New lawncare service comes to Suffolk

Published 7:21 pm Monday, September 7, 2020

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Suffolk folks can now order up lawn care from the comfort of their own homes.

GreenPal, an online lawn care service, is now operational in Suffolk and throughout Hampton Roads. According to co-founder and chief operating officer, Gene Caballero, GreenPal is best described as “Uber for lawn care.”

GreenPal is a platform that users can access through the website or app to connect with local lawn care professionals. The various professionals place bids on the job, and the homeowner can evaluate the offers and choose the best fit.

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“The homeowner can review bids and see prices, ratings and services in order to choose who they want to work with,” said Caballero.

GreenPal isn’t just for cutting the grass; according to Caballero, it can be used for any outside service, including landscaping, leaf removal, shrub trimming and even snow removal.

The landscapers are heavily vetted before being approved to be a part of GreenPal. GreenPal reviews pictures of work and equipment and references. They also need to show proof of a driver’s license and bank account, and be over the age of 18.

With COVID-19 still lingering, contactless payments make the transactions easy and safe. All transactions are done online, with no additional fees.

“Customers really like that they don’t have to be there when I do their lawn,” said John Spearman, owner of Detailed Landscaping off Godwin Boulevard. “They just put their card into the app to pay. When I’m done, I send a picture of what I did through GreenPal.”

According to Caballero, the lawn care industry has a significant percentage of customers over 60, and are most susceptible to the virus.

“This is great for anyone worried about being in harm’s way,” said Caballero.

GreenPal was first launched in 2012 in Tennessee and is slowly making its way across the country. Caballero started this company with his friends, including Chief Executive Officer Bryan Clayton, after seeing Uber’s success.

“I thought, if people would be willing to summon a stranger to pick them up and drive them somewhere, then they will be willing to hire a stranger to do their lawn,” said Caballero.

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