Picture taken by D. Wildermuth of Pro Market Me Inc. - Landscapes
Photo by D. Wildermuth of Pro Market Me Inc. – Landscape Connection Design

What are the Top 5 lawn mowing tips?  It’s June 1st which means Summer is right around the corner!  Businesses and home owners alike strive for a well manicured lawn.  Proper mowing techniques are imperative to keeping your lawn looking lush, full, and green!  Here are a few pointers:

  • Mow in a different direction every week.  This will allow your grass to grow vertical and not get trained to grow in a repetitive direction.  Mowing in a different direction each week will also prevent your grass from getting tire marks and ruts from repeating patterns.  Its best to have 4 set patterns.  (12 to 6 – 9 to 3 – 10:30 to 4:30 – 7:30 to 1:30)  After four maintenance days, you can repeat this pattern.
  • Mow no more than 1/3 of the grass blade.  This is a common mistake I see where to much of the grass blade is being mowed at one time.  By mowing more than 1/3 of the blade of grass, you are welcoming thatch build up, turf disease, and more wear and tear on your lawn mower.   By following this proper horticulture practice, you will notice an overall improvement in your grasses health.
  • Don’t mow the lawn when its wet.  You get your best cut when the grass is dry.  When you mow grass wet, you have a better chance of inviting and spreading fungus into your lawn.  You will also notice the grass will want to stay together and it can clog your mower.  Your overall blade life will suffer as wet grass will dull your blade quicker.
  • Which brings us to tip #4, BE SURE TO USE A SHARP BLADE!  I see this from both home owners and professional companies.  They mow every week, fertilizer, have a proper irrigation schedule in tact, yet they are mowing with dull blades!  When you mow grass with a dull blade, the grass is yanked out of the ground and often has a choppy edge.  When you are using a sharp blade, you will notice a clean straight line across the top of the blade of grass.  A dull blade can also invite turf disease into your lawn.  If you are a homeowner, buy an extra set of blades, blade balance, and a grinder.  You can change out one blade and sharper the used one in your spare time.  If you are in the landscape business, you should be sharpening your blades every day!  Take the time to perform this step!
  • Don’t contaminate your grass mowing other lawns.  This is tip is SO important!  If you are a homeowner and are trying to be the NICE NEIGHBOR by offering a lawn mow or two, be sure to clean and sterilize your mower deck!  Weeds, fungus, and invasive grass varieties can be spread from your neighbors lawn to your lawn if you don’t thoroughly clean your mower deck and sterilize your blades!  Here in SWFL, many commercial companies mow by golf courses which have Bermuda Grass along the perimeter.  A good portion of these companies, DO NOT clean the deck and sterilize the blades.  Then Bermuda Grass will get transported by the mower deck to the next property!  All of the sudden, new blades of Bermuda Grass will start peaking through that lush Floratam lawn.  There is no selective herbicide to kill the Bermuda Grass so this can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars to rectify!  If you are going to mow multiple properties, be sure to follow this important step.  It may take a little bit of time to perform, but will save you time & money in the long-run!

These are the top 5 mowing tips.  Enjoy spending your time outdoors and maintain a beautiful lawn!  Thanks for reading.

In today’s tech savvy world majority of people have profiles on a variety of websites, such as: LinkedIn, Google, twitter and or Facebook. While establishing a presence on these sites is important for networking, many people neglect the significance of owning a personal website. Handing out business cards or providing a resume with www.YourName.com on it provides a location to view exactly what you want them to see. Having a website provides less restrictions, more customization, better search engine optimization , and an overall more professional appearance. It is important to link your website to your existing profiles online so people can easily find it.

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Its the last Monday of May!  That means that Memorial Day is here! Many people enjoy the “day off,” of work, Bbqs, drinking, and partying it up.  While its a good thing to celebrate this Holiday by spending it with family and friends, its more important to give your thanks to the armed forces who make our freedom possible and take a moment of silence to remember the fallen soldiers who sacrifices their lives for our liberty!

Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day.”  The first state to officially recognize Memorial Day was NY in 1873.  Its meant as a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.  It is now observed in almost every state through the National Holiday Act of 1971.  The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.  I’d like to thank and salute all the brave men and women who died for this country!  Thank you for having the courage, honor, dedication, and sacrificing your lives in the name of freedom!  While Memorial Day is a National Holiday, we need to be honoring and helping our current and former military EVERY DAY for the Patriotism they show so we can live in a country where freedom reigns and bravery allows this beautiful country we call the United State of America to exist as we know it!  Happy Memorial Day!

Photo by D. Wildermuth of Pro Market Me Inc. - Landscape Connection Design
Photo by D. Wildermuth of Pro Market Me Inc. – Landscape Connection Design

The weekend is here and whether you have a full scale landscape company or you are a home owner, you have to deal with those pesky weeds.  What is the best way to get rid of these sneaky weeds that pop up?  There are products such as Round-Up which contain the harmful active ingredient glyphosate which will eliminate your weeds; however it can damage your plants, water, and even your drinking water supply.  You can go out there and pull those weeds by hand.  While this is an excellent method, it can be extremely time consuming and stressful on your back.  The Green Solution is to use a mixture of non toxic chemicals to tackle those spreading weeds.  Here’s how to do it:

  • First you will need a spray bottle.  You can use a simple hand spray bottle, a small pump sprayer, or backpack configuration depending on the amount of weeds you need to spray.
  • Next, you need three ingredients.  Vinegar, Dawn Dish Soap, & Salt.
  • Finally, you need your proper ratio.  I pour 2 cups of Vinegar, then add a 1/4 cup of salt, and about 4 Oz of Dawn Dish Soap. (I usually just guesstimate the quantity of Dawn Dish Soap as it has a thick viscosity and is easier to handle pouring directly into your spray container).
  • Once all of your ingredients are added, mix thoroughly until all of the salt is dissolved.

And that’s it!  You have your environmentally friendly weed killer for a fraction of the cost!  You can find all of the ingredients and small spray bottle at your local dollar store and your larger quantities at you discount stores like Costco.  Try this combination and keep a weed free property while going green in more ways than one!

Thanks for Reading

 

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Volunteer your time and you will see the rewards…  Helping people in the community, connecting with like-minded individuals, and progressing society forward is key for a sustainable and prosperous future.  Here are some excellent ways to volunteer.

  • Get involved in the schools – Elementary through High School is bombarded with traditional subjects like Math, Science, English, and Social Studies.  But what about all of the other areas of life?  Volunteer some of your time at schools to help educate about your particular profession. Children are like sponges and retain information quite well.  You will also find that networking in the school will create opportunities with the faculty.
  • Restore Parks – We all like to have nice surroundings.  In many areas, our parks are neglected due to lack of funding by the county and state.  You can make a difference by offering up your time with others to create a place where everyone can enjoy.  From ball fields & play ground areas for children to BBQ pavilions and Urban Gardens for the adults; the skies the limit. You will meet some special individuals while sprucing up the community!
  • Join a Fundraiser – Often different groups host fundraisers to raise money for a particular cause.  It can be for finding a cure for a disease, give a terminally ill child a wish, improve the surroundings, etc.  Find a cause which you believe in and attend the event.  Perhaps its 5K run. a silent auction, or a benefit dinner.  Show your support and your true character!  It will make a huge difference!

As small business owners, we are super busy wearing many different feathers within our cap.  Especially when you first start up, responsibilities are across the board.  However, its important to find the time to give back to your community and work with others who share the vision of a better future.  A little bit of your time will make a HUGE difference!

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