As of late, I have been having more and more conversations with both new and existing clients in regard to the possibility of surface damage caused by routine string-trimmer use at their properties. When mowing a lawn, it is often the case, that any grass found growing on-site, not accessible by a conventional lawn mower will be cut using a mechanical string-trimmer (aka weed-wacker, line trimmer, weed eater, etc).
Unless improved landscape design or protective strategies are employed (targeted wood mulch placement, expanded plant bed areas, use of sacrificial contact materials, simple grass removal, etc.), contact damage is very likely.
When placed/installed directly atop growing grass or are left in very close proximity to a regularly maintained lawn, the following items or structures are commonly exposed to accidental string-trimmer related damage.
- Wood Stairs, Fencing and Gates
- Deck, Fence and Mail Box Posts
- Tree Bark/Exposed Roots
- Wooden or Plastic Children Playground Sets
- Low-Voltage Light Fixtures
- Exposed Utility Cables
- Outdoor Furniture
- Vinyl, Wood or Aluminum Siding
- Air Conditioner Condensers
- Low-Growing Annual and/or Perennial Foliage
- Aluminum Downspout Extensions
Please be sure to let us know if you have any questions or if our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. can be of help in the creation of a beautiful, maintenance-friendly landscape at your property. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
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One way or another, if you are the proud owner of property that happens to include a lawn, you need to understand that it will require a certain level of on-going mechanical care in order for it to be healthy and survive for the long term.
We are asked many times a year from new potential clients (in particular) whether or not our company provides bi-weekly lawn mowing service (once every two weeks), and the answer is simply NO. Your lawn needs to be maintained/mowed/cleared of debris at least once a week when it’s actively growing for best results. If you wait too long (2 weeks or more) you will likely end up cutting away too much of the new top growth (well beyond 1/3 of grass plant – recommended limit per mowing) which translates into the plant placing all of it’s remaining energy into top side leaf recovery and not critical root development. Just by looking at a lawn from the curb, I can tell whether or not it is being properly mechanically maintained on a routine basis. A lawn THAT IS NOT MAINTAINED ON A ROUTINE BASIS is usually light green in color, has heavy broadleaf weed populations (dandelion, clover and creeping charlie especially – sometimes even thistle), they are thin and contain multiple bare spots from past injuries and/or stress.When a lawn has a shallow/inadequate root mass it suffers in so many ways. The grass plant needs to develop a substantial root zone in order for it to survive the occasional challenge from extended periods of drought, weed seed competition for any/all bare soil, compacted soil from foot traffic, disease, insect invasion, cutting too short, fallen leaves left atop/smothering lawn, etc.
The bottom line is maintain your lawn properly all season long for a great, healthy stand of turfgrass that you can be proud of.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions you may have or if we can help in any way. Thank you and have a great day!
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