We Broke It, We Bought It (Fixed It).

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. Read more

Heat Stress Isn’t Cool

It’s the middle of July and from California to Maine there’s a heat wave messing up our hair and our lawns.

It’s fairly common mid season for your lawn to dry out from the heat and start to look more like a bale of hay. By mid-July you’re likely missing the feeling of the lush green grass beneath your feet, and quite honestly, your dog probably feels the same way.

It’s time to give your lawn a little extra TLC. That means: watering regularly, staying off it while it regrows, and tending to it like you would a plant in your garden.

Heat stress occurs when temperatures climb with little relief from rain or cool conditions.

During peak summer months it’s best to water the lawn between 6am – 10 am. Lawns absorb the most moisture during morning hours when the weather is cool. This allows the water to flow directly to the roots as opposed to losing it to evaporation before it’s able to nourish your lawn. Read more

Here’s How Short To Cut Your Grass In The Spring

It’s easy to have a year-round lawn care routine

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. Read more

The Best Brands In Lawn Equipment

When the average consumer thinks of lawn equipment tools, they might think no further than lawn mowers. After all, lawn mowers are the crux of a successful lawn mowing business! As a lawn care provider, however, you may already know that lawn maintenance is so much more than just mowing a lawn. In addition to mowing lawns, your clients may have other landscaping needs, such as edging, trimming, or leaf cleanup. Keep reading to learn more about the best brands in lawn equipment. 

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
  • Durability
  • Quality
  • Longevity

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

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

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

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.

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Lawn Care in Chicago, IL: What You Need To Know

Comprising 77 community areas and more than 100 neighborhoods, the Windy City has a ton of lawns in need of care! Since Chicago has both extremely hot and extremely cold weather patterns, timing is everything when it comes to lawn care. If you’re living in the Chicago area, here are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining your 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:

  • Perennial Ryegrass
  • Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Fine Fescues
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