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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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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.

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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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6 Property Upkeeping Tips

Written by Crestview Property Maintenance  on June 18, 2018

Worried that it may cost too much to get your house ready to sell? Don’t think you have the time or resources to perform the chores needed to get top dollar for your home? These tasks may not be as difficult to handle or as expensive as you may think. With a little elbow grease and a few trips to your local hardware store, you can quickly and affordably increase your home’s curb appeal. Knocking out a few of the items below can ensure that your property is looking its best when it comes time to sell.

Paint the front door—Painting the front door will instantly draw attention to your home and make the front of your house look neat and well kept. Performing the task carefully will take between 1-2 hours but will pay off when it comes to grabbing potential homeowners’ attention.

Average Cost-$30 for a gallon of high gloss paint

Pressure wash the house—Pressure washing the house can clean off mold, grime, and dust that has been accumulating on your home. Cleaning the exterior may take a few hours but will leave your home looking nice and clean to any future homeowners.

 

Hire a pro to mow the lawn—While it’s on the market, hiring a professional to mow your lawn can certainly improve the look of the property. Doesn’t matter if you are looking for lawn mowing in Ocoee, Florida, or need grass cutting in Sugar Land, Texas, finding a lawn pro takes seconds on an website like GreenPal’s and those pros will provide clean edges, straight lines, and won’t leave excess grass on any hard surfaces.

Average Cost-$45 per half acre

Trim the hedges—Trimming the hedges can leave your property looking symmetrical and tidy. If you don’t have a hedge trimmer, these are fairly inexpensive to purchase. This task can only take a few hours to perform and will certainly clean up any home’s appearance.

Average Cost-$80

Light up the landscaping/walkway—Adding a little lighting around the front steps or up a walkway can make any property look more desirable. Solar LED path lights take minutes to install and can help accentuate any plants, flowers, landscape design, or interesting hardscapes like fountains or bird baths.

Average Cost-$40 per light

Upgrade the mailbox—Upgrading or replacing your mailbox will certainly make your house stand out more. Whether it’s just a fresh new coat of paint (matching the color of the door) or replacing the entire mailbox, both chores require only a few hours of work.

Average Cost-Starting at $20 for a basic mailbox

Install new house numbers—Installing new house numbers can also help spruce up your abode. New numbers are very easy to install and should only take less than an hour to accomplish.

Average Cost-$2 per number or $30-$50 for a custom plaque

Hide A/C Unit—Hiding your A/C unit can easily be done by planting shrubs or bushes around it. A few Wintergreen Boxwoods as a shield can easily hide that big aluminum box. Planting these bushes shouldn’t take longer than a few hours of work.

Average Cost-$14 per bush

Mulch around trees—Mulching around trees is both beneficial for your curb appeal and for the health of your trees; it insulates the soil around them and helps retain water for needed growth. Depending on the number of tress on your property, this compost is very cost effective and can be easily spread around trees in less than a day.

Average Cost-$40 per cubic foot bag

Camouflage the electric call boxes—Painting your electrical boxes on the side of your home can camouflage those eye sores. Simply using the same color that your house is painted will make these items seem almost non-existent. Very little paint would need to be used to make those disappear and take less than an hour to cover up.

Average Cost-$60 per quart

By tackling a few of these easy-to-do duties, you can instantly refresh or improve the exterior look of your home. With a little sweat equity, a few materials, and a Saturday afternoon, you can get your home looking great for any potential buyers.

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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So vanilla: why “white box” is ideal for commercial real estate sales

Anyone who has sold a home knows that depersonalization is very important to the success of showings and how quickly a property can go from listed to under contract. Potential buyers need to be able to visualize themselves in the space, which means neutral color palettes and the removal of very personal items like family photos can go a long way in making a buyer feel “at home”.

white box is ready for tenant improvement, usually including installed utilities, HVAC, adequate access, included elements per code, a finished ceiling, walls that are prepped for painting, and bare floors that are ready for flooring of the tenants’ choosing. This definition of white box construction can vary slightly depending on the parties involved, so it is always important to have a detailed definition agreed upon, in writing, by all parties. In addition, all components of the space must be up to code and ready for an interior build out.Commercial real estate is no different. “White box”, also referred to as “vanilla box” or “vanilla shell”, is a commercial real estate term that refers to the construction finish condition of a space to be leased for business use.

White box construction is for commercial owners who need to quickly attach a new tenant to their property. Crestview Property Maintenance a full-service commercial construction company, can take a finished space and restore it to a “white box” minimally furnished interior for the next occupant to envision their office, suite, or storefront. The team at Crestview Property Maintenance understands that turning commercial spaces around quickly is important, so we work efficiently without compromising on quality.

Do you have a question about your next commercial construction, build-out, or white box project? Visit the Crestview Property Maintenance  page for more information.

improve your home for less than you think

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June 7th 2018 By Jayson Dahl

Getting your dream home doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg; you can make simple updates that, over time, add up to make a big difference. Tackling just one or two of these projects can have more of an effect than you may think, so take a closer look at these $500-or-less home improvement projects.


Low-Maintenance Landscaping

One of the easiest ways to add instant curb appeal to your home is by upping your landscaping game. Colorful plants and shrubs are always great, but more than anything, your lawn shouldn’t have any bald spots, any bushes or shrubs you have should be trimmed appropriately, and the plants you choose should be native to your region. But on top of that, your landscaping choices should pair well with the aesthetic of your home.

According to a study done by Virginia Tech’s Department of Horticulture, adding a sophisticated landscape with color and big, healthy plants can increase a home’s value by 10 – 12%.

A $150,000 home with a plain lawn could be worth $15,000 to $18,000 more by simply adding the appropriate landscaping.

Save even more money and time by choosing plants that require minimal water and maintenance.

Whether you are planning to sell your house in the near future or not, you should not only plan your landscaping around what looks good and works well now, but also what will look good and work well in the future. Well-placed trees that offer shade, grass that is well-suited for the environment, and hearty perennial plants are excellent options.

Similarly, landscape lighting, stone accents and walkways, etc. are more ways to accentuate your home’s exterior, adding dimension, intrigue, and your home’s value.

Call Crestview Property Maintenance and let us help you do a low cost flip on your landscaping to add curb appeal to new home buyers. Or to just refresh your yard, We do all the hard work you just call or email us.

Effective Irrigation Repair Minneapolis by Crestview Property Maintenance

Effective Irrigation Repair Minneapolis by Crestview Property Maintenance

Every gardener knows that irrigation is the key to success. Different plants require different amounts of water during various seasons of the year and with an eye on conservation, keeping your water use to a minimum is a both financial sound and responsible. No matter what size your growing area, from large gardens to balcony growing pots, there are useful steps that you can take to make your Irrigation Repair more efficient.

Effective Irrigation Repair Minneapolis:

Effective Irrigation Repair  can be as simple as choosing the right time of day, early in the morning or in the evening whatever the best times to water your plants as the soil has time to absorb the moisture before the sun boils it off.

When you water your plants, water the soil and not the plant itself, it’s the root of the plant that need the water and applying the water directly to the soil in root area saves on water that will otherwise just evaporate. By applying these simple ideas you can make significant improvement in your irrigation methods and enjoy the benefits of a healthy garden.

These useful steps have been written by Crestview Property Maintenance for the Irrigation Repair Minneapolis, Irrigation Maintenance Minneapolis, Irrigation Blow Out Minneapolis, Irrigation Start Up MInneapolis etc. . You can send your feedback on: INFO@CRESTVIEWMN.com

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WHATS NEW IN JUNE?

  • Application of post emergent Weed Control.
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WHATS HAPPENING IN JUNE.

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