Its almost springtime in Edmonton Alberta at the time I wrote this. Many people are starting to switch gears from thinking about the long cold winter and the dreadful snow removal. Yard maintenance including lawn care is on many people’s minds now.
With my experience in lawn care and yard maintenance, I firmly believe that it is easy the achieve a lawn and yard that your friends and neighbors can be envious of. It all starts with a properly timed spring clean up and followed by proper mowing and watering of the lawn.
I am not sure why people insist on mowing their lawn so short. The leaf of the grass plant is what adds all the beauty to the lawn. Cutting off too much of the grass blade is about the equivalent to chopping all branches from a tree, not pretty. Mow the lawn about 3″, which is about double what many people actually cut at. This can be a hard transition to make for many people, but I assure you the rewards are worth making this switch.
The next easier part of lawn care and yard maintenance is stop bagging the grass clippings. These clippings hold a lot of water and fertilizer that you would be throwing away. Leave them on the lawn by using a mulching lawn mower and they will save not only your back by bagging them but will also save money on fertilizer and your water bill.
If these two things along with a common fertilizer and weed control program do not yield the perfect lawn, then I highly suggest a soil test. A soil test can reveal corrections needed to have healthy grass roots. Healthy grass roots will always equal healthy lawn.
In the fall as the grass begins to slow its growth this is the time to keep debris and leaves from the trees off the lawn. Now its the time to use the bag on the lawn mower, if there are too many leaves to mulch into the lawn. I prefer to continue mulch mowing weekly in the fall and only bag once or twice near the end when the leaves are too heavy to mulch them. Again by mulching the leaves your adding nutrients and organic matter into the soil and feeding the roots.
If these easy practices seem like too much or you would rather play golf then I would be happy to provide my yard maintenance services to you. Now that’s easy yard maintenance!
Inspired by a few things this past week, I bring you my point of view on snow shoveling. There are many, maybe hundreds, of tools you could use to clear snow. As hard as I try though I still find myself believing under many circumstances nothing works as good as a good old snow shovel and a broom.
On Twitter, I seen a post from someone from Eastern Canada asking what the deal is with everyone using leaf blowers to clear snow. I guess this is not as common of a practice to the extent it is here. On this day in particular the snow was extremely wet and not very suitable for using a leaf blower, but a traditional snow blower would have been overkill due to the light amount of fallen snow. Now I use leaf blowers too but with all the wet snow flying around, the operator tends to get covered in snow and then wet eventually. In this case I would grab my shovels and get the job done, often more quickly then using the blower and many customers have commented on how their driveway looks great and yet they did not even hear me on the property.
Another thing came to mind, in the past few weeks I have picked up customers that were fed up with who they had previously hired to take care of their snow removal. Upon arrival I found ice inches thick and an extreme hazard to walk on. I had my work cut out at first cleaning up these neglected driveways, but they sure look good now and I am thrilled to make these clients happy. This is a perfect example of using only a leaf blower after someone has walked or driven on fallen snow before it was cleared. Here too I grab the snow shovel and a few quick scrapes after using the blower and those tracks are gone in most cases.
I will continue to enjoy snow shoveling using the right tools at the right time.
Snow shoveling safely and efficiently.
Are you looking for cheap snow removal? Or cheap service?
So I got a new snow removal lead a few weeks ago. This Edmonton couple hired another company for snow removal under contract at a savings of 20% off my price. They were not happy with the service they were getting and in fact the company did not make it around to service their property until 2-3 days after a snowfall. I would have fired them too. Now it took some work on my part to sell them on paying more then they were in the past. Later though once I cleaned up the 4 inches of ice from their driveway the other company left behind, this is what the new client had to say: “I have not seen my driveway since the first snowfall of 2012″. Not only did I clear all the ice but I provided access to the snow covered fire hydrant in front of their home. Yikes! Now that’s quality service.
So now we know that the cheapest rate is not the way to go with snow removal.
Still Want Cheap Snow Removal?
When you are looking to hire someone for snow removal, remember price is important, but not more important then the service quality.
I’d like to begin this blog explaining just what my satisfaction guarantee is and what it means to me.
My “No Hassle, No Excuses, NO NONSENSE, 100% Satisfaction Guarantee”:
I choose not to spend a lot of money advertising because I truly believe by exceeding clients expectations on every job I do is worth more to me, and you! When a customer spreads word about me and my business, I take that as the highest compliment I could possibly receive. This is the reason I guarantee your satisfaction 100%. If I ever do not exceed your expectations, I sure hope you would let me know and we will do whatever it takes to make it right, FOR FREE.
“I don’t plan to meet your expectations, I measure our success in exceeding them.” – [ David Long, Dave Does Lawns Ltd. ]