E. - 8/15/2019

Carnation, WA

*****

Lee S. - 8/14/2019

Shoreline, WA

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He got the weeding area I had asked about really well, thank you!

Amy M. - 8/14/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Elizabeth L. - 8/14/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Marquise B. - 8/13/2019

Renton, WA

*****

Harvey W. - 8/13/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Dezirea P. - 8/12/2019

Shoreline, WA

*****

James W. - 8/12/2019

Everett, WA

*****

Gary was unable to come the day of our original appointment due to rain, but he called and asked if he could reschedule for the next day. We were out but he came and did the usual great job.

Hank W. - 8/12/2019

Lynnwood, WA

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Ulibee C. - 8/11/2019

Renton, WA

*****

Jenny C. - 8/10/2019

Lynnwood, WA

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Andrew P. - 8/9/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Kevin B. - 8/9/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Craig L. - 8/9/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Carley P. - 8/9/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Larry M. - 8/9/2019

Kenmore, WA

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I like Jeremy’s work. He’s knowledgeable and friendly. He answered all my questions with patience.

Cizhen W. - 8/9/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Very good job and efficient.

Scott O. - 8/9/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Candus and her crew were very friendly, knowledgeable, and kind. It was a joy to have them and they did an amazing job.

Sarah D. - 8/9/2019

Redmond, WA

*****

Bree O. - 8/8/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Jeff J. - 8/8/2019

Bellevue, WA

*****

Angel A. - 8/8/2019

Renton, WA

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Naval T. - 8/7/2019

Sammamish, WA

*****

Paul T. - 8/6/2019

Shoreline, WA

*****

Erin A. - 8/6/2019

Burien, WA

*****

Erin A. - 8/6/2019

Burien, WA

*****

Priscilla J. - 8/5/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Zoe H. - 8/5/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Kara S. - 8/4/2019

Seattle, WA

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Athena L. - 8/3/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Marco was professional, knowledgeable, efficient, and kind. He went the extra mile to help me.

Carolyn H. - 8/3/2019

Seattle, WA

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Jeff M. - 8/3/2019

Seattle, WA

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Mary A. - 8/3/2019

Lake City, WA

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I didn’t get to meet him, but I came home to a weed free, mowed lawn!

Jessica B. - 8/2/2019

Everett, WA

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Jovita M. - 8/2/2019

Tukwila, WA

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Brynn S. - 8/2/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Connor B. - 8/2/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Vivian L. - 8/1/2019

Seattle, WA

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Vivian L. - 8/1/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Jimmy L. - 7/31/2019

Everett, WA

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Tina C. - 7/31/2019

Shoreline, WA

*****

Jerry K. - 7/31/2019

Bothell, WA

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Ulibee C. - 7/31/2019

Renton, WA

****

Tom M. - 7/31/2019

Bellevue, WA

*****

Lin Z. - 7/31/2019

Bothell, WA

*****

Ernest P. - 7/31/2019

Seattle, WA

*

Larry M. - 7/31/2019

Kenmore, WA

**

Excellent job. Good listener and knows his stuff!

Harvey W. - 7/30/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Great job

Michael O. - 7/30/2019

Issaquah, WA

*****

Very personable and does a great job!

Edith R. - 7/29/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Hank W. - 7/29/2019

Lynnwood, WA

*****

Yuzhou X. - 7/26/2019

Bothell, WA

*****

Craig L. - 7/26/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Yard is looking great!

Carley P. - 7/26/2019

Seattle, WA

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Yan Z. - 7/25/2019

Renton, WA

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Leah K. - 7/25/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Dezirea P. - 7/24/2019

Shoreline, WA

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Chad L. - 7/24/2019

Renton, WA

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Noah E. - 7/24/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Heather U. - 7/24/2019

Renton, WA

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Azure Northwest, LLC R. - 7/23/2019

Kirkland, WA

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Paul T. - 7/22/2019

Shoreline, WA

*****

The yard looks perfect! Thank you!

Dezirea P. - 7/22/2019

Shoreline, WA

*****

Gary is a magician. Extremely knowledgeable, professional, thorough, and speedy. We had bad overgrowth and tons of ivy and I cannot believe how much he got done on the first visit. Looking forward to a long relationship.

Anastasia P. - 7/22/2019

Kent, WA

*****

Reliable, on time and friendly. Thanks!

Harvey W. - 7/20/2019

Seattle, WA

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Victor K. - 7/20/2019

Bellevue, WA

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Mary A. - 7/20/2019

Lake City, WA

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Matthew M. - 7/20/2019

Seattle, WA

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Ernest P. - 7/19/2019

Seattle, WA

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Brynn S. - 7/18/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Brynn S. - 7/18/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Ian B. - 7/17/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Tom M. - 7/17/2019

Bellevue, WA

*****

Ray R. - 7/17/2019

Redmond, WA

*****

Teri P. - 7/15/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Fusheng S. - 7/15/2019

Bellevue, WA

*****

James W. - 7/15/2019

Everett, WA

*****

Again, I was not home when the lawn was cut and it looks great! I love this service.

Edith R. - 7/15/2019

Seattle, WA

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Elizabeth L. - 7/15/2019

Seattle, WA

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Tami C. - 7/14/2019

Edmonds, WA

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Hank W. - 7/14/2019

Lynnwood, WA

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Fantastic job! Thank you so much!

Arwyn H. - 7/14/2019

Shoreline, WA

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Karen P. - 7/13/2019

Snohomish, WA

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Chiranjive M. - 7/13/2019

Snoqualmie, WA

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Amie T. - 7/13/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Ulibee C. - 7/13/2019

Renton, WA

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Carley P. - 7/13/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Paul H. - 7/12/2019

Genesee, WA

*****

Rebecca F. - 7/12/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Jason G. - 7/12/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Louise S. - 7/12/2019

Lynnwood, WA

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Kyle B. - 7/11/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Geri S. - 7/11/2019

Edmonds, WA

*****

Larian did a great job, as always.

Paul H. - 7/9/2019

Meridian Park, WA

*****

Chris N. - 7/9/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Jason C. - 7/9/2019

Renton, WA

*****

Barb L. - 7/9/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Neil K. - 7/9/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Paul T. - 7/8/2019

Shoreline, WA

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Fusheng S. - 7/8/2019

Bellevue, WA

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Kripa S. - 7/7/2019

Issaquah, WA

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Priscilla J. - 7/7/2019

Seattle, WA

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He weed wacked the yard. But did no trimming.

Ahndrea B. - 7/6/2019

Seattle, WA

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Megan M. - 7/5/2019

Renton, WA

*****

Melissa is the best!

Ernest I. - 7/4/2019

Seattle, WA

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Tom M. - 7/4/2019

Bellevue, WA

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Ernest P. - 7/4/2019

Seattle, WA

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Ulibee C. - 7/3/2019

Renton, WA

*****

Geri S. - 7/2/2019

Edmonds, WA

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Allison M. - 7/1/2019

Seattle, WA

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Michael I. - 7/1/2019

Seattle, WA

*****

Joanna R. - 7/1/2019

Seattle, WA

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Michelle A. - 7/1/2019

Issaquah, WA

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Great first job

Michael O. - 7/1/2019

Issaquah, WA

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Brandon did an excellent job. Did more than he really needed to on the yard. Kind, professional attitude and willingness to speak with me of best actions for the yard. Communicated very well and was friendly which I truly appreciate

Ray R. - 7/1/2019

Redmond, WA

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Gary has become my new go-to for lawn care and he's maintained my yard and kept the house looking neat and well manicured after a period of neglect. Great work and he's quick and efficient. Highly recommend the Lawn Love service.

Hank W. - 6/30/2019

Lynnwood, WA

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Elizabeth L. - 6/30/2019

Seattle, WA

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Leah K. - 6/30/2019

Seattle, WA

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Paul A. - 6/30/2019

Kirkland, WA

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Wren C. - 6/29/2019

Seattle, WA

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Tiffany M. - 6/29/2019

Maple Valley, WA

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Louise S. - 6/29/2019

Lynnwood, WA

*****

Erik B. - 6/29/2019

Lynnwood, WA

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Victoria N. - 6/29/2019

Seattle, WA

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Rated 4.72 / 5 stars in 1,854 Seattle customer reviews.

Seattle leaf removal service tips

Should I water my lawn today?

It looks like the expected precipitation in Seattle is 0.16 inches, which means your lawn got a nice soaking—leave those sprinklers off today.

Dusk and dawn are the best times to water your lawn (the sun will rise at 7:08 AM and set at 4:37 PM today in Seattle).

How often should I mow my lawn?

Here are the most common lawn mowing frequencies in Seattle:

Weekly mowing9%
Bi-weekly mowing60%
Monthly mowing12%
Lawns that get fertilized19%
Lawns sporting pink flamingos1

Lawn care prices in Seattle

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

Here are some average lawn care prices for homes in Seattle.

Average mowing price$56
Average lawn size4,124 sq. ft.
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Seattle leaf removal

You might not have thought about it before, but there's a connection between the trees in your yard and coffee. Both have roots in Seattle, and both are diverse. Like coffee, trees range from light to medium and dark. While they don't taste as good as that fresh cup of pour-over you might be sipping, they're as pretty to look at as an exquisitely decorated espresso. Both your coffee and trees are important to your home.


Seattle's Coffee History


Although plans were in the works before, Seattle's coffee history officially dates back to 1971 when the first Starbucks opened. The name for the coffee company comes from Moby Dick, one of the most popular books in American history. Specifically, the chain was named after Starbucks, who was the first mate. Initially, Starbucks just sold bagged beans of coffee. Today, you can still go there for whole beans, along with fresh coffee, tea, and food.


Joined at the Hip


Although Washington and California are separate states, their coffee cultures are very much entwined. In fact, it was a California coffee company (Peet's, which is still popular today) that lay the foundation for the development of Starbucks. The first Peet's store opened in California in the mid-1960s. Along with coffee, it specialized in tea, too. What made Peet's unique among its competitors is that it did not serve generic, pre-ground coffee. Instead, it was the first company that experimented with different types of beans. In tribute to the spirit of diversity and democracy that its patrons embodied, Peet's experimented with beans from around the world.


Starting a Revolution


Later in the decade, several coffee connoisseurs and intrepid businessmen decided to try their luck bringing California's popular coffee culture to Washington. To begin, they purchased large quantities of whole beans from Peet's. The beans were delivered to the company's first brick-and-mortar location on Western Ave in Seattle. Initially, Starbucks simply packaged and sold bags of whole beans to consumers. With the popularity of their beans on the rise, they decided to open a storefront that also sold hot beverages. The first Starbucks cafe location, which dates back to 1976, appeared in the Pike Place Market. The same original shop still stands there today.


The Coffee Culture Branches Out


If you look at the trees in your yard, you notice that they all have branches. In autumn, those branches are adorned with beautifully colored leaves. This shows that the trees are alive, healthy, and strong. Like a tree, an industry does not thrive if following a linear path. Naturally, this applies to the coffee business, too. The arrival of Starbucks in Seattle, which quickly expanded outward, opened the door of opportunity for other coffee companies. Not long after Starbucks planted its seeds in town, smaller independent coffee shops sprang up. These coffee shops were developed to adopt and maintain the same values and purposes that their predecessors in California and Europe embodied, which was to create a place for community members to gather and discuss ideas. At a time when Starbucks signaled conformity, they supported diversity.


Growth Continues


While smaller coffee shops populated the streets of Seattle, Starbucks set its eyes on bigger sights. The company's popularity expanded through the 1980s. Eventually, this led the company's owners to consider an expansion. By 1992, there were 165 Starbucks stores across the country. That number nearly doubled by the following year. By 1994, Starbucks had 425 coffee stores and cafes across the country. To make an analogy closer to home, that's essentially a full forest of trees,


Diversity at Home


Although the number of trees in your yard probably doesn't equal the number of Starbucks stores in the country, they have nevertheless followed the same pattern of growth, expansion, and reproduction. Getting to know what trees you might find in your yard gives you a sense of place. When you know what species are growing on your property, you'll also be able to provide them with better care.


Big Leaf Maple


If you notice a tree with bright yellow leaves, it may be a big leaf maple. This species is identifiable for its five-lobed leaves that bear some resemblance to a human hand. These trees can grow tall and cover your yard with shade. As they lose their leaves, they also blow winged seed pods to the ground. This makes for a fun spectacle to watch, the pods also provide food for foraging animals.


Douglas Fir


Washington is called the "Evergreen State" due to its abundance of evergreen species. You probably have at least one species, if not more, on your yard. One of the most common species is the Douglas fir. This tree is identifiable for its three-pronged cones and needles that extend upwards and outwards. The wood of the Douglas fir is quite durable, which makes it a valuable tree for construction purposes. This species also has comparatively thick bark, which makes it resistant to fires.


Western Red Cedar


If there's a big, hardy, fragrant tree on your property, chances are it's the western red cedar. This species has a distinct aroma of cedar. Its scent is strong but still pleasant. The bark of the cedar has a reddish tint. It is also fibrous and tough. The needles are scaly and long. This tree is highly resistant to rot, which is due to the presence of resins in its bark.


Western Hemlock


Even though Washington is called the "Evergreen State," its state tree is a hemlock. Specifically, it is the western hemlock. This tree is identifiable for its small cones, which are about the size of a human thumbnail. This species also has relatively short needles. Although the western hemlock is most prevalent in Washington, its range extends to Alaska and California.


The next time you're going to get a cup of coffee, or the next time you are out removing leaves, think about the history of both. Although quite different on the surface level, both have important roots in Seattle. By now, you might have a better idea of the trees in your yard and how to manage their care. But if you need assistance, don't hesitate to contact Lawn Love for professional and affordable assistance.

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