Lawn Care Blog

During the winter, many homeowners don’t spend too much time thinking about the health of their plants.  After all, winters, especially those that are as severe as the ones in mountainous regions such as Colorado, can be severe.  Because of this, people tend to think that plants essentially hibernate.

That’s not true, however, and keeping your plant properly taken care of in the winter is important to making sure that it not only blooms in the spring seasons, but that it blooms more beautiful than ever. There are a number or reasons that you will need to take care of your plants and yard, as well as indoor plants, during the winter.

Why Your Plants Need Winter Care

Like every other organism, your plants and yard need care during the winter, and they are still alive during the coldest months of the year.  They need care mainly because:

  • During the winter, conditions are much harsher. This is obvious; the cold, the snow, the wind, these are not conducive to growing a plant in most cases.
  • During winter months, there is less sun. Plants need sun to provide nutrients for growth and maintenance, and they’re not going to be getting as much as usual.

Thankfully, you can help to keep plants and yards healthy with a bit of fertilizing in the winter.

How to Keep Plants Fertilized in the Winter

Now, fertilizing your plant during the winter is not the same as fertilizing the plants in the summer. To begin with, it can be more difficult to get fertilizer into the soil or to the roots, especially if the ground is frozen.  Here are a few things you can do to keep plants growing in winter.

  • Apply liquid or grain fertilizer to the root at lesser quantities than usual. A fourth, or an eighth, can be good for helping things to grow throughout the winter.
  • Do NOT apply fertilizers to topsoil, or atop frozen snow or ground. It will just wash away with the melting of snow, and in some cases can poison pets or wildlife.
  • Fertilize BEFORE the winter. Fertilizing according to instructions on the package in October will give the plants plenty of nutrients to help them get through the coldest season of the year.

A Warning

Fertilizing plants in winter should be done sparingly.  Most plants are not going to need the fertilizing, especially if you provided appropriate fertilizer throughout the year.  Overfertilization during the winter months is also likely to lead to growth that is scrawny, even scraggly, not to quality growth that will stand the test of time.

If you’re not sure what to do to keep your plants alive during the winter and to make sure they can continue to grow, you should contact a professional.  Not everyone is lucky enough to have a green thumb, and if you lack experience in fertilizing plants for winter (or just in fertilizing your plants and grass in general), then it may be in your best interest to invest in professional help, such as that which the Ground Guys can offer.

This is a guest post from our friends over at National Home Improvement. We consider them to be the premier home improvement team in the Denver-metro area. Hope you find it useful!


Backyard-Deck-on-a-Budget A deck is an important part of any backyard with a view. It acts as an outdoor gathering place for your home. 

It can be the focal point of a great barbecue while you cook delicious steaks on a gas grill and others mill about your yard. 

It can be a place to sit and relax when your day’s work is done and you have time to reflect in the beauty of nature. 

It can be a place to enjoy a fine smokable product. 

If you like to tan or nap, it can be a great place to do so while getting a bit of sun.

However, there’s something else that a backyard deck can be; expensive. Building decks takes time and money, as well as either having a great home improvement contractor to work with or a willingness to attempt to build your own. Honestly, though there are great do-it-yourself ideas on the internet, building a deck is not one of them, and if you have no history in construction you will be better off to hire a professional to help you.

Now, without further ado, here are a few great ideas for upgrading your backyard deck on a budget.

Staining Your Wood

A great idea for the actual construction of your deck is to stain the wood.  This has a couple of different advantages to offer; firstly, it allows you to choose a deeper, more rich and beautiful color for the wood you may choose to use on your deck. An additional benefit is that while you’re also making your deck look like it is made from more expensive wood than you may have purchased, you’re also protecting it against bugs, rot, and mildew.  Staining your wood, and re-treating it as necessary, will help it stay healthy over the long-term.

Solar Lighting

When you are designing your deck, you will want to have some sort of lighting.  After all, a deck isn’t just useful during the day; it’s a great place to sit at night and enjoy the sunset or the twinkling of the stars. However, if you’re going to sit on your deck at night, it’s important to have lighting, both so that you can see the things moving around you (like raccoons, for example), and so that you can see where you’re going and perhaps not trip over everything.  Solar lighting is a great and affordable way to provide this lighting.

A few advantages to solar lighting:

  • Many solar lighting options are easy to install
  • Solar lighting is cost-effective
  • Solar lighting usually provides more of a soft ‘mood’ lighting, rather than harsh light.

A Fire Pit

Depending on local laws, installing a fire pit in your deck might be a worthwhile endeavor.  Now, there are two ways that you can go about installing a fire pit.

A fire pit doesn’t need to be an actual ‘pit’, however; it can just be an enclosure that you leave on your deck, preferably one that will not heat up easily and that can withstand a fire.  A nice fire pit on your deck can be a lot more fun than sitting in your back yard and having to dig a fire pit.  A nice fire pit also provides a good combination of ‘ruggedness’ without having to deal with mosquitos.  Speaking of mosquitos…

Planting Lemongrass Near Your Deck

Spend more than a few minutes outside on your deck and you will recognize the buzz and bite of a familiar pest; the mosquito.  They are every where, and as their eggs hatch, they will swarm around any place where people, with their delicious blood, are congregating.  Because of this, chances are that your deck will be a prime location for them to visit in search of prey.

But there are things you can do to cut down on the number of mosquito bites you will end up with over the course of a summer spent on your deck. While some may suggest constantly burning a citronella candle or torch, there is something more natural that you can do to make your deck more enjoyable.

Planting lemograss is an easy way to get rid of mosquitos (or at least limit them) without having to deal with lighting something every day.  It is also natural, and does not give off an odor that will make some of your friends feel unwell. It looks good, it keeps mosquitoes away, and if you harvest it properly and process it into oil, you can use lemongrass oil to keep mosquitos away as well.

Building A Raised Platform For Grilling

Grilling is a lot of fun, especially when you can grill on your own back deck and have friends enjoy your food in comfort and class.  However, there is a downside to grilling; people who think they need to constantly give you advice on how to grill.

A small raised platform to grill on helps to eliminate this issue.  The platform need only be large enough for the grill, yourself, and perhaps a cooler or a table where you can prepare meat before putting it on the grill.

Aside from providing protection from busybody friends and neighbors who think they can tell you how to cook a steak better (never trust anyone who tells you to continuously turn the meat), elevating the grilling platform also allows the smell of the cooking meat to waft further, which is always useful when cooking for friends and neighbors (and showing off your steaks).

Build A Privacy Screen

On the other hand, perhaps you don’t like your neighbors.  Perhaps the purpose of your deck is to provide you with a place to escape the people around you and the stresses of your life, and you want to sit on your deck and enjoy solitude and comfort.

If this is the case, you will probably want to build a privacy screen. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of ways you can build a privacy screen to keep the world out and provide you that sense of solitude you may be seeking.

The most beautiful and natural solution is to install a series of trellises and to plant climbing plants at their base.  Over time, the plants will climb up the trellises, providing lovely vegetation that blocks the view of your back deck. The downside is that this is a time and work-intensive method of designing a screen.

You can also buy lattice panels made of various woods and install them to provie a sense of privacy.  They don’t fully obscure the view, which is a nice touch if you still want to be able to see the surrounding environs, but if you’re looking to more fully block out the world they won’t be the proper method for you. As an added bonus, you can likely stain the wood lattice panels just like your deck, which looks much more aesthetically pleasing.

The cheapest method is to use bamboo fencing.  The downside is that this also looks the cheapest, and in a Colorado home it may not fit the environment.

Finally, you can utilize outdoor fabrics, similar to those used in cushions for outdoor furniture.  These fabrics vary wildly in color, quality, and texture, and you can cut and hem them together in almost any pattern or combination that you can conceive of.  They make for a fantastic privacy screen, though they do not usually look natural, and they will likely need replacing every few years (or more often, depending on how common extreme weather is in your area).

As the colder months of the year approach, we begin to make the various adjustments to our home to ‘winterize’ and prepare for the onslaught of white powder that makes for great skiing and terrible driving.

The creeping chill of the winter cold is slowly approaching, but there are things you can do to make sure your home is ready when it gets here.

Some of these things are simpler than others. Depending on your yard, you may need to do a bit of upkeep for your bushes, shrubs, and trees.  You may want to close shutters that you kept open to let the sun in.  If your home has an actual and functional fireplace, this is a good time to look into finding someone to clean it and ensuring the chimney is in good working order. If you have an outdoor pool that doesn’t heat itself, it may be time to drain it and cover it for the winter.

Something else important to do is to winterize your sprinkler system.  Sprinkler systems are extremely useful during the summer months and even the spring, but when fall comes around, they don’t see much use.

Why Do I Need To Winterize?

winterize-sprinkler When your sprinkler is not in use, most of them have water resting in the pipes and lines.  In the warmer months of the year, this isn’t a problem; even if you have an uncharacteristic freezing-cold day, that doesn’t mean it will freeze the ground. 

But when the weather moves into the constantly freezing-cold temperatures, that means that your sprinkler lines will freeze.

If there is water sitting in the lines, that means that the water expands as it turns to ice, and eventually that means that the water may rupture the line.  This causes immense damage to the lines, rupturing them.  It can also cause damage to parts of the sprinkler head that may have water in them that isn’t moving and have nowhere to vent that water to.

How Much Will Repairs Cost Me?

The cost of repairing your sprinkler system due to failure to winterize can vary wildly.  A few factors that will go into determining the cost include:

  • Extent of the damage
  • Size of your system
  • Materials included in your system
  • How deep in the ground your system is

In general, the cost of repairs can easily get into the thousands of dollars.  It is far cheaper to instead invest in professional help from a local Colorado sprinkler winterizing company or service, rather than risk damage later on.

Do you need to winterize? If you live in Colorado, you most certainly do. If you’re reading this from outside of Colorado, if you live anywhere that actually experiences winter weather and below-freezing temperatures, it’s in your best interest to winterize your sprinkler system, too.  Hiring a local service to winterize your sprinkler system is a much better choice than paying for repairs in the future, and your budget will thank you for your foresight.

professional-snow-removal As the winter slowly approaches, people across the United States are awaiting the slow creep of the inevitable white death, snow. 

It is inevitable, especially if you live in Colorado, that you will have snowfall, and there are all sorts of problems that come with freshly-fallen snow.

Do I Need To Remove The Snow?

Snow poses all sorts of threats to safety, for example.  If you are a homeowner, snow can make it impossible to get out of your driveway, especially if that driveway is on an incline.  There is nothing worse than having your work schedule interrupted due to snow in your driveway.

Of course, that pales in comparison to the danger that snow on your porch or other walkways can pose.  This isn’t such a problem for a homeowner, but if you own a business and have your own parking lot and walkways, they need to be kept clear so that you can work.  Failure to do so can lead to injury for your employees or customers, and that’s a risk that is not worth taking.

Some people think that they can just leave snow be, and drive or walk over it.  If you have an appropriate vehicle or quality work boots, you may well be able to.  But compressing the snow underfoot or under tire tends to make it harder to drive or walk on in the future, as well as causing it to be more likely to form into ice.

Finally, snow left to melt in the sun will often turn into ice.  While snow is difficult to navigate, ice is almost impossible to walk on safely. Leaving snow to become ice is rarely a good decision.

Why Hire A Professional?

You can do something about the snow on your own, of course.  It takes the average person about an hour to clean the snow out of their driveway and any walkways and porches on their house using a snow shovel.  If that seems like too much time to spend, you can always invest in a snowblower that will move the snow much more quickly, but that means you’re buying a new piece of machinery that you have to maintain, oil, and repair, and if you’re looking to save money that seems like a bad choice.

Hiring a professional has a number of advantages, whether you are a business owner looking to have pros clear your lot of snow, or a homeowner looking to save yourself the hassle of snow removal. A few of the advantages are:

  • The time you’ll save. Even cleaning the snow from a small driveway and walkway takes a lot of time, and if you have more property, it just takes more time.  Outsourcing the work to professionals saves you time.
  • It can save money. If you have a lot of ground to clean, you will need a snowblower to effectively remove all the snow.  These can be expensive, and repairs and upkeep add to that cost.  If you hire a professional, you don’t have to worry about any of that.
  • It prevents injury. A common source of injury in the winter is slipping on snow or ice.  Another common source of injury is shoveling snow.  By letting professionals remove your snow, you avoid both.

If you need help with snow removal, hiring a professional is a great option, and one that can save you worry, time, and money.  It’s an easy choice to make, really.

As we begin to move into the fall months, it is time, once again, to look into winterizing your sprinkler system. Winterizing your system is an important step in the maintenance of your sprinkler system, and an integral part of making sure that when spring rolls around again the sprinkler system will function properly without needing much in the way of repair.

Winterizing your sprinkler system requires a bit of know-how, so if you’re unsure of your abilities, it may be best for you to hire a professional to help you. If done incorrectly, you can cause a lot of damage to your sprinkler system, so act with care and make sure you know what you’re doing before you attempt to winterize your own sprinkler system.

For those who do not find this task too daunting, here are the basic steps to winterizing a sprinkler system. This guide will assume that you live in Colorado, where the ground is likely to be cold enough during winter to freeze (and burst) your pipes; if you live elsewhere, the first step you should take is to check a frost line map to see if you actually need to winterize your system.

1. Shut Off The Water

The first step to making sure that you can winterize your sprinkler system successfully is to shut off the flow of water. Most systems have a water valve located somewhere in your house, often in the garage. Shutting this off is essential to being able to successfully complete the rest of the following steps.

2. Shut Down The Controller

If your sprinkler system is a manual one, then you can skip this step. Depending on the controller you have, you can either set it to ‘rain mode’ or you can just turn it off. If your controller has the ‘rain mode’ setting, that’s the easiest way to shut it down and save yourself time when turning it on in the spring.

3. Remove Water From Risers And Take Care Of Backflow Preventers

Removing water from the risers of your sprinkler system helps to prevent damage at some of the most vulnerable points. Depending on your setup, you can most likely remove the water with a wet/dry vac. If there are valves in your system that are above ground, you should drain the water from them and store them indoors.

Removing the backflow preventers can be as simple as uncoupling them from the union connections in your sprinkler system. If your sprinkler system doesn’t use union connections, it’s best to have a professional remove the backflow preventers, and consider installing union connections when the ground thaws out. If you remove the preventers yourself, be sure to insulate the pipes that you remove them from.

4. Blow Out The Sprinkler System

This is the best way that you can go about removing the water from your sprinkler system, but it also requires skill. Again, if you’re not sure of yourself, hiring a professional is the best way to go.

Blowing out a sprinkler system requires an air compressor. If you do not have a sizeable one, you will need to rent one from your local hardware store.

You start by removing the backflow compressor and connecting the air compressor to the backflow preventer riser. Turn on the valves for the sprinklers one by one, then you simply blow out the water until there’s none left. Do not leave the compressor running any longer than you need to, and do not let the air pressure reach 50 PSI or higher.

This is a good guide for how to winterize your basic home sprinkler system. If you’re not sure about the terms, about how to operate an air compressor, or about your ability to deal with mechanical devices, it’s much better for you to hire professional help than to risk damage to the system.

Your lawn is like a welcome mat for your home, for your entire property, and making sure that you take proper care of the lawn is important. A beautiful lawn is a joy, while a browning lawn is a blight not just for you, but for those who live near you as well.

But how do you get that elusive yard, the perfect yard, the yard that will be the talk of the neighborhood and the toast of every party you hold on your deck? How do you get the kind of yard that makes everyone want to come to your cookout, just so they can enjoy the soft grass on their feet?
The easiest way is to hire a professional, someone who works in the Colorado area and knows the soil, the land, and the climate. You have to treat lawns differently depending on what region they’re in and what the climate is, and failure to understand this can lead to a lawn not looking its best. This guide may not be applicable for your particular yard, but as a general rule, it can help you to get a beautiful lawn in Colorado, a yard that your neighbors will be envious of.

#1 Proper Sprinkler Setup

This is an important rule for any lawn, honestly. Whether you have a sprinkler system installed or you have a sprinkler you move around the yard, you need to check that it is hitting the entirety of your yard. Even with a professionally-installed system, you can find that over time it starts to miss certain areas.

A good tip is to make sure that the first time you run your sprinkler system, you check that it is covering your yard in its entirety. See if there are places that you can tell the water isn’t reaching. Walk around after you’re done and see if there are patches of grass that don’t glisten with fresh water. Catching this problem early ensures that you won’t have a brown patch to deal with, and as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment.

#2 Seeding Properly And At The Right Time Of Year

How much seed you should be placing on your lawn depends on what you’re looking to do, but in general, overseeding is a good practice that will enable your lawn to look its best.

Overseeding is when you ‘fill out’ the gaps in your thinning lawn by planting new seed, filling in those gaps and making the law look fuller. However, you can’t just dump seed on your lawn and hope for the best; birds will eat it, water will wash it away, and it is less likely it will take if you simply put it on the surface. Properly seeding your lawn requires effort, it requires seed placement at least a bit below the surface, and it requires that you have proper conditions and fertilizer for the lawn.

For the best results, you will want to use a starter fertilizer and will want to properly prepare your lawn. For more information, you will need to do a bit of research into the best way to seed in your area, but the best time to seed is when the temperature is moderate, so avoid doing so in the summer.

#3 Mowing The Right Way

Mowing the lawn is important to keep your lawn looking its best, but if you’re not mowing properly, you are doing more harm than good. There are two important things to know about mowing your lawn that will allow it to look better while also ensuring you’re not damaging your lawn when you mow.
Firstly, at no time should you ever cut more than a third of the length of your grass. If your grass is three inches tall, you can cut an inch. Remember that longer grass has longer roots, and that protects you if you have a lot of rainfall or a lawn that is prone to flooding.

Secondly, your mower blade needs to be sharp. A sharp blade will cut the grass in a clean manner, while a dull mower blade is essentially tearing the grass. Torn grass does not heal well, while cut grass heals with ease and without much stress to your lawn.

These are good general tips for keeping your lawn looking its greenest in the Colorado area. If you’re looking for more help, or if you just don’t have a green thumb, contacting the Ground Guys can help to get your lawn on the right track.

The Checklist

For your lawn, spring should be a time of revitalization and new growth, a time when it begins to wake up from the hibernation of winter and the cold that you face here in Colorado every year. Spring is the time of year when you set your lawn up for a beautiful summer and fall, or for failure, so what you’re doing right now matters.

How, then, can you ensure that your lawn will be beautiful throughout the year? While there is some disagreement over the best practices to get a beautiful lawn, here are five good general steps you can take to get your lawn ready for the rest of the year.

Fertilize Your Lawn

Fertilizing your lawns throughout spring, from March to June, is definitely a good idea if you want a gorgeous lawn under your feet later in the year. A good fertilizer for your lawn is going to have a lot of nitrogen in it, and this nitrogen will be coming from sources that are both quick and slow to release their yield. This ensures that the lawn keeps receiving nitrogen throughout the process and that you will end up with a lawn well-fertilized.

Aerate Your Lawn

Sometimes called ‘cultivating’ your lawn, aeration is a must. In general, experts recommend that your core holes be two or three inches long. However, so long as your core holes are at least an inch deep, you’re going to be a lot better off than if you didn’t aerate at all.

Why do we aerate? Aeration of the lawn helps with piercing the ‘thatch’ layer, which can make it harder to get water into the roots of your grass.

At the same time that you’re aerating, you can also begin overseeding your grass. This is especially important when you are in the midst of a winter mite issue, or if you’ve been suffering from rain or a drought or something similar.

You should also be fertilizing during this phase, to make sure that the nutrients are being carried to the roots as well.

Mowing The Lawn

You should be mowing your lawn in spring. Set your blades to either about 2 and a half or three inches, and stick with whichever height you’ve chosen for the entire mowing season. Make sure that your blade is sharp so that you are cutting the grass and not shredding it or breaking it.

Finally, when mowing the lawn, be sure to, whenever you can, mow during the cooler morning or the night, instead of noonish. This helps to cut down on turf damage.

Control Your Weed Problem

A lot of sources will suggest preemergent herbicides to thin out the weeds that you may begin experiencing during the growing season. However, if during the spring season, you’re going to be overseeding your lawn, it is not a good time to use such herbicides. Any time you’re going to be using preemergent herbicides, it’s important that you water the area with about a half an inch of water shortly afterward.

Now, if you cannot use the preemergent herbicides (because you’re overseeding, for example), there are great postemergence herbicides. However, those generally aren’t available for general consumption. So if you’re having issues with crabgrass or other broadleaf weeds, you’re going to want to hire a professional who can help you out with your weeds.

Water Your Lawn

You’re going to want to set your irrigation of your lawn to occur between 6 PM and 10 AM. Make sure that whatever your irrigation system, it is properly set up, and is not dumping water in the street or your driveway or on your house. Whenever possible, you’re going to want to give your grass about 3/4ths of an inch of water and to do so slowly enough that there is no pooling, puddling, or runoff occurring. If there are places that your irrigation system doesn’t reach, you may have to water them by hand to make sure that you don’t end up with brown spots. Be sure to look into local watering rules as well.

These are just general steps you can take to make sure your lawn will look great and that you will be getting it off to a good start. For more information, contact a local lawn care expert.

Keep a Green Lawn in the Hot Colorado Summer

keep your lawn green all summer

People who aren’t from Colorado often fail to realize how hot and dry it can be here. The arid climate can make keeping a green lawn tough, especially into the hotter months. With the proper attention to detail, though, you can keep a healthy, green lawn.

Today we’re going to go over a few tips that will help you in your quest for your neighborhood’s best lawn!

Water

This one is a no-brainer, right? Perhaps the biggest challenge in keeping a green lawn in Colorado is the dryness. Along the Front Range, we often face weeks with little rain. Your lawn doesn’t need a ton of water, especially if you’re using the right grass for the climate (more on that later). However, it does need regular waterings. In all, your lawn needs about an inch of water per week.

The best time to water is in the morning. In fact in Denver, it’s required, watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. is prohibited during the summer. Watering in the morning gives the lawn more time to suck up all the water.

You need to be sure to check your local rules, which can usually be found online. Denver’s for example, are right here.

Make sure that when watering you are always following rules and laws in your area. The fine isn’t worth it.

Fertilizer

Fertilizer releases essential nutrients into your lawn’s grass to keep it green, healthy, and vibrant. Finding the right mix or brand to use can be challenging, but the best course of action is to consult with an expert. The Grounds Guys of Lakewood is happy to help, we offer a variety of lawn care services in Lakewood and Denver.

Keep Off the Grass

In the hot summer months, grass will be drier than in the spring or fall. During these times, it’s best to avoid stressing it out if possible. You may notice that when you walk on well-watered grass, it springs back. Dry grass, on the other hand, stays matted down and is easily damaged. When you’re trying to keep your lawn as green as possible, avoid walking on it when you can.

Seed in the Fall

Lawn care is a year-round job. Make sure your grass is free of disease and pests (you’ll see brown spots throughout the summer if your lawn is infected). If it needs treatment, consult with a professional. If not, you’re ready to seed in the coming fall. Pay special attention to bare spots or other trouble areas in the lawn. Also, notice the type of seed you’re buying. You want to get something that is right for your lawn.

Keep it Longer

There is a crown on each blade of grass that is where new growth emerges. By keeping your grass longer, the crown is lower down and is kept protected from burning due to heat or light. Think of this way – you won’t have to mow as much!

Get Rid of Weeds

There are more than a few methods for getting rid of weeds in your lawn, but you have to be careful. The safest way, of course, is to pull weeds by hand. However, you still need to make sure you get the root, and you need to be careful not to spread seeds when you’re doing so. Additionally, there are various chemicals you can use to weed your lawn, just be sure to review each carefully before doing that.

Grow the Right Grass

The Front Range where Denver and Lakewood are located have hot and dry summers. Temperatures are regularly in the 80s, and it’s common to see several days in a row over 90. A few choices you should look into are Bermuda, St. Augustine, and zoysia grasses. They grow well between 80 and 95 degrees and will help your lawn look its best.

Talk to an Expert

The Grounds Guys of Lakewood are your go-to for keeping a green and healthy lawn. We offer a wide variety of lawn care services, including residential landscaping, commercial landscaping, basic lawn care, sprinkler maintenance, and more.

For a free quote, reach out today!

Winter is definitely here, and if you do not have a snow removal service, it is that time of year to get one.  There are a lot of things that you will need to look out for and do in order to find the best company for you. It may seem like an easy task, but you can easily make the wrong decision.  Westside Grounds Lawn Care is going to give you several helpful tips to make sure you are all set for the rest of the winter months.

  • Referrals
    • First, ask around to your friends and neighbors to see if there are any companies that they recommend. It always helps to hear your friend’s perspectives on the subject. I would also do this to see if there are any companies that they do not recommend.
  • Research, research, research!
    • Research is another great way to get company names. You can research all they have to offer, as well as reviews for those particular companies. Make sure you do not just go with the first company you see; you need to research more than one company. This will give you more of an idea of what you want.
  • Value trumps cost
    • When looking around, make sure the company you choose is more valuable. Do not just go for the cheapest deal. This could get you into trouble. Good ways to find out if you are getting a valuable deal is to check out the reviews and referrals from friends and reviews on the Internet.
  • Make sure you are asking the right questions:
    • How dedicated are you to the snow removal industry?
    • What is your preparation system in order to get ready for the winter months?
    • Are you certified in this industry?
    • What is your back-up plan if something goes wrong?
    • Are your employees trained in safety and production?
  • Check other services
    • A good thing to do when you are researching is to see what other services they have to offer. It is ideal to pick a company that does lawn care as well. That way you do not have to find a lawn care service in the spring and summer, you will be prepared for the upcoming months.

I really hope these tips have helped you. Let Westside Grounds Lawn Care help you with your snow removal needs this winter.