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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?
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.
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?
Do you offer snow relocation services?
Are your snow and ice removal services an add-on option for your maintenance accounts, or is it a stand-alone service?
Do you clear parking lots, sidewalks as well as entrances of snow and ice?
Do you spray deicers?
What is the cost of snow and ice removal?
What is the best snow removal company?
What our clients say
“Customer service is outstanding. David is very detailed oriented and know’s his stuff. He is a master at his craft. Glad I chose Custom Grounds to take care of my property.”
“David is a great technician and does a great job on my lawn.”
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