Month: May 2020

Why Your Commercial Property’s Poor Drainage Is a Serious Matter

After heavy rainfall, you’ve noticed water stands more than 24 hours on your commercial property. The other day an employee pointed out exposed tree roots. Recently, your customers have begun complaining about the presence of mosquitoes. Perhaps you’re not aware that these are signs of poor drainage. When excess water remains on your commercial property, you have a serious issue that needs to be addressed promptly.

Why Your Commercial Property's Poor Drainage Is a Serious Matter

Poor Drainage Can Cause Costly Damage

Initially, poor drainage harms your landscaping. Plant roots can become exposed. Other plants may yellow or even die because their roots have rotted from the excess water. However, ruined landscaping isn’t the biggest problem that poor drainage causes.

Left unaddressed, poor drainage can cause much more expensive problems to deal with. Eventually, foundation cracks develop and water intrudes into the building. Patching building leaks doesn’t deal with the real problem. Until the drainage issue is handled, water will continue to find its water into your building. In extreme cases, poor drainage has been ignored long enough for a major foundation shift to occur.

Commercial Drainage Solutions Are the Answer

At Metro Lawn Care, we have many years of experience helping commercial property owners find the right commercial drainage solution. We perform a thorough inspection to offer you the most appropriate solutions for your unique property. Sometimes, older buildings were constructed before building codes required properties to be graded for water to drain away from the building. In those cases, we may suggest improving the grade to get water to drain in the proper direction. Burying a French drain to carry water away is a solution many property owners like because it’s not visible to their visitors. We have many other solutions depending on the needs of your property

Metro Lawn Care has been serving the Dallas community for over four decades. If your property has drainage issues, we’re available to help. Contact us today.

Commercial Landscaping: 6 Tips That Will Help Prevent Heat Stress on Your Lawn

In the hot summer months, intense heat and harsh arid conditions can combine to squeeze the life out of even the healthiest plants and lawns. Subsequently, without any other reprieve, your turf may require meticulous care and irrigation to keep it hydrated.

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Notwithstanding, you may have to learn how to interpret the tell-tale signs of heat stress or drought. And for that matter, either of the following symptoms on your lawn plants should be alarming.

  • Plants start wilting
  • Depict stunted growth
  • Leaf discoloration
  • Footmarks that persist for a significant amount of time after mowing
  • Brown patches on the leaves of plants—an indicator of insect infestation as a result of drought conditions.

Have you noticed any of the above signs on your lawn? If yes, you should act fast. One thing could be certain; it appears your turf is suffering, and you need to contact an expert irrigation contractor.

Regardless, if you want to take precautionary steps, the list below will provide commercial landscaping corrective guidelines that can help you absolve your turf from heat stress.

  1. Frequently maintain your lawn equipment. And while mowing, avoid cutting grass too close to the surface (3-4 inches will do for the summer months). Point to note: blunt mowing blades will do more damage than good to the lawn. As such, it’s critical to equip the mower with a sharp blade. Furthermore, unevenly trimmed or damaged leaf blades will not have the capacity to retain water, and thus will be vulnerable to disease. What’s more, proper mowing techniques promote deeper plant roots resulting in healthier turfs.
  2. A practice you should try and steer clear of is overwatering—more so because persistent dampness will result in less oxygen in the soil, while also encouraging diseases.
  3. At the very extreme, cancel mowing activities for turfs that exhibit severe signs of drought stress. Undoubtedly, proceeding with mowing operations in such a situation will hinder the ability of the lawn to recover once the conditions improve. Also, you should wait for a substantial amount of rainfall before resuming mowing. However, you have to bide your time until the grass is dry to prevent clumping.
  4. Equally, you should avoid applying fertilizers during heat stress. Such an action that aims at stimulating growth may be counterproductive. Hence, delay the procedure until the weather elements are optimal for the turf to rebound.
  5. In an ideal situation, maintain the foot traffic at a bare minimum to prevent further compaction of the soil.
  6. As a last option, you can allow your turf to be dormant for that period, and yet, routinely water the lawn weekly.

Ultimately, erratic irrigation during adverse heat conditions will significantly hinder recovery once the climatic conditions improve. Hence, ideal watering is crucial to any concerted corrective or preventive measures you initiate. Contact our experts for more information regarding commercial landscaping care and tips.