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30 Oct 2012
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How to Make Sure You’re Satisfied with a Professional Lawn Service

Hiring a professional lawn service is often the best solution. Whether you need the service for health reasons or because you don’t have the time, or simply because you don’t feel like doing the work, you still want your yard to look good. You’re paying for a lawn service, so you deserve to be satisfied.

Set your expectations up front and not at the backend. If you and your lawn service are both on the same page, you’ll have a mutually beneficial relationship. Here are a few key questions to ask:

 

  • At what height do you set your mower decks? (Only one-third of the grass blade length should be cut.)
  • Will the same people tend to my lawn every week? You need to feel comfortable with the individuals, but this isn’t easy if different people come ever week. You also want the lawn service personnel to get to know your garden, so that there’s consistency in the quality of their work.
  • Are clean-ups and line-trimming included in your lawn service?
  • Do you edge around the sidewalks and driveway at least once a month?
  • What is your policy about grass-cutting during or after rain? (Remember, it’s best for grass to be cut in dry conditions.)
  • Are fall and spring clean-ups included, or do you charge extra? (Usually, there’s an extra charge.)
  • If required, do you provide additional services such as dethatching and fertilizing?
  • Do you charge per mow or do you have a flat monthly rate, irrespective of how many times you mow?
23 Oct 2012

Lawn Care 101: How to Stop the Neighborhood Dogs Using Your Grass as a Toilet

Unsightly brown patches because of unrestrained dogs urinating on your lush grass are annoying, especially if you’re fastidious about lawn care. Also, feces can transmit disease and parasites. Preventing the neighborhood dogs from using your lawn as a toilet isn’t as difficult or as expensive as you may think.

There are a number of safe, harmless techniques to create a long-lasting impression on dogs.

  • Method 1: Spray your lawn with a mixture of vinegar, black pepper, or cayenne pepper with water (three parts water, one part ingredient). If you choose cayenne pepper, crush it and only use the juice. Spray the lawn regularly, so that its effectiveness doesn’t wear off.
  • Method 2: While the dog is in the act, use a noise-maker, or yell loudly, or spray a water hose. The secret is to do this while the dog is urinating or defecating. It will be stopped in its tracks.
  • Method 3: Have a motion sprinkler installed. When it senses movement on the lawn, it will spray a quick burst of water over a large portion of your yard. The dog will definitely be deterred.
  • Method 4: Have a barrier fence installed between the roaming dogs and your lawn. While this may be costly, it is by far the most effective way of preventing dogs from ruining your lawn care efforts. If you have a neighborhood association, find out what types of fences are permitted.

TIP: To treat dog urine stains on grass, use a soil activator to eliminate toxins from the urine, then rake the affected area and cover it with compost.

16 Oct 2012

Lawn Mowing Tips for a Healthy, Easy-to-Maintain Garden

Lawn mowing sounds as though it’s the easiest thing in the world – something that you think even a kid can do. In actual fact, there’s a right way and a wrong way to mow. But, if you follow the guidelines below, your lawn will be more attractive and healthier.

  • Only cut the grass by one-third of its height. If it is 5 inches high, take a little more than one inch off. The perfect lawn height is 3 – 4.5 inches. This might sound long, but it allows the roots to grow deeper.
  • Ensure the mower blades are sharp. Sharp blades facilitate a clean cut through the grass. Blunt blades tear grass in jagged chunks, causing the lawn to turn brown.
  • Lawn mowing is best in dry, but not scorching, hot weather. If you mow wet grass, it tends to clump – this forces the blades to work harder. Mowing at the hottest time of the day exposes the lawn to excessive heat, putting it at risk of serious damage.
  • Don’t bag the clippings every time you do lawn mowing. Let the clippings stay on the grass to act as mulch and feed vital nutrients back in the lawn. Do this every third time you mow.
  • When lawn mowing, don’t use the same pattern. Alternate the cutting pattern to ensure that wheel ruts don’t get ingrained in the lawn.
  • Don’t over-fertilize. Unless invasive weeds have taken over, it’s generally not necessary to use any chemicals. Over-fertilizing can make root systems shallow, making them hard to maintain. If you cut and mulch properly, your lawn shouldn’t need much fertilizer.
09 Oct 2012

What You Can Expect from Our Professional Lawn Service

As one of the leading lawn service providers in the Lakeland area of Florida, we can develop a program tailored to the specific challenges of your lawn. We only apply treatments that your lawn requires, and we use the best products in the industry. You’ll see dramatic improvements in a short time.

Our Reputation and Experience
We’ve been in the lawn service business for almost 10 years and are proud of the reputation we have built up. Plus, we’re licensed and bonded, which gives you the assurance that we operate within the parameter of all state regulations and rules.

Your Lawn Deserves the Best Attention
Throughout the season, or even throughout the whole year, we will monitor your lawn’s progress and adjust treatment if necessary to ensure it receives all the nutrients it needs. We’ll report back to you and, if necessary, recommend additional treatments. In short, our lawn service will transform your garden into a beautiful outdoor space that you can be proud of.

Best Results from the Best Products
We use the best fertilizers available, along with a full spectrum of effective weed killers and other lawn products. We’ve revitalized hundreds of lawns over the years – let yours be the next.
For more information, visit our  website through this link. In addition to Lakeland, we offer our lawn service to the following areas: Lakeland Highlands, Kathleen, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Polk County, and surrounding regions.

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02 Oct 2012

Lawn Care in Lakeland, FL – Now’s the Time to Invigorate your Grass

If you’re thinking about planting new grass or rejuvenating your existing lawn, there are some lawn care basics that you should know about. When seeding in the Lakeland area of Florida, the following information will help.

Fall (which is just around the corner) is the best time to rejuvenate an existing lawn or plant new grass. Grasses are generally grouped as “cool” or “warm” season, based on their optimal growth temperatures.

Usually, it’s best to plant “warm” season grasses such as Centipede, Bermuda, St Augustine, and Zoysia in Florida because they grow best at temperatures above 80 degrees F.

When seeding a new lawn, you will need:

  • High quality seed
  • Fertilizer, compost, mulch, and lime or sulfur
  • A roller, spreader, rake, rototiller, and shovel
  • Water sprinkler

Step 1: Amend the soil
Step 2: Rake
Step 3: Sow the seed
Step 4: Water and mulch

All above steps are shown on the right-hand image.

Newly Seeded Lawn Care Tips:

  • When the grass has reached one-third of its desired height, mow with a sharp-bladed mower.
  • Don’t use weed-and-feed fertilizer – it may damage the new sprouts.
  • For dry climates, choose grasses that need less water, such as tall Fescues, Buffalo, or Bermuda.
  • Over-seed “warm” season Zoysia or Bermuda lawns with perennial ryegrass in mid-October for fast germination. You’ll have a nice winter lawn while the permanent grass lies dormant.