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16 Jul 2018

Your Lawn is Like Your Car

Your Lawn is Like Your Car

Tom Eckhardt

Tom Eckhardt

Owner, Jamison Lawn Care

Cars are one of the biggest investments that we make in our lifetimes. Usually the only bigger investment…is our homes. We maintain our cars by investing in maintenance, repair, and cleaning. We also maintain our homes by doing the same thing. In this article, you’ll find that these two investments are much more alike than you have ever thought!

In my previous career, I was a highly talented vehicle mechanic. I started at the local oil change place, and worked my way up to working on armored tractor trailers that transported the nation’s most expensive resources. It is easy for me to compare your home and vehicles – but have you ever thought about it this way? Let’s dive into it. 

 
We all know by know that homes are expensive! We save our hard earned wages furiously in efforts to purchase our homes – and then we spend even more to maintain and upgrade our dream home. In comparison, we also save our money and invest more to maintain our vehicles. 

 

By now, you know why we need to perform ongoing maintenance to our vehicles.  It keeps your car going strong, prevents breakdowns, and even more expensive repairs. You willingly invest your money into maintenance to prevent future loss of money. Maintenance is investing – not spending – and it has a great return on investment. 

Lawns also need sustenance and maintenance to survive. Just like maintenance on your car, lawns require ongoing work to survive. Proper mowing height, blade sharpness, irrigation, fertilizing, and weed control is your work schedule to keep your lawn healthy and prevent more costly repairs in the future.

Your lawn is not frivolously spending money – it is also an investment. Whether it be with time or money, it requires an investment. Repairs can cost thousands of dollars, whereas ongoing maintenance is less. Even after you repair a damaged lawn, you still need to keep up with it to prevent more repairs in the future. 

Can you see why it is so important to invest your time and money in your lawn? It is not only an attractive landscape to look at, it is an investment in your home. When you bought your house, did you look inside or outside first? You probably saw the outside first. The outside is what made your first impression. 

Just like you spending money to keep your car healthy and reliable, lawns also require the same attention. 

Invest in your lawn and you invest in your future well being. It is not easy, but it is worth it. 

 

 

Tom

 

 

 

27 May 2017

Should I Use Landscape Fabric?

Common Landscape Misconception

Landscape fabric has its place and time on your property.

One place it doesn’t belong is in your mulch beds!

 

Why do I say this!?

 

Let’s get into the theory of mulch first!

 

Mulch is made up of natural resources. Some mulches are shredded bark, pine tree needles, straw, and many other “wood” types. Note, there is rubber mulch available now, but do not give the same benefits as natural.

As this wood decomposes in your garden beds, it turns into beautiful, rich, dark black soil. This decomposed soil then amends your top soil and provides nutrients. Before it breaks down, it also retains moisture for plants, and prevents weeds.

 

So now that we now that natural mulch breaks down into soil, we can start talking about landscape fabric.

 

The main objective of landscape fabric is to prevent weeds. Which, quite frankly, does nothing if you properly mulch to a depth of 2″-3″. Proper mulch depth prevents the weed seeds from getting sunlight and germinating.

 

As we go back into the natural mulch, remember that it leaves a nice rich soil after it decomposes. This soil is now on top of the landscape fabric, with the natural mulch now decomposed. This provides an environment of sunlight and dampness necessary for weed seeds and turf to grow. Where does it grow? Right on top of that expensive landscape fabric that you so painstakingly put down. That renders the landscape fabric completely useless, after a few years.

 

Not only does the landscape fabric become useless, it also prevents proper moisture from entering your soil. Take this picture for example. This was on one of our client’s properties. Notice how dry and compacted the soil is.

 

 

 

There is a place and time for landscape fabric. For example, if you are using rock as “mulch”. When in natural mulched garden beds- the fabric must go!

 

 

 

Jamison Lawn Care is a proud provider of landscape and lawn care services in Jamison, PA, Warrington, PA, Warminster, PA, Furlong, PA, Hatboro, PA, and Southampton, PA. We provide these landscape educational blogs at no cost to better educate homeowners in Bucks County and Montgomery County, PA.

 

 

 

Tom Eckhardt

Owner, Jamison Lawn Care

20 Jan 2017

Is there a Proper Way to Mow a Lawn?

by Tom

Warrington, PA 18976. 1/19/2017

Short answer, YES

 

Mowing is a trade-craft

There are so many different variables that go into mowing a lawn. Some just start their mowers up and push until the chore is done. Some however, want their lawn to look flush and beautiful. I’m going to go deep into how to get the perfect cut.

  • Equipment

    • Are the blades on the mower sharp?
      • Blades are doing all the brunt work. If they are dull, they pull, rather than cut the grass blades. This leads to yellowed tips, and damage to the turf.
      • Additionally, if the blades are not balanced weight wise, damage to your mower may result.
    • Has the maintenance been kept up to date?
      • Poor maintained equipment means a poor quality of cut. Blade speed can be affected, which results in an uneven cut. The faster the (Sharp!) blades, the better!

 

  • Knowledge and Training
    • What is the most efficient way to cut a lawn, while producing a beautiful result?
      • A mower operator is trained to mow in different patterns to produce the best result
      • Each week, the pattern should be changed to prevent ruts being formed in the ground
      • We start off at the edge of the lawn, and work our way in while producing beautiful stripes if able to.

 

  • Weather
    • Is it too rainy out to mow your lawn? It is a tough decision!
    • If too wet: you produce mud lines that make your lawn look terrible for a week
    • If not too wet; then it is okay to mow! Just keep in mind that blowing the debris off the sidewalk will be harder due to the moisture.

 

Do you have any tips or trade secrets? Comment below!

 

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