Turn's Lawn Care Services
Routine lawn mowing – We have clients whose properties are outfitted with comprehensive sprinkler systems and that receive 2, 3, or 4 organic fertilizer applications over the course of the growing season. These customers require weekly maintenance.
In sharp contrast, we care for other people’s properties that might have thinner than average dark loam cover, are in full sun that causes then to dry out quickly, or that have many evergreen trees about that have turned the soil very acid. These clients are used to us checking on what needs attention on a monthly basis.
On average, each of the properties we care for are serviced every 10 days, mid April through the end of November.
Aerating – We use core aeraton to keep air and water available to the turf root zone.
Bed Edging – This popular sevice defines the border between where your grass stops and your flower and/or ornamental shrub/tree bed begins. It looks very sharp and also facilitates lanndscape maintenance.
Bush and Tree Removal- Sometimes clients are eager to make a landscape design change. Often the circumstance people are faced with is the reality that their shrubs have gotten away from them with overgrowth and they need to start over with fresh nursery stock that gets properly cited and maintained to prevent growth too close to the siding of buildings, roof lines and wndows. Our goal in this instance is to get old bushes and trees dug up whole or pulled out from the roots so that there is nothing left in the way of new plant material.
Field and Brush Clearing- Mother nature is relentless in her desire to turn cleared areas back to forest. One economical way of combating this growth is to schedule 2 to 3 field mowings per year which keeps cleared land open, free of briars and small tree saplings. Once a year field mowing is also an option to keep open spaces from filling up wth unwanted woody growth. After two years without being cut back, a field begins to become dominated by young trees which require farm tractor brush hog equipment to reclaim as open space.
Excavating- T.L.C. performs lght excavating tasks with the help of a 25 hp front end loader/back hoe, 4WD tractor.
Fall Clean up- For 16 years T.L.C. has perfected a system which efficiently collects and hauls away our client’s tree’s leaves. Hundreds of yards of ground up hard wood tree leaves have been delivered to area back yard gardens and Montague’s Community garden alike for composting/soil enrchment purposes.
Fertilization- Years ago it was common for many more landscape contractors in the valley than at present to encourage owners to encorporate the use of synthetic, over organic nitrogen lawn food products. Gratefully, these days, for the sake of the health of our soil, and overall health of our turf, shrubs and trees, either no feeding at all, or if fertilization is desired, using organic products is gaining favor.
Here’s T.L.C.’s philosophy and position on the matter. The shift from broadcasting chemically derived nitrogen fertilizer products to using naturally existing organic brands ocurred slowly for us beginning ten years ago. It bothered me that I developed the distinct impression that the overall health of lawns that had been getting two to three synthetic applications per year for as few as two years running, when suspended from this schedule,….looked and felt worse off than what I had imagined their condition to be, had they simply been left alone. Ths experience changed my mind about the practical, long term merit of using what my staff and I have come to coin “lawn steroids”.
So, our usual practice of drivng to West Springfield for tons of commercially formulated fertilzer was slowly traded in for two different new cultural practices. Some of our customers allowed us to wean their properties off regular feedings altogether or at least cut back on the frequency of applicaton using organic granular products purchased locally from co-ops and nurserys. Feeding organically is more expensive for two reasons. Three to four tmes the volume of material must be purchased and spread to approximate a comparable “green up” that we’re all use to with “Four Step” style “injecton” feedings. But here’s the upside. Every bit of organic product is a gift to the turf whch goes on to help the soil do a better job of improving itself in a cumulatve fashion. Each applicaton may be more expensve, but if a feeding each year is suspended, then overall costs are held level wth what our customers have been generally accustomed to budgetng for turf care and improvement.
Limestone Application- Have you ever noticed moss edging it’s way along to compete with areas of your yard that used to be covered with a thicker blanket of grass than you have now? Effects from acid rain and the decompositon of evergreen tree mast can cause our soil acidity to increase. Increasing the PH of your soil with either an application of pulverized or pelletized limestone will slowly give your turf a competitive advantage over the acid loving mosses. Having sweeter soil will allow your grass to more readily take advantage of the naturally occuring source of nitrogen derived from the clippings cast each time your lawn is cut, as well as when any fertilizer is put down. Oh, ..and lime can be applied anytime.
Gutter Cleaning- This task is most often performed as part our Spring and Fall Clean Up services. We are able to confirm that downspouts are also free and clear with high velocity air.
Hauling/Dumping- One of our trucks is capable of carrying up to eght yards of loose material like bark mulch or wood chips. We buy mulch from the source at Wagner Wood sawmil. We are happy to deliver four yards or more to assist you in beautifying your gardens as well as helping you keep them weed free. Loam, stone, gravel, or TRG are all products that can be purchased for you by us and delivered to your home or business cost effectively over bagged products.
Lawn Installation – We perform seeding and sodding services.
New lawns from seed are installed by first thuroughly workng the soil. Tilling to a depth of 2” to 4” Sometimes we’ll recommend that additional loam be trucked in to increase the depth of loam cover. Added organic matter availabilty and a higher drought resistance are the two main advantages to deepening the dark layer of loam. Typically we would amend the loosened cover with lime and organic food. After establishing a finish grade using and empty drum roller and landscape rakes, we sow an appropriate full sun or shade varety landscape mix, leaf rake drag the seed and light drum roll the area planted to promote good soil/seed contact.
If we are planting on grade we will always mulch with straw. We’ll often use whole straw if we are concerned with seed and loose soil eroding or moving at all when the new lawn is watered or we get a heavy rain. Sometimes we’ll favor shredded straw which mulches the seedbed, holds the seed in place, helps the surface of the ground retain moisture, (critical to successfully germinating the highest percentage of seed during the first two weeks after planting.) The advantage we find to using shredded straw over level ground is that it readily decomposes, and does not require anyone to come along later to rake up and collect it after germination is complete. We have experienced instances where whole straw mulch when laid down too heavy, blocks adaquate sun from reaching seed, or the clumps of straw get water logged and promote fungus injurious to young grass. Sometimes we detirmine based on exposure, time of year and the quality of the soil, that no straw mulch is best. It all depends on your particular situation and circumstance.
Sodding- is always an opton to get a lawn installed in a day or two as opposed to a number of weeks or months. The preparaton is the same as for seeding. The turf is purchased locally from sod farms closest to where we are working. Rolls of turf are laid out, trimmed like carpet to fit the area being planted. As with seeding a lawn, keeping the grass moist for the first 2 -3 weeks is critical to insuring a proper catch of grass.
Lawn Renovaton- Sometimes circumstances will dictate that the best course of treatment for a struggling lawn is renovation. Using steel tine rakes to thuroughly lossen the top one inch of soil, yet still leave the existing decent grass in place undisturbed, we are able to get new grass to germinate and fill the bare problem areas in between.
Landscaping- Designing and building appealing and practical landscapes is something that we enjoy doing for a variety of reasons. Any design, be it commercial or residential, works best if the finished product reflects the collaboritive input of our experience and creativity together with our customer’s ideas and preferences. Consulting with owners, helping them to dream aloud about what material styles appeal to them, what potential seasonal maintenance challenges are anticipated, and just as importantly what size outdoor living space improvement budget they must have us abide by, are all aspects of the proccess which I look forward to working with clients on. Call today to explore with us what could be done to make your property significantly more attractive and functional at the same time.
Bark and Stone Mulching- Although most of the bark mulchng of gardens we do is in early spring to make gardens look good and discourage weed intrusion for the rest of the year, we will periodically be asked to add a thicker layer to existing gardens or cover open areas of brand new beds we’ve built throughout the growing season. For customers who lke the idea of dressing the space around flowers, bushes and trees with something that blocks light, discourages weed growth, and is a lighter colored alternative to various brown shades of bark, indigenous ¼”, ½”, ¾” or 1” screened stone may by the best choice. Unlike bark, an added advantage to using this material is that does not require replenishing each year to maintain it’s appearance and efectiveness at controlling weed growth.