Sometimes, only a snow shovel will do………..

When clearing snow from difficult to access or “obstruction-rich” areas, there are only a few ways to get the job done.  Of course, melting snow is fine when minimal accumulation occurs.  Just apply salt or any other suitable ice melt material and wait for clear pavement to happen.  But, when snow falls fast and accumulation is rapid, physical removal is the only way to gain control of the targeted area.

When snow blowers, plows, rotating brooms, etc. simply cannot fit or reach the area in need of service, a snow shovel becomes the only option available.  A well built snow shovel PLUS the will and ability to use it, is the most important snow removal tool a contractor or self-performing property owner can have.

Shovel-Only Areas:

  • Between/around parked vehicles (when necessary/requested)
  • Stairs
  • Stoops
  • Decks
  • Shopping cart corrals, bike racks, etc.
  • Utilities
  • Trash dumpsters
  • Along base of overhead garage doors

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any snow, lawn or landscape management service request you may have.  We look forward to hearing from you and stand ready to help anyway we can.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

SNOW PRO TIP – Store Your Opened Plastic Bag of Deicing Salt in One of These!

When applying bagged ice melt materials to sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, etc., it is very likely that at some point along the way, once a store bought plastic bag of salt is opened, you will have unused material leftover.  Since bagged ice melt material is expensive, it is very prudent to do what you can to save the unused ice melt material in a manner so it can be used at a later date.  Simply rolling closed the open plastic bag is a crapshoot at best.  If the contents are allowed to become wet or even draw moisture from the air (hygroscopic materials – calcium chloride in particular), it will harden, clump and become nearly impossible to apply in an effective manner.

Store your open ice melt material in a plastic 5 or 6 gallon bucket WITH A RESEALABLE AIR-TIGHT LID!

Beyond storing unused ice melt material at the end of a winter weather event, keep a few additional covered buckets pre-loaded and ready to go before the storm arrives.  A bucket of salt is so much easier to handle than a clumsy, wet or sometimes snow covered plastic bag.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any snow and ice related service you may require.  We appreciate the opportunity and look forward to being of assistance to you.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

 

We Raise Sunken Air Conditioner Condenser Base Pads!!

Has your air conditioner condenser shifted or become sunken over the years?  Is soil, mulch and other debris now infiltrating the base of your condenser?  Do you need to raise the soil level where your air conditioner condenser currently sits to improve on-site drainage?  If any of these or similar issues pertain to you, please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. to schedule an on-site property evaluation, we can help!

Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. will stabilize/elevate your existing condenser pad or replace it all together with a new and improved model. **Please Note:  A qualified HVAC contractor will be needed to first disconnect your condenser’s electrical and coolant lines so we can improve the base pad area, then return later upon our completion to re-connect the unit (additional fees apply).**

Our on-site property evaluation will include the following:

  • Determine cause of original base pad failure (poor or nonexistent sub-base material previously used, negative drainage situation found, foundation settling occurred, old pad not structurally sound, etc.)
  • Assess surrounding landscape areas to determine best long term strategy for new condenser pad placement (away from mower and grass trimming equipment), adequate pad elevation (3″+/- above grade), determine any/all surrounding drainage improvements needed, etc.
  • Discuss new pad type and size, make note of who client will select to decommission the existing unit, timing of new pad installation and set date to have HVAC contractor return to reactivate applicable equipment.

Keep your air conditioning equipment in great condition and extend it’s lifespan by elevating it above soil grade and out of standing water prone areas.  Please be sure to contact Pacocha landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions or service requests you may have.  We are very happy to help any way we can.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

Priority Residential Snow Removal by Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc.

We take our residential snow removal service very seriously!

We are asked many times over the course of a given month if we do residential snow removal.  Our answer is, but of course we do!  Not only do we perform residential snow removal, but we treat it with the same importance and level of care as we would any commercial site we are servicing.

Here are a few details in regard to our priority residential snow removal service you may want to consider.

  • Our residential snow removal service begins at 1″ of accumulation.
  • Our residential, commercial and industrial snow removal service routes are each capped at 6 hours in length (based on 4″+/- of snow accumulation).  This limited route approach helps us return to your property to clear additional accumulated snow in a timely manner, even during the worst winter storm.
  • We clear snow from sidewalks, stairs and patios!  Whether by shovel, broom or snow blower, we are willing and able to clear your non-plow vehicle accessible areas manually if needed.
  • We stock a wide range of granular ice melt materials to aid in the removal of ice, compacted/frozen snow, etc.
  • Our existing seasonal lawn and landscape management clients have first choice when new snow route availability becomes available.
  • We offer per-occurrence and limited package pricing plans for our seasonally contracted residential snow removal services.
  • Winter service agreements extend from November 1st through April 1st. (unless specified/requested otherwise).
  • We offer the seasonal installation of fiberglass snow plow stakes (48″ long) to help prevent accidental plow contact with snow covered obstacles (retaining walls, landscape lighting, delicate plant materials, etc.)
  • We take great pride in our 25 plus years experience in the snow removal industry and are very fortunate to have served many great clients along the way, many of which we still proudly service today.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any snow removal question you may have.  We would love to hear from you and look forward to being of service any way we can.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

On-Demand Snow Plowing vs Contracted Seasonal Snow Management Services

The goal of any snow removal service arrangement is to have snow-free pavement at your property whenever the need arises.  Ideally, snow removal should be accomplished via an on-going approach, as snow accumulates, working with the storm until finished.  In our local Chicagoland area, snow removal services can either be purchased individually (on-demand) or more commonly, by the season (contract agreement).

On-Demand Snow Plowing = A snow removal service in which no long-term agreement is necessary.  Service is performed on very short notice and upon client request (only).  Substantial time commitment is required by client to continue/manage such a service and results can be sporadic at best.  Service pricing fluctuates (usually accumulation and/or resource availability dependent) and accidental property damage is likely due to less than desirable property awareness (ever changing/non-dedicated service providers, lack site specific snow removal/relocation knowledge, ignorant of past client special requests, unaware of snow covered obstacles, etc).

Contracted Seasonal Snow Management Service = A snow removal service that revolves around a formal written seasonal service agreement.  A long term detailed arrangement that normally includes any/all services needed, all winter long and for a flat price (unless specified otherwise).  Minimal client involvement is required after service begins.  On-going performance continually improves based on site familiarity, use of specialized equipment and dedicated man-power assigned to the site.

Here are a few leading questions that may help you determine which snow removal service (on-demand or seasonal) is best for you?

1). Do you wish to personally manage any/all snow removal services performed at your property?  ………. if yes, an On-Demand service may be perfect for you!

2). Do you wish to self-perform a portion of the needed snow removal services at your property?  As an example, you would like to personally handle any/all snow removal services needed at your property that are less than 6″ of total accumulation.  …….. if this limited service approach describes your situation well, an On-Demand service would best suit your needs.

3). Do you wish you lived in Florida and did not have to deal with snow?  A Seasonal Snow Management Service is perfect for you!

4). Do you lead a busy life and snow removal is the last thing you want to think about?  Find a reliable and positive snow removal company and never worry about snow removal again.  A seasonal snow management arrangement was made for you!

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any seasonal snow removal request you may have.  We greatly appreciate the opportunity and thank you for visiting our site.  Have a great day!

A few “pictures of interest” taken over the years while evaluating lawn, landscape and snow removal requests for new service …………………….

I figured it was time to share a few previously archived interesting photos taken at local area properties while evaluating new service requests.

Property owner mentioned a “recent” water problem along rear foundation.

 

Customer asked if we could help disposing of “a few” tires?!?

 

Customer had a poison ivy problem……. the problem was poison ivy was growing through his shed!

 

Commercial customer asked if we could help shovel snow off a narrow sidewalk located behind the building. We were asked to just throw the snow over the fence?!?

 

A local realtor asked for a spring clean up at one of his listings to include couch removal!

 

Commercial client requested our help to remove unwanted vegetation…….. from their roof!

 

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any lawn, landscape or snow removal service request you may have.  We are grateful for the opportunity and look forward to earning your business well into the future.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

 

Poison Ivy……….. here, there and everywhere!!

Here are just a few locations where we have found poison ivy happily growing over the last few months.  Some areas fairly normal, others, not so much.

Poison Ivy found growing between a set of patio chairs!

 

Poison Ivy growing up a mature Maple tree!

 

Poison Ivy extending it’s reach into a neighbor’s property through a chain link fence!

 

Poison Ivy making it’s way up a shed wall and roof!

 

Poison Ivy quickly growing up a brick garage wall!

 

Poison Ivy sneaking up behind a barbecue grill!

 

Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for help identifying and removing poison ivy found growing on your northwest suburban Chicago area property.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

Before and After – Back Yard Children’s Playground Area

We had the opportunity recently to assist a client of ours further improve their back yard by installing a multi-course treated wood timber surround for their new children’s playground set.

Since the site was situated on a slight incline and a generous layer of playground wood mulch was needed (under/around play set), we called for the use of a fairly substantial outlying edge material (6 x 6 wood timbers) to retain the special playground mulch and keep the area looking great for many years to come.

To begin, we cleared and leveled a portion of the sloping back yard area slated to receive the new play set (first site visit).  Shortly after the play set was installed (by an outside company), we returned to construct a two course 6 x 6 treated wood timber surround (size of area determined by client).  We first excavated, leveled and manually compacted the select path ways where wood timbers were to be installed.  The first timber course was secured to soil using 24″ long steel rebar rods.  We used 16′ long 6 x 6 wood timbers to eliminate as many short wood timber pieces (visible butt joints) as possible.  The second, final top wood timber course was secured to base course below using construction adhesive first and then 10″ long timber screws were used (spaced several feet apart) to properly bind the structure together.  Steel angle brackets, mending plate, etc. were also used (completely hidden from view) to further reinforce corners and joints between timbers.  Any/all cut timber’s were treated with a special end-grain sealer to further improve the structural integrity/life expectancy of our ground contacting wood timbers.  Lastly, landscape barrier/weed control fabric was attached to soil within enclosed play area (ensuring excellent soil-to-mulch separation) before a layer of playground mulch (Safe T Mat Certified Playground Mulch) was added to complete.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions or project ideas you have.  We would love to help anyway we can.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

What happened to our boxwood’s this past winter?!?!??

As anyone with a watchful eye on area plants and trees can probably tell you, this past winter, with it’s extreme cold (Polar Vortex!!), really took it’s toll on many deciduous and evergreen bushes.  In particular, the beautiful broadleaf evergreen, the boxwood, has been decimated!!

So many mature boxwood’s, that managed to survive for so many years, so many weather extreme’s, just could not pull through the brutally cold winter of 2018-19.

Although we can’t bring back the majority of stressed boxwood’s found today, we can learn from the experience and improve our chances for successful long-term growing of new and/or existing boxwood’s that survived last winter.

A few points to consider when growing boxwood’s in your landscape.

  • Encourage deep root growth by watering deeply, less often.
  • Keep your boxwood’s (soil/root zone) watered very well going into winter, before ground freezes.
  • Maintain a 2″+/- layer of organic water absorbing mulch around the base of your boxwood’s to further assist in retaining moisture (refresh as needed).
  • Be critical of the area you are planting/growing boxwood’s.  If deicing material is routinely applied nearby, try to limit exposure whenever possible or simply plant further away from problematic areas.  Salt (sodium chloride) dissolved in water, if concentrations are high enough, will contaminate the soil in adjacent run-off areas over time.
  • Install physical winter barriers/screens around your boxwood’s and other sensitive plants to keep deicing salt out of soil and to reduce moisture-robbing winter wind exposure (winter foliage desiccation).
  • If boxwood’s prove to be too sensitive for a particular area, try a different plant.  Choose a plant that can tolerate the specific conditions of the site for best long term results.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions you may have or for further assistance.  We would love to help anyway we can.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

Yucca’s………the persistent perennial plant that will not leave without a fight!

While not very popular these days, yucca’s were a very common perennial found all over the Chicagoland area 20 plus years ago.  These plants are durable!!  They spread by rhizome and develop a deep tap root which makes them resilient to weather extremes, but very difficult to remove when the time comes for a change.  Because of their rather extreme deep growing tap root (sometimes over 15 feet into the ground!!) and vast network of spreading fiberous roots, they cannot be easily eradicated.

Talk about survival of the fittest……. Yucca’s have the physiology to endure and live seemingly forever!!

Even after the initial plant removal (digging out) has been completed, you can count on new plant regrowth 90% of the time.  When new yucca plants eventually sprout from the ground they can be pulled by hand, dug out as they appear or a non-selective systemic herbicide may be applied to eliminate the unwanted plants and their comprehensive underground root structure.

So, if you have these hardy perennials growing in your garden and want them removed, please plan on much digging and several growing seasons to finally achieve success.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any lawn maintenance, landscape renovation or snow removal service you need completed.  Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

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