In the age of the internet, everyone is an expert. Social media, magazine articles, and DIY forums can inspire homeowners to achieve the perfect lawn. However, just like a doctor’s input is often more accurate and helpful than self-diagnosing with WebMD, sometimes it’s best to consult a lawn care professional. After all, your lawn is one of the first things people see, and we all know how important first impressions are.
Let’s face it; lawn equipment is not cheap. It’s full-fledged power equipment that needs to be maintained just like a car, or any other type of gas-powered machinery, would need to be. When it comes to cold-weather conditions, there are special precautions that need to be taken in order to get the most out of your lawn equipment for years to come. So, when it’s time to put your lawn equipment away for the season, here are some tips on how to—and why to—winterize your lawn equipment.
To most people, choosing the best grass types for planting probably sounds like a simple task… grass is grass! However, there are several different factors that play into which grass types will succeed in your yard based on your location, and experts often recommend combining two different varieties of grass to ensure that your lawn will thrive. Keep reading to learn what kind of grass is most likely to succeed in your area, or save your time and have an expert at LawnGuru do the work for you!
Welcome to LawnGuru’s first installment of “LawnGuru Provider of the Month”. Each month we want to recognize a standout provider who has worked hard with us since the beginning.
Meet Jason, the original LawnGuru provider. When we launched the LawnGuru app in 2015, Jason and his crew were the first official team we dispatched. It’s been such a pleasure to grow together while simultaneously building our businesses. Fast forward to 2017, Jason is laying fat stripes all summer and plowing all winter! We want to thank Jason and his crew for being a part of the LawnGuru family.
Winter Lawn Care 101
One Last Mow
If you are reading this prior to the first snowfall where you live, you may want to consider one final mow before the ground freezes. Making sure that your grass is short at the end of the season will protect new growth. Also, leaving grass too tall through winter can lead to burrowing animals damaging your lawn by creating dead spots and pulling up grass to create nests. If you don’t have time to mow or have already winterized your mowing equipment, call LawnGuru!
Fertilize For Winter
If you live in North America, there’s a good chance that your yard is made up of cool-season grasses like Bermuda or Bluegrass. If this is the case for your yard, you should fertilize your lawn before the first freeze. Late fall and early winter are the best times to fertilize your lawn because not only will you be replacing nutrients that have been lost from your soil during warmer months, but the fertilizer will remain in the soil and feed your lawn’s roots all winter long. Come spring, your lawn will be lush, green, and ready for some TLC from LawnGuru.
Clean Up Your Yard
Avoid dead spots in your yard once spring rolls around by making sure you clear your lawn of things like furniture or fallen leaves before the first snowfall where you live. Snowfall and cold weather paired with the weight of an object left behind can lead to stunted growth and thinning in that area of your yard.
Stay Off The Grass
Similarly to leaving objects in your yard, a lot of lawn traffic can lead to large dead spots come spring. Grass can be resilient, but it will have a hard time recovering from tire tracks or heavy foot traffic.
Here are some quick tips for protecting your lawn:
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- You might damage your lawn
- Lawn clippings can clump
- Your grass can go limp
- You could slip and injure yourself
- You could end up with an uneven cut
If you decide that the pros of mowing your wet lawn outweigh the cons, then keep reading for the best practices to follow when it comes to mowing a wet lawn.
Rules For Mowing A Wet Lawn
Does Your Yard Pass The “Too Wet” Test?
Damp grass will be a lot safer to mow than a heavily saturated yard. Less water also means it will be easier for you to rake after you mow, in case of clumps. The easiest way to test if your yard is too wet is to step on it. If your grass or lawn is sinking underneath your feet when you step on it, then it is too wet to mow.
Save Tall Grass For A Dry Day
The worst type of grass to mow when wet is grass that’s too long or tall. Tall grass is already difficult to cut and should be done in multiple mowing appointments. Mowing grass that’s both tall and wet can lead to disaster. Not only can cutting tall, wet grass damage your lawn and rip out roots, but it can also potentially damage your lawn mowing equipment.
Sharpen Your Blades
If you need to mow your wet lawn, make sure your mower blades are as sharp as possible. Dull blades can lead to a jagged and uneven cut, and even tear out wet grass from the ground which can mean significant damage to your lawn. Sharp blades, on the other hand, will produce a clean cut. The point of lawn care is to make sure your lawn looks good, so make sure you have the proper equipment before going out there!
Clean Up After You Mow
If you are a lawn care provider wondering how to make money mowing lawns, you’ve come to the right place. When customers hire a lawn care professional, they want to make sure they are hiring the right one. If you want to grow your business in order to make money mowing lawns, it’s important to differentiate yourself from others. The best way to get lawn care customers is to show them how much of an expert and professional you truly are.
Of course, you can enlist many tactics to make money mowing lawns, but, by far, the easiest way to make money mowing lawns is to sign yourself up as a provider on LawnGuru.
Advertise To Make Money Mowing Lawns
The first step to making money mowing lawns is to make sure customers know you exist. How can they hire you if they don’t know who you are? There are various tools you can use to help advertise your business, such as business cards or flyers. Advertising may seem like a scary investment for your business, but it’s a great way to spread the word. Another great way to advertise your lawn care services is to sign yourself up as a provider on LawnGuru. Doing so means that the LawnGuru team will handle advertising for your services so you can focus on providing excellent service.
Offer Extra Services In Addition To Mowing Lawns
If you are trying to make money mowing lawns, it is important to differentiate yourself from others trying to do the same thing as you. Consider what other services customers might need along with having their lawn mowed? For example, many people like having a well-fertilized lawn, and some might want weed-killing products applied. Perhaps you offer a free weed-wack as part of the package in order to attract customers. What makes you special? Being a one-stop shop for customer’s will mean more convenience for them and more business for you!
Build A Customer Base
Keep reading for some considerations to keep in mind when trying to adhere to the do’s and don’ts of proper lawn care etiquette. Or, if you’d rather cut to the chase and leave the lawn care etiquette to a professional, request a quote from LawnGuru!
The Do’s & Do Not’s of Lawn Care Etiquette
Don’t Mow Your Lawn At Odd Hours
The cardinal rule of proper lawn care etiquette is to mow at a reasonable time of day. None of your neighbors want to wake up at 3am to the sound of a loud lawnmower! Of course, we’re all considerate neighbors but your city, township, or even neighborhood, may even have certain sound ordinances to adhere to. You can do a quick google search for specific times, or ask your homeowner’s association about the rules if you have one.
Basically, the standard for lawn care etiquette is not to mow before the typical breakfast time and do your best to stop mowing before the typical dinner time. Sound ordinances can vary all over, but the general time frame is usually from 9am to 6pm on weekdays and 10am to 6pm on weekends. Do a quick google search for your local sound ordinances laws, or ask your homeowner’s association if you have one.
Do Mow Your Lawn Regularly
Mowing your lawn regularly is essential to homeowner and lawn care etiquette. It’s also important because letting your grass grow too tall can mean more trouble later. Not only does tall grass take more time to mow down, but it also looks unattractive for the neighborhood! Grass that has grown too tall can also start to seed. It will start looking more like weeds instead of grass. Think of it like getting a haircut – a regular trim keeps the split ends at bay!
Another thing to consider is, a well-kept yard will help to maintain the values of property in your neighborhood. Good lawn care etiquette can lead to having more friends and a happier life with a lawn that looks clean and well-maintained.
Don’t Leave Wild Clippings
When it comes to running your own lawn care business, good lawn care advertising ideas are essential for success. That’s why when you join LawnGuru as a service provider, LawnGuru will handle a lot of your advertising for you! That being said, we also have a few other lawn care advertising ideas to help you land new customers!