Yard and lawn maintenance is an essential part of homeownership. Keeping a healthy lawn preserves your home’s value and, if done efficiently, conserves water. Landscaping and lawn care companies in Bakersfield keep yards green even in extreme temperatures and dry conditions. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best lawn care in Bakersfield to help find professionals with experience in the local climate.
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Many people try to save money with DIY lawn care, but hiring professionals brings expertise to your landscaping maintenance.
Regularly scheduled lawn mowing is convenient, keeps grass healthy and frees your time for other tasks or activities. Lawn care companies also typically invest in commercial equipment that can be more efficient and produce better results.
Homeowners in Bakersfield’s newer neighborhoods, like Seven Oaks or other developments in the southwest, might decide to hire landscaping services to help install sod or irrigation systems. For homes with larger yards, like those found in the Seven Oaks or Westchester areas, hiring a mowing service saves time.
Established grass lawns in older neighborhoods like College Heights, Kruse, Westchester or Oleander/Sunset need regular fertilization, pest control and yard cleanup when mature trees go through seasonal changes.
While Bakersfield’s year-round sunny weather is excellent for agriculture and growing plants in the area, extreme temperatures and dry conditions make water management a challenge in Kern County. Lawn care in Bakersfield requires attention to water use.
Lawn care vs. Landscaping services in Bakersfield
Hiring the right company starts with knowing the services you need. While there are similarities in lawn care and landscaping companies, each focuses on different areas of your yard. Many companies offer both lawn care and landscaping services, while a few specialize in one or the other.
Lawn care vs. landscaping in Bakersfield
Lawn, tree and shrub trimming
Plant and tree fertilization
Water features such as fountains and hardscapes
Lawn pest and weed control
Tree and shrub pest control
Irrigation design and installation
Lawn aeration is the process of removing cores from the lawn thatch to allow air to reach the soil and roots. Lawn care companies invest in special lawn aeration equipment to create holes of the right depth and frequency, which maximizes results. In Bakersfield, where temperatures regularly reach 90 - 100 degrees, keeping the lawn aerated keeps the roots healthy and capable of absorbing water.
The cost of lawn care in Bakersfield
On average, Bakersfield residents spend about $135 for a one-time treatment, which often includes mowing, weeding and pesticide use. Recurring lawn maintenance service plans vary depending on square footage and services, but the average price ranges between $100 and $200. Most companies offer weekly, monthly and seasonal packages that can save money on regular lawn maintenance.
Landscaping services generally have a more significant upfront cost to plant gardens and other features. Depending on the size of your yard and the complexity of the design, the initial cost ranges between $750 and $8,000. Once your design is in place, gardening services to maintain it run between $50 and $100 per hour.
How to choose a lawn care company in Bakersfield
When looking for a lawn care company, look for an established business that has good customer reviews. If you have a friend, relative or neighbor that uses a lawn care service, ask if they’re satisfied with the results. Once you have a short list of options, call each company for a quote and ask questions such as:
Does the price include maintenance of front/back/side lawn (if applicable)?
How frequent is service?
Does pest/weed control and/or fertilization cost extra?
Do you provide repairs if my irrigation system malfunctions?
What is the cost for visits between contracted service?
Do you comply with Bakersfield’s outdoor irrigation regulations?
Because of the scarcity of water in California, lawn care companies and landscaping companies in Bakersfield should be knowledgeable in water management. The California Landscape Contractors Association provides training and certification in water management and irrigation techniques. The City of Bakersfield follows state-mandated water use regulations and also periodically enacts certain watering restrictions.
Landscaping companies must carry a C-27 license with the California State Contractors Board. Lawn care businesses and landscaping companies must carry general liability insurance. For pesticide application, businesses must comply with California laws.
Elite Garden and Landscape
Elite Garden and Landscape offers a full range of services, including landscaping, sprinkler repair, fertilization and lawn care. The company handles all aspects of your landscaping, starting with design and continuing to provide maintenance services. Bakersfield customers praise the company’s attention to detail and excellent customer service.
Lesaca Landscape Company
Lesaca Landscaping offers a full range of services, including water management. The company specializes in custom landscaping design, construction and maintenance and is a member of the California Landscape Contractors Association. Bakersfield customers appreciate the knowledgeable staff and reasonable prices, but a few reviewers experienced unreturned phone calls.
Hugo's Landscape and Maintenance Service
Hugo’s serves Bakersfield, Old River and Shafter with hardscape, landscape and lawn care services, including aeration. They install low water-use sprinkler systems to keep your yard green while reducing your utility bills. Bakersfield reviewers enjoy receiving personal attention from the owner and compliment the staff’s comprehensive knowledge on establishing new sod and trees.
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