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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
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  • Sprinklers
  • Event-Lighting
  • Fall/Spring-Cleanups
  • Lawncare
  • Pests
  • Snow-Removal
What Does A Fall Clean Up Include?

Fall Clean Ups go far beyond removing leaves from your landscape. We prune and cut back perennials and ornamental grasses as well. Most of these plants begin to go dormant in the late fall, and cutting them back during this time instead of in the spring ensures that their development isn’t hindered later during the growing season. For more information, check out this article on dormant pruning. Furthermore, many varieties of tall grasses die back in the winter, leaving dead debris that can make a mess on your landscape when it blows away in the wind. During Fall Clean Up, we also focus on protecting your turf, shrubs, and trees. We do this by applying fertilizer to the turf to assist in initial growth come spring. Clearing leaf accumulation from around shrubs will help prevent the growth and spreading of disease.

Do you Clean out debris?
Yes, fallen leaves and weeds are the perfect places for pests to settle in for the winter. We clear out flower beds to keep the critters at bay. We pay special attention to rose beds, as their foliage can foster disease over the winter.
Do you clean out the gutters?

We sure do- not all fall cleanup is in the yard. This is the perfect time to clear leaves and other debris from rain gutters. Check for proper drainage, clear out any blockages with a small garden trowel, and rinse with a hose.

Do you trim rogue branches?

 Trim up any large or out-of-place tree branches that may cause trouble during the winter. You don’t want any branches breaking and falling during the snowfall to come.

What about Aeration?

We do. We Break up soil to keep water from pooling and guarantee that nutrients will reach the roots over the winter. A garden fork will do the job for small yards, but larger yards may require a walk-behind aerator, which should be available to rent for a reasonable price.

Will you protect my sensitive plants from the cold?

Keeping sensitive perennials, shrubs, and roses in tip-top shape through the cold days of winter is very important that's why we add mulch to the base and wrap plants in cloth barriers to prevent damage from freezing. Depending on the hardiness of the plant and your climate, you can use a single sheet or blanket or wrap them in a combination of cloth and plastic.

When do you perform Spring Cleanup?

In the Spring we take the opportunity to enhance the appearance of your home or commercial building by providing thorough spring cleanup. Typically performed in late March or early April, our skillful technicians will remove leaves, sticks, paper, and debris throughout the property, including landscape beds and parking areas. By removing winter-kill and old annuals from your landscape beds, you’ll be prepared for the spring growing season and lessen the chance of a fungus or disease establishing itself in your valuable plantings.

When do you perform Fall Cleanup?

Typically performed during the months of October, November, and December, weather permitting, our fall cleanup technicians will ensure your property looks its best throughout the winter months. Utah winters are hard on turf and plants and it is important to remove all the leaves and debris from your home’s property or around your commercial building, so disease and fungus do not develop. All leaves, sticks, paper, and debris will be removed from the property. Perennials and annuals will be removed from planting beds and the mulch layer raked smooth. We do the work so that you can enjoy the fall colors and ensure you spend your weekends relaxing and enjoying your activities. Let Custom Grounds Landscaping and Outdoor Home worry about the leaves and keeping your property maintained in a neat, professional manner.

Why Hire An Irrigation Expert?

You put a lot of work into making your home beautiful inside and out. A professionally-installed irrigation system increases your ability to grow beautiful flowers while keeping your yard’s moisture level at the right levels. An irrigation system that hasn’t been installed properly by a professional and doesn’t function the way it was designed to can be a waste of money and resources and can cause major drainage problems and many headaches.

What are Drip Sprinklers?

Drip systems have gained popularity for their benefit in irrigating non-turf areas. This drip system usually contains holes in a tube or hose or emitters. This drip system employs water outlets or emitters to be placed within a certain gap or distance.

How many days a week should I water my lawn?

Most lawns need at least 1”-1 ½” of water per week, year-round, and during the winter, as well. Water your lawn deeply 2 to 3 times per week. Try not to water daily. Watering as early as possible is optimal so early morning works best when possible. Can you push a 6” screwdriver into your lawn? If not chances are you're not watering enough.

How do I keep my grass green?

Keeping Your Grass Green during the Summer months can be challenging, remember to follow these 6 steps you should be well on your way to a lush and full lawn.

  • Mow high. Put your lawnmower on a high setting, to leave the grass around 3 inches high.
  • Regular watering regiments, deeply. If you want a green lawn all summer long, consistent watering is the key.
  • Watering earlier in the day is better. Morning time is optimal.
  • Keep your mower maintenanced regularly for better performance.
  • Repair damaged areas caused by pet waste, disease, and pests.
  • Don't forget to apply fertilizer.
Why Should I Hire a Professional Landscape Lighting Contractor?

Quality is the #1 benefit to hiring a professional landscape lighting contractor — even down to the power supply and fixtures. Hiring a landscape lighting contractor also offers the added benefit of artistry.

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What other types of illumination do you do?
  • Path lights: these lights are used to illuminate pathways and walkways. 
  • Deck lights: these lights are typically spot lights that are used to illuminate a deck. 
  • Wall lanterns: these typically attach to an outside wall and shine light on the landscaping or garden.
  • Floodlights: these are typically attached to a wall and are used to shine light on a large space for security purposes.

 

Does landscape lighting add value to my home?

Over the years numerous studies have shown that most homeowners prefer a home with a customized, well-designed landscape lighting system. What they found is that these systems can increase your property in value up to 20 percent

How can I make my lawn healthier?

Watering and mowing properly are the two biggest touchpoints. Firstly, you should mow at least once a week during growth periods. Use Sharp blades. Rusty or dull blades rip the grass instead of cutting it and could result in problems for your lawn, such as diseases. As a second point irrigation & watering, you don't want to overwater because this could also cause disease problems. At the same time, underwatering stresses the turf and creates opportunities for weeds to grow.

What should I consider when watering my lawn?

Be sure that your sprinkler system covers the lawn well and irrigates deeply to encourage deep root growth and makes the turf less susceptible to drought.

Why do I need a professional lawn care company?

A big reason for hiring an expert is that a lawn care expert can diagnose problems that can be that can be hard to spot. We can tell you whether or not the problem with your lawn is a disease, an insect, or simply a lack of water, and that can be challenging for you, the homeowner, to do alone.

Do you offer a guarantee on your work?

When hiring Custom Grounds Landscape and Home Service, you're really purchasing a piece of mind that you as a homeowner have a guarantee for your results, and that's not always the case.

Do pest control companies really work?

Most pest control companies are legitimate but the industry can lend itself to some unscrupulous behavior. It is important to screen the company you choose to work with and be sure they actually know how to provide a valuable service that keeps pests at bay.

How long does pest control last?

General pest control treatment—for spiders, moths, roaches, silverfish, pill bugs (roly-polies), etc. —lasts a few months and needs to be done quarterly. A serious infestation of ants requires monthly visits are necessary for three to six months depending on the scope of the treatment

Why do I need a team for snow removal?
Shoveling snow is a highly arduous task. And you can make it even harder by using inferior snow removal equipment. This is why you need a team of professionals from our company to help you effectively remove snow from your residential home or commercial property. Our highly advanced equipment and highly experienced are prepared for the snow season and geared toward handling any size of snow and ice removal tasks. We are equipped with lots of trucks, large tractors, skid loaders, snow pushers as well as a wide range of snow blowers and salters to ensure we effectively tackle your commercial and residential snow removal needs.
Do you offer snow relocation services?
Sometimes it may not be advisable to just push the snow out of the snow! After all, huge piles of snow in your yard, parking lot, or driveway can quickly translate into huge hazards, resulting in obstructions in view for road users or even accidents. So, when stockpiling is no longer regarded as an option for you, we have the necessary equipment to haul it off-site.
Are your snow and ice removal services an add-on option for your maintenance accounts, or is it a stand-alone service?
Our snow and ice removal are offered as a stand-alone service. However, you don't need to worry! Regardless of the severity of your winter problem, we always have a plan for you. We can customize a package that suits your property's needs to make this winter a safe one for your commercial property.
Do you clear parking lots, sidewalks as well as entrances of snow and ice?
It is not just our snow and ice removal expertise that makes a difference! We also know how snow removal can potentially impact your landscaping. If snow removal is poorly conducted, your landscaping gets ruined. Our commercial snow removal professionals will plan your ice and snow removal in a manner that keeps the protection of your property's landscape in mind. We offer a range of services and this, of course, includes clearing parking lots, sidewalks as well as entrances of snow and ice within your business premises.
Do you spray deicers?
When the forecast indicates that there is a winter storm on the way, it can be satisfying to know that you are covered with snow clearing. You can only have this type of feeling by choosing our commercial snow removal experts to take care of your winter weather property concerns. During dangerous ice storms, our proven experts will still be out there working on your property to ensure it is protected. We provide deicing services for every area of your commercial property. What's more, we offer additional snow removal services such as sidewalk shoveling, salting and prepping, driveway snow plowing as well as 24/7 emergency response services among others.
What is the cost of snow and ice removal?
It is imperative to note that there is no standard cost for commercial snow and ice removal. This is because there are lots of factors to be considered. Generally, the total cost will depend on the size of the property to be serviced, the number of required plowing services, the type of equipment needed for the job as well as the cycle time between visits among other factors. However, with us at your disposal, you don't need to worry. Our competitive pricing and highly flexible service options align with nearly any budget, whether you are looking for a one-time service, emergency-response, complete-winter season package, or something in between.
What is the best snow removal company?
For best snow removal results, you need to work with a reputable company that is equally experienced enough to handle your needs. Simply put, the professional experience and skill level of the contractor hired are two important factors to consider. We not only use special melting services and products when tackling snow-related issues, but our experts also boast years of experience in the industry. What's more, we are a local business that is family-owned and operated.

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