Business Ethics - Choose lawn service
contractors that are ethical. They should have
proper insurance if employees are injured on your
property. And they should maintain permits and
occupational licenses that are required by law.
Technical Skill - Your lawn service contractor
should posses a good working knowledge of turfgrass,
plants, insect and disease problems, environmental
laws, materials, supplies, equipment and methods to
do a quality job.
Equipment - Your lawn service contractor should
have the right equipment - and enough equipment for
the job. Equipment appearance may tell you a
lot...is it well maintained and are proper safety
devices in place?
Business Know How - Sound business practices
help assure long term service for you. Good business
management and fair prices are the cornerstone of a
successful reliable lawn service contractor. Ask for
customer references before you decide on any lawn
Security - Persons maintaining your grounds will
have access to your property. Even without interior
access, they will become aware of your routines,
your security precautions, when you are home and
when you are away.
Landscape Maintenance is a Complex Business -
Only a competent professional can begin to stay
current on the laws, regulations and technical
advancements in the industry.
Avoid Misunderstandings - You need to know exactly
what will be provided and what it will cost you -
what is basic and what is extra. The what, when and
how should be spelled out in writing (when and how
it will be mowed, mowing height, type of mower,
clippings, edging, weed control, mulching, pruning,
clean up, pest control, etc.).
Interview - Ask your prospective lawn service
contractor about the things discussed in this
brochure; licenses, certifications, insurance. Ask
about education and training of supervisors and crew
members. How many are Certified Landscape
Maintenance Operators (CLMO)? Do employees attend
special and/or in-house training programs? How long
have they been in business (a brand new business may
provide excellent service, but you want to ask
in-depth questions about their technical and
business know-how). How big is the business? The
complexity of your property may require careful
consideration of the size of the lawn maintenance
References - Require them and take time to check
them out. Look at two or three properties maintained by
the service...try to observe the crews working.
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thought about making this news letter about the current
watering restrictions, but with all of the rain we have
had lately it seems unnecessary for the moment. So, I
thought I would give you some information about how to
keep your lawn and landscape beautiful during the rainy,
hot and crazy Florida summer weather.
Mowing: Mowing your lawn is a very important
aspect of maintaining a healthy beautiful Florida lawn.
Proper mowing habits along with watering and fertilizer
can greatly effect your success or failure.
Two of the most important mowing points you need to
educate yourself on are cutting height and how often to
mow. Both of those things will depend on what kind of
grass you have.
In general, grasses with narrow blades can be mowed
closer than grasses with broader blades. Grass will go
through stress with every mowing. Especially, if too
much leaf tissue is removed. Cutting you lawn too short
will subject the grass to other stresses such as, bugs,
disease, drought and being burned up by the hot Florida
Although, the growth rate of your specific grass should
determine how often you mow. Here are a few other
indicators you should use in your mowing decisions.
Grass Species (
will tell you where to find the information)
Time of year
general rule, you should never remove more than 1/3 of
the blade height. Certain grasses like the low
maintenance Bahia are mowed to remove the seed heads
more than to cut the leaf blade. But St. Augustine grass
should be kept at a 4 inch height. So you should only
mow it when it is about 6 inches in height.
Micro irrigation: Micro irrigation or low-volume
irrigation helps you conserve water while irrigating
your plants where they need it most -- at the root
system. This is something that really can keep your bed
plants healthy and beautiful while using a fraction of
the amount of water it takes to water the lawn
Micro irrigation is placed in the beds at the home's
foundation. Beds on the perimeter do not have irrigation
and are reserved for plants with higher drought
tolerance or lower water needs.
There are a variety of micro irrigation supplies
available at home improvement stores (for the DIY
people) and through any qualified landscape or
irrigation contractors. The most common systems feature
"micro-sprayers" or "bubblers" with the spray heads
applying water directly to the base of the plant. Drip
irrigation systems release water through tiny holes in
the hose can be placed directly in the planting beds on
top of or under mulch.
Mulch: Adding 2" to 3" of mulch to your planted
beds is, perhaps, one of the most important things you
can do for your plants. In Florida's hot weather, mulch
helps maintain soil moisture, reducing evaporation and
the need to water plants. In the winter, mulch keeps
soil around plants warmer. Mulch also inhibits weed
growth, can improve soil as it decays and also adds to
the appearance of beds and your yard.
There are many different types of mulch. Some natural
(and free) sources of mulch include grass clippings,
raked leaves, and pine needles. Some communities and
utilities that collect yard wastes or remove trees offer
free mulch. Mulch can be purchased at nurseries in bulk
or in bags. Homeowners are discouraged from using
cypress mulch because harvesting of cypress trees can
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