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Make it stay with biodegradable stakes!!

Whenever installing seed germination blanket, weed control fabric or other landscape related materials requiring temporary attachment to the underlying soil, consider using a biodegradable stake in lieu of the industry standard steel staple.

4″ Steel Staple

Here are a few benefits to using a biodegradable stake over a conventional steel staple.

4″ Biodegradable Stake
  • Greater holding power
  • Will hold to soil for up to 18 months before completely disappearing in soil
  • Can penetrate the hardest soil
  • Safer than steel staples for people, pets and machinery
  • Approved by DOT’s, engineers and conservation bodies
  • Plastic free and biodegradeable
  • Can store indefinitely in dry warehouse conditions

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Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any lawn, landscape or snow related service needed at your local area property.  We are happy to help any way we can and at any time.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

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Contractor’s LEGOS!!

Whenever a contractor has to store bulk material in a somewhat orderly and cost effective manner (temporary or long-term), he often turn’s to stackable concrete blocks to meet the challenge.  These 2′ x 2′ x (3′ or 6′) long solid interlocking concrete blocks can be readily moved and set in place with a capable loader/forklift (3,000 lb lift capacity minimum – block size/weight dependent) and a few capable men.  The majority of these concrete blocks have a built-in (poured in place) steel rebar lifting point strategically placed at the center of each block.  Just attach a high strength chain outfitted with a lifting hook and you are all set to move and posistion the block.  These blocks can be stacked 3 courses+/- high as long as the ground below proves stable enough and all blocks are staggered to properly off-set ends of each block (vertical joints should not line up when stacking blocks beyond two courses high).

Depending on the bulk material being stored, a roof can be built atop the bin to provide additional protection from rain and snow (deicing salt, top soil, etc.).  Thank you for visiting our site and as always, please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions pertaining to your lawn, landscape and snow management needs.  Have a great day!

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Seed Germination Blanket ………… NEVER plant a new lawn from seed without it!!

pacocha-installing-seed-germination-blanketWhenever starting a new lawn from seed, it is highly recommended to cover all improved bare soil/seed planted areas with germination blanket for best results.  Seed germination blanket is a bio-degradable, wood fiber stranded mat-like material that is sold by the roll (4′ or 8′ wide x 150’+/- long) and often times includes nylon netting for strength.  Use germination blanket to cover any/all large seed planted bare soil areas.pacocha-stapling-seed-germination-blanket-to-soil  For smaller lawn repairs (+/- 10 square feet), a simple peat moss covering is still preferred.

Here are a few reasons why you should use seed germination blanket when planting a new lawn from seed.

  • Protect newly planted seed from blowing wind, feeding birds and even heavy rain down pours.pacocha-rear-of-back-yard-lawn-repair-seed-germination-blanket
  • Steel staples (4″ to 6″ long) provide secure attachment of blanket to soil below.
  • Reduce air-borne weed seed from ever contacting soil.
  • Great soil erosion protection (prior to grass establishment in particular).
  • Achieve fantastic seed germination rates!
  • Clean overall appearance.
  • New grass grows directly through blanket covering, no need to remove.
  • Retains water to further aid in seed germination/plant root development.
  • Unwanted debris can be easily blown off blanket covering with little chance of seed disturbance.

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INSTALL A CATCH BASIN FILTER and say goodbye to clogged buried downspout drains forever!!

The beauty of a buried landscape drain system is that it remains normally hidden fromPacocha - 12 x 12 Catch Basin Leaves Atop sight while automatically relocating excess stormwater that runs off a roof, large paved surface or any other impermeable area.  Most residential drainage systems revolve around single or multiple buried drain lines that range in size from 3″ in diameter on up to 6″+ diameter (4″ drain pipe being most common – excess storm water dependent).  Not only are there different pipe diameter sizes to considerPacocha - 12 x 12 Catch Basin Cover Off, but also different materials as well.  Depending on site conditions, amount of water to relocate, distance to extend across and location of pipe outlet (to daylight), one will need to choose between flexible plastic or solid PVC pipe.  The most widely used types of drainage pipe are plastic corrugated, plastic corrugated and perforated, PVC solid, PVC solid and perforated.

One major problem with buried residential drainage systems that relocate water from an Pacocha - 12 x 12 Catch Basin Cleaned and Rinsedunscreened and unfiltered water source (downspouts connected to gutters with NO overhead leaf gutter guard protection in particular) is that debris can easily make it’s way into the buried pipe(s) and create clogs.  As the buried pipe(s) become clogged, water flow at the outlet point can be reduced to a trickle and/or become stopped entirely.  As you can imagine, without routine inspection and a thorough underground drain pipe cleaning (via vacuum, forced air or high pressured water jet), unnoticed clogs may lead to other serious problems around your property.  Common problems like standing water, leaky basements, ice damming along roof edges, overly saturated plant material or even washout of nearby mulch or once compacted pavement base materials can be experienced when water flows into areas where it is not welcomed.

A solution for clogged buried drain pipes has recently become available and is Pacocha - 12 x 12 Catch Basin Filter Installedmanufactured by a company called NDS.  They have created a simple catch basin filter that comes in two different sizes to fit their common 9″ and 12″ square shaped catch basins. Catch basins are commonly used under existing downspouts to funnel water underground to/through attached drain system.  The NDS catch basin filters are removable and cleanable.  They efficiently prevent dirt and debris from entering/cloggingPacocha - 12 x 12 Catch Basin Cleaned Filter Installed Covered to Complete your underground drainage system.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for help with any residential landscape drainage related challenge you may currently have.

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A few tips to further improve your next treated wood timber landscape installation project

Even though concrete block seems to be the most commonly used construction material for raised beds and retaining walls in the residential landscape, I personally find wood (treated wood timbers in particular) to be superior in many ways.

For starters, not only is wood a completely renewable resource, but a properly installed treated wood structure (including adequate drainage) will easily last 20-25 years.  In my opinion, a beautifully designed and constructed wood timber planting box, retaining wall, etc. is far more natural in appearance and complementary to adjacent plant material than its concrete counterpart.  I realize that an argument can be made in that concrete block installations are more expensive because they are to be considered “forever” where wood will eventually deteriorate over time.  This point is absolutely correct in that the concrete block itself will likely outlast it’s owner!  Pacocha - Wood Preservative Freshly Applied to Cut Timber EndsHowever, it is my experience that even a professionally installed concrete block wall (with suitable drainage) will eventually shift from long term exposure to seasonal water freeze/thaw cycles, nearby expanding tree root growth, nearby excavation/digging, etc. making it’s segmented formal installation approach somewhat less desirable both visually and structurally when failure finally occurs.  Even though treated wood timbers do not easily lend themselves to curved type/designed landscape installations like segmental block units can, they still get my unabashed vote in the landscape design process whenever possible.

Here are a few tips to extend the life and improve the quality of your next wood timber installation project.

Pacocha - Soil Excavated - Ready for Stone Sub Base– Use properly treated wood timbers rated for direct soil contact according to the American Wood Protection Standard (UC4A – Ground Contact General Use)Pacocha - Ground Contact AWPA U1 UC4A Wood Timber Tag

– Use large dimensioned properly rated/treated wood timbers whenever possible.  By choosing a minimum sized 6″ x 6″ treated wood timber (in lieu of 3″ x 5″, 4″ x 4″ or 4″ x 6″ timbers) will be less likely to warp and twist over time.

– Apply a suitable preservative to all end cuts made during the installation process.

– Prevent “always wet” soil conditions below/around wood timber structure by installing suitable drainage improvements wherever necessary.

Pacocha - Applying Wood Preservative to Cut Timber– Use a suitable stone sub-base below initial course of wood timbers to further improve water drainage and to strengthen the overall installation.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for assistance with your next wood timber installation project.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

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Recommended Ice Melt Material……… Thunder Melt!

If you are responsible for winter maintenance (ice melting and plowing snow) at a northern Illinois commercial property, I highly recommend taking a look at this particular bulk ice melt material to properly service your property.

It is not very often that a material has a lasting impression on me (bulk deicing salt inPacocha - Stainless Steel V Box Salt Spreader Truck particular), but this this experience is different.  After many years of storing, grinding and even milling down frozen clump-prone untreated rock salt in preparation of spreading eventually, along comes a treated salt product that really surpasses all other bulk ice melt materials we have used to date.  It’s called Thunder Melt and is sold by Conserv FS.  It melts snow and ice very effectively and truly remains granular and machine spreadable no matter the sub-freezing temperature.

Material details for your review:

  • Cut application rate by 25%-30%
  • Safe surface faster and lasts longer with less product used
  • Resistant to wind and bounce
  • Non-caking and does not clump or clog application equipment
  • Delivered in semi truck loads of 22-24 tons (only)
  • More effective at lower temperatures than straight sodium chloride
  • Formulated with patented corrosion inhibitor
  • Sold and delivered by Conserv FS

Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc.Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for all your snow and ice management related needs.  Thank you for taking the time to visit our site.  Have a great day!

 

 

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How much does 1 cubic yard of deicing salt weigh anyway?

Here is a little experiment our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. did to quickly verify how much rock salt (by weight) would fit into a 1 yard loader bucket.

Pacocha - Bagged Salt to Equal 1 Ton - 40 Bags of 50 pound salt bags Empty 1 Yard BucketWe started by filling the 1 yard bucket with 50lb. bags of rock salt (our known weight constant).

Pacocha - Filling Bagged Salt in Bucket to Equal 1 Ton - 40 Bags of 50 pound salt bags

Bulk deicing salt generally weighs about 80 lbs. per cubic foot (1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet) which equals 2,160 lbs. per cubic yard or just over 1 ton.

Pacocha - Almost Filled Bucket with Bagged Salt to Equal 1 Ton - 40 Bags of 50 pound salt bags

The moisture content of salt will also play a part in it’s overall weight at any given time.

Pacocha - Filled Bucket with Bagged Salt to Equal 1 Ton - 40 Bags of 50 pound salt bags

We filled the 1 yard material bucket with 40 bags (50 lbs. each) of deicing rock salt.  Since of course 2,000 lbs. equals 1 ton, we can quickly rationalize (without the use of a scale) that generally speaking, 1 ton of deicing salt can easily translate into 1 yard of material by volume.

Pacocha - Bagged Salt to Equal 1 Ton - 40 Bags of 50 pound salt bags Full

40 – 50lb. bags of Diamond Crystal Winter Melt (Rock Salt – Halite) placed in a 1 yard material bucket pictured.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for more information on our extremely reliable Chicago area snow and ice management services.

 

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On-Site Storage of Snow Fighting Equipment and Ice Melt Materials = Ultra Reliable and Cost Effective Chicago Area Snow Plowing and Deicing Services

If you demand nothing less than prompt, efficient and cost effective snow and ice management services at your larger Chicago area commercial, industrial or multi-family residential property then plan on providing ample on-site unobstructed short term winter storage space for your contractor’s dedicated snow clearing equipment, vital hand tools and needed ice melt materials  If the scope of work at a particular property is large enough to benefit from on-site equipment or ice melt material storage then it is very likely that a team of dedicated snow and ice fighting professionals will be exclusively assigned to your property for the entire winter season as well.  The winning combination of on-site dedicated/staged snow fighting equipment, adequate supply of ice melting materials on hand and a team of dedicated snow fighters equal the very best in prompt and cost effective service.  In most cases only a few unused parking spaces will be needed to stage a dedicated plow vehicle or other needed piece of snow fighting equipment.  However, it can be very cost effective for the client (if space allows) for a steel storage container to be placed on-site so the contractor can store it’s critical snow fighting equipment, supplies and ice melt materials securely and out of the weather.  It is very common for contractors to store various sized skid-steer loaders (Bobcat’s), snow plows, snow blowers, ice melt materials (bulk or bagged), ATV’s and spreaders in these steel constructed on-site secure weather protected storage containers.  Steel storage (overseas or conex) containers come in many sizes.  It is very common for a container to be 8’ wide, but can be specially constructed up to 10’ wide. Containers can be up to 9.5’ tall and range in length from 8’ all the way to 53’ long.  Many containers have two full width opening doors at one end (only) but can be leased or purchased with double doors at both ends of the container.  The mobile shipping containers are normally delivered to a property via flatbed roll back truck or trailer where they are placed in the exact location of choice.  When ready to remove, the containers need to be emptied of their contents and are easily lifted by a truck or trailer mounted steel winch, pulled atop a flatbed, secured and trucked away.  There are many companies that specialize in the rental and/or sales of steel storage containers.  The best container companies will have good inventory, offer fast delivery/pick up and will readily customize a container to best suit your needs.  Before hiring your next snow and ice management contractor be sure to discuss the possibility of on-site equipment or material storage at your property.  On-site storage is a great way to add value to most seasonal snow and ice management agreements. Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any snow and ice management need, question or concern you may have.  Thank you for your time and we look forward to being of service to you!

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