Q&A


Do you have a question that isn’t answered here? No problem! Just send us an email to lushlawns@shaw.ca , or give us a call, (403) 247-1866, and we’ll be happy to help.

• What is Aeration?
• What is a power rake?
• What is included in your Hand Rake?
• Why do you do a first cut during your spring clean up if the lawn isn’t growing?
• What kind of fertilizer do you use?
• What are the details of a cut and trim?
• How do your hourly rates work?
• How does the leaf cleanup work?


What is Aeration?
Aeration combats soil compaction by punching holes through the thatch layer of your lawn and removing small plugs of soil. This increases the surface area of the lawn, and promotes exchange of gases with the atmosphere. This in turn promotes the population of aerobic microbes in the soil, who need oxygen as they break down organic material in the soil. It also allows water and fertilizer to more efficiently reach your lawn’s roots.


What is a power rake?
Power Raking removes thatch from a lawn. Thatch is the dead or dying grass parts at the bass of your grass that prevent moisture and oxygen from reaching plant roots. Almost every lawn needs de-thatching about once a year, or whenever the thatch reaches a thickness of about 1/2 inch. We use a professional machine to bring up some thatch called a power rake. Please note this machine is not intended, nor is it our intent to bring up all your lawn’s thatch. A healthy lawn needs up to ½ inch of thatch to ensure humidity retention, and protects the collars of your plants from the sun. Too much thatch is a barrier to air, water and fertilizer and too little strips your grass of its protective insulator.


What is included in your Hand Rake?
After our power rake pulls up some thatch from the lawn, we then will do a light hand rake of the yard’s perimeter providing some minor yard cleanup. We then rake everything into piles and bag. Any remaining loose thatch will be picked up with the mower when we do the first cut.


Why do you do a first cut during your spring clean up if the lawn isn’t growing?
In the spring cleanup package we only cut to vacuum up remaining thatch that is left from our power rake and hand rake. As the lawn isn’t growing, we don’t do a cut and trim.


What kind of fertilizer do you use?
We use our own specially developed Bio-Organic Fertilzer. Varying ingredients include compost tea, blood meal, fishbone meal, bat guano, no-odor fish, kelp, sunflower hull ash, worm castings, urea, organic rock, phosphate, live microbes, sugarbeet, black molasses and a full array of minerals. The results are great!


What are the details of a cut and trim?
We use professional commercial mowers and trimmers. We also sharpen our blades daily. We often will alternate the pattern in which we mow your lawn. If you have a particular way you like the lawn trimmed we can accommodate if notified. We bag the clippings and take to our compose pile. If desired we can leave bags on site for the customer to compost. After each cut and trim we will blow any clipping off your sidewalks and driveway. Please note, if you have pets, please pick up their waste as we will often just go around it.


How do your hourly rates work?
…………………………
……………………….


How does the leaf cleanup work?
You can book us to clean up your leaves for an hourly rate. This includes limited use of a blower, hand raking and collection in to piles which are bagged then a cut to vacuum up the loose debris. Keep in mind with leaf clean up that we don’t agree to remove all the leaves only the leaves we get.  If there are still leaves left you can be assured we haven’t charged you for them.  Also, keep in mind leaves can still fall from the tress and blow from other areas.