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3 Lawn Care Scams to Watch Out For in Minneapolis


“Scam” is one of those words that immediately puts you in a bad mood, like “weeds” and “grubs.”

Nobody wants to be scammed. It means you were duped, taken advantage of, swindled.

Unfortunately, the lawn care industry has its share of scammers.

Each year the Better Business Bureau receives thousands of complaints against lawn care companies.

Lawn care scams can be tricky to spot. Things sometimes seem pretty legit up front.

What are some common lawn care scams? How can you find a lawn care company you can trust?

Let’s find out.

1. Charging You for Services You Didn’t Ask For

This is pretty shady. Here’s what happens: A lawn care company contacts you, tells you your lawn looks like it needs serious help, and offers to do a free inspection and quote. They set up a date to stop over.

lawn care technician applying granular fertilizer to a nice lawn

You arrive home after work one day to discover a sign or a flier detailing all the services they completed on your lawn that day. Then, you get a bill.

Wait, what?

When you protest and say, “What the heck?” (or insert your own choice words here) the company says you verbally agreed to the services.


2. Hooking You With Low Prices, Then Adding Extra Fees

Everybody loves a good deal, right?

But if a lawn care company’s prices are considerably lower than their competitors in the area, what’s up with that? Is it just your very lucky day?

Probably not.

lawn care technician filling a machine with granular lawn fertilizer

Lawn care scams often start out with really tempting low prices.

But guess what? The services they offer for that price never include everything your lawn needs.

Once you’re hooked, here come the add-ons they never mentioned.

A legit lawn care company is honest up front, explaining everything your lawn really needs and why — and exactly how much it will cost.

And think for a minute about those low prices. Where are they cutting corners? By buying cheap, low-quality lawn care products? By paying their employees low wages? By skipping the training and education that technicians need to really understand your lawn care issues?

It’s a bad deal all around.

3. “Free” Lawn Care Deals

“Sign up now and get free lawn care services!”

Free services! Woo hoo!

Before you break out the champagne to celebrate that free fertilizer application or free overseeding, let’s pause for a minute.

If this company really offers top quality services, products, and expertise, how can they afford to give stuff away?

lawn care technician and customers reviewing a lawn

The profit margins in lawn care services aren’t very big. Trust us.

So, what’s the real deal with these “free” lawn care deals?

Will you just pay more next year? Will you get upsold on enhancements you don’t really need?

Will you get the service you paid for, or will you get half the product to save them money? Can you say lawn care scams?

It’s Not a Good Deal if You Don’t Get Results

It’s easy to get excited about great lawn care deals.

Whoa, 300 bucks for a complete lawn care program? Sweet!

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But is $300 really a great deal if you don't get the results you want?

Quality lawn care products and a skilled, educated, experienced staff are expensive.

That $300 won't go very far in achieving the healthy, thriving lawn you want.

Don’t throw away $300 and waste a year in pursuit of a sweet deal that really isn't very sweet.

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Sometimes what looks like great lawn care deals are actually pretty crafty lawn care scams.

The best lawn care deal is when you get what you pay for, right?

You want a company you can trust to show up with skilled and conscientious technicians who know how to make your lawn vibrant and healthy and take care of those pesky weeds.

You want a hassle-free experience that actually makes life easier, not adds stress. You want your weekends back.

No lawn care scams in sight.

When you’re ready to put your trust in us, we can’t wait to meet you — and help you make the best choice for your lawn.

Are you ready to ditch the suspicious lawn care scams and partner with an Eau Claire, WI or Minneapolis area lawn care company that gives you a great deal, without gimmicks? Request a quote today! We’ll review your options together so you can make a great choice. Then, you can finally enjoy your lawn and stop worrying about it.

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