Frequently Asked Questions
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• 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 a “Core” Aeration?
Core 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. Consequently this action promotes the population of aerobic microbes who need this oxygen to 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 base of your grass that prevent moisture and oxygen from reaching plant roots. Chemically treated or neglected lawns need de-thatching about once a year, or whenever a lawns thatch reaches a thickness of about 1/2 inch.
Lush Lawns uses a professional Power Raking machine to bring up most of the thatch. Please note this machine is not intended, nor is it our intent to bring up all your lawn’s thatch. A healthy lawn needs thatch to ensure humidity retention, and also to 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. The microbes in our fertilizer breaks down thatch and converts that to nutrients. As mentioned earlier, not all lawns need to be power raked every year, especially lawns that use our products.
What is included in your Hand Rake?
After Lush Lawns power rakes, 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. There is a charge for removal of the debris from these services.
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 and trim to vacuum up remaining light leaves etc. that is left from our power and hand rake.
What kind of fertilizer do you use?
Lush Lawns uses our own specially developed Bio-Organic Fertilizer. Our ingredients include but are not limited to: compost tea, blood meal, fishbone meal, bat guano, no-odor fish, kelp, sunflower hull ash, worm castings, urea, organic rock phosphate, live microbes, sugar beet, black molasses as well as a full array of minerals. The results are great!
What are the details of a cut and trim?
Lush Lawns uses professional commercial mowers and trimmers. We also sharpen our blades regularly.
We will try to accommodate our clients requests regarding cutting and trimming preference if sufficient notice has been given such as alternating the pattern in which we mow your lawn etc.
Lush Lawns bags the clipping in compostable bags for our clients. They can then compost themselves or place in their green bins. After each cut and trim we will blow any clippings off your sidewalks and driveway.
Please note, if you have pets, we ask that you pick up their waste. If not done, we will have to charge an additional fee.
How do your hourly rates work?
Lush Lawns charges an hourly rate for any additional work, i.e. blowing out flower beds and hedges, excessive leaves on the lawn prior to a power rake, transporting your compost bags to the landfill compost area, etc. $65.00 per MAN HOUR
How does the leaf cleanup work?
Leaf clean-up is booked at an hourly rate. This includes blowing out beds, hand raking and collection into piles which are then bagged into large compostable bags. Lush Lawns now cuts 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. Leaves can still fall from the trees and blow in from other areas.
Transporting bags to the landfill composting area and dump fees are optional.
8523 34th Ave NW
Calgary T3B 1R3
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