If you hire a landscaping company to maintain your lawn, there are a few things you REALLY ought to know.
1) Less mowing is BETTER for your lawn and saves you $$$. Multiple academic studies have proven that you should let your lawn grow to 2" to 3" in height before cutting it. Here's a link to one of those studies. http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4DMG/Lawns/leavelie.htm
2) A leaf blower can cause permanent hearing damage after just 60 seconds. Why are these things still not banned? Read more here: https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/healthy-living/ask-the-expert/ask-the-expert-hearing-loss.
Ask your landscaper to MULCH instead. Mulched leaves are fertilizer for your lawn. Of course, if you get natural fertilizer, the lawn care companies can't sell you fertilizer so they don't promote MULCHING!
There is a ton of evidence (just Google the phrase "leaf blower dangers") that leaf blowers are dangerous to our health. Gas powered blowers spew out toxic pollution and can also damage hearing. Leaf blowers were originally created for agricultural commercial use--not private home use! If there are twenty houses on a street and half of those houses hire landscapers, the residents are subjected to ten individual episodes of ear-blasting NOISE EACH WEEK!
For those who enjoy their weekend sleep, please note that, by law, landscapers can't start their EAR-BLASTING noisy racket until 9am on Saturday in NYC.
3) Insects NEVER CAUSE CANCER but the toxic pesticides landscapers sprinkle on your lawn have been heavily linked to the development of all types of cancer. If it's strong enough to kill, it's strong enough to have harmful long-term effects on your health.4) Grass takes a lot of water, time, and effort to maintain. Consider planting more bushes. Once established, they don't need as much care or as much watering as grass--just a trim now and then. Unlike a lawn, they also buffer street noise and ensure privacy. Trees are another good option. They provide shade and reduce your energy usage by 20%. Or, consider planting a diverse garden filled with native, drought resistant plants that don't require too much water. How about a lawn filled with wildflowers? You'll be treated to a wonderful bird show on a daily basis if you select the right wildflowers.
5) Potted plants get root bound and are hard to maintain. Yes, they look great on your steps or garden path but plants and flowers that are planted directly into the soil are easier to maintain and won't get root bound.
6) As pesky as it is to take care of a lawn, we do need them. Don't even consider replacing your lawn with cement or rocks. That option can lead to flooding because when it rains heavily the rain won't be absorbed. Plus, urban birds and wildlife depend on your lawn to find food to survive and thrive. Your trees are their homes and nesting places and your lawns are their supermarkets.
Knowledge is power. Use this knowledge to DEMAND lawn service that protects your lawn and your health. When consumers are informed, companies must conform to consumer demand.
Tell your landscaper that you wish to use organic pest control and manual methods for managing leaves. Mow less often and don't BLOW your leaves. if you must blow, use an electric blower--not a gas powered one.
Do not hesitate to contact your elected officials to let them know how you feel about the dangerous noise levels and fumes generated from gas leaf blowers. Circulate petitions to ban their use. If you suspect a landscaping company is using banned pesticides or toxic chemicals without proper notification via yellow flags, please report them.