What Is The Difference Between Landscaping And Lawn Service?

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Quite often, we receive phone calls from interested clients asking for "landscaping services" at their house. As we ask more questions, what the client is actually asking for is lawn service. So, we thought it would be pertinent to lay out the definition and examples of each.

Landscaping Defined

  • Focus: Altering the design and overall look of outdoor spaces.
  • Scope: Projects encompassing the planting of trees, shrubs, and flowers, as well as installing hardscape elements like patios, walkways, retaining walls, water features, etc.
  • Goals:
    • Creating new outdoor areas
    • Enhancing the beauty of property
    • Increasing functionality and usability
    • Adding value to the property
  • Requires: Design skills, project planning, plant/material knowledge, and often construction expertise.

Lawn Service Defined

  • Focus: Maintaining the health and visual appeal of an existing lawn.
  • Scope: Regular tasks including mowing, edging, trimming, fertilizing, and weed control. Some may include seasonal services like aeration and overseeding.
  • Goals:
    • Keeping a lawn thick, green, and healthy
    • Controlling weeds
  • Requires: Knowledge of grass types, turf health, and lawn maintenance techniques.

Earthscapes offers both services, though we refer to lawn service as maintenance. One of the competitive advantages that Earthscapes offers over many other landscaping companies is that we employ a full-time landscape designer. Your landscape installation requires a thoughtful plan and design. In this way, we can offer you a top tier landscape installation, as well as ongoing maintenance to keep your landscape in excellent shape.

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