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Andrea T.'s lawn in Des Moines, IA

This crew did an excellent job on our lawn this summer! Many thanks!

-Andrea T. in Des Moines, IA

Linda D.'s lawn in Des Moines, IA

Everything looks great! Justin always does a wonderful job.

-Linda D. in Des Moines, IA

Carrie V.'s lawn in Des Moines, IA

Looks really great! Thank you for doing a wonderful job again!

-Carrie V. in Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, IA - Sep 26, 2023
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Lawn tip of the week

Did you know? There are approximately 50 million acres of grass in the United States. Approximately 21 million of those acres are in our front and back yards.

Lawn Care Facts

Average Yard Size 6,158 sq ft
Average Mowing Price $54.33
Average Customer Review 4.72 / 5.0

Weekly Cuts 54.0%
Biweekly Cuts 21.0%
Monthly Cuts 25.0%
Lawns Fertilized 10.0%
Lawns with Leaf Removal 16.0%
Aerated Lawns 9.0%
Yards with Cleanups 15.0%
Days That Are Sunny 11%

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Easy, Affordable Lawn Care Services in Des Moines

The hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters of Des Moines can make it challenging to keep a lawn healthy. If you need a hand keeping your grass looking great, growing strong, and surviving the extreme temperatures, we're here for you. LawnStarter's pros are experts in all things lawn-related, so whether you need us to take care of the routine maintenance or apply fertilizer, we're on it.

The Most Common Grass Types in Des Moines: Common types of grass found in the lawns of Des Moines are Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fine leaf fescue, tall fescue, rough bluegrass, and bentgrass. These cool-season grasses will go dormant in very hot and very cold temperatures but thrive in the pleasant spring and fall.

When is the Best Time to Plant Grass: The best time to plant grass for the climate of Des Moines is mid-August through late September. The soil is still warm from spring, allowing the seeds to germinate and grow before winter arrives.

Spring Lawn Care Tips for Des Moines: After a harsh winter, spring is a time of recovery and repair. Following a routine is the best strategy to revive your dormant lawn. The first step is to rake the lawn of any debris. Next, you'll want to aerate the lawn. It's been under a blanket of snow and the soil is compacted. Aeration breaks up the soil and allows sun, air, and nutrients to reach the grassroots. The third step would be to overseed any bare areas of the lawn and apply fertilizer. You'll need to start watering your lawn now to make sure the seed and fertilizer penetrate the soil. Lastly, begin to mow the lawn weekly at one-half to one-and-a-half inches depending on the type of grass planted in the lawn.

Fall Lawn Care Tips for Des Moines: When the temperatures begin to cool down and the leaves start to fall, it's time to start preparing your lawn for winter. It's important to keep your grass free of a thick layer of leaves. Otherwise, you run the risk of mold growth and the grass can die due to lack of air and sun. This is also a good time to get rid of weeds that are growing at the edges of the lawn. Keep mowing as long as the grass is growing –– usually all the way up to the first snowfall.

Common Lawn Diseases: The most common lawn diseases in Des Moines are brown patch, summer patch, snow mold, Ascochyta leaf blight, and necrotic ring spot. Molds and diseases cause grass to become discolored and can spread easily if they're not treated. If you aren't sure what's causing your grass to turn yellow or brown, let us help. We'll identify the problem and create a treatment plan to get your lawn healthy again.

How LawnStarter Can Take Care of Your Lawn: LawnStarter provides routine lawn maintenance, weed control services, fertilization, aeration, overseeding, and lawn pest control. But we're much more than just a lawn care company. We also take care of any other outdoor-related needs, including trimming trees, pool clean up, installing gutters and guards, hardscaping, and much more.

When you're ready to get started, give us a call, click, or download our easy-to-use app. Let us know what services you need, and we'll create a customized quote for you. We'll match you with the perfect pro for your needs, and you'll be on your way to having a perfectly manicured lawn in no time.

Meet some of our Des Moines pros

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Jake Wilkinson
Our goal is to make the costumer happy and do the most efficient and safe job possible. Thank you for considering our services, and have a nice day. Call for a free estimate for lawn care, tree trimming and removals,and junk and lawn debris hauling.

3831 4th Street
Des Moines, IA 50313

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Keith Fisher
I've been mowing lawns since I was a kid and really enjoy mowing and being out in the sun. Yard care can be difficult, and we're here to help. We are available to work around your schedule and look forward to making your lawn look great! Call and schedule us today. Thanks!

340 Southwest 5th Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Travis Christensen
I started Tinder Lawn Care because of my love of the outdoors and my desire to be my own boss. I put 100% into everything I do and I always pay attention to the smallest details. I treat every yard as if it were my own. Contact me with questions.

7085 Bloomfield Road
Des Moines, IA 50320

Recent Reviews

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Arlando B.'s Lawn Mowing service in J C Enterprises
Jon was fast and efficient, pleasant to speak with and friendly
Arlando B. - Sep 21, 2023 - Des Moines, IA
Lawn Mowing by Jon Coen,
J C Enterprises
Glenn S.'s Yard Cutting service in Raul Carerillo's Lawns Solutions
Another great job
Glenn S. - Sep 20, 2023 - Des Moines, IA
Yard Cutting by Raul Carrillo,
Raul Carerillo's Lawns Solutions
Enderlin D.'s Lawn Care service in Dream Lawn & Landscaping
Thank U love it!!!!
Enderlin D. - Aug 26, 2023 - Des Moines, IA
Lawn Care by Terrance Redwine,
Dream Lawn & Landscaping
Linda D.'s Lawn Mowing service in A Green Thumb Up
Everything looked wonderful John worked so hard and did such a good job I'm very happy
Linda D. - Jul 28, 2023 - Des Moines, IA
Lawn Mowing by John Scimeca,
A Green Thumb Up
Michael M.'s Grass Cutting service in Kyle's Lawns Treeatment & Lawnscap
Lawn looks great - well done.
Michael M. - Jul 27, 2023 - Des Moines, IA
Grass Cutting by Kyle Jones,
Kyle's Lawns Treeatment & Lawnscap
Linda D.'s Lawn Service service in A Green Thumb Up
John does such an awesome job! He pays attention to the details and makes everything look spick and span when he leaves I'm very very happy
Linda D. - May 31, 2023 - Des Moines, IA
Lawn Service by John Scimeca,
A Green Thumb Up
XIANWEI W.'s Lawn Mowing service in Quality Lawn And Garden Inc
Great job. Thank you!
XIANWEI W. - May 09, 2023 - Des Moines, IA
Lawn Mowing by Cody Davis,
Quality Lawn And Garden Inc
Steve D.'s Yard Cutting service in Iowa Lawn and Plow, LLC
Looks great, thanks Shawn!!!
Steve D. - May 07, 2023 - Des Moines, IA
Yard Cutting by Shawn Green,
Iowa Lawn and Plow, LLC
Polly R.'s Yard Cutting service in Grass stains for life
I know it's not a fun yard to mow but Jeremy did a great job and I appreciate it so much! The crew that had mowed it for years left lawn starter so this would be the first mow of the season with a new crew and I was wondering how it would go but it was like not skipping a beat. Great job showing up and doing an awesome job! Thank you!
Polly R. - Apr 21, 2023 - Des Moines, IA
Yard Cutting by Jeremy Parmenter,
Grass stains for life
Marg P.'s Grass Cutting service in Iowa Lawn Pro
Consistent quality
Marg P. - Apr 21, 2023 - Des Moines, IA
Grass Cutting by Toby Schuh,
Iowa Lawn Pro
Brendan C.'s Lawn Mowing service in Iowa Lawn Pro
Looks great!
Brendan C. - Apr 20, 2023 - Des Moines, IA
Lawn Mowing by Toby Schuh,
Iowa Lawn Pro
Danielle R.'s Lawn Care service in Diversified landscaping
Did an excellent job, very professional and on time. Thank you!
Danielle R. - Apr 06, 2023 - Des Moines, IA
Lawn Care by Roumel Thacker,
Diversified landscaping

Overall Rating: 4.86 / 5 stars (210 reviews)

Service Recommendations in Des Moines

LawnStarter pros will let you know what your lawn needs. Here are some recent recommendations for lawn care services in Des Moines, IA.


Recommended by Toby Schuh

Service Location: Des Moines,IA
Service Yard Size: 13,939 square feet
Service Price: $298.78
Location (from the street): Back yard Get rid of tree limbs that fell in storm that were previously hanging on the power lines.

General Landscape Improvements

Recommended by Ryan Giles

Service Location: Des Moines,IA
Service Yard Size: 12,632 square feet
Service Price: $426.82
Location (from the street): Full yard Entire home will be pressure washed. That's included vinyl siding walkway and driveway

Flower Bed Weeding

Recommended by Jake Wilkinson

Service Location: Des Moines,IA
Service Yard Size: 12,695 square feet
Service Price: $60.98
Location (from the street): Full yard Spraying I. The beds and back yard for weeds, also spraying concrete in front of house on the street and in driveway.

Flower Bed Weeding

Recommended by Thomas Stark

Service Location: Des Moines,IA
Service Yard Size: 4,905 square feet
Service Price: $60.98
Location (from the street): Full yard, Front yard, Left side, Back yard, Right side Ill be thoroughly treating specific locations throughout the whole property with an organic pet safe and garden safe herbicide that kills all poison ivy type vegetation only the locations throughout the yard vary in size from large and heavily populated with poison ivy and or poison sumac as well few other types.... Show More


Recommended by Roumel Thacker

Service Location: Des Moines,IA
Service Yard Size: 8,778 square feet
Service Price: $274.39
Location (from the street): Front yard You need another two maybe three yards of mulch out in that big area I put three yards of mulch down already

General Landscape Improvements

Recommended by Kyle Grimes

Service Location: Des Moines,IA
Service Yard Size: 6,534 square feet
Service Price: $79.27
Location (from the street): Back yard Cut the back yar grass was high as idk what .. but I made it work

Requests for Service

Have a project in mind? Request a no-obligation quote from your pro with the tap of a button. Here are some recent quotes requested in Des Moines

Lawn Care

Requested by Jason M.


Service Location: Des Moines, IA 78665
Service Yard Size: 7,405 square feet
Service Price: $18293
Items Needing Service: Mulching

Location on Property: front and backyard

Work to be Done: flowerbeds

Serviced by: Wilk&Sons

Lawn Care

Requested by Crystal S.


Service Location: Des Moines, IA 77026
Service Yard Size: 7,201 square feet
Service Price: $73170
Items Needing Service: Back gate shrubbery trimmed down. Leaves cleaned up.

Location on Property: Backyard

Work to be Done: Clear back gate and clean back area.

Serviced by: Tinder lawn care

General Lawn & Landscape Maintenance

Requested by Ashley S.


Service Location: Des Moines, IA
Service Yard Size: 548 square feet
Service Price: $176
Items Needing Service: General landscaping

Location on Property: Front and back yard

Work to be Done: Clean up

Leaf Removal

Requested by Marion V.


Service Location: Des Moines, IA
Service Yard Size: 4,539 square feet
Service Price: $41
Items Needing Service: Lawn is full of leaves from the trees.. we cannot keep up with it anymore. I'd like the lawn and flower-beds, if possible, cleared out of any leaves, please.

Location on Property: Our lawn and flower-beds are full of leaves...and our driveway is also full of leaves.. there are leaves just everywhere. Please remove our...
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General Lawn & Landscape Maintenance

Requested by Jeremy P.


Service Location: Des Moines, IA
Service Yard Size: 8,363 square feet
Service Price: $107
Items Needing Service: I would like a quote for the front of my house to be weeded, hedges trimmed, and old wood chips be replaced with fresh ones. Essentially any areas surrounded by brick.

Location on Property: Front of house

Work to be Done: - Weeding inside brick linings- remove and replace wood chips- trimming of plants /...
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Leaf Cleanup

Requested by Diandra W.


Service Location: Des Moines, IA
Service Yard Size: 6,245 square feet
Service Price: $324
Items Needing Service: Just need the leaves blown

Location on Property: All over my yard

Work to be Done: Leaves removed for the yard

Questions and Answers


Are there watering restrictions in Des Moines, IA?

Under permanent water conservation regulations, adopted by the council in 2009, residents cannot irrigate between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and in general cannot irrigate more than 15 minutes a day. There are other restrictions as well



Does Des Moines, IA have long / overgrown grass ordinances?

Polk County requires that lawns and weeds be kept under 12 inches tall.


Top Des Moines, IA Lawn Services of September 2023

#1-Thomas lawn care
Thomas Stark
4904 Southwest 8th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
7 Ratings
Thank you for moving the dog toys!
#2-Iowa Lawn Pro
Toby Schuh
Des Moines, IA 50320
6 Ratings
I have had two gentlemen assigned to cut the grass at my parents house - Toby is the most recent. He has been very professional and inquired how I'd like the yard done when he took over. I appreciate the emails updating if dates/times need to change due to weather or other circumstances. Lawn Service must take pride in the people hired like Toby who is conscious of doing a good job. The yard looks wonderful and I thank you.
#3-DNA Roger Mozee
Roger Mozee
2000 Lay Street
Des Moines, IA 50317
5 Ratings
I started my mowing business to keep neighborhoods looking nice and clean. I use zero turn mowers, push mowers and weedeaters as needed to ensure a completely finished job. My work is something I take pride in, and I love to make customers happy. I show up on time, and I'm insured.
#4-Kyle's Lawns Treeatment & Lawnscap
Kyle Jones
Des Moines, IA
4 Ratings
I am out of state and cannot inspect the lawn frpm here. I think you have My credit card number to cover the costs. Can you please send me the amount of the Bill so I can record it here. Thanks Mack
#5-Jose's Lawns Maintenance Inc
Jose Chenault
Des Moines, IA
33 Ratings
Wonderful job as usual! Thank you so much !!!
#6-Quality Lawn And Garden Inc
Cody Davis
Des Moines, IA
31 Ratings
Larry and his crew always do a great job. They also very courteous and if they need to make any adjustments on the schedule they communicate in advance.
#7-Door to Door
Michael maylone
1114 West Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
3 Ratings
I started my door-to-door service to provide mowing services for a reasonable price. It lets me work outdoors while I talk with people. I also provide other services such as debris removal and house clean-outs. If you have any questions about my services, simply reach out, and I'll be happy to answer your concerns.
#8-Green Zone Lawn And Landscape
Kyle Grimes
Des Moines, IA
28 Ratings
Looks good! Is there any way next time we can either mulch the magnolia cones with the mower into the lawn or blow them away somehow? They are such an eye sore. Thank you for your service. We appreciate it.
#9-Raul Carerillo's Lawns Solutions
Raul Carrillo
Des Moines, IA
24 Ratings
Thanks so much for gathering the leaves and installing our new water feature! Y'all rock!! Also the front yard looks great! Thank you!
#10-Arnold Rewis' Lawn Solutions
Arnold Rewis
Des Moines, IA
22 Ratings
No problem. Hasn't been much growth lately anyway
#11-Steves Lawn Service
Steven Megonnell
3903 51st Street
Des Moines, IA 50310
2 Ratings
I will treat and cut your yard as if it were mine. I pay attention to detail and clean up so you don't even know we were there. Our goal is your complete satisfaction and repeat business. I want you to have the best yard on your street. That's the best referral I can ask for.
#12-Short cut
Bryan Way
657 39th Street
Des Moines, IA 50312
2 Ratings
Services Offered: Lawn Mowing , Mulching, Cleanups
Glen Miller
Des Moines, IA
16 Ratings
The lawn looks perfect like always. Justin Beck always locks the gate before he leaves and he assisted with the removal of a few leaves. I truly appreciate his professionalism.
Jake Wilkinson
3831 4th Street
Des Moines, IA 50313
16 Ratings
We just changed over to Lawn Starter and I could not be happier!! Shonna was very nice and the yard looked great when they were done. Very happy that I made the switch because it was so easy to order the service and I like that they have an app where you can manage your mowing needs.
#15-R. Giles' Lawn
Ryan Giles
Des Moines, IA
15 Ratings
Please send Justin every time! He's sweet and personable and a great ambassador for your company. He fixed and weeded my pergola and planted vines to add shade. He also fixed all the flower boxes outside the windows. What a pleasant young man!

Neighborhoods we service in Des Moines, IA

1838 Glenwood Circle Des Moines IA 50320
Prospect Park
Frisbie Park
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Pioneer Park
Waveland Woods
Woodland Heights
Historic East Village
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South Park
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