There are several reasons to consider hiring a local lawn service. They can really do wonderful things and it sure takes the work off a home owner. Taking care of a yard is a lot of work. A typical yard takes 2 to 3 hours of maintenance a week. A lawn service in your area can come out and give you an estimate and tell you exactly what needs to be done to keep your yard in top shape. Before calling, it is a good idea to decide what you would like them to do. Do you need the yard mowed once a week or do you want someone to power rake or aerate once a year? It pays to shop around. Find a lawn service that is licensed and insured. Be sure to find someone with experience. One other thing to consider is price. How much are you willing to pay? What can a lawn service do?