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$14/Hr Mow Crew Leader – Know anybody looking?

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Mow Crew Leader (full time)

Crew Members (part time or full time)

We are currently seeking a Mow Crew Leader in Powell with at least 2+ years professional lawn care experience and several Crew Members to perform mowing, trimming, blowing, weeding, spring/fall clean up, edging, mulching, bush trimming, aeration, pruning, flower installation, seeding and leaf clean up.

Mow Crew Leader includes driving box truck or truck & trailer, supervising, training, enforcing safety procedures, customer service skills, and working alongside 1 crew member.

Requirements include a valid Ohio driver’s license with current car insurance and clean driving record and passing a background and drug test.

Other requirements include:  Knowledge and experience with commercial equipment (particularly Exmark) (unless you are doing spring clean up/mulch jobs only), mechanically inclined, attention to detail, good decision making, self-motivated, available to work any day of the week due to job completion needs or weather conditions (this could result in a long work day or a weekend if weather requires it).

$10-14 per hour based on position you are applying for and experience.

Do not apply for this position if you do not have experience or if Powell is too far to drive.

185 S. Liberty St.

Powell, Ohio  43065

 

www.MoreTimeForYou.com

Is hiring an insured lawn service important?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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Most of you have seen (and remember) the insurance commercial with the grown man playing a teenager on a lawn mower. You know the one: rocks from the side of the yard get sucked up into the lawn mower and thrown through the windows of the house, against the sides of the car — all over the place really — causing quite a bit of damage and making a giant mess. At the end of the commercial, “chaos” on the lawn mower reminds the viewers that if they had cut-rate insurance, they would probably lose money on all of the required repairs. However, if they had chosen an insured lawn service, the repairs would also have been covered.

So, yes, it is very important to hire an insured lawn service. Even though most lawn services would not send out an untrained and highly distracted teenager to do the job, like in the commercial, accidents can still happen. Windows can accidentally get broken, sprinkler heads can become damaged, hoses can accidentally get run over, vehicles can be bumped by large equipment, and the sides of the house can get “bruised” by everything from hand tools to electronic yard tools. On top of this, the people running the equipment (and hired by the lawn care service) can be hurt on the job. Basically, an entire list of things could potentially occur, which is why insurance is a necessity. You cannot predict the chaos factor, which is why it is called that in the first place.

If any one of the above things happen while your lawn care service is doing its job, then your damages are covered. The lawn company’s insurance will pay for repairs, replacements and injuries. You, the homeowner, will not be left short and will not have to pay for things out of pocket. This is why insurance is necessary.

Fall Leaf Removal

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

It never fails — every autumn leaves come tumbling off of the trees, littering your sidewalks, driveway, and, worst of all — your lawn. Sure, they look pretty at first, especially when they are in the trees, but over time, as they fall onto your lawn, they begin to decay and will eventually do more harm than good.

The reasons for removing the fallen leaves from your lawn are numerous. The biggest of which involves the health of the grass — it needs to “breathe” in order to grow properly, even when the weather is cold, and the leaves will begin to smother it. This prevents sunlight from getting in, and will result with your lawns’ root systems not being able to grow before the first snow fall. Obviously, if this happens, your lawn will die, and come spring, you will find yourself having to rip it out and plant new grass. Snow mold is another problem, caused by the leaves decaying throughout the winter as they are blanketed by the thick layer of snow. And again, you will end up with a dead lawn.

In order to prevent these situations from occurring, you need to remove the leaves from your lawn. This can be done in numerous ways, including raking them up and disposing of them in trash bags, or mowing over them and mulching them into your lawn. You can also use a leaf blower to push them onto your tree lawn for pick up, as some cities offer a service where a truck comes along and sucks them up off of your tree lawn. The city then composts them. However, the coolest (and easiest) way to take care of the leaves covering your lawn is by using a Billy Goat. This lawnmower-like device is a large vacuum that sucks the leaves off your lawn and into the attached bag, making clean up easy.

Fertilizers: Granular or Spray?

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

There are two main types of fertilizers available for your lawn: granular and spray. While both will help make your lawn green and keep it healthy, they are vastly different.

These differences begin with the cosmetic features of each type of fertilizer. Granular fertilizer is just what it sounds like — it consists of little, solid granules that must be spread over your lawn evenly. Spray fertilizer is a liquid that must, obviously, like its name, be sprayed evenly over your lawn. Both types of fertilizer can be picked up by your lawn mower after application, since the majority of liquid fertilizer remains on the blades of grass themselves, and the granular can sometimes be “sucked up” by the lawn mower on each pass.

In terms of overall environmental harm, liquid fertilizers can do more damage. Not all of the fertilizer will soak into the soil, and what remains is easily susceptible to puddling on top of the soil and will get washed away either when you water your lawn or  during the next rainfall. Because of this, granular fertilizer comes out on top when considering the environmental impact.

Liquid fertilizers also need to be applied more often, because of the reasons listed above. When granular fertilizer is applied correctly, it will last for the lifespan of each granule. Depending on which type of fertilizer you have purchased, this means that you could go up to 3 to 6 months (with the slow release kind) before you have to reapply it. This beats a liquid fertilizer, which will have to be reapplied at least once a month.

Another factor to consider, involves the overall application and preparation of each. Liquid fertilizer is messy and has to be mixed before application, whereas granular fertilizer only needs to be poured from the bag into the application device. This makes it much easier to use.

When you consider all of these factors, granular fertilizer easily comes out on top.

Lawn Mowing – What do You Expect?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

What do you expect from your lawn care service? Is it simply a job well done (meaning: your lawn is mowed on a regular basis), or it something more than that? Sometimes a nicely mowed lawn is enough, but in other cases, you might expect something more like this:

– A lawn that is healthy, green and free of weed and bald spots. Many people want more than a simple weekly or bi-weekly lawn mowing; they also want their lawn to look picture perfect, or as close to that as possible. Weed killer, fertilizer and other lawn care “tricks” can go a long way, leaving people with a lawn full of nice, green, well-kept grass.

– Service that you don’t have to worry about. Many people hire a lawn care service because they simply don’t have the time to take care of it themselves. Because of this, they need a service that shows up on time and quickly takes care of business. They don’t want to have to hunt down their lawn care specialists when their yards have grown out of control. A regular schedule (and the ability to stick to it) are what’s necessary here.

– A lawn care or mowing service should have the right tools to do the job. They should have a lawn mower, edger, weed-whacker, fertilizer, weed-killer and all of the other necessary implements needed to make your lawn look great. Hiring a service that uses only your lawn mower and other gadgets can be troublesome – what happens if something breaks? What if you don’t have the storage space for a lawn mower? So, the best thing to do is find a service with their own tools.

The best way to receive the lawn care service that you want is by communication. By telling the service owner exactly what you’re looking for, you won’t have to worry about something being done the wrong way or not meeting your expectations. Communication is the key to getting the lawn care service of your dreams.

Drought – Worst Ever

Friday, August 24th, 2012

A drought is loosely defined as a specific period of time (usually the span of several months, although it could last for a year or more) without a substantial rainfall. During this time, both surface and groundwater dry up and everything in the ecosystem is affected — from plants to wildlife. In order to conserve water, many cities and townships will begin to put limitations on the amount of water that you can use on your garden and lawn. To put it mildly, even if you hire a lawn care service, without proper water, there isn’t much that can be done during a drought to keep your lawn healthy and green.

There have been several historic droughts in the history in the United States, the most infamous of which is referred to as the Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl was caused by several years without rain in the 1930s. It effected the Great Plains states, with Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado being hit particularly hard. Because of the lack of groundwater, plants and other vegetation dried up, exposing the top layer of soil, which became hard and dry. Windstorms popped up due to the ecological conditions, and they would blow the dusty dirt around for hundreds of miles — with a good portion of it ending up near the Atlantic Ocean.

While the drought that we are experiencing this summer will, thankfully, not be as bad as the one that caused the Dust Bowl, it will wreak havoc on your lawn and garden if you don’t care for them properly. As long as there isn’t a moratorium on water, make sure to water your lawn and garden in the evenings at least several times a week.

Since 1999, More Time for You, a Powell based business has been providing lawn care service in Dublin, Powell and the surrounding areas.

Reseeding My Lawn

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

If your lawn has sections of dead, yellowed grass, bare patches or even areas where the weeds have grown out-of-control and choked the life out of the grass that was previously there, then it’s time to reseed your lawn. Before you whip out the bag of grass seed and begin sprinkling it, there are a few steps that need to be taken:

1) Remove the dead grass. Although you can lay down some grass seed over it and hope for the best, in order to get the results that you want, you’ll have to take out the dead grass and its root systems. A hand trowel or flat shovel will work best to accomplish this.

2) Fill in any extremely low spots with topsoil. You want your lawn to be even, but most importantly, healthy. The problem with low spots, where the soil has sunken in, is that water will get trapped in them after rainstorms and when you water your lawn. The grass in these sections will become waterlogged and begin to die, causing you to repeat the process.

3) Sprinkle your grass seed. Lay down a thin layer of them on top of the soil. Aim for between 4 to 6 seeds per inch of open soil. Any more and they won’t grow properly, and any less will cause bald spots.

4) Lay down straw to protect the seeds and keep them in the soil. The straw will also prevent them from being washed away, and will press them down into the dirt so that they can take root.

Remember that the best times to reseed your lawn are in the spring, fall and winter. It is too hot in the summer in most climates for reseeding to be successful.

Since 1999, More Time for You, a Powell based business has been providing housecleaning and handyman services in the Dublin, Powell and surrounding areas of Ohio.

Keeping Your Grass Green

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Having green grass is very important to every homeowner. After all, the state of your lawn reflects on you, and if your lawn has turned several shades of brown and yellow, then your neighbors might wonder how well the inside of your house is kept. The only solution, besides hiring a lawn service, is to try your hardest to keep your grass green and healthy. Here are some tips:

– Make sure that you have the right type of grass. If you live in a portion of the country where it does not get very cold in the winter, then you should have Bermuda grass, Bahia grass, St. Augustine grass or Buffalo grass. However, if you live in the northern midwest or any other area of the country where it gets colder in the winter, then you should have Fescue, Rye grass, Blue grass or Bent grass.

– Water your lawn just enough. Too much water will harm the roots, and too little will not be enough to keep your grass alive. Depending on the weather, any where from once a week to every other day will be enough for an established lawn. If the weather is very hot, water your grass in the evening when the temperature has cooled, otherwise, the water will evaporate as you apply it and the roots will not have a chance to soak it up.

– Use fertilizer twice a year. You should be fertilizing your lawn once in the springtime, and then again in the fall. This will make your grass healthier and more resilient, which will make it stay green for longer periods — even when the weather is very hot.

– Keep your grass at a length of between 2 and 4 inches. Cutting it too low is not healthy for it, and keeping it too long not only doesn’t look nice, but may put too much pressure on the root systems.

 

 

 

Drought and your Lawn

Friday, June 29th, 2012

During a drought, lawns often go dormant in order to conserve resources and survive the drought. When a lawn goes dormant; some sources say it can survive about 5-8 weeks in ideal conditions.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  More Time for You is not making any claims that your yard can sustain and survive a drought.  The ideal conditions for a dormant lawn are healthy soil, little traffic, moderate temperatures, no shade, and minimum thatch. When a lawn has these conditions, it can come out of dormancy without a significant thinning of the lawn.

There are several ways to improve the chances of grass surviving dormancy before a drought. The first thing to do is to reduce the compaction and thatch in the lawn. Using more potassium fertilizers than nitrogen fertilizers can also increase the survivability of a lawn. When watering, it is better to water less frequently but deeper, and to water late night or early morning. A deep watering helps to grow deeper roots that can help a lawn better survive a drought.

When a drought has begun there are several options to try to limit the thinning of your lawn. The first decision is to decide whether or not you will water. As mentioned earlier a lawn may be able to survive after going dormant for 5-8 weeks with a minimum amount of thinning. During a drought it is best to reduce or completely eliminate the use of fertilizers until the drought is over. If you decide to water, it is best to water enough so that the water reaches the deepest root. It is best to water infrequently, to mimic the natural rainfall. It is better to keep the grass tall during a drought and should not be mowed as short as you would during normal rainfall. After mowing it is beneficial to allow the clippings to be recycled back into the lawn to give the grass more nutrients and water. Areas that seem to be having more trouble can be treated with compost which will help it hold more moisture and will increase microbial activity.

If you decide to let the lawn go dormant, it is best to keep traffic off the lawn so there is no added stress to the grass. Watering about ½ inch every four weeks can increase the chance of long term survival. The use of herbicides on a dormant lawn are discouraged because of the stress it adds to the lawn. About one to two weeks after significant rainfall the lawn should recover.

The information in this posting is informational only and has been developed from a variety of sources.  More Time for You does not claim that taking or not taking any action suggested in this article will prevent harm to your lawn.  We are providing this as a source of information only.  We do not warrant or suggest that these steps will protect your lawn during or after drought conditions.

More Time for You provides lawn services in the Powell and Dublin area.

Is a commercial lawn mower better than a residential?

Monday, April 16th, 2012

If you’re in the market for a new lawn mower, you may be wondering whether a commercial lawn mower is better than a residential lawn mower for the care of lawns.  This depends largely on the size of your lawn and how much money you are willing to invest in the purchase of your lawn mower.

If you have a large yard, you’ll certainly appreciate the benefits offered by a commercial lawn mower.  These are some of those perks:

  • A commercial lawn mower is made of more expensive parts, and therefore is more durable. You’ll get a greater life span from a commercial mower for your investment. 
  • You’ll also get a superior cutting deck and higher blade speeds from a commercial lawn mower. Cutting a lawn, particularly a long one, will go much more smoothly with a commercial mower and it won’t leave clumps that have to be raked. 
  • A commercial mower is usually belt-driven, so it’s much less likely to be damaged if you hit a rock or some other unexpected object while cutting a lawn.
  • A commercial mower also has a stronger engine because it is intended for heavy use.  A residential mower is intended for cutting a lawn once or twice a week, but a commercial mower is strong enough to take care of lawns all day, every day and keep on going.

                Naturally, you will pay more for a commercial lawn mower.   If you have a small yard and you cut your grass on a regular schedule of once or twice a week, a residential lawn mower is probably sufficient for your needs.  If you have a large yard or acres of grass to mow, it’s worth looking into a commercial lawn mower for care of lawns.  Although the initial purchase is more expensive, it’s a more durable piece of equipment and it won’t need to be replaced as frequently as a residential lawn mower.