1. What lawn services are included in your price
Benito: The average yard costs $35 to $40, and includes mowing, trimming, sidewalk edging, removal of limbs and debris from lawn areas and blowing of grass clippings from curbs, walks, drives and patios.
2. Are there any lawn care tasks you don’t do
Benito: No, we offer complete property maintenance.
Benito: We don remove poison ivy.
3. What happens if damage occurs to plants or irrigation systems
Benito: If we damage anything irrigation plants fencing, windows while servicing the property, we will fix it ourselves or pay to have it repaired.
Benito: If we cause the damage, we replace it at our cost.
4. How often do you typically mow a lawn, and do you keep the same schedule
Benito: Most properties are cut on a weekly basis, unless the property owner requests biweekly service. They are cut on the same day and approximately the same time every week unless the schedule is adjusted due to weather.
5. How many people work on a given yard, and does the same group return for each mowing
Benito: I personally mow every property along with one helper, who has worked for me going on 17 years. During spring, I may employ an additional person to help us stay on schedule. This allows me to check on the properties, meet with customers and make note of any landscaping maintenance they may need.
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Fertilize Your Lawn with Kitchen and Yard Waste
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Lawns are water guzzlers, requiring about an inch of water per week during the growing season to remain green and vibrant. Many arid regions of the nation don't get anywhere near that much average rainfall, and many municipalities have restrictions on how much you can apply. To conserve water and get the best results for your lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs, remember these tips (and get detailed lawn watering tips):
Water in the morning
Water deeply and infrequently
Use an automatic shutoff to control watering when you're away from home.
Use organic fertilizers and soil amendments
Choose the right plant for the right place.
Compost naturally provides the nutrients your lawn and garden need to grow and stay healthy — and you can easily make your own from kitchen and yard waste.
If you're not sure your compost is up to snuff, you can test it. And if you aren't up formaking your own, you can often find it from your town transfer station (just be sure it isn't made with herbicide-laced grass or sewage sludge).
Need more details? You can find all you need to know about how to make and use compost — including how to make a "compost tea" that helps your lawn or garden absorb compost's nutrients fast.
We have all seen the commercial where a woman appears on the screen making the emphatic statement: "Bugs! I hate all bugs!" Then the announcer espouses the virtues of a product that will kill a hundred or so insects on contact.
The reality, though, is that only a few insects do any real damage to our lawns and gardens. Killing all insects should never been the goal, especially given that the products used to destroy the insects often have dangerously negative impacts on the health of our children, our pets and the planet. Here are a few pointers for an alternative approach:
1. Avoid synthetic fertilizers with high levels of nitrogen that push out a lot of growth quickly; insects see the bursts of growth as a buffet table and will attack the plants in greater numbers.
2. A relatively new company known as EcoSmart uses food-grade materials in its pesticides that are safe around pets and children
If you want to be successful as a natural, organic gardener — or grow a healthy, organic lawn — you may need to think differently about your soil.
Organisms in the soil have the same needs we do to drink, breathe, eat, digest and excrete. When the soil is healthy, fed with natural materials and not compacted, those natural processes allow fertilization and growth to happen the way Mother Nature intended. Organic fertilizer is actually soil food that nourishes the organisms, whereas chemical fertilizer feeds plants directly — but much of the chemical fertilizer runs off into lakes, oceans, rivers and groundwater. Growing grasses and other plants in healthy, living soil will make the plants more drought-tolerant, disease-resistant and maintenance-free.
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Grass Clippings vs. Lawn Thatch: Keep One, Not the Other
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Grow the Right Grass
Though they look innocuous, not all grass plants are created equal.
Some grow tall, some short. Some grasses prefer full sun, others tolerate shade, or foot traffic, or drought. Many newer varieties of grass, also known as cultivars, grow more slowly and resist disease, which reduces the need for pesticides, watering and mowing on your lawn.
With up to 50 million acres of lawns nationwide, the less cutting and trimming the better! Lawn mowers contribute up to 10% of the nation's air pollution in the summer, not to mention all that noise pollution on an otherwise glorious summer day.
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No matter what anyone tells you, thatch and clippings on your lawn are not one and the same — and, no, clippings do not cause thatch.
Grass clippings, the portion of the mown grass, are about 90% water, so they begin to decompose almost immediately after hitting the ground. Left in place, clippings return nutrients to the soil. Lawn thatch, on the other hand, is the dead grass and root tissue between the green vegetation and the soil surface. In layers of 1/2 inch or thicker, thatch blocks water, air and nutrients from reaching the roots and provides a nesting place for insects and disease.
Many grass varieties in a traditional synthetic lawn care system tend to build thatch layers quickly. Excessive nitrogen pushes out excessive top growth, but it limits life in the soil and therefore slows decomposition of roots even more. The process of dethatching, either with a bamboo rake or a power machine, removes the thatch, which can then be gathered and composted.
Some thatch is common and acceptable in all lawns, but too much must be removed. The good news is that natural lawn systems that add life into the soil will rarely have issues with excessive thatch.
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1. Are you bonded and fully insured
It's often the first question you should ask anyone who does work in or around your home.
It's especially true for landscapers, who might be moving heavy plants and trees, as well as operating machinery on your property.
2. How long have you been in business
Make sure the contractor you hire has the experience, manpower and skill to handle your project. You don't want to hire a company that will offer more than it can deliver.
A long-standing company will usually have a website.
3. Do you have industry specialists on staff
Crews that can install plants and sod are great, but you may need an arborist when dealing with trees.
4. Will you stay on my project until completion
Don't assume you are the company's only customer. Get a clear timetable for the completion of your lawn project so you aren't waiting around with a half-finished front yard while work is being done at someone else's home.
5. Can you provide a drawing of your plans
A drawing is the best way to be sure you can envision what a landscaper proposes. Ask each bidder to provide a quote
but they should at least be able to let you see it. In addition, ask for photos of projects they’ve done that are similar to what you want.
6. What’s your guarantee
Reputable landscaping contractors should be willing to guarantee their work for at least two years, preferably five. Ask about separate warranties for plants.
The paver and wall installation industry recommends that contractors guarantee their work for at least two years. Many companies are able to give a five-year warranty.