Landscaping reviews: how to build trust with your prospects

In the digital landscape, reviews are the compass guiding prospects toward trustworthy choices. When potential clients encounter positive reviews, they see them as proof that others have benefited from your services. These testimonials validate your expertise and nurture lasting relationships.

If you want to improve your conversions and bring in more leads from your digital marketing touchpoints, you’re at the right place. In this article, we’ll explore everything about landscaping reviews.

This will help you take action on how reviews help bring you more business to your landscaping company, improve revenue, and build trust with your existing customers.

Why do you need online reviews 📝 for your landscaping business?

Reviews help make your potential customers make a decision. They are an important factor in trusting the information that they see on your website, your social accounts, emails you send them, and your ads.

Lawn care service reviews are an important source for evaluating the quality of your service. This is because prospective clients seek assurance that the landscaping service that you provide delivers reliable, high-quality results. Positive reviews act as virtual testimonials, validating the credibility of the business.

In the digital landscape, businesses can selectively present themselves online. Reviews provide an external perspective, offering a more objective view of the service quality. Also, when potential clients encounter positive reviews, they perceive them as proof that others have benefited from the service. This amplifies the credibility of the business.

Homeowners often base their choices on the experiences shared by others. A well-reviewed landscaping service stands out and attracts more prospects.

Reviews influence word of mouth: People need opinions or experience to remark on a product or a service. Helpful reviews and ratings help them reinforce their view of the product and give them the confidence to talk about it, providing word-of-mouth endorsement for your service.

As you know referrals or word-of-mouth endorsements form the major channel for you to get new customers, getting descriptive reviews and using them to build trust are important to enable those endorsements for newer prospects.

Warranting theory and landscaping reviews

Before we dive into actionable tips for generating reviews, let’s set up the context that will help you direct your resources for maximum impact from online reviews.

Warranting theory sheds light on why online reviews play a crucial role in influencing people’s decisions, including those related to landscaping services. The warranting theory focuses on how individuals evaluate information about others in online environments. This concept helps us understand how online reviews help shape impressions of a service.

Reviews are user-generated content – they are posted online by others who have used your service.

Warranty theory considers the source of information apart from (helpfulness, informativeness, etc.) as a critical factor in shaping impressions.

What does it mean for your lawn care business?

This means that if you generate reviews for your service on a neutral platform (Google My Business profile, Trustpilot, Houzz, HomeStars, etc.), users would trust you more than just you showing them a 5-star rating on your website.

This is because the less control you have on the platform that has reviews about you, the less prone it is to manipulation.

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Generating online reviews for your landscaping business

There are multiple ways to generate organic reviews for your business. The tips mentioned below assume that you are going to source these reviews using fair means and from your actual customers. Fake reviews look unnatural and are easily identified by prospects causing more harm than good for the reputation of your business.

When is the best time to ask for a review from a customer?

Below are the best times we’ve maximized our chances our receiving a review from a homeowner even for a small landscaping job such as mowing.

  • After a Recent Purchase:
    Ask shortly after a customer has either paid you for the service or finished signing the contract. At this moment, they are most invested in the product or service.
    Why? Fresh in their minds, they can provide valuable feedback based on their recent experience.
  • After Stellar Service Delivery:
    If you know you’ve delivered exceptional landscaping service, seize the opportunity.
    Why? Satisfied customers are more likely to share positive reviews when their experience is still vivid.
  • After Unsolicited Praise:
    When someone makes a glowing, unprompted social media post or comment about your business, it’s an ideal time to ask for a review. When someone talks to your employees or praises them in person, that’s another cue for them to ask for their review.
    Why? Their enthusiasm indicates high satisfaction, making them more likely to leave a positive review.
  • Post Referrals:
    After someone refers a friend to your business, ask for a review.
    Why? Referrers are already advocates, and their positive sentiments can translate into reviews.

How to select the platform for collecting your lawn care service reviews?

There are multiple options for you to collect reviews. As mentioned before, these places should be neutral where it’s prominent that the reviews are natural, and organic and can’t be manipulated.

Some good options for landscaping businesses are:

  • Google My Business profile
  • Angi
  • Homestars
  • Houzz professionals
  • Yelp
  • Thumbtack
  • Social media channels – Facebook, Instagram and Reddit

In our experience, the place that you want to focus on depends on your marketing plan and activities.

Online reviews wield the power to transform mere curiosity into unwavering trust. When potential clients encounter positive reviews, they see them as proof that others have benefited from your services. These digital endorsements validate your expertise and nurture lasting relationships.

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barlett tree experts collect reviews and also respond to every review

You’re collecting reviews for a reason, and so if you are going to use the ratings and reviews as an endorsement, you need to select the marketing/sales channels where you are acquiring most of your customers.

The channel matters because all of these touchpoints are where your new prospects or older deals are learning more about you. And it would be these touchpoints you’ll have an opportunity to show them that others trust you.

Use these tips to select a platform where you collect reviews:

  • If you’re building your brand and running Google and Meta ads for brand awareness, then start collecting reviews on your Google business profile. This is because if you run ad campaigns for awareness, people will start researching your company by putting your company name on Google. And guess what comes first when someone types in your company name in the Google search bar? It is your Google business profile.
  • If you’ve optimized your GMB profile already, then it’s time to focus on channels where your prospects generally search for services. If your local area residents search for landscapers on Angi, then you need to optimize your ratings there.
  • If most of your target audience searches Yelp then ask your happy customers to remark you on threads that mention you. Michael Luca in their working paper found through research that “a one-star increase in Yelp rating leads to a 5-9 percent increase in revenue” (for restaurant-like service business)
  • Platforms like Houzz have their own advertisement package. If you’re subscribed to any of those, it would make sense for you to get more reviews and ratings on Houzz for your profile to stand out.

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Example: TruGreen Richmond

Here is an example of how Trugreen has managed to get good reviews on Google which brings them more business. Other places like Yelp or Homestars though, could do better.

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Trugreen Richmond reviews on Google My Business profile

Though they have claimed their profile on Yelp, it is evident that they’ve not addressed some reviews. It also seems like they’ve not collected a lot of these reviews on Yelp, which surfaces a lot of user-generated ones on the profile.

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trugreen richmond reviews on yelp
Truegreen mississuaga homestars reviews
truegreen mississuaga reviews on homestars

Please note that landscaping being a local service area business, these profiles don’t represent every Truegreen business, but each profile affects the reputation of the whole company.

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Thread on Reddit

Secrets to generating reviews that boost your credibility

The secret is (drumroll).. that you’ve to ASK for reviews. If you are marketing a SaaS product, there are ways you can nudge people to give you reviews without having to ask but since you are in a people-intensive service business, you need to ask people to give a recommendation.

The most you can do to be efficient is ask at the right time (ask for a review when they are the happiest) and provide some incentive to them in the form of discounts or coupons that you’d give away anyway.

Apart from that, we’d say that personalization is the key. You should make sure that your way of asking is genuine and that you’ve personalized the request. Just like generic emails don’t elicit a response, generic review requests wouldn’t get you replies.

Include the name of the person and more importantly, include the instances where your service or your employees made your customer happy.

Another tip to help generate more reviews on top of what you already have received is that you respond to every review/rating that you’ve got.

Barlett review response yelp

This shows that you care what people think about you, and you’re there to support their success along with your reputation. The whole thing just makes it easier to trust you and your response to other reviews makes it motivating for other prospects to give you reviews.

Where to use your landscaper reviews

In the competitive world of landscaping, customer reviews can be a game-changer. Learn how to effectively use your customer reviews across various platforms and marketing materials.

1. Social Media

Businesses share parts of testimonials and reviews on social media to establish trust with their followers.

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trugreen using reviews on instagram posts
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trugreen using reviews on facebook posts
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ds lawn and landscape uses customer reviews in video format on tiktok

2. Print

Incorporate positive reviews in your brochures, flyers, and other print materials.

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using testimonials on your brochure

3. Website

Your landscaping website is the digital face of your business. Dedicate a fold in your landing pages or a whole page to showcase your customer reviews.

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use reviews and testimonials on your website as folds in a page

4. Emails

Include customer reviews in your email newsletters. This can help in building trust with your subscribers and encourage them to avail of your services.

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using reviews in email blasts or a newsletter

5. Digital Ads

Use customer reviews in your ad copy or ad images on Facebook, Instagram, Google, etc. This can make your ads more compelling and increase click-through rates.

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facebook and instagram ad copy using a review

Which types of reviews are best for your business?

In-depth reviews form a major part of the best reviews that are helpful to others who are looking for the services you offer. In general, think about these factors while generating quality reviews:

  • Specific Information: Reviews that mention exactly what services were used and the results are more helpful than vague ones. For example, “They did a great job mowing my lawn” is good, but “Their aeration treatment helped clear up the brown patches in my yard” is even better.
  • Context: Knowing the reviewer’s situation helps understand the impact of the service. Did the lawn care company revive a neglected lawn or maintain an already healthy one?
  • Story: A brief story about the experience makes the review more engaging and memorable. For instance, “The crew was friendly and explained everything they were doing. Now I can finally enjoy spending time in my backyard again!”
  • Helpfulness: Does the review answer questions potential customers might have? Talking about value for money, scheduling ease, or communication with the company can be helpful.
  • UGC Photos and Videos: User-generated content (UGC) means pictures or videos taken by the customer. These can be powerful because they visually show the results of the lawn care service.

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Examples of quality and helpful reviews

Reviews that mention a referral

Review type referrals

Reviews endorsing responsivness and timliness

Review type responsiveness

Reviews mentioning budget

Review type pricing budget

Reviews picking on competitor pains (cleaning after a job, safety)

Review type competition pain

Reviews endorsing workplace and culture

Review type employee endorsement

Reviews indicationg professionalism of the crew

Review type professionalism

Reviews highlighting additonal request tolerance

Review type additonal services

Reviews mentioning pricing

Review type pricing

How to reply to negative reviews – managing your online reputation

Without going into the importance of replying to negative reviews, we’ll jump right into how you can do it better.

It is worth mentioning though that a speedy response using a human voice for a negative review works better at building trust for old customers and new prospects vs having no response at all.

When you are doing service recovery for your lawn care business, using the triple A framework can work to turn the frustration of your customers into a delight.

Acknowledge, account and act

  1. Acknowledge:
    • Begin by thanking the customer for their feedback. Show appreciation for their time and effort in sharing their experience.
    • Use phrases like:
      • “Thank you for bringing this to our attention.”
      • “We appreciate your feedback.”
      • “We apologize for your experience.”
  2. Account:
    • Take responsibility for the issue. Avoid blaming the customer or making excuses.
    • Show empathy and understanding. Acknowledge their frustration or disappointment.
    • Example phrases:
      • “We understand how frustrating this must be.”
      • “We take full responsibility for the inconvenience caused.”
      • “We’re sorry that you had to go through this.”
  3. Act:
    • Provide a solution or action plan. Explain how you’ll address the issue.
    • Be specific and transparent about the steps you’ll take to resolve it.
    • Example responses:
      • “We’re actively investigating this matter and will take necessary steps to prevent it from happening again.”
      • “Our customer service team will reach out to you shortly to resolve this.”
      • “We’ll improve our processes based on your feedback.”

An apology, an explanation and a pledge to correct the problem identified in the review increases the intention to purchase your services when these elements are present in your response.

Some examples of how companies tackle negative reviews:

These examples should serve as an example of what you can do better so you have an edge when it comes to competition (Hint: use the triple A framework from above).

Concluding Tips

  • Make it easier for them to review you
  • Incentivize or compensate for their efforts
  • Give customers enough time to use the product or service and form an opinion before requesting a review.


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