Category: Lawn Tips

Residential Lawn Maintenance

How to find the best residential lawn maintenance service

Communication: Getting a residential mowing service that answers their phone or calls you back in a timely manner is key.

Transparent Estimate: When you request an estimate the business should get you that estimate within 48 hours.  This estimate should be easy to understand and not have any gray areas.

Payment Terms:  In this day and age, people are paying by credit card on almost every daily transaction.  Find a lawn care company that can put a card on file to process weekly or monthly or can simply process a credit card.

Weekly vs Bi-weekly:  10/10 we always recommend mowing your lawn weekly, especially in this Tulsa humidity and heat.  Being set up to have your lawn mowed weekly will ensure your lawn is always well kept and your dog won’t go missing in the grass.

Schedule:  Time management is very important.  You are busy with your day to day routine.  The last thing you want to do is get a call that the lawn crew is at your house and they need you to unlock the gate.  Make sure the company you hire to mow your lawn is going to come on the same day each week and roughly around the same time.  This will help you and the business manage your time better.

Add on Services:  Most landscaping and lawn maintenance businesses do extra work other than just mow.  When you are discussing your lawn maintenance needs, it would be a good idea to discuss other services they offer in case you may want something down the road such as shrub trimming, annuals and mulch installed, or maybe your yard treated for weeds.

Point of Contact:  Whether you have an owner operator mowing your lawn or you have a company with multiple crews, a point of contact for you is key.  This could be the route manager or the crew leader.  Either way, make sure you have the ability to talk to someone on that crew to ensure your questions are answered.

Professionalism:  Hiring a professional crew is important for safety.  We always recommend making sure the landscaping company you are working with has marked trucks, employees in uniform, and a set schedule.  No one wants to have someone random walking in their backyard on a day you did not expect any visitors.

Hope these tips help you and we hope you have a great summer!

Rock vs. Mulch
Mulch Vs. Decorative Rock

Rock vs. MulchThe time has come and you have finally decided to pull the trigger on a landscape design but you have the tough decision left on doing either mulch or rock as the top layer for your flowerbeds. We are here to help you with your decision. Here are some pros and cons of both.

Mulch

Pros:

  • Mulch retains moisture very well and also acts as a blanket during hot and cold times which in turn protects your plants.
  • Acts as a weed barrier to slow down the germination of weeds.
  • It decomposes over time and adds nutrients to your soil.
  • Keeps rain from soil wash-outs.
  • Helps prevent soil compaction.
  • Overall looks great!

Cons:

  • It can wash away if it is loosely installed.
  • Can lose color overtime.
  • Must replenish 1-2 times per year.

Most bulk mulch prices are typically between $35-$60 per yard.

Decorative Rock

Pros:

  • Stay the same color forever.
  • Will not blow away in high wind.
  • Will not wash out in heavy rain.
  • You do not need to replenish 1-2 times per year.
  • Rock creates great drainage capability for problematic wash out areas.

Cons:

  • Expensive initial install.
  • A pain to swap out if you decide later on down the road you dislike the color or want a change.
  • It does not add nutrients to the soil.

Most bulk decorative rock prices are typically between $60-$250 per yard.

As always, we hope this helps you with making the correct decision in your landscaping needs!

A Comprehensive Guide To Choosing The Right Landscape Installation Company

Curb appeal is important, not only to you but to your neighbors whether that is commercial or residential.  No one wants to live or have an office next to a neighbor who doesn’t keep up the aesthetics of their property.  Here are our top 10 recommendations for you when looking to hire a landscape design and installation company.

  1. Communication:  Answering your calls, texts, and emails is very important.  Make sure whoever you do business with, is good at that!
  2. Transparent and easy to comprehend proposal:  When bidding on a landscaping job, the landscape company should be able to put the description of their work into words you can understand and also not have a contract with too much legal jargon.  Make sure there is no confusion so you do not experience any awkward moments down the road.
  3. Sticking to a budget:  So many people get into the installation process and realize they need or want more plants, different color schemes, more expensive rock etc.  Our recommendations are for the client and company to stick to the budget.  However, if you must make changes, sign off on a change order for both parties’ sake.
  4. Pre-installation meeting:  When the company you have hired is about to start a project that will last 2 weeks to even 2 months, it is very wise for both parties to sit down and discuss various plans of action.  This could simply be start and stop times, parking areas, appropriate times for delivery etc.
  5. Installation process:  While the work is in progress, a point of contact on site is imperative.  This allows for much easier communication day to day so there is no confusion
  6. Material & Equipment storage:  Whether the company you work with is doing work for a week or 1 month, there should be a designated spot for equipment and material storage in the installation process.
  7. Weather delays:  This is something unfortunately no one can control.  When weather occurs, hopefully both parties communicate with each other on whether or not the project can continue in inclement weather.
  8. Nearing completion:  As the project progresses towards completion, it is important to ensure everything is being cleaned up and there is nothing left out of place.
  9. Final walkthrough:  When completing a project, at the time of clean up, it is important to do a final walkthrough with your company you have hired for your project so you all can discuss any final changes or simply enjoy your newly completed landscaping!
  10. Payment:  The final invoice should not have any surprises.  Make sure if there are changes, you have that in writing and agree to those prior to receiving your final invoice.

We hope this helps you with selecting the right landscaping company for your outdoor needs!

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Choosing The Right Commercial Ground Maintenance Provider

Choosing the right ground maintenance provider is a tough decision, especially for a large facility or multiple properties if you’re a property manager. Luckily we have put together a “buyer guide” for you with our top 7 recommendations when looking for the right ground maintenance provider for your facility

  1. Communication: from the first point of contact to the day of signing the 12 month contract, there needs to be thorough communication. This saves both parties time.
  2. Transparency: being transparent with one another is very important. Not every company does everything under one umbrella, maybe company A subs out irrigation whereas company B does everything in house.
  3. Professionalism: being professional is very important when your service provider is on site performing services for you. A company should have their employees in uniform, trucks marked, and a point of contact on site at all times so you know who is doing what and when.
  4. Schedule: everyone has a busy schedule. With that being said, when it comes to a specific service schedule, the company you choose should have a specific day of the week they will assign your account to. This is great for planning events, watering schedules, or just having that peace of mind.
  5. Customer Relations Not Customer Service: when it comes to earning business it’s one thing but retaining that business is a whole different obstacle. We believe your service provider should be always taking care of you. This means making sure you have one less thing to worry about which is the entire grounds of your facility. The service provider you choose should want to form and maintain a partnership not just another monthly transaction. We believe customer service is serving the customer after a mistake has been made rather than continuously cultivating that relationship.
  6. Contracts: When you sign a contract with the company you choose, that contract should be easily comprehensible. There should not be any hidden fees or ways to wiggle their way out of doing certain work you expected.
  7. Monthly Billing: The invoicing process should be easy to understand and consistent. No one wants a service provider to fall behind several months and then have to come back and pay out several months in one lump sum. Make sure payment terms are agreed on and in your contract.

We hope these tips help you finding the right provider for your commercial facility.