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Snow Removal: Do you have a Plan?

Snow Removal Plan

If there is one certainty, it is that the weather will be uncertain. Winter is fast approaching here in Chicago and we all know how quickly snow can be dumped on the city. What do you do for your building when the snow comes? You don’t know when the snow will arrive. So, how do you make a plan for something that is uncertain? Do you have a snow removal plan for your building?

Develop a snow removal plan

The first step in your snow removal plan is to identify all of the areas that will need clearing when the snow hits. Customer service should be your top priority when constructing your plan. What will impact your customer the most? Walkways, parking lots, driveways, outside stairs are all areas that will need to be cleared when the snow comes. Next, prioritize the areas that need cleaning first. Finally, when do these areas need to be plowed? Do you have a commercial delivery area that needs to be cleared for early morning deliveries? Do you manage a residential building that will have people leaving early for work? Maybe your place of business does not open until 9:00am so plowing can take place a little later in the morning?

Get quotes from snow removal services

A good snow removal service is key to ensure that the job is done on time and right. What should you be looking for when you get quotes from a snow removal service? They are the same things that we recommend you should look for in a landscaper. When you get quotes from a snow removal service make sure that they are:
• Experienced
• Punctual
• Professional
• Licensed and Insured
• Give a Free Estimate

Have a contract for snow removal

Someone once said, “You don’t have anything if you don’t have it in writing.” Make sure you have a detailed, signed contract with you snow removal service. They should specify:
• How much it has to snow before they will remove it
• When the snow will be removed after it falls
• What areas will the snow be removed from
• How much it will cost

Again, you cannot predict the weather. You do not know when and where or how much snow will fall. However, if you follow these steps you should put yourself in a good situation no matter how bad the winter is. As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact us at anytime. We would be more than happy to help you with your snow removal plan.

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When is the Right Time to Fertilize and Aerate Your Lawn?

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Most types of grass require food and water to grow strong and look great. One of the best ways to help your lawn is to fertilize. There is another process that is vital to your lawn, aerating. What is aerating? Aerating is the process by which small holes are made in the ground so air, water and nutrients can more easily reach your lawn’s roots. This helps the lawn grow stronger. When it comes to fertilizing and aerating, timing is everything.

Fertilize and Aerate In the Fall

In late September you should start the process with aerating followed by fertilizing with one application. This will help your lawn fortify for the upcoming winter, and all know how brutal the winter can be in Chicago. Continue fertilizing once again in October. Lastly, finish the process with a final fertilization in early November. The fertilizer should still penetrate to the roots due to the aeration.

Just Fertilize and Aerate on the Holidays

If you need an easier way to remember to fertilize once a month in the fall, try a simpler approach, fertilize on the holidays. When we say holidays, obviously we don’t mean Christmas. We’re talking about Labor Day, Halloween and before Thanksgiving. This schedule is very easy to remember and still means you get your lawn the proper nutrition when it needs it.

Other Things To Think About

Water! It cannot be said enough. Water! Make sure you water your lawn after every application. You need to keep watering in between applications as well. Your lawn needs water to survive. You cannot always rely on Mother Nature to do it for you. Remember the best time to water is in the early morning and late evening. Watering in the afternoon when the sun is at its peak can burn out your lawn.
If you are following the fall schedule, make sure you avoid the hotter weather. Heat can affect fertilizer and heat can sometimes burn out your grass. That is why we don’t recommend fertilizing in the middle of the summer.

As always, if you’re not sure what to do or how to do, give us call. We would be happy to help!

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5 Things to Look for when Hiring a Landscaper

5 Things to Look for when Hiring a Landscaper

Your building needs to look its best at all times. Your landscaping is key. Need a landscaper but don’t know where to start?  You know you need a good landscaper to ensure that the job is done right, but how do you know the person that you are hiring will be good? Don’t worry, we’ll let you know what you should be looking for so you can be confident you’ll hire someone that will get the job done right. Here are the five things you should look for when you are hiring a landscaper.

  1. Experience

    – Just like the saying goes, experience is the best teacher. If you hire an inexperienced landscaper, there is no telling what service you may receive. Experience is the key to knowing the job will be done right.

  2. Punctual

    – Your landscaper should show up when they say they will show up. If they are not punctual, you have to begin to question how professional they are.

  3. Professional

    – Anyone with a lawnmower can call themselves a landscaper, that does not mean that they are a professional. You want to make sure that the company you hire has the proper equipment, knowledge and experience to get the job done right. Are they licensed and insured. Do they have a website that you can research them? Can you see photos of past work?

  4. Licensed and Insured

    – Your landscaper should be licensed and insured. A licensed and insured landscaper will protect you from liability if an accident should occur during the project. Make sure you protect yourself! Hire a landscaper that is licensed and insured.

  5. Free Estimate

    – You should never pay for an estimate. A landscaper is there to provide you with a service. You should know exactly what you are going to receive and what you will need to pay for before any money exchanges hands.