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The worst of the summer heat will have subsided soon. Refreshed by the thought of breathing cooler air, you’re poised to roll up your sleeves and do some fall lawn care. But you should read these tips first. The regimen right for your situation will vary, according to whether your lawn is composed of a warm season turf grass or a cool season turf grass. If you are unsure which type comprises your lawn, take a sample to your local county extension.

Fall Lawn Care Tip: Find Out Your Grass Type
Cool-season turf grasses are so called because they thrive in the cool weather usually associated with spring and autumn. Examples are rye grass, the fescues (both “fine” and “tall” kinds), Kentucky blue grass and bent grass.

By contrast, warm-season turf grasses grow most actively when the weather is warm, which is why they are the preferred grass types of the South in the U.S. Some of their names even make you think “South,” as is the case with Bermuda grass and Saint Augustine grass. Other kinds include zoysia grass and buffalo grass.

To be sure, there will be some fall lawn maintenance you’ll have to do regardless of the type of grass on your lawn. Let’s look at these tasks first:

Apply herbicides to broadleaf weeds
Correct soil pH: if your lawn is not performing well, have your soil tested. If the soil test should show a need to reduce acidity, apply lime now. If alkalinityneeds to be reduced, apply sulfur.
Thatch removal: dethatch your lawn, by raking; for bad cases of soil compaction, you may have to employ the technique known as core aeration, for which lawn equipment known as “aerators” can be bought or rented
Rake leaves, or use a leaf vacuum, lest the leaves smother your grass over the winter
Lawn equipment care: make sure to drain old gas out of lawn mowers after last mowing

The nature of the following fall lawn care chores depends on whether it’s a cool season or warm season turf grass that you have to care for:

Watering during hot, dry spells
Fertilization
Setting lawn mower height
Fall lawn care for cool season grasses includes ensuring that lawns receive enough fall water to carry them through the long winter. Don’t think that because the temperatures outside are no longer consistently high, you can totally forget about watering in the autumn. Overall, you won’t need to water nearly as much as in summer, but during hot, dry spells in autumn, remember to provide sufficient water.

Another fall lawn care tip that applies specifically to the maintenance of cool season grasses is fertilization. Apply 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Or purchase a product that has a low middle number for NPK; for example, Scotts’ “WinterGuard” Turf Builder has an NPK of 32-0-10.

Conversely, avoid fertilizing lawns in autumn that are composed of warm season turf grasses. The latter undergoes a hardening-off process during this time of year to prepare it for winter. Fertilizing warm season grasses in the fall may interfere with that hardening-off process.

So what fall lawn care tasks should you be performing for warm season grasses? By overseeding with annual winter ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum), homeowners whose lawns are composed of warm season grasses can enjoy a green carpet during the winter, instead of having to look at a brown lawn. But when you buy the seed, be sure to ask for the annual, not the perennial. Annual winter ryegrass will die back when summer’s heat returns, turning over the lawn once again to the warm season grasses. This exit is a timely one. The problem with the perennial winter ryegrass is that it doesn’t go away, competing with your warm season grasses for sunlight, water and nutrients.

Lawns composed of cool season grasses can also profit from overseeding. But in this case, the motivation behind overseeding lawns is not winter cosmetics, but to fix bare patches — with an eye to next year’s lawn.

Adjusting Mower Height for Fall Mowing:
Adjusting lawn mower height for fall mowing is not an issue with cool season grasses. Just set the height as you normally would, right up until the time when growth stops and you stop mowing. But an adjustment should be made to lawn mower height in the fall for warm season turf grasses: increase the height by 1/2 inch.

So at exactly what height should you set lawn mowers, in general? According to Robert E. Kozlowski at the Cornell University Cooperative Extension, mowing your lawn with a lawn mower set at a proper height can save you from having to rake or bag your lawn clippings. His rule of thumb is, “Mow when your grass is dry and 3 to 3-1/2 inches tall. Never cut it shorter then [sic] 2 to 2-1/2 inches or remove more than one third of the leaf surface at any one mowing.”

Kozlowski’s premise is that the valuable nutrients in the grass clippings can do your lawn some good, left right where they lie after mowing — as long as their bulk is kept at a minimum. By following his rule of thumb and cutting only about an inch off the top of your grass at any one time, the bulk of the grass clippings is kept low.

Employing Kozlowski’s lawn care tip will entail more frequent mowing, to be sure. But the result will be a healthier lawn, fed by nutrients that you would otherwise be hauling away. Think of it this way: with Kozlowski’s approach, you’re essentially mowing and fertilizing at the same time. Taking care of two lawn maintenance tasks at once — that works for me.

Some useful lawn equipment to perform this task is the mulching lawn mower. With mulching lawn mowers, you do not need to be quite so careful about the height at which you cut your grass, since the clippings are shredded up more finely. This works much better for those of us who do not generally walk around with tape measures on our belts.

How Long Into the Fall Season Should I Continue to Mow the Lawn?
Those of us who despise mowing can’t wait to retire the mower for another year. But do not be too hasty. Nor should you think that, just because you stopped mowing last year on such-and-such a date, the same end-date will be valid this year.

This question is a lot easier to answer than you might imagine, though. Simply continue to mow the lawn until the grass stops growing! Weather will determine this, not some artificial deadline.

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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What makes us different is… we represent the client!

With Crestview Property Maintenance , you’re not choosing between two maintenance companies; you’re choosing between the same thing you’ve always had, and an improved way of handling your maintenance and other services. You’re choosing a company that will become an extension of your management team with the ability to reduce the time and stress associated with managing your maintenance and janitorial vendors.

Why continue to hire one maintenance company after another, resulting in the same problems, when you can hire a company that is committed to reducing your stress level and saving you time by managing all those services for you?

 

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Are You Surprised? Watch This Time-Lapse Video That Shows Just How Much Traffic Goes Through a Business Parking Lot

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Whenever I go shopping or to an appointment, I have a tendency to park in the same area as the last time I was there. But sometimes, my favorite parking spaces are taken, depending on the time of day.

It doesn’t take long for my mind to start wondering how fast I can find another parking spot—because aren’t we always rushed these days? Unfortunately, that usually means making several laps around the lot—while passing dozens of other vehicles—all on the same mission. Last year, I remember coming across an astonishing report that revealed we spend approximately 17 hours per year looking for parking. That’s quite a bit of time—and gas—we waste before we even get in the doors.

Rarely does it cross my mind to think about  how much it costs this business  for me to park there. How much does it cost for parking lot striping? Or how much of a beating this parking has taken just today from the traffic?

Recently, my perception changed after I came across a video of a Massachusetts’ mall parking lot. In this video, it’s an obvious representation of how much of an impact a parking lot takes during an 8:00am to 8:00pm business day.

As you’ll see, cars (that can weigh at least 4,000 pounds each) create a constant flow—and ultimately, wear-and-tear on the parking lot. That’s a lot of oil stains, dirt coming off tires, skid marks, and trash blowing in-and-out of cars. It can quickly build up.

That means business owners can’t afford to ignore what’s happening outside their doors—even if it’s the exterior side of their business. In fact, parking lot maintenance is just as important, if not more so, as the inside of a business. We’ve all heard of first impressions, right?

That’s why as a business owner, it’s important to keep an eye on what’s going on when you arrive and leave your property each day. The moment you start spotting an increase of trash, cracks, depressions, stripe fading, or oil stains, it’s time to call a property maintenance company.

At Crestview Property Maintenance  , we begin with a survey of your parking lot and exterior concrete structures like curbs and drains. Then, we create a long-term care plan that maximizes appearance and minimizes the parking lot maintenance costs. The best part is, we manage all of these services for you.

Contact us today for a complete parking lot maintenance and building assessment to ensure you won’t break the bank over time for repair work on your parking lot.

GETTING YOUR BUSINESS READY FOR Fall: COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

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GETTING YOUR BUSINESS READY FOR Fall: COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

Fall is approaching fast! The weather will be cooling down and everything outside is starting to shine a little brighter, but can you say the same for your commercial property? Consistent property maintenance should be a focus point of all commercial spaces.

Fall is the perfect opportunity for property owners and managers to refresh and restore your commercial spaces and complete projects that you just can’t do during the winter months. Why not hire a professional property maintenance company to handle any and all projects? A safe and tidy workspace will create more efficiencies, sustain your business’s professional appearance, and enhance your employees’ &/or tenants’ morale. Here are a few projects to consider addressing during the warm weather months:

WINDOW WASHING:

Washing your windows can be one of those tasks property managers or business owners put a hold on during the winter. When the sun finally comes out, the remnants of winter distract from blue sky viewing. Cleaning your windows will enhance your work space and brighten moods, as well! By hiring a professional property maintenance company you can be rest assured that the job will get done with the proper equipment.

PARKING LOT SWEEPING:

Harsh winter seasons leave behind leaf, litter and debris build up in your parking lot. If you haven’t maintained a winter parking lot sweeping program, the leftover winter mess will begin to dry up and not only be a aesthetic issue but a major caked on mud issue and dust  problem. Before the summer heat hits hire a commercial sweeping service to clean and collect debris from your parking lot. Also, make sure your parking lot sweeping and property maintenance service uses regenerative sweepers to minimize the amount of dust released into the air while parking lot cleaning.

DUSTING:

If it’s been a while since you’ve really given your space a good dusting and your space has been closed to winter elements for far too long, most likely a good amount of dust has collected in hard-to-reach or out-of-sight spaces. If this is the case, make sure to add this to the spring cleaning list and hire a professional janitorial service to guarantee they take care of those hard-to-reach places and clear out those cobwebs.

Does this all sound like too much for you to handle alone? At Crestview Property Maintenance, Inc. we have been providing these property maintenance services and more for more than 10 years, in the Twin Cities metro Area. Call the experts…Crestview Property Maintenance

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Graffiti is more than an eye-sore. When you find it on your property, you can’t let it stay there. Here are three reasons why:

1. Graffiti makes your customers feel unsafe.

Even if the graffiti isn’t directly related to a gang or criminal activity, that scrawl tells customers they are not in a safe neighborhood, even if they are. Don’t let a vandal’s spray-painted message get in the way of the message you are trying to send your customers.

2. Graffiti is contagious.

Graffiti is like a virus. It spreads. When graffiti goes up and stays up, more graffiti occurs. And to make matters worse, graffiti has been shown to increase littering and crime. The faster you have the graffiti vandalism removed, the less likely you are to have graffiti and other problems on and around your business. Tell the vandals you have zero tolerance for graffiti and crime by getting it removed promptly.

3. Graffiti can leave permanent damage to your property. 

Vandals use a variety of writing tools to leave their mark–spray paint, markers, and household paint are three common examples. The longer the graffiti stays up, the more the paint, ink, and chemicals from these tools seep into the surface. The sun can also “bake” the paint into the surface making it even more difficult to remove. The faster you have the graffiti removed, the less likely there is to be permanent damage to your property.

Need graffiti removed? We can help. No matter what surface it is on, we’ll get rid of it quickly and do it right the first time. Find out more about our graffiti removal services here or contact us today for a free estimate!  

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JUNE NEWSLETTER

 

WHATS NEW IN JUNE?

  • Application of post emergent Weed Control.
  • Sign up or refer someone that signs up for weekly lawn care and fertilizing package and get One Free Fertilizing Treatment.
  • For every referral that signs up for service, you will be entered into a drawing for $200 worth of Lawn Care.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH!

  • “Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the Morning.” –

WHATS HAPPENING IN JUNE.

  • June 14Th is Flag Day.
  • June 17th is Fathers Day.
  • June 21st is First Day of Summer.
  • June 28th Full Moon.

 What Are Day Porter Service Providers And Why Do You Need Them?

Every commercial property needs to be properly maintained and cleaned and that’s what a day porter service provider can do for your company. Without proper cleaning and repair, the building will soon be a gathering place for dirt, grime, trash, peeling paint, cobwebs, streaked windows, and filthy restrooms.  Doesn’t sound good, does it?

A lack of cleanliness and basic minor repair can lead to much bigger problems and a reduction in property value. In order to ensure cleanliness and maintenance of a building, find yourself a good day porter service.  This service provides people to clean malls, stores, hotels, offices, and other public buildings.

Day porters are used to working in busy, high traffic areas, and are familiar with all kinds of cleaning and trash removal, as well as minor repairs and painting.

Where To Find A Day Porter Service Provider

Crestview worker providing day porter service at a commercial locationThere are lots of companies that provide these kinds of services and they are not hard to find. In fact, you can do it with just a few clicks because there are a lot of websites offering day porter services.

  • Check day porter websites and see if the services available fit your needs.
  • Ask for referrals and recommendations from friends and businesses associates.
  • Ask your parking lot sweeping provider if the company also offers day porter services.

You should check out the specific services that day porters provide. This way, you can be aware of what to look for and what questions to ask.

The Scope Of Services

There are various agencies and companies that offer day porter services and the scope is quite wide: The services usually include:

  • cleaning, picking up of trash by hand when needed, disinfecting when necessary
  • removal of litter from the daily traffic of workers, visitors, and clients who use the facility
  • cleaning and maintenance of restrooms
  • dusting, cleaning up of spills
  • window washing
  • emptying, wiping down, and relining trash bins
  • cleaning and tidying newspaper, magazine, and information stands, and telephone booths
  • painting walls and trim

Almost everything related to cleaning and maintenance of public facilities is provided by a day porter service, but check and make sure everything you want done will be included.  For instance, you may want to check on what won’t be done – e.g., toxic waste items or needles might not be removed.

Things To Remember When Hiring This Service

crestview day porter cleaning a box office ticket windowIn order to get all the services you need, you should keep several factors in mind when choosing a day porter. Knowing the qualities that a day porter should possess can help in your evaluation of the services offered.  Day porters should:

  • be skilled and knowledgeable about cleaning techniques for a variety of surfaces
  • understand the importance of sanitization and know when it is needed
  • have a clear understanding of not only the importance of cleanliness in public areas but also how to do their jobs efficiently with a minimum of disruption to the people around them
  • have good cleaning equipment and know how to use it properly
  • have access to, and know how to use, non-chemical cleaners if requested
  • be able to determine if locks, buzzers, outlets, and other such items need to be replaced or repaired
  • be bonded, insured, and licensed
  • should guarantee satisfaction

Communication skills are important too, because day porters should be able to collaborate with the maintenance supervisor and be experienced in dealing with both clients and tenants.

These are just some of the factors you need to consider before hiring a day porter provider. Find the best provider out there so that you receive good value for your money.

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Here’s Your Spring Maintenance Checklist

by  Jayson Dahl 

 

Now that spring has sprung, let’s clear the cobwebs and get your home ready! Here is our quick guide to spring home maintenance:

 

Inspection top to bottom: Now that the weather is temperate you will want to check on how your home weathered the winter. Check the roof for leaks, the gutters for damage, and the siding for cracks. You will also want to inspect your basement or foundation for any shifts. Make repairs now to prevent further damage.

 

Clean out the gutters: April showers bring May flowers… so clear out the gutters to keep rain from pooling on your roof or near your foundation.

 

Pest control: Spring is mating season for eight legged critters, so sweep out cobwebs, clear debris, and check the nooks and crannies. If you live in an area prone to dangerous species like brown recluse or black widows, you may want to contact your local pest control, but otherwise household spiders do help eliminate other bugs.

HVAC system: If you have an air conditioner now is the time to check to make sure it is ready before summer gets here and everyone else is clamoring for maintenance. Now is a good time to check your home air filters and replace or upgrade to keep allergens at bay.

 

Clear the clutter: Do a sweep around the house and get rid of junk that you don’t use! Take a little time each week to tackle a room. Closets, playrooms, and basements can be especially daunting, but getting rid of old stuff and refreshing your space will go a long way!

 

Deep clean: On a nice day open the windows, dust, wipe, scrub, and clean. You will get a nice work out and your home will look and feel so fresh after a winter of being cooped up.

 

Update your décor: Add a splash of color to your home with small embellishments. Add a colorful vase, a lighter throw for your sofa, pretty pastel pillows, or spring-time candles, to upgrade your living space.

 

Take it outdoors: Let your throw rugs, curtains, and other tapestries air our outside. Shake off the dust, spot clean what you can and let everything bask in the sun for an afternoon.

 

Don’t forget the back yard: It may not be time to start up the grill, yet, but you can get started on your outdoor entertaining checklist. Check your lawn, and if you have some spare spots start filling in with seed. Check your outdoor plants, prune, plant bulbs, start to replenish soil for your garden, and mow, so you are ready to start when the season allows.

Speaking of the grill – if you have a gas grill you will want to pull this out and perform a maintenance check. Clean everything up and check to make sure all the gas lines are clear, as these can get clogged after sitting idle all winter. Make sure the grill is clear of spiders too, as they can build webs in the tubes, causing damage to your grill. You can start to bring out your garden furniture too, or clean it up if you left it covered outside all winter. Because before you know it, it’ll be barbeque season!

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Property Maintenance

Getting Your Lawn Ready for Spring

Getting your lawn ready for Spring,  is just around the corner, now is the time to start planning your lawn care for the upcoming season.

The heavy snowfalls we’ve experienced this winter have left a lot of piled up snow on the lawns. Snow mould can occur. An indication of snow mould is a web like substance on the surface of the lawn once the snow has melted. A light hand raking in these areas is recommended to reduce the risk of the lawn dying out in these areas. As the snow melts it’s important to make sure a layer of ice is not accumulating in areas as this can cause the lawn to die underneath.

It is important in the spring to remove the excess dead grass from the lawn. We recommend Power Raking which is able to remove more of the dead grass than hand raking. Aeration is also very beneficial in the spring and can be done at the same time as power raking. Aeration reduces soil compaction and helps control thatch in the lawn while helping water & fertilizer penetrate into the root zone.

Fertilizer applied in the spring will give your lawn a head start to a thicker, greener lawn.

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