A method of increasing water and oxygen into compact soil by creating tiny slices or holes throughout the area.
Also known as: lawn aeration, soil aeration, aerator services, commercial aeration services
Amendments are organic or mineral material including peat moss, worm casings, compost, and perlite that are added to soil to improve soil composition.
Also known as: soil amendments, dirt amendment, planting amendments
A plant that grows to full maturity and dies in the course of one season. Most annuals are frost sensitive and die during the winter months. Annuals usually need to be planted each year, although some may winter over in warmer climates.
Also known as: annual planting, annual flowers, annual color
commercial lawn restoration
Commercial lawn restoration is a service provided by commercial landscape maintenance companies that improves grass lawns without first killing or removing and then replacing all existing turf.
Also known as: turf restoration, grass restoration, lawn restoration services
commercial mowing lawn service
Most commercial buildings, government buildings, HOAs, condos, schools, and public spaces hire commercial landscape maintenance companies to provide regular mowing and lawn services to keep grass looking manicured and tidy. Local commercial lawn services provide mowing, weeding, edging and trimming, fertilization, irrigation and watering, and more to keep lawns looking their best.
Also known as: commercial mowing, lawn mowing, mowing services, lawn service
Dethatching is the process of removing dead grass thatches from lawns, usually with a dethatching machine or a large dethatching rake.
Also known as: dethatch, dethatching services
Edging refers to a shallow trench or physical barrier made of metal, wood, brick, or another synthetic material used to create a physical border between lawn turf and other areas like walking paths, paved surfaces, driveways, flower beds, and patios. Edging can also be a term meaning to clean along the edge of where a lawn or grass meets another, non-grassed area.
Also known as: lawn edging, edging barrier, physical edging barrier
Lawn fertilizer is an organic or chemical material added to feed lawns. Fertilizers are rich in nutrients including nitrogen, phosphates, and potash that are lost during mowing and growing seasons.
Also known as: grass fertilizer, lawn fertilizer, nitrogen fertilizer, weed and feed
flower bed management
Flower beds need to be cleaned, refreshed, maintained and weeded to stay beautiful and healthy. Good commercial landscape maintenance services can provide flower bed weeding, planting, plant trimming and thinning, watering, seasonal cleaning, and other services for commercial flower beds and planting areas.
Also known as: flower bed replanting, flower planting services, flower bed weeding, flower trimming and care
Grass shears can be used to clip grass along the edge of a garden bed or other sensitive area. While using grass shears isn’t as fast of a process as using a motorized trimmer, grass shears are more easily wielded and can help protect flowers, shrubs, bushes, and other plants that can be hurt by accidental contact by traditional mowers and trimmers.
Also known as: grass clippers, grass trimmers, safety trimmers
Groundskeeping is another word for landscape maintenance. It is the practice of keeping landscapes healthy and attractive. Commercial groundskeeping is specific to commercial landscaping, gardens, yards, and other areas around commercial buildings that may require planting, weeding, fertilizing, grass cutting and mowing, edging, trimming, shrub pruning, plant pruning, lawn care, annual cleaning and maintenance, path maintenance, drainage and irrigation, and other services.
Also known as: landscape maintenance, commercial groundskeeping, grounds keeping, commercial groundskeeping
irrigation system installation and maintenance
Landscape maintenance is made easier by having good, working irrigation systems to keep plants watered without overwatering or wasting water. Many local commercial groundskeeping services can also provide irrigation system installation, repair, cleaning, maintenance, and monitoring. This can allow for watering zones, specialized watering schedules, and better-functioning irrigation systems.
Also known as: landscape irrigation, irrigation maintenance
Landscaping is the purposeful enhancement of the appearance of land, especially around buildings like homes and commercial buildings, by planting and maintaining manicured areas of lawn, plants, and hardscape features.
Also known as: landscape, landscapes
Lawns are areas of mowed grass, usually around buildings and sometimes as part of a yard or park area. Lawns require maintenance to stay trimmed, beautiful, and usable.
Also known as: lawns, commercial lawns, HOA lawns, condo lawns, small business lawns
Green grass is beautiful, and fertilized lawns appear healthier and more lush than lawns that aren’t maintained. Good commercial landscape maintenance services can provide lawn fertilization that helps prevent weeds, thicken lawns, and make turf look its best.
Also known as: lawn fertilization, lawn fertilizing services, fertilization for lawns
Mulch is a layer of bark, peat moss, compost, shredded leaves, hay, straw, lawn or grass clippings, gravel, river stones and river rock, shredded paper, shredded plastic, or another material that’s spread over the dirt around the base of plants and other areas where grass and weeds are not wanted. The presence of mulch can help prevent water evaporation, weed growth, soil overheating, and drastic temperature changes. Some types of mulch also add a decorative feature that helps commercial landscapes look polished and stand out.
Also known as: mulches, mulching
Mulching usually takes the form of pine, straw, or bark mulch applied to plants, planter beds, and the base of trees and shrubs. Mulch helps commercial gardens and plantings by preventing water from evaporating from the soil, feeding root systems, suppressing weeds, and making commercial planting areas look finished.
Also known as: mulch application, mulching services
organic landscape maintenance services
Lawn and garden chemicals can be toxic to good insects and plants as well as unwanted pests and weeds, so many local businesses request organic or nontoxic landscape maintenance services. Good landscape maintenance companies use natural, organic, nontoxic, and less harmful fertilizers and weed and pest preventatives to care for lawns and landscapes.
Also known as: organic landscape maintenance, nontoxic landscape maintenance, natural landscaping care
Perennial plants life for more than one year. Unlike annuals that must be replanted every year, perennials don’t require regular replanting and usually winter over in even cold climates.
Also known as: perennials
Power dethatchers are dethatching tools that are electric or gas-powered and have heavy metal tines that remove dead grass and other dead materials from lawns. Power dethatchers are used to prepare soil for seeding or replanting and they can be used annually as part of a spring cleanup program by commercial landscape maintenance companies.
Also known as: power dethatching, dethatching machine
Power edgers are gasoline-powered or electric tools with a single short blade that trims grass horizontally along lawn edges to keep lawns and grass from encroaching on walkways, driveways, or other areas.
Also known as: power edging tool, electric edger, gas-powered edger
Pruning is a popular method of cutting dead and living parts of plant off to control the size, health, and appearance of the plant. Bushes, shrubs, trees, and other large growth are the most common plants to be pruned, but even flowers and smaller plants can benefit from pruning.
Also known as: commercial pruning services, plant pruning, shrub pruning, bush pruning, tree pruning
Before new growth springs up, old and dead growth from the previous year should be cleared away. Dead areas should be pruned, leaves and other debris removed, and other seasonal cleaning should take place. Most good commercial landscaping maintenance services provide annual and seasonal landscape maintenance to start business landscaping off fresh for the new year.
Also known as: tidying, seasonal tidying, spring landscaping, spring tidying, flower bed cleaning, leaf removal, spring landscape maintenance
Using pruning shears to remove or cut back unwanted limbs or branches of woody plants like shrubs, trees, and bushes is known as selective pruning. Commercial landscape maintenance companies will selectively prune overgrown branches, branches that pose hazards or problems with power lines or parking areas, or to give lawns and flower beds better sun exposure.
Also known as: selective trimming, branch pruning
Many types of shrubs and bushes require regular trimming and pruning to stay small, maintain their shape, and prevent bolting or leggy growth. Good local commercial landscape maintenance firms can trim shrubs and bushes for aesthetic and maintenance reasons.
Also known as: shrub pruning
String trimmers, also colloquially called weed whackers, are handheld devices that use a plastic line or string that rotates at a high rate of speed to trim grass, weeds, and other thin materials along fence lines, lawn edges, building edges, and other areas where traditional mowers and trimmers can’t fit.
Also known as: weed whacker, edge trimmers, handheld grass trimmer
Thatching rakes are used by commercial landscape maintenance companies to remove thatch from lawns without damaging turf. Usually it’s only dead grass that is removed in the dethatching process to keep lawns healthier and better looking.
Thatch is the mat-like buildup of grass roots and stems at the base of grass between the blades and the soil. Thatch that has grown too thick can inhibit healthy lawn growth and choke out new grass blades. Thatch should be removed regularly or annually to help lawns grow healthy.
Also known as: dead grass, grass thatch
trimming and edging
Grass and other plants that grow too close to sidewalks, parking lots, planters, and other solid surfaces need to be trimmed back. Many of the best local groundskeeping services for commercial clients provide trimming and edging that keep landscapes looking fresh and manicured.
Weeds can quickly take over if they’re not kept in check. Local commercial landscaping maintenance companies provide weeding services to keep lawns, flower beds, sidewalks and concrete, patios, and other areas weed-free. Some also offer application of herbicides and weed prevention to keep weeds from coming back up.
Also known as: weed removal, flower bed weeding, lawn weeding, lawn weed eradication
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