The Pros And Cons Of Outsourcing Lawn Care
There are an upside and a downside to outsourcing lawn tasks. By ‘outsourcing tasks’ we are referring to the situation where, rather than undertaking the tasks by yourself, you decide to contract them to one of the firms that have lawn care as their core business. That is an increasingly popular way of doing things, as an ever-growing number of firms opt to ‘concentrate on their core competencies’ while contracting other ‘distracting tasks’ to firms that specialize in them. Of course, the idea of outsourcing is not open to businesses alone. Individual homeowners who can’t find the time to do their own lawn care, and who don’t feel that they should directly employ full-time or even part-time lawn care staff either, are increasingly opting to outsource lawn care. The same is the case with non-business organizations, that don’t feel they have to concentrate on lawn tasks, whilst possibly ignoring their core tasks on which they should be focusing their energies.
As it turns out, though, there are several advantages and disadvantages to this outsourcing of care of lawn tasks to firms that have such lawn care as their core business.
Starting with the advantages, it turns out, for starters, that chances of getting the care of lawn well done are indeed very high when you task it to competent landscaping and firms. In other words, thanks to the fact that this is what they do on a day to day basis, most of these firms end up becoming very good at it, as they over time develop an idea on which practices are truly effective. Still, on the advantages, it emerges that, in most cases, getting care of lawn done by these ‘specialist’ firms may prove to be a more cost-effective way of doing it. That is the case even when it is a personal (home) lawn we are looking at, where keen calculations may show that the sums of money you pay to the lawn care firms are nothing compared to the sums of money you earn in the time you would have cumulatively spent caring for the lawns. Where the alternative is to employ care of lawn staff (as in organizational lawns), you may find the prospect of having your lawns being cared for without having to deal with human resource management issues of the lawn care staff attractive.
But there is a downside to such outsourcing of lawn care to the firms as well. For starters, it may emerge that since the staff at these firms have to care for lawns at many locations, they are unable to give your lawn the personalized attention it could get from your (or from your own dedicated care of lawn staff). To them, yours could be ‘just another lawn’ among the many they have to care for. Further, if you are a gardening enthusiast, you may find that tasking lawn care to these firms would amount to ‘giving away the fun,’ which could very possibly beat the whole point of having a lawn. There are also cases where the rates charged by the care of lawn firms turn out to be too high, even compared to what you would have spent on part-time (dedicated) care of lawn staff.