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What’s the Going Rate For Lawn Service in Lake Elsinore and Wildomar?

As part of our new Smart Spending series, Patch wants to uncover the true going rate for various goods and services in town, so you’ll know exactly how much you should pay for what you need. Help us out by replying in the comments.

Tulips a bloom. Credit United Landscape
Tulips a bloom. Credit United Landscape
This week: How much do lawn services cost?

How much do you pay for your lawn service? And what does that cover - just mowing, or does it cover weeding, pruning, planting?

Local lawn and gardening services can be found in our business directory.

Please share in the comments below - we promise we won’t judge you! And if you have a lawn service you love, tell us that too.

This is the first of an ongoing series, “What's the Going Rate for...” where Patch seeks to uncover how much things cost so you never have to ask again. 
 
julian May 16, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Thanks for the information. This is a very good use of patch! If you post the cost, why not post your satisfaction, as well as contact info? How about a line next time on pool service?
Tina Tyra May 16, 2013 at 07:47 PM
We live on the border of Elsinore/Wildomar. We pay $25.00 per month for front and back mowing (medium sized lawns) and edging every other week. It is fertilized a couple of times a year also. We do our own tree and bush trimming and gardening.
Stephanie Smith May 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM
In the interest of full disclosure, my husband is a landscaper. Here are my thoughts - A reputable gardener has insurance, a business license, quality equipment, is either always on site or has employees that can communicate with the customer, and is knowledgable about irrigation, plant disease, what grows best here in the valley, etc. All of that comes at a price. For an "average" size lawn in Lake Elsinore it is reasonable to pay between $75-100 per month for weekly service. Based on the prices listed above, some will say "that's way too much", but at the end of the day, a good gardener can save you money in the long run, if you care about how your yard looks. For example, a good gardener will recommend products that are designed to save money and water, like drip irrigation systems for both your plants and your lawn. A good gardener will leave your clippings at your house or on your lawn in the case of a mulching mower, because to carry them away is how disease spreads from one yard to another. Do you want him (or her) bringing someone else's diseased cuttings to your house? A good gardener will also not mow your lawn in the rain, or immediately after the rain, because to do so tears up the lawn, leaves ruts, and opens your yard to disease. As in any service industry, you can go the inexpensive route, or you can pay a little more for quality work that makes your house look the best on the block. If you have found a great gardener that does all of those things for $40 a month, that is wonderful. But please, please, please be nice to them, and treat them with the same professional respect you treat your dentist or your electrician or your attorney, because you are getting a steal.
julian May 18, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Stephanie can you recommend any gardener since you seem to have some experience?
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT September 12, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Stephanie is your husband Mr. Smith a licensed landscape contractor, what is his license number, does he have employees and if so does he pay the taxes to the EDD.

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