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Leaves... Good or Bad

il y a 2 mois

Written by: John Tamasovics, Owner of CGM Lawn Care and Landscaping

There is a quote from Albert Camus: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” I know many of you may not agree with this quote and take the first opportunity possible to pile those leaves up and dispose of them. If you are a reduce, reuse, and recycle type of person, and like to take care of spring and fall cleanups on your own, then you may be surprised to learn that these leaves can actually be reused to benefit your landscaping beds over the winter season.

Reusing Leaves:

One way to reuse leaves consists of shredding a good quantity of the fallen leaves from your yard and using them as natural mulch. Natural mulch has a similar functionality of regular mulch in that it provides a protective layer to the soil surrounding your plants. This enables moisture to be locked into the soil and provides a protective layer to the base of your plants as the harsh, cold winter progresses.

How to Shred Leaves:

For those of you who do not have a leaf shredder, there are a few ways that leaves can be shredded. One of these ways is to simply run your lawn mower over the fallen leaves one to two times and raking up the remaining shreds. Another way is to use a handheld leaf vacuum set to shredding capacity.

Word of Caution:

The key to reusing leaves is to provide a thin layer of protection to the soil. Having too thick of a layer of leaves can prevent moisture and air from reaching the roots of the plants. The moisture that is trapped under the thick layer of leaves can create unwanted fungus and rot. Excess leaves can therefore be either composted, or disposed of.

Reusing leaves is not for everyone. Keep in mind that there will still be cleanup necessary for the spring which requires refreshment of new, regular mulch to your landscaping beds. Regardless of the method you hope to use this fall, it is always helpful to know someone experienced in garden and lawn maintenance to help you prepare for the winter. Feel free to give us a call at 519-990-7934 to take care of your leaf clean-up and disposal for this fall. We save you time so you can get back to the things you really want to do!

Landscaping Do's and Don'ts

il y a 5 mois

Written by: John Tamasovics, Owner of CGM Lawn Care and Landscaping

Landscaping can be a tough project to tackle no matter the size and shape of your yard. Figuring out the right design, choosing the rights plants, and their placement can be a hassle.

If you are thinking of tackling a landscaping DIY project this year, here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when getting started.

DO’S:

  • Plan: whether it is a rough sketch or a professional design, you will want to plan exactly which plants you will use and where you will place them. The last thing you want to do is start planting and realize you positioned them wrong and have to re-plant them again. Transplanting a plant incorrectly can inhibit its ability to remain healthy and grow.
  • Keep in mind that plants grow: placing plants close together to fill in your garden may seem like a good idea, but when taking into account the fact that the average plant reaches growth maturity within ten years, your landscape beds may begin to look overgrown and lack a clean look.
  • Keep in mind climate: choosing plants that thrive in your local area, will not only be beneficial for the health of your landscape, but will also produce a cost-savings. A few appealing plants that can be purchased locally and thrive in the Windsor-Essex area include boxwoods, hostas, Morning Light Miscanthus grasses, rose bushes, and on the pricier side, Japanese Maples.
  • Protect the ground: laying down mulch or dark stone can create an appealing look to your yard, while will also protect your plants from harsh weather and weeds.
  • Think LOW MAINTENANCE: many of my clients that have chosen to do their own landscaping didn’t realize that although elaborate landscapes are truly breathtaking, there is also a lot of work that goes into maintaining them. Think about the weeding, trimming, mulching, watering, and other tasks that go into maintaining a yard. Have no fear if you took on a high maintenance project. At CGM Lawn Care and Landscaping, we will be happy to help you care for your yard!

DON’TS:

  • Plant trees or shrubs too close to walkways: a good tip when planting is to install plants 1 ½ to 2 feet away from walkways so as not to impede on their functionality. Boxwoods are a great plant to use to border garden beds as they only require trimming every month or so and will not obstruct pathways.
  • Be vine-obsessed: although vines add a beautiful touch to the home, be prepared to prune them on an annual-basis. It is never a good idea to let the vines overpower or climb the side of your house (especially if your house is made of brick and mortar). Vines can climb out of control and cover windows and gutters, and be a home to unwanted pests.
  • Plant trees too close to one another: a good tip when planting trees is to plant smaller ones at least twenty feet apart and large trees about fifty feet apart.
  • Let the lawn take precedence: recall that even lawns require frequent watering and maintenance which can be a challenge if you do not have an automatic sprinkler system installed. Incorporating garden beds throughout your yard-especially in the front of your home-will add attractive curb appeal.

Keep in mind that landscaping is an art form. It takes time to create the perfect design and install. If you are weary about installing landscaping on your own, we provide quality landscape design and build services at a competitive price. In addition, we have an experienced landscape designer who has been in the industry for over twenty years. We are here to save you time so you can get back to the things you really want to do!

Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Lawn Care Expert

il y a 7 mois

Written by: John Tamasovics, Owner of CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping

It is never not a good time in the year to think about your yard. The spring season is in full swing and with the summer quickly approaching, we will soon be bombarded with even more “to-do’s” on our to-do lists. With this in mind, if you are debating on hiring a lawn care expert to oversee the care and maintenance of your yard this year, or maybe you are simply looking to freshen up your garden beds, look no further than this article, as we explore reasons why YOU should hire a lawn care professional this season.

Reason #1: Save You Time

Many people do not realize how time consuming lawn care actually is. First, it begins with you attempting to research the best equipment, care, and techniques. Secondly, the time you take going to the store to find and buy the suggested equipment, fertilizers, and tools needed to get your lawn to look as perfect as the ones you see in the Youtube tutorials. And finally, the time you actually invest on a weekly-basis in cutting, trimming, and weeding your lawn. Lawn care is a commitment. According to the Chicago Tribune, the average American spends about 70 hours each year on lawn care and garden maintenance. For those of you who work 30-40 hours a week, this is a huge time-sucker out of your summer. One thing we like to do at CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping, is save our customers time so that they can get back to the things that really matter. It takes virtually minutes to simply call our company for a quote-we take care of the rest!

Reason #2: Make Your Neighbors Jealous

For many, lawn care is a trial and error process in getting the grass to look perfectly green, prim, and proper. Often times, environmental conditions, climate, and the quality of soil are key factors that impact how your grass grows and looks throughout the season. Luckily, when you hire a lawn care company to care for your yard, you are guaranteed to have professionals with the proper tools and equipment, knowledge, and expertise managing your property. Some recent new services that our company has to offer include fertilizing and aerating. The best part is it is effortless and stress-free on your end! The grass really will be greener on the other side (from your neighbor’s perspective of course).

Reason #3: Save Money

Did you know that a regular John Deere riding lawn mower can cost anywhere between $1960 and $3500 Canadian?! Or, that a high-quality piece of aerator equipment can cost upwards of $3000?! These costs do not even account for the additional costs spent on having to repair and maintain this equipment. Most repair service providers charge an average of $65-$80 per hour! And we all know the saying “time is money.” The great thing about hiring a lawn care expert is that it truly is a cost-effective investment, as we subsidize our overhead costs across the number of properties that we do. This means, that we use the high-quality performance grade equipment on your lawn for an extremely miniscule fraction of their cost. The best part is that you do not have to invest your own money into purchasing and maintaining this equipment. Saving an upwards of several thousands of dollars sounds like a deal to me!

Overall, think about the time, money, and effort that you will save by simply allowing a lawn care expert to manage your property for the season. Lawn care season has begun. I encourage individuals who are considering this alternative to give us a call at 519-990-7934 for a free quote. At CGM Lawncare & Landscaping, we care about your time. We want you to get back to the things you really want to do.

Meet the Owner of CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping

il y a 7 mois

John Tamasovics: Owner and Operator of CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping

John Tamasovics is a young and aspiring lawn care, landscaping, and business professional. One thing John is known by many for is his impeccable work ethic. Always a hard worker, from a young age, John worked diligently with his Nonno in running a small family business managing approximately ten properties over the course of each summer for four years. During this time, John learned the basics of how to manage and maintain lawn care properties, and how to effectively operate state-of-the-art industry equipment. In June of 2015, while John was undergoing his Business Administration Degree at the University of Windsor, he established CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping. In just a two-season period, John has grown his business to provide a variety of services including lawn care, core aeration, sod installation, landscaping design and construction, fertilization, yard cleanup, and planting. In addition, CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping also makes use of performance grade snow removal and salting equipment for residential properties each winter. The business has, and continues to grow quite rapidly.

In terms of John’s long-term goals and dreams, John hopes to grow the business and invest in real estate. Overall, John loves providing his service to his current clients, and looks forward to building relationships with new ones. His passion for customer care, and saving individuals and families time during the year, is exhibited in each new project John takes on with CGM Lawn Care & Landscaping.