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07/05/2015
By: Thomas S.
Palm Coast Maintenance Inc
Like the majority of landscapers they just want to get in and out with little concern as to what happens in between. Other than cutting the grass, they have little to no knowledge of how to properly trim anything else. They cut a cable supporting a large bougainvillea tree and didn't say anything, so it fell over onto my BMW 750 in a subsequent storm. Then they came out to hurriedly right it, which to them a 25 degree angle was close enough, so ultimately I had to hire a real landscaper to fix the bougainvillea and properly trim everything else throughout my yard for $400. When they severed a sprinkler head and didn't say anything other than capping it, that lead to a massive leak that cost me $170 to repair. In the meantime sections of my lawn were drying and dying in that zone, for which they said nothing either. Had I been a snowbird and gone for the summer, my lawn and other plants would have been dead under their care.
Tips & Advices
Irrigation system advantages:
  • Lowers water bill and maintenance time with scheduled watering
  • Evenly distributes water
Irrigation system disadvantages:
  • Professionally installed systems cost between $3,000-$4,000 for a quarter-acre lot.
  • Some do-it-yourself systems cost up to $1,500 but are difficult to install.
  • You may need to call a professional electrician and plumber, adding $300-$600 to your project.
Some plants can stand up to the cold weather, like kale or pansies. These can be planted in the autumn or early winter. Other plants need to wait until the soil is warm and ready. Plant perennial flowers in mid-autumn or mid-spring. If you're planting from seed or sprout, you can generally find information about planting conditions on the package.
Why get artificial grass?
  • Cuts down on lawn maintenance
  • It's environmentally friendly since there’s no need to water.
  • Artificial grasses may be more attractive than real grass in drought-stricken areas.
Why stick to the real deal?
  • Artificial grass has a high upfront cost - $15 to $20 per square foot.
  • It can be difficult to install.
  • Inexpensive options might look unnatural.
  • It gets hot in the sun.
First, determine which pests you're dealing with. Mounds or tunnels indicate moles or voles. Apply castor oil to your lawn; they'll find another digging spot. Determine which bugs you have by pouring a bucket of soapy water onto the lawn. The bugs will surface so you can identify them. Milky spore and nematodes keep grubs and other bugs at bay. Insecticidal soap also works. The best way to prevent pests is with good yard maintenance. Certain bugs prefer overwatered lawns or yards with thatches. Regular mowing, watering, and dethatching discourage pests from moving in.
Fertilizer isn't always necessary, but it can keep your lawn looking lush and healthy. Use fertilizer with slow release nitrogen so it doesn't encourage weeds to grow. Keep in mind that overfertilizing can spur weed growth. However, under-fertilizing can result in weak grass, which gives weeds more space to take root.

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