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How to evaluate a snow removal contract?

How to evaluate a snow removal company and a snow removal contract?

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Accumulated ice and snow outside your property, be it business or residential, is a hazard waiting to happen. As a business owner or a property manager, you would want to reduce your slip and fall liability by ensuring its timely removal. Winter is here, and so is the festive season. This is the time businesses will experience increased footfalls owing to the festive season shopping rush. For property managers of residential complexes, this is the time when residents will have many guests coming over. Increased footfall is directly proportional to increases slip and fall liability. To reduce your chances of a tedious lawsuit and to facilitate the visitors, hiring a professional snow and ice removal service is your best bet.

Hiring a professional snow removal service in the Montgomery County Maryland area would require you to evaluate the snow removal company and sign a contract. Here is what you should look for while assessing contractors and signing a contract.

Things that you should look for before selecting a snow removal company in Montgomery County MD:

Turnaround Time

As a property manager or a business owner, one of your first concerns would be how fast can they be at your site after it snows heavily. A snow removal company’s turnaround time will determine its efficiency. If a company guarantees a time range within which they will be at your location once it snows, this shows their confidence in their ability to serve you.

List of services offered

Before you sign a snow removal contract with a service provider, check their list of the services provided, and choose the service that best suits your needs. Auditing the services offered will also help you in understanding the efficiency of the company. You do not want to sign a snow removal contract with an amateur company, which does not have the full range of services or the right equipment needed for the service.

Here are some questions what you should ask the company to get an idea about their services:

  • Do they clear parking lots, sidewalks, and entrances of the property?
  • Do they spray dicers or use salt?
  • In case of salt, what technology do they use to ascertain the optimum quantity of salt?
  • What ice control measures they you take?
  • Will they haul and remove the snow from the property or will they form a snowbank after shoveling the snow?
  • Do they a specialized snow removal service or are just an add on to a property management service?

These questions will help you evaluate the company and its expertise in snow removal.

After evaluating the company, the next step would be evaluating the snow removal contract that you are expected to sign. Here is what you should look for in the contact:

Contract inclusions

Consider every detail of snow removal while you are talking to the contractor. The contractor should be able to give confident and concise answers to your questions and queries. Here are some of the discussion points for your snow removal contract negotiations:

    • What would be the expected service turnaround time?
    • The pricing of the snow removal contract and the variable component because one can never be sure how much snow will the city receive.
    • How will the manager or business owner contact the contractor?
    • The machinery that the contractor has?
    • Are their vehicles and machines GPS tracked?
    • Are the contractor’s employees experienced and certified?
    • Does the contractor have adequate insurance?
    • If someone was to file a slip and fall lawsuit, who will be liable, and how the claim would be deferred.

The level of service

Snow removal services are not simple. They include various levels of service, from snow plowing to ice management. To avoid confusion for both parties, be sure to define the exact scope of service in the contract. If the contract is for snow plowing, the snow will be plowed but will remain on your property. Therefore, if you are looking for a snow removal contract, snow relocation and hauling of the plowed snow to a snow farm should be included in the contract. If ice management and deicing are what you require to reduce the slip and fall liability, this should also be specified in the contract.

A clear contract stating all the terms and inclusions will help both the property manager and service provider.

We at BAM’s Landscaping provide the full range of snow removal services. So don’t let this winter catch you unaware. Contact us now on  240-447-5921 to get a free quote. Our team will evaluate your property and give you the best solution for your professional snow removal needs for this upcoming winter season.

October 2019 Newsletter

Can you believe we were talking about record-setting rainfall last Fall?!


Clearly record setting rainfall is not the case this September or so far this October compared to 2018 but it seems we have done a complete 180 from last year’s conditions.  We are now facing moderate and severe drought conditions in much of the DC Metro region and many parts of MD still.  We’ve had a couple recent showers which have helped green things back up a tad but as you may see around town, it looks more like the Sahara desert.

Some things to watch out for in this type of weather:

a) Lawn brownout…obviously.  Most the lawns will enter into a safe state of dormancy to protect itself till more rains arrive or the heat diminishes.  In this case, we need rain, so if you have a timed sprinkler system or have been routinely DEEP watering your lawn, than you have nothing to worry about.  If you haven’t been watering when the drought arrived, your lawn has probably already browned out.  If we have performed a recent seeding, please check with our office on the best time to water seed during a drought period – it can get tricky.

b) Delayed lawn fertilization services.  Many of our Fall fertilization visit #1 may be postponed for reasons that we do not wish to stress the lawns with a boost of nitrogen when it may be dormant from drought-stress.  It is better to wait till the lawn is actively growing again before adding more nutrients to the soil.

c) Increased presence of turf pests:  While dry weather is great at cutting back on the water-bourne turfgrass diseases and fungi we noticed in 2018, it allows opens a window for some pests in the lawn.  We’ve noticed a fair amount of lawn inhabiting creatures in the dry weather late in the season, please call us if you happen to see a lot of little tunnels, ant mounds, or flying insects entering and exiting the lawn in any places.

d) Compact Soil:  Fall is time for aeration and overseeding.  The drought conditions have hardened the soil even further.  As we move towards a 100% organic lawn programs, we will be expressing the importance of more aerations, soil amendments and frequent seeding throughout the year.

e) Delayed Seed Germination: Seed requires a nice consistent soaking for the best germination which makes drought conditions once of the more challenging scenarios…  The good news is that completely dry seed can stay ready to germinate once better conditions arrive AS LONG AS it hasn’t been soaking (watering or quick storm) and then is allowed to dry out.  Once the seed is wet, keep it wet until germination – if it hasn’t been soaked then let it be till wetter weather arrives and supplement the watering on the days it doesn’t rain.

f) Early Leaf Drop:  It’s not Fall leaf season yet…. those trees are just dropping prematurely because they are thirsty.  The majority of leaves won’t drop from those same trees for some time.

Link to a Washington Post Article on recent drought in the D.C region:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/10/11/drought-expands-intensifies-over-dc-area/

Services we are currently performing (Oct-Nov.)
  • Aeration w/ overseeding (finishing up mid-Oct)
  • Turf Fertilizations (Turf program required)
  • Lime Applications (Turf program required)
  • Leaf Clearing Services
  • Fall/winter Pruning Services
  • Fall Mulchings
  • Power Washing
  • Gutter Cleanouts (leaf service required)
  • Elevating Small Trees/shrubs (pruning lower limbs)
  • And more!

Don’t WAIT until the ground is frozen to get these services scheduled!

CONTACT US TODAY!

Bring on the LEAVES!

Did you know that the reds, oranges, and yellows that you see on the trees during the autumn months have always been there?  They have just been hiding behind the green color (chlorophyll) that is prominent during the active growing season.  The leaves changing color is due to the shortening of the daylight and the variety of colors seen can also be attributed to the temperatures and moisture the tree is getting at that time.

A few other facts about leaves:

1.  They break down on the ground to provide many nutrients and organisms that are very beneficial to the soil.  It is great to use your mower and mulch some of the leaves on your turf and let them decompose.  This saves space at the county dump and improves the soil structure of your lawn/garden.  (If you buy leafgro from the store it’s the same thing).  Just don’t allow too many leaves to sit on the turf because it will essentially suffocate the grass and limit sun and oxygen from reaching the grass.

2.  Evergreens never lose their leaves because they have special leaves that are resistant to cold and moisture loss.  You might see them wilt up a bit during the colder months but they are still actively performing photosynthesis (just much slower).

3.  During the summer months the leaves from the deciduous trees take in more sugars through photosynthesis than they need.  They use this extra energy to survive the winter months when they are naked.

Find out when your county curbside leaf collection will occur HERE:   http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-highway/leaf/
Trick or Treat….
Interested in some Maryland Fall activities or places to see the foliage?  Visit http://www.visitmaryland.org/article/take-maryland-fall-foliage-trip

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

You may have already heard from a few of our promotional emails recently that the owner of BAM’S Landscaping and his amazing awesome wife have now been operating their complimentary service company named BLUEBIRD CLEANING FOR ONE YEAR!

They are both super proud of the new company and anxious to spread the word around town.

They are offering discounts and incentives first to all family/friends WHICH INCLUDES all current BAMS CLIENTS  who may have any interest at all for home/office cleaning services.

www.Bluebirdcleans.com

Here is the direct email for BLUEBIRD: info@Bluebirdcleaner.com


NEW BAMS TEAM MEMBER!

We would like to welcome to the BAM’S family our new office assistant.  Her name is Emely and she handles much of the day-to-day in the office.  She’s a superstar and we are happy to have her on the BAMS team!

THANKS FOR YOUR BUSINESS AND SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL COMPANY!
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Why should a property manager or business owner hire a snow removal company?

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Winter does not come in just cold weather. It also results in snow and snow in the winter storm. While the snow changed the city to Winterland and made it perfect, it is a potential threat to business owners and property managers.

If you own a business or manage residential property in Montgomery County, due to snow or ice due to snow or ice on your premises, your usual responsibility is in most cases .The. As a business owner or a property manager, snow or ice construction up translates to potential risks with very expensive responsibilities. To reduce it if it does not end additional risks, it will be beneficial to fill the snow removal service.

Winter is coming…

Here are the benefits of hiring a professional snow removal services for a safe winter season:

  • Limiting the Slip and Fall liabilities

Kensington MD receives an average of 15 inches of one year. Snow and ice will build during peak ventes and snowstorms. As a result of ice and snow due to snow and ice, due to snow and ice, the risks and automobile accidents will increase due to snow and ice. Property managers and business owners are legally responsible for ensuring their customers and residents. To avoid the rules related to winter injuries and to limit the responsibility of slip and deficiency, it is advised to employ a professional snow removal service. Professional snow removal will also protect your property in winter patients.

  • Customer Comfort

With winter also comes the festive season. Festive season equals lots and lots of shopping. If you are a store owner, you would want your customers to feel comfortable when they visit you. Snow-covered parking lot, ice on the shop steps, and wet pavements around your shop will discourage shoppers from visiting your shop. No consumer would want to risk ending up on the floor. As a business owner, you are suffering a lot of losses in the peak buying season if your premises aren’t clean of slippery surfaces. It makes excellent business sense to hire a professional snow removal service and make the most of the shopping season.

  • Immediate Results

An experienced snow removal service will utilize advance weather tracking features to predict storms and deploy resources before the situation becomes worst. Hiring a professional snow removal service will help the property manager stand out because of the prompt response and the quick turnaround time. Responsible property managers can keep the property safe and reduce costs and hassles by keeping it free of slippery surfaces with the help of a professional snow removal company.

  • Equipment and Pricing

As a property manager or a commercial space owner, undertaking the snow removal on your own can be extremely expensive. Snow removal requires specialized equipment and trained staff to operate them. Taking this exercise would be a costly affair. Thus it is pragmatic that they hire a dedicated snow removal service for the property. Professional snow removal services in Kensington MD provide very price effective, lucrative contracts for the upkeep of the property. In addition to being financially viable, snow removal companies will also have skilled staff to operate the equipment.

  • Peace of mind

If you manage a property it’s a sure bet that you have woken up at night wondering if you or your customers will be able to access your business in the snow or possible slip on some ice.  With a company covering your snow emergencies, you can wake up the morning after a snowstorm assured that the property will be accessible and safe. Professional snow removal services in Kensington MD are equipped and prepared to keep your property safe and running even during the hardest of winter. Hiring a snow removal company will give you the assurance that your property will be secure irrespective of the weather.

To ensure that residents and customers enjoy a safe winter, hiring a professional snow removal company is a must for property managers and business owners during winter months. BAM’s Landscaping provides fast and efficient snow removal services in Kensington MD. Contact us now on  240-447-5921 to get a free quote. Our team will evaluate your property and give you the best solution for your professional snow removal needs for this upcoming winter season.

October 2018 Newsletter

Happy Halloween!

What a weird and crazy season we witnessed this year!  

We saw record amounts of rainfall this year and it caused a slew of issues with weed growth, water-borne diseases, and other pests in the landscape.  We are hopeful though that this precipitation rolls over into the winter for some fluffy white snow! :p

It seems that the cold weather made a sudden appearance this month and it reminded us to REMIND YOU that the colder months ARE GREAT TIMES for PRUNING.

WHY you ask?

Pruning of plants/tree during the colder months:

a) Prevents potentially dangerous branches from breaking during snow/ice accumulations during the winter.  This could cause damage to your home, yard, or people/pets.

b) A clean cut branch is not as exposed to the elements and to diseases than one that might have split during a winter storm

c) Most tree/shrub diseases are found during high heat/humidity conditions

d) Trees/shrubs heal their wounds from cuts much quicker during colder temps, limiting exposure to diseases

Along with shrub and small tree pruning BAM’S Landscaping also highly recommends mulching beds prior to the winter months to further insulate the flower beds.  This protects the beds from temperature fluctuations, helps build organic rich soil, and suppress Spring weeds from emerging.

Services we are currently performing (Oct-Nov.)
  • Aeration w/ overseeding (finishing up mid-Oct)
  • Turf Fertilizations (Turf program required)
  • Lime Applications (Turf program required)
  • Leaf Clearing Services 
  • Fall/winter Pruning Services
  • Fall Mulchings
  • Elevating Small Trees/shrubs (pruning lower limbs)
  • And more!

Don’t WAIT until the ground is frozen to get these services scheduled!

CONTACT US TODAY!

Bring on the LEAVES!
Did you know that the reds, oranges, and yellows that you see on the trees during the autumn months have always been there?  They have just been hiding behind the green color (chlorophyll) that is prominent during the active growing season.  The leaves changing color is due to the shortening of the daylight and the variety of colors seen can also be attributed to the temperatures and moisture the tree is getting at that time.
A few other facts about leaves:

1.  They break down on the ground to provide many nutrients and organisms that are very beneficial to the soil.  It is great to use your mower and mulch some of the leaves on your turf and let them decompose.  This saves space at the county dump and improves the soil structure of your lawn/garden.  (If you buy leafgro from the store it’s the same thing).  Just don’t allow too many leaves to sit on the turf because it will essentially suffocate the grass and limit sun and oxygen from reaching the grass.

2.  Evergreens never lose their leaves because they have special leaves that are resistant to cold and moisture loss.  You might see them wilt up a bit during the colder months but they are still actively performing photosynthesis (just much slower).

3.  During the summer months the leaves from the deciduous trees take in more sugars through photosynthesis than they need.  They use this extra energy to survive the winter months when they are naked.

Find out when your county curbside leaf collection will occur HERE:   http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-highway/leaf/
Interested in some Maryland Fall activities or places to see the foliage?  Visit http://www.visitmaryland.org/article/take-maryland-fall-foliage-trip

September 2018 Newsletter

Rainy weather

Can you believe we were talking about drought conditions last September?!


Clearly that is not the case this September or this YEAR for that matter.  We have set records for rainfall in May, June, July, and September!  We are also on pace in the D.C. (and much of MD) area to have one of the wettest years in history.

With this insane amount of wet weather it has brought a whole new set of issues for us at BAMS that we have never faced before.  Such as:

a) Lack of working days…obviously.  We are estimating as much as 30% of our normal working hours have been slashed throughout the season this year.  We saw some rainfall streaks last up to a week with grounds extremely soggy a few days after causing extreme delays in routine and scheduled services.  Even adding in Saturdays to our crews we could not recover the immense amount of hours lost to mother nature.

b) Decreased effectiveness of pre-emergent herbicides!  We confirmed this with UMD extension office and more information can be found here in their most recent IPM report about the weathers impact on herbicides on the lawn and gardens.

c) Increased presence of turf diseases and fungi.  Wet/humid weather in combination with heat during the summer time is an ideal breeding ground for turf and shrub diseases such as ‘Brown Patch’ and ‘Dollar Spot’.

d) Grumpy Attitudes & Wet Socks.  These two may be correlated… Our crews are the friendliest in town but sometimes even landscapers just need a little sun to lift their spirits after days and days of overcast weather! (or Vitamin D pills)

GOOD NEWS is that the law of averages should predict that this abnormal weather must come to an end…and soon!


BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!You may have already heard from a few of our promotional emails recently that the owner of BAM’S Landscaping and his amazing awesome wife have opened up another company called BLUEBIRD CLEANING.

They are both super proud of the new company and anxious to spread the word around town.  They are offering discounts and incentives first to all family/friends WHICH INCLUDES all current BAMS CLIENTS  who may have any interest at all for home/office cleaning services.

www.Bluebirdcleans.com

Here is the direct email for BLUEBIRD: info@Bluebirdcleaner.com


 

 

Link to a Washington Post Article on recent rainfall in the D.C region
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/07/31/d-c-and-baltimore-have-received-almost-a-years-worth-of-rain-with-five-months-to-go-in-2018/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.11beef431737 
NEW BAMS TEAM MEMBER!
We would like to welcome to the BAM’S family our new office manager.  Her name is Esly and she handles much of the day-to-day in the office.  She’s a superstar and we are happy to have her on the team!  She loves animals, especially dogs and even helps run a doggie treat company that custom prints your pets name on the bisquit – our dogs love them!
Link to the University of Maryland Extension September IPM Report
https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/ipmnet/18Sep14L.pdf
THANKS FOR YOUR BUSINESS AND SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL COMPANY!

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July 2016 Newsletter

JULY Newsletter – Grub Control
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Japanese Beetles

“The adult Japanese beetles appear to be most active when it is hot and muggy. As the weather heated up by the middle of this past week, there were reports of high numbers and heavy activity. Paula Shrewsbury and Nancy Harding, both of the University of Maryland, reported seeing a significant amount of adult Japanese beetles feeding on linden trees in College Park this week. You should expect to continue to see adults feeding on susceptible plants over the next few weeks.”  (Reported by Stanton Gill, MD County Extension Office)

Grub Insects in the lawn
Grub Larvae
The adult grubs will soon (if not already) be laying their eggs in the turf.  It is during this stage that the grub larvae do extensive damage to the root system of the turf and more often than not killing the turf altogether in large areas.  The best way to spot these insects before you see visible turf damage is to use a spade shovel and cut the lawn in a way that you can roll just the top layer of grass back to see the layer of the soil immediately underneath.  You will usually be able to see a grub or two crawling around feeding on this root layer.  Another 
Prevention of the extensive damage caused by these pests can only be done during the larvae stage.  If this isn’t currently apart of your turf program and you would like us to add in the treatment please let us know.
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November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017
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Last Call!

As we wrap up the season and put our landscape equipment in storage for the winter (and bring out the snow removal gear) we would like to send one final notice to any procrastinators that there is still time to complete late Fall services (listed below).  Some services will be unavailable but many others are still being offered so check with us if there was anything you may need before the ground is covered with the white stuff.

We strongly recommend that any tree pruning or trimming back of larger shrubs take place in the colder months such as late Fall and early Spring.  If you’d like to have us elevate trees (cutting lower branches) and haul off the debris we would be happy to do so since this is prime time for it…or if your hedges and shrubs need a little haircut we can do that too!
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Fresh cut limb.  The cold temps help to quickly seal the wound and prevent diseases from entering.
If you have time we would very much appreciate your input whether these services we are thinking of offering in the future would be of any interest to you:

a) Holiday Light Installations
AND/OR
b) Mosquito Control or Mosquito Box Installation

 

trimming services
Services we are currently performing (Oct-Nov.)
  • Aeration w/ overseeding (finishing up mid-Oct)
  • Turf Fertilizations (Turf program required)
  • Lime Applications (Turf program required)
  • Leaf Clearing Services
  • Gutter Cleanout
  • Fall Pruning & Trimming
  • Fall Mulchings
  • Elevating Small Trees/shrubs (pruning lower limbs)
  • And more!
Don’t WAIT until the ground is frozen to get these services scheduled!
CONTACT US TODAY!

2019 Winter Holiday Food Drive

BAM’S LANDSCAPING FIRST ANNUAL WINTER FOOD DRIVE

SEEKING DONATIONS!
When: Now through Jan 15th 2019
Where: You may drop off at our office or we can pick it up for you
What:  Food/clothes/misc.  (see below links for desired items)

All FOOD will be donated to the “Manna Food Center” in Gaithersburg
(Most Needed Food List) <——CLICK FOR INFO.

All Clothing and care package items donated to “National Center for Children and Families”
(Create a comfort bundle) <——CLICK FOR INFO.

Winter Holiday Food Drive
Any new or gently used clothes will help but check the above link to create a care package for someone in need this winter season!
Winter Holiday Food Drive
Instant oatmeal packets, original flavor Brown rice (16 oz) Whole grain pasta (16 oz) Tuna, Salmon or Chicken, in water Dry or canned beans (low sodium) Natural nut butters Canned vegetables (low-sodium) Canned fruit (in juice) Fruit cups Shelf-stable, individual milk boxes Cooking oils & spices Infant formula & baby foods.
WE APPRECIATE ANY AND ALL DONATIONS THIS WINTER FOR THIS FOOD DRIVE!

WE ALSO WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL OF US AT BAMS LANDSCAPING!

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Leaves are coming

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

Leaves are coming
Leaves are coming

Leaves!

Did you know that the reds, oranges, and yellows that you see on the trees during the autumn months have always been there?  They have just been hiding behind the green color (chlorophyll) that is prominent during the active growing season.  The leaves changing color is due to the shortening of the daylight and the variety of colors seen can also be attributed to the temperatures and moisture the tree is getting at that time.

A few other fun facts:

1.  They break down on the ground to provide many nutrients and organisms that are very beneficial to the soil.  It is great to use your mower and mulch some of the leaves on your turf and let them decompose.  This saves space at the county dump and improves the soil structure of your lawn/garden.  (If you buy leafgro from the store it’s the same thing).  Just don’t allow too many leaves to sit on the turf because it will essentially suffocate the grass and limit sun and oxygen from reaching the grass.

2.  Evergreens never lose their leaves because they have special leaves that are resistant to cold and moisture loss.  You might see them wilt up a bit during the colder months but they are still actively performing photosynthesis (just much slower).

3.  During the summer months the leaves from the deciduous trees take in more sugars through photosynthesis than they need.  They use this extra energy to survive the winter months when they are naked.

Find out when your county curbside leaf collection will occur HERE:   http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-highway/leaf/
Leaves are coming
Leaves are coming
Interested in some Maryland Fall activities or places to see the foliage?  Visit http://www.visitmaryland.org/article/take-maryland-fall-foliage-trip
Learn More about our Fall services here.

Lawn Watering Tips

Are you afraid of YOUR LAWN looking like this during the HOT summer months??

Lawn Watering Tips
Lawn Watering Tips

Here are a few tips to prevent summer turf dormancy:

Lawn Watering Tips
Lawn Watering Tips
DO NOT OVERWATER! 

We see many lawns where the turfgrass would have been much better off had the homeowner not watered the lawn.  UNLESS THE AREA has not received rain and is in a dry period there is no reason to water the lawn often.  We recommend about 1″ of water A WEEK.  If your turf begins to sag and the leaves don’t feel dry then it’s probably recieved too much water.  The roots need oxygen just like any living organism and by constantly soaking the plant it starves the roots of oxygen.

Lawn Watering Tips
Lawn Watering Tips
WATER HEAVILY BUT INFREQUENTLY 
It is much better to SOAK the ground once a week then to frequently wet the ground.  The deeper the water is saturated into the ground the deeper the roots will stretch to reach it.  A deep root system is the key to a healthy summer turf to prevent heat stress and keep it out of summer dormancy.

Lawn Watering Tips
Lawn Watering Tips
WATER IN THE MORNING
The reason for this is that if you water after work and into the later evening hours (very common) it allows for much of the moisture to remain in and on the turfgrass.  This standing moisture is a breeding ground for diseases and fungus to spread.  Lawn watering during the middle of the day can also be risky on very HOT days since it can further stress your lawn out and cause damage.
 

We hope you all are having a GREAT start to your summer and keeping cool!

If you ever have any questions or requests feel free to contact us anytime.

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