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Striping a lawn can create a dramatic effect and elevate the lawn to a new level. When people refer to wanting their grass to look like a golf course, they usually mean the look of the striping rather than the health of the turf. Alternating mowing patterns by 90 degrees or 45 degrees adds to the aesthetic and is good for the grass.

What Is Striping?

Striping is nothing more than pushing the grass down in one direction and then the other, as you mow the lawn. Similar to the grain on suede or velvet, the effect is two different shades of green, a light, and a dark. The effect of stripes you see on a lawn or playing field is simply light reflecting off the grass blades. Blades bent towards you look dark, while those bent the opposite way look lighter. You can see some of the same effects with normal mowing, and creating patterns just takes it a step further.

How Do They Do It?

The bold striping on a golf course or ball field is usually achieved with a finely tuned reel mower with rollers in the front and back of the mower. The first roller is sometimes grooved, and aids in lining up the grass for an even cut by the reel. The reel cuts in a way that pushes the grass down in one direction, and the rear, weighted roller pushes the grass down a final time. Commercial grade reel mowers, like those found on golf course and ball fields, are very high tech machines and priced extremely high for the average homeowner

How Do I Get Stripes?

Riding or walking rotary mowers can be fitted with striping kits. You can buy a striping kit online or find instructions on how to build one yourself. A striping kit is attached to the rear of the mower or right behind the mowing deck. It can range from a weighted back roller assembly to a firm rubber flap or brushes to lay the grass down. Homemade attachments made of PVC or lumber can also do a decent job of striping a lawn. If you are unable to do it yourself, many lawn care companies are now equipped with striping mowers

You may have trouble striping a lawn comprised of certain low growing warm season grasses like Bermuda grass. The low growth habit and coarse leaf blade will not allow it to lay over.

Picking a Pattern

Before you start mowing, decide on the pattern you want to create. It may help — especially when doing this the first time — to make a sketch of how the pattern will fit the layout of your lawn. The possibilities are practically endless, but stripes, checkerboards, and diamonds are the most common patterns. Unless you’re purposely creating a wavy pattern, take care to mow in a straight line.

  1. Start by mowing parallel to a straight sidewalk or driveway. To keep mowing straight, look at least 10 feet in front of you while you mow, rather than at the ground right in front of the mower.
  2. When you come to the end of a row, lift the mower deck as you turn, then mow in the opposite direction next to your previous pass.
  3. To create a checkerboard, mow the lawn a second time at 90 degrees to your first mowing.
  4. Finish by mowing a strip around the edges of the lawn.
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The issue of when to fertilize depends on a variety of factors, most notably the type of grass you have planted on your lawn and the weather conditions you currently experience. By and large, it is important to remember that keeping to hard and fast rules with regard to fertilizing is dangerous; as with mowing and watering your lawn, being overly by the book in scheduling fertilizing can lead to feeding your lawn when it is unprepared. In the hopes of clearing up confusion over when to fertilize, this post offers both a broad overview of fertilizing dates and some tips for successful late summer and fall fertilizing.

When Should You Fertilize?

Why fertilize in late summer or early fall?

By late August and early September, your lawn is suffering; by the end of a long summer, your grass has just completed a period of relative drought. At this time, injecting your lawn with a shot of nitrogen-based fertilize will go a long way toward facilitating grass growth before the fall.

Differences between cool-season grass and warm-season grass

It is important to remember that warm and cool-season grasses should be fertilized differently. For warm-season fertilizer, you want to give your grass a more robust feeding during late summer. This means that if your lawn has Bermudagrass or St. Augustine grass, late August and early September are ideal periods for a substantial feeding. On the other hand, if your lawn has cool-season grasses like bluegrass or fescue, it is best to wait until late fall before giving a more substantial feeding to your lawn. In October or November, use a phosphorous-based fertilizer, which will get your grass healthy before the winter arrives, allowing your lawn to grow more successfully when the spring arrives.

Tips for fertilizing

Before fertilizing, there are some tips to bear in mind. First, never fertilize if you are still experiencing a period of drought; your grass should have recently received water before it gets fed, and it is also important to fertilize immediately after fertilizing. Also remember to fertilize the edges of your lawn, and walk at a normal pace so as to apply your fertilizer at an even distribution. Finally, avoid overfertilizing; giving your lawn too much fertilizer causes the grass to grow too fast and makes it more likely that your lawn will become ridden with disease.
Fertilizing is one of the most important procedures you  can do to stimulate growth and prepare your lawn for winter. As we move through late summer and into early fall, be mindful of the weather conditions and your grass species when deciding when to fertilize.Summer Lawn Care for a Hot Lawn    The Best Way to Fertilize Your Trees!

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 How To Maintain Dumpster Enclosures (And Why You Should!)

Maintaining the overall appearance and cleanliness of all different kinds of dumpster enclosures is a must not only for your own peace of mind, but it will encourage tenants to help with the upkeep instead of cause more of a mess. Dumpster enclosures include but are not limited to grease, food and waste, and recycling receptacles, all of which may be on the grounds of your rentals.

Ensuring your property service maintenance crews are aware of any and all enclosures at each of your properties is just as important as informing tenants of their location and proper upkeep etiquette. While the first step is making sure the receptacles and their surrounding areas are as clean as possible, it is just as imperative to encourage your tenants to help with this effort.

Fact is, if a property’s trash or recycling enclosure is a mess along with the area it resides in, tenants are less likely to make an effort to get the waste into the proper area! While it may seem like common sense, it would also be beneficial to include a list of what items can go into each particular receptacle; just another way to help encourage the overall cleanliness and ease of maintenance of all enclosures.

Why It Is Important To Keep Dumpster Enclosures Clean

As property managers and property management companies, you are contributing members of your community and have duties beyond the normal citizen. In managing apartment complexes, houses, businesses, or even storage spaces, you are responsible for the appearance and upkeep of the physical property and surrounding area. While you are renting these spaces to others, it is still part of your job to ensure they are properly maintained. This includes all types of dumpster enclosures that may be on your property’s premises.

Why This Matters:

  • Having trash littered around the area where dumpster enclosures are located is detrimental not only to the reputation of your company, but to the environment and community in general
  • It is important to research the waste and recycling enclosure needs of each specific property
  • In properly equipping residents and businesses with the enclosures that they need, chances are greater they will actually use the receptacles
  •  Many cities and towns have taken on ‘keep our community beautiful’ initiatives, this includes ensuring trash and other waste is properly disposed of

The Ins And Outs Of Different Types Of Enclosures And Wastewater Disposal

Beyond dumpsters, there are several additional types of receptacles that you may deal with at your rentals. It is important to you (and your tenants) know what each is for, and are aware of what items can go in the specific enclosure, according to your city’s regulations.

  • Food waste enclosures
  • Recycling receptacles
  • Grease enclosures

Lastly, becoming knowledgeable about the proper procedures for the disposal of wastewater used for cleaning these enclosures is also a must. If done incorrectly or sloppily, this can lead to public health hazards and be harmful to the environment and overall water quality. There are several methods for disposing of wastewater, depending on what it was used for. Keep these wastewater tips in mind:

  • All wastewater must be disposed of
  • Surface Disposal: this method spreads wastewater over the ground surface, typically near irrigation ditches
  • Subsurface Disposal: dispose of the wastewater into the ground either through pits or tile fields
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7 Benefits Of High-Quality Property Maintenance Services

If you’re a property owner or manager, there’s a good chance you’re swamped with a multitude of tasks each day. Between tending to your tenants’ needs and overseeing the operations of your facility, the last thing you want to worry about is fixing the dented sign out front or repairing the split asphalt at the back of the parking lot.

That’s where an experienced property maintenance team comes in handy. Property maintenance refers to the regular upkeep required to preserve or improve the condition of a particular property, whether it’s a commercial building, industrial facility, office space, or strip mall. A property maintenance crew is there to help protect your real estate, primarily by replacing equipment and materials, repairing damage, hauling trash, and cleaning.

Pressure washing commercial property and day porter service in Roseville, CA.In addition to giving your space more aesthetic appeal, property maintenance services can help increase the longevity of your property and cut down on future renovation expenses.

The best part?

With a team of professionals by your side, you’ll spend less time stressing about the condition of your property and more time taking care of business.

Read on for seven more benefits of high-quality property maintenance services.

  1. Moving Is Easy And Efficient

A stellar property maintenance team takes the stress out of moving. Whether you’re vacating a space or preparing to move in, they can help clear the area, haul heavy items like machinery and furniture, toss trash, fix minor damages, and scrub the place free of grit and dirt.

  1. Your Property Remains Clean

One of the best services a property maintenance crew offers is pressure washing, where a high-powered hose sprays dirt, debris, mold, and loose paint from concrete surfaces and buildings. It works for grimy windows, dirty walkways and sidewalks, store awnings caked with tree sap — you name it.

Pressure washing is a quick, efficient way to restore the cleanliness of a building or space. Plus, by eliminating mold and mildew, regular pressure washing lessens the chance that your property will fall victim to rotting and structural damage. That’s a major win.

  1. You Don’t Have To Worry About Graffiti

Removing graffiti in Milpitas, CAGraffiti isn’t just unsightly, it also has the potential to permanently damage your property. Plus, the long-term social and environmental effects of frequent graffiti are significant: repeated tagging can reinforce theft and lead to increased littering and loitering on your property.

That’s why it’s crucial to hire a property maintenance crew trained to eradicate the problem.  The team from Crestview Property Maintenacne uses environmentally-friendly graffiti abatement techniques to help restore your property. They can also conduct a surface analysis of your building and apply an anti-graffiti coating to help prevent paint, stickers, and markers from bonding to it in the future.

  1. The Details Are Taken Care Of For You

One of the major perks of contracting a property maintenance service provider is that you don’t have to fuss over small details, like replacing trash receptacles or sprucing up a building’s exterior with a fresh coat of paint.

A good property maintenance crew works to ensure that your property is clean, functional, and aesthetically appealing at all times. That might entail parking lot striping (to create more parking spaces or touch up faded, uneven lines), removing wall and floor stains, or replacing broken or beat-up trash bins.

  1. You’ll Get Swift Help In The Event Of A Storm

Bad weather can wreak havoc on your property, but a savvy property maintenance crew can lend a hand after a storm. They’ll clean storm drains, gutters, and rooftops, clear and dispose of built-up debris around the property, and help fix any damage that’s been done to the building, sidewalks, or parking lot.

  1. Your Property Stays Clutter-Free

Many properties, especially commercial and industrial facilities, suffer from illegal dumping, which is when people discard old supplies, trash, furniture, or equipment by dropping them off at a property instead of recycling or otherwise disposing of them in a safe manner.

Luckily, a property maintenance service provider can help you overhaul the massive piles of junk cluttering your parking lot or blocking your building’s back entrance. The professionals at Crestview Property Maintenance  have seen it all — they’re well-equipped to haul everything from tires and refrigerators to mattresses and old computers.

  1. Repairs Aren’t A Problem

As time, weather, and perpetual use take their toll on your property, you’ll want to have a strategy in place for fixing aesthetic and internal damage. A first-rate property maintenance service provider has the tools and technical knowledge to repair everything from cracked asphalt and concrete to broken signs.

If you need help with the upkeep and protection of your property, call Crestview Property Maintenance to schedule a consultation or learn more about our comprehensive property maintenance services. Our skilled team of professionals can take care of pressure washing, parking lot striping, ballard repairs, graffiti abatement, hauling, parking lot sweeping, and whatever else you need — no stress or hassle necessary.

 

The Best Way to Fertilize Your Trees!

How to Fertilize your Trees the best way!

fertilized trees are happy trees!

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The best way to Fertilize your tree is very important! Just like you and I need to eat, trees are live, breathing organisms as well, and ALSO need to eat. Once a year at least in fact.

In clay soils, trees should generally only be fertilized every year, and in sandy soils, they will usually need fertilizing twice a year!

That’s it. You need to eat once a day, and your trees only need to eat once or twice a year. My hope is to teach you exactly how to fertilize, using a method that is easily available to you.

My assumption is that you don’t have the $8K-$18K for the equipment that the professionals use, so I’m simplifying and giving you the best way to fertilize your trees without using the expensive equipment that the pros use. It’s called Vertical mulching, and it’s one of the best ways to fertilize your trees!

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How to do it:
1.        Drill holes in the soil that are 1”-3” wide, and 6”-8” deep. Stagger the holes in a brick-laying pattern all throughout the soil underneath where the tree’s canopy is. We consider this area to be within the “dripline,” or area underneath the treed
2.       Backfill 2” of each hole with an organic, slow release fertilizer.
3.       Backfill the remainder of the hole with organic compost.
4.       Sit back, and enjoy your beautiful trees grow and thrive!

What you’ll need –
1.       high powered battery drill, or low powered, corded drill
2.       a 1”-3” “earth auger” bit that fits your drill …  You can find it on amazon
3.       fertilizer – slow release, organic kind … if possible 😀
4.       compost!

That’s it. The reason we dig deep and bypass the grass when fertilizing trees, vs. just doing a granular spread, is because chances are, you have other grasses and plants that will steal almost all of the nutrients that you put down.

It’s important to go down deep when fertilizing tree roots, and this is the best method that I’ve found to do so without spending the big bucks to have it done professionally!

Thanks much and look forward to helping you with your “Green Pets” (trees!)

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