March 1, 2011

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In This Issue:

  1. Lawn & Garden Quotes

  2. March Lawn Tips

  3. Hiring a Lawn Service

Do you have a lawn care question? Get your lawn care questions answered here... Ask anything related to lawn care and landscaping. It's free and easy lawn care advice - we're happy to help!

Fun Lawn & Garden Quotes

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. - Doug Larson

My wife’s a water sign. I’m an earth sign. Together we make mud. - Rodney Dangerfield

There's one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor's. - Clyde Moore

March Lawn Tips

Spring is almost here!

  • Is your lawn mower ready for spring? Sharpen your lawn mower blades, change the oil, spark plug and filters.

  • Snow molds will develop under snow cover as the ground thaws. Prevent molds in your lawn by spreading piles of snow so they melt quickly.

  • March is a good time to cut back ornamental grasses that have been left up for winter interest. They should be cut before new growth starts.
  • Click here for your Spring Lawn Care Checklist.

Hiring a Lawn Service

Are you hiring a lawn service this spring? Before you enlist anyone, be sure they have the following:

  1. Liability insurance
  2. Training
  3. Pesticide license

The hardworking neighborhood kid that mows your lawn is exempt from these requirements. It's the fly-by-night outfits that you need to protect your property from. Lawn care is an easy business to get into and just about anyone can load a truck and trailer full of lawn tools and call themselves a landscape business.

Whoever you hire to work in your yard needs to **at least** have liability insurance. This protects you from any damage they might do to your property...or your neighbor's.

Unless they are just cutting grass for you, the person/company you hire should have someone on staff with a level of formal training - or an understanding of basic plant care. Invite them to walk your property while testing their knowledge by asking simple lawn care questions. Ask about the products they intend to apply and why they use them. Their answers will tell you if they are competent.

It doesn't hurt to ask for and check references. They'll have them if they provide top-notch services.

Many lawn care professionals are members of trade associations. These organizations keep members up-to-date on the latest trends and provide continuing education. Membership shows a company is professional and interested in providing you a valuable service.

Anyone that applies a pesticide for hire- including chemical and organic herbicides, fungicides and insecticides - MUST have a Commercial Pesticide Applicators license. This is the law in EVERY state. Licensing ensures competence and awareness of pesticide safety. Only hire companies that are licensed to apply pesticides.

~ Remember to keep your mower blades sharp ;)

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