As a kid, you probably recall your parents saying “you break it you buy it.” That same idiom applies in lawn care. While our Pro’s are a cut above in all aspects of lawn & landscaping, they are also human, just like us; and make mistakes, just like us. These are the 5 most surprising damage claims we’ve had to manage in 2019.
Last week we got our first taste of winter weather for the 2019-2020 season and it definitely caught us by surprise (I mean, c’mon, it was record-breaking!) El Niño? La Niña? Why’d you leave us? Although most of it has melted by now, this flash snowstorm had us preparing our winter emergency car kit before the next storm hits.
There are certain expectations a customer has when hiring a lawn company.
Hiring a lawn and snow service is a luxury, if customers are paying a pretty penny to have their property professionally maintained they’ll likely want some customer service, too.
As a provider, it’s best practice to make sure you create a checklist outside of the services they ordered. This ensures that they are not only pleased with the quality, but the experience as a whole. Keep in mind that a lot of business comes from referrals and every new customer is an opportunity for a mutually beneficial experience.
Communication should always be a top priority, whether it’s a delay or equipment malfunction, customers expect to be kept up to date on the status of their service.
If you’re unable to make it on the service day, your customer should be updated with as much notice as possible. For instances such as weather delays, when the grass is just too wet to mow, customers are often understanding. No one wants to endure long lasting lawn damage just to have their grass cut.
Has your provider ever recommended double cutting your lawn? Double cutting happens when a lawn needs to be cut twice—sometimes in the same session—or maybe a couple of days after a mow. It takes extra time and can be more of an expense than a regular cut, so the big question is… is it worth it?
when you live in a warmer climate. However, if you live in an area that has long, cold winters, you have to be careful about how short to cut your grass come springtime, especially early spring when the weather is still cold. Rather than waiting for a certain date to start mowing your lawn, it’s best to wait until your grass has reached a certain length.
What Makes a Brand “The Best”?
There are many lawn equipment brands out there, and some specialize in specific types of equipment or excel in a specialized type of technology. With so many high-quality brands and “best of” lists for each type of equipment, how does one sort through all the brands to find the best?
Top ratings, reviews, and reports usually consider some of the following when testing out different brands:
- Price point
Each category of lawn equipment has its own top brands, but you can tell which lawn equipment brands beat out the rest when certain names show up on multiple lists!
The Best Lawn Equipment Brands
Echo is a leading manufacturer of outdoor tools such as trimmers, sprayers, chainsaws, and leaf blowers. Many of their tools boast light weights, lower noise levels, and anti-vibration features, which provide more ease of use.
Exmark is one of the most respected commercial lawn equipment brands on the market. Exmark cutters are legendary for their durability, all-day comfort and a quality of cut that is unmatched by many other commercial mowers. Along with the large variety of mowers Exmark offers—from zero-turn to walk-behind to stand-on—they also have turf management equipment, accessories, and an incredible customer service team that is always available to help fit their customers’ lawn equipment needs.
Honda mowers and trimmers are known for being innovative, high quality, and durable. Their gas-powered lawn mowers are considered one of the most expensive in the market, but they come with features such as mulch control, side-discharging, and a two-blade cutting system that results in a beautiful lawn.
Lawn Tips For Chicago-area Homeowners
Overseeding and Fertilizing in the Fall
After a particularly hot and humid summer, you may notice patches of brown in your lawn. If the brown patches are small, consider using a slow-release fertilizer to help the existing grass fill up those holes. Chicago soil is usually rich in potassium and phosphorus, so look for fertilizers with more nitrogen, instead.
If the brown patches in your lawn are larger than 3 inches across, overseeding is a good way to fill up the empty spots. Bare patches in your lawn can be susceptible to weeds, so it’s best to patch up those spots before winter. That way, your lawn will be protected, requiring less maintenance when spring rolls around!
Best Grasses to Plant in Chicago, IL
Tall fescues and bentgrass are a popular breed of turfgrass throughout most of Illinois but are not the best in terms of caring and maintenance in Chicago. In fact, while tall fescues are good in drought and heat, they are not as tolerant of the cold as bluegrass. Bentgrass, on the other hand, is a popular choice for the 580 parks in Chicago but is more labor-intensive, and thus, less desirable for the homeowner’s lawn.
As mentioned earlier, Chicago has both cold winters and hot, humid summers. It’s a good idea to consider planting blends that have different types of grasses that can withstand both types of weather challenges, rather than just using one type of grass. If you’re a homeowner in Chicago trying to improve your lawn, consider the following types:
Each month we recognize a standout provider who has demonstrated excellence across the board. This December, it’s Anthony A. in Detroit!
📍 Service Area: Brighton, Howell, Northville, Novi, Pinckney, South Lyon
✔️ Background Checked
🌿 4,544 Jobs Completed
⭐ 4.91 Customer Rating
📅 Joined LawnGuru: June 2016
Q & A with Anthony. See why he’s ranked best lawn and landscaping company in Howell:
How long have you owned your lawn business?
I’ve owned my own lawn & landscaping company for three years, but truly, I’m a jack of all trades. I can fix just about anything. Beth and I are multi-taskers so we do a little bit of everything. We consider ourselves handymen(women), craftsman, and all around contractors.
Many breeds of grass are likely to get a disease when they are subject to extreme temperatures. Warm season grasses will be prone to disease when temperatures are too cold, and cool season grasses are more prone to disease when the weather is too warm. Other risk factors for lawn disease include excessive dryness, overwatering, or lack of sun.
How to Tell if Your Lawn Is Diseased
There are many varieties of lawn disease, and the ones you need to look for will depend on what type of turfgrass makes up your lawn. It’s always a good idea to research your specific grass so you know how to care for your lawn and prevent disease. Some of the most common lawn diseases include:
Lawn Care Tips For Detroiters (and Vicinity)
Mow & Water Strategically