How Many Questions Should Be On Your Website Contact Form?

As a landscape business owner, you know that leads are essential to your success. But how do you generate leads from your website? One of the best ways is to use a contact form.

A contact form is like the gateway to connecting with potential customers. It's a simple form on your website that allows visitors to reach out to you. Typically, it asks for basic information such as the visitor's name, email address, and phone number, along with a message.

When a visitor submits the form, their information lands directly in your hands, providing you with a golden opportunity to establish a connection with a potential lead. But the question is, which type of contact form is the right fit for your landscaping business, and how many questions should you include?

Let's dive into the details to find out.

Types of Contact Forms

When it comes to contact forms, there's a delicate balance to strike. On one hand, you want to ask enough questions to gather the information necessary to qualify your leads and respond to their questions effectively.

On the other hand, you don't want to overwhelm your visitors with too many questions, potentially discouraging them from completing the form at all.

The choice between a short contact form and a long contact form depends on your priorities: speed or precision. 

Use Short Contact Forms for Speedy Leads

If your goal is to capture leads quickly and efficiently, short contact forms are your go-to option. These forms work well when customers have brief questions, need to request a callback, or when you're running time-sensitive or seasonal promotions.

For example: Imagine someone wants to know how much it would cost to have their lawn mowed or get a fertilization application for their yard, and these are services are ones you often offer. In cases like this, use a short and easy form. This form helps you understand where they live and what they want, without making things complicated.

Here are some examples of what you may find on a short contact form:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Message box

However, if you need to collect more information about your leads or qualify them more effectively, a longer form may be a better choice.

Use Long Contact Forms for Detailed Leads

Long contact forms come into play when you need specific details like project specifics, budget considerations, and client preferences. If your landscaping business is focused on attracting high-value clients while filtering out less desirable leads, long forms are your best friend.

Additionally, if your landscaping company offers specialized services, you'll want specific questions to ensure potential clients receive the tailored information they seek.

For example: Let's say someone is thinking about getting a hardscaping project done in their yard. In situations like this, it's a good idea to use a more detailed form. This form helps you find out more about the person, where they live, how much money they have to spend, and what kind of work they want. It's all about making sure it's a good fit for both them and your business.

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Address
  • City
  • Zip code
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Services interested in
  • How did you hear about us?
  • Budget

Pros and Cons of Contact Form Response Types

Contact form response type is just a fancy word for how your contact form appears on your website. 

Do you have a contact form with options you have to click on, like a drop-down menu? Or is it just a simple form where you fill in information on one page?

Let's break down each style to see what works best for you and your landscaping business.


Radio buttons are used when you want the user to select one option from a small number of options. Think of it as if you’re answering a multiple-choice test question!


  • Easy to use and understand 
  • Can only be used to collect one piece of information per question


  • Can be limiting if you have a large number of options
  • Can be difficult to fit on a small screen


Checkboxes are used when you want the user to select multiple options from a small number of options. For example, say you want a visitor to select which services are relevant to them. This way the visitor can check the boxes next to mulching, weeding, and fertilizing but they don’t want snow removal, so they leave that unchecked. 



  • Can be used to collect multiple pieces of information per question
  • Flexible and can be used for a variety of purposes


  • Can be confusing for users if there are too many options
  • Can take up a lot of space on a form


Drop-down menus are used to present the visitor with a list of options where they select one option. If you ask the visitor what type of sun exposure they have on their property, the drop-down menu could offer options such as full sun, part-shade, part-sun, or full-shade. 



  • Can be used to collect a large number of options without taking up a lot of space on the form
  • Easy for users to select an option


  • Can be difficult on a mobile device
  • Can be confusing for users if the options are not labeled well 


Form Fill

Form fills are used to collect text from the user. Think of it like filling out a written answer on a test where you can fill in as much information as you can.


  • Can be used to collect any type of information from the user
  • Flexible
  • Used for a large variety of purposes


  • Can be time-consuming for users to fill out 
  • Can be difficult to validate the user input

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