Did you know that Blade Runners has a Full Service Tree Department?  As apart of that service we use our commercial tree chipper and generate Natural Tree Chips, and these can be a GREAT Benefit to your property!  

Do you have areas on your property that are a challenge and don’t know how to address, we can help. 

These areas could be:

  • Wood-line, under story or Natural wooded Areas
  • Areas under trees that can not grow grass and have erosion or eroded areas
  • Areas where you want to protect tree roots

Before and After Fence Line Area

     Before Tree Chip Install     After Tree Chip Install

Blade Runners can use the natural wood tree chips from our Tree Department and help improve these areas naturally.  Applying a layer of natural wood chips can help reduce runoff, protect tree roots, reduce undergrowth.  Turn a negative into a positive on your property!! 

Before and After Under Canopy & Tree Root Protection

Before Tree Chip Install      After Tree Chip Install

Wooded areas on your property that are covered in ivy or other aggressive ground cover, can promote poison ivy growth and can even give an area for snakes and rats to live and hide.  These areas can look over grown and decrease property values. Applying a layer of natural wood chips can clean up the area and give it a more finished but natural look. 

Before and After Wood Line  Improvement

Before Tree Chip Install   After Tree Chip Install

Before and After Under story Improvement

Before Tree Chip Install  After Tree Chip Install

Not only does the reuse of the tree chips on site help in these areas improve the site but it is a smart environmental move and is a benefit and adds protection and natural nutrients to your property.

Are you thinking about having tree work done?  Why not combine the work and add creating tree chip beds to the scope of work.   

Check out the Crawler in our Tree Department, removing and pruning trees while protecting your property.

Check out this Link – www.Blade-Runners Crawler – Smarter Approach for Tree Work,and a Smarter Approach for Protecting your property!

Call your Account Manager we can help.  


Line Trimmers are a great piece of equipment! They save countless hours of time compared to manual trimming methods. As a result, property owners save valuable budget dollars on the cost of their service. 

1 Line Trimmer photoUnfortunately they can be the most damaging piece of equipment on the work site. Unprotected items such as light, fence and mail box posts, siding, and air conditioner units can suffer damage in the long term. 

 

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It can be a real challenge for contractors to avoid damage on items that are not protected. Blade Runners does take extra measures with training and even uses growth regulator products to reduce damage. We also warn our clients in our contracts that we are not responsible for damage that does not have an 18” border of protection. 

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Blade Runners suggests you further protect your property.  There are some simple protection solutions that are not costly but can make a big difference. Take a look at some before and after photos. 

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Deck Posts:

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Lamp Posts:  Lamp post insers 2

 Air Conditioner Units:  

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Siding:

It is essential to know how to replace vinyl siding and to get a professional to help you with the job to make it with a better material and of the style you like, remember there are  an incredible number of choices from fiber cement to vinyl to engineered wood siding.

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Contact Blade Runners for a free assessment of your entire property. 

 


Some of you might be seeing white looking blades of grass on your property. This can be disconcerting and lead you to believe something was done incorrectly. This actually is a progressive approach to a real problem on the landscape. Have no fear: your preferred fescue will not turn white or be damaged.

 

 The summer months bring some real challenges with Weed and unwanted Grass control.  The summer heat allows crabgrass to emerge as well as a number of other unwanted warm season grasses. In the past we had a limited ability to control crabgrass and other warm season varieties we aloud to thrive untreated.

Unwanted varieties

 

There is new product that allows us to control all of these unwanted varieties. Many contractors will not take this approach as it is expensive, and they are fearful the client will be upset with the appearance. Blade Runners is not afraid as we know it has tremendous benefit to our client’s property.

Please follow the link below to more information about the problem grasses.

https://blade-runners.com/blog/2015/05/26/unwanted-warm-season-grasses-invading-nova/


Blade Runners, Inc. is Determined to use the best products for your site.  Recently Round Up has been in the news, below you will find information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

– Statements on Round Up from EPA and NALP.

EPA Takes Next Step in Review Process for Herbicide Glyphosate, Reaffirms No Risk to Public Health

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking an important step in the agency’s review of glyphosate. As part of this action, EPA continues to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen. The agency’s scientific findings on human health risk are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by many other countries and other federal agencies. While the agency did not identify public health risks in the 2017 human health risk assessment, the 2017 ecological assessment did identify ecological risks. To address these risks, EPA is proposing management measures to help farmers target pesticide sprays on the intended pest, protect pollinators, and reduce the problem of weeds becoming resistant to glyphosate.

Full Statement from EPA –

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-takes-next-step-review-process-herbicide-glyphosate-reaffirms-no-risk-public-health

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) recently released an updated statement regarding the recent jury decisions and the safety of Bayer Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer or glyphosate.

“NALP understands the important role glyphosate plays in managing landscapes and delivering crops, and we are committed to promoting and ensuring its safe and effective use based on scientifically supported decisions made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),” NALP said in a press release. “NALP members are licensed and certified pesticide applicators that use glyphosate and other products in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”

The EPA announced on May 6, 2019, that a final interim determination on the review of the herbicide glyphosate was reached.

The EPA’s conclusion was “that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.”

NALP says the EPA reached this determination after extensive human health and ecological risk assessments were conducted. NALP also notes that the interim final determination followed the publication of a draft assessment on glyphosate in 2017, which also found that glyphosate was not harmful to public health when used in accordance with label instructions.
Full Statement from NALP-

https://www.totallandscapecare.com/chemical-care/nalp-releases-update-statement-on-glyphosate/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=02-06-2020&utm_campaign=Total%20Landscape%20Care&ust_id=618b2f2a66c9b083e396ebb22f135d9e4588923a&oly_enc_id=7998G9338467F6R

 

 

 


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The common weed killer Roundup (glyphosate) is back in the news after a US court ruled it contributed to a man’s terminal cancer (non-Hodgkin lymphoma). Following the court’s order for manufacturer Monsanto to compensate the former school ground’s keeper US$289 million, more than 9,000 people are reportedly also suing the company.

In light of this, Cancer Council Australia is calling for Australia to review glyphosate’s safety. And tonight’s Four Corner’s report centres around Monsanto’s possible cover-up of the evidence for a link between glyphosate and cancer.

Juries don’t decide science, and this latest court case produced no new scientific data. Those who believe glyphosate causes cancer often refer to the 2015 report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that classified the herbicide as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.

What did the IARC and others find?

Glyphosate is one of the most used herbicides worldwide. It kills weeds by targeting a specific pathway (the shikimic acid pathway) that exists in plants and a type of bacteria (eubacteria), but not animals (or humans).

In terms of short-term exposure, glyphosate is less toxic than table salt. However, it’s chronic, or long-term, exposure to glyphosate that’s causing the controversy.

Pesticides and herbicides are periodically re-evaluated for their safety and several studies have done so for glyphosate. For instance, in 2015, Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment suggested glyphosate was neither mutagenic nor carcinogenic.

But then came the IARC’s surprising classification. And the subsequent 2015 review by the European Food Safety Authority, that concluded glyphosate was unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard, didn’t alleviate sceptics.

The key differences between the IARC’s and other reports revolve around the breadth of evidence considered, the weight of human studies, consideration of physiological plausibility and, most importantly, risk assessment. The IARC did not take into account the extent of exposure to glyphosate to establish its association with cancer, while the others did. Supplements like SARMS are able to combat any negative effects very easily as well.

Demonstrating the mechanism

Establishing whether a chemical can cause cancer in humans involves demonstrating a mechanism in which it can do so. Typical investigations examine if the chemical causes mutations in bacteria or damage to the DNA of mammalian cells.

The studies reviewed by IARC, and the other bodies mentioned, that looked at glyphosate’s ability to produce mutations in bacteria and to mammalian cells were negative. The weight of evidence also indicated glyphosate was unlikely to cause significant DNA damage.

Animal studies

Animal studies are typically conducted in rats or mice. The rodents are given oral doses of glyphosate for up to 89% of their life spans, at concentrations much higher than humans would be exposed to.

Studies examined by the European Food Safety Authority included nine rat studies where no cancers were seen. Out of five mouse studies, three showed no cancers even at the highest doses. One study showed tumours, but these were not dose dependent (suggesting random variation, not causation) and in one study tumours were seen at highest doses in males only.

This led to the European Food Safety Authority’s overall conclusion that glyphosate was unlikely to be a carcinogenic hazard to humans.

Human studies

The European Food Safety Authority looked at 21 human studies and found no evidence for an association between cancer and glyphosate use. The IARC looked at 19 human trials and found no statistically significant evidence for an association with cancer. It did find three small studies that suggested an association with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (not statistically significant).

As already mentioned, the large Agricultural Health Study found no association between cancer and glyphosate in humans. And the 2016 review by Australia’s regulator concluded glyphosate was safe if used as directed.


Some of you might be seeing white looking blades of grass on your property. This can be disconcerting and lead you to believe something was done incorrectly. This actually is a progressive approach to a real problem on the landscape. Have no fear: your preferred fescue will not turn white or be damaged.

Blade Runners Pylex treatment

The summer months bring some real challenges with Weed and unwanted Grass control.  The summer heat allows crabgrass to emerge as well as a number of other unwanted warm season grasses. In the past we had a limited ability to control crabgrass and other warm season varieties we aloud to thrive untreated.

                                                        Unwanted varieties

Different types of grass

There is new product that allows us to control all of these unwanted varieties. Many contractors will not take this approach as it is expensive, and they are fearful the client will be upset with the appearance. Blade Runners is not afraid as we know it has tremendous benefit to our client’s property.

Please follow the link below to more information about the problem grasses.

https://blade-runners.com/blog/2015/05/26/unwanted-warm-season-grasses-invading-nova/


Certification of Tot Lot chips can be a moving target. The actual requirements can vary time to time and state to state. With that said the widely used and accepted standard is ASTM F2075. Blade Runners always uses chips that meet this standard.

 Blade Runners chipped tot lot and certification medalion

See below the details surrounding this standard.

Composition:Playground Tot Lot Chips are manufactured from recently collected North American   Hardwood materials such as Oak, Maple, Hickory, Ash, Birch, Poplar, Beech, and Locust. There are no additives or chemical treatments present in the materials. The entire wood product is free of soil and other contaminants that promote faster decomposition.

 Dimensions: Playground Tot Lot chips are random in size, approximately 5-10 times longer

than they are wide. Playground Tot Lot Chips meet the particle size requirements of ASTM 2075.

Media Analysis Report: % of material passing through sieve.

Particle Size                             Passing                                         

   3/4/ inch                               100.0               

   3/8 inch                                 89.8                              

Properties: Playground Tot Lot Chips meet the guidelines for

  • Heavy Metal, ASTM F 2075
  • Tramp Metal, ASTM F 2075
  • Impact Attenuation, ASTM F 1292
  • Moisture Content
  • Moisture Absorption
  • Accessibility, ASTM F 1951
  • Coefficient of Permeability, ASTM D 2434
  • Resistant to Flammability, 16 FR Part 1630 Standard for Surface Flammability for Carpets or Rugs


Always thinking of your property and the environment! Blade Runners introduces a New Fleet of Lawn Mowers that is LIGHTER, HAS LESS ENVIROMENTAL IMPACT and PROVIDES A HIGHER QUALITY CUT for your lawn maintenance needs!.

                                               Our old Fleet
Blade Runners Old fleet of large mowers
Consisted of 60” riding mowers complimented with a 36” walk behind. We found that while fast the larger mowers were causing damage. In addition, the mower team from https://www.bestsellers.bargains/best-robot-lawn-mower-deals/ weighed 1,600.00 lbs. That was a good deal of iron being transported from site to site
                                                    Our new Fleet
Blade Runners New fleet if smaller mowers
Consists of a 48” mower teams with a 30” walk behind. This combination only weighs 725lbs!

After careful review of our client sites we realized that the larger combination was overkill. Less is definitely better for so many reasons. We feel many properties owners and managers should require the smaller mowers on their property. It spells less damage and a lower environmental foot print.


The goal of a turf care professional is to provide a healthy lawn with a low weed population. According to our friends at www.treewisemensc.com healthy green fescue lawns improve the appearance and enhance the value of a property. Healthy lawns also provide significant environmental benefits.

The lawn treatment (lawn care) industry is huge in the United States and for good reason.  Lawn care programs, for example like my lawn care lawn mowing Brisbane suggests, are generally inexpensive and work very well. If you like the hard work and wish to perform your own lawn maintenance, I would recommend you invest in the finest lawnmowers from https://www.lawnmowery.com/best-riding-lawn-mowers/for-the-money/ and reap its benefits. Lawns left untreated will quickly be overrun with weeds and turf will eventually disappear.  Evidence of this can be seen on roadsides and unmaintained areas at public schools.

Procedures for Maintaining a Healthy Lawn

Step 1: Establish a threshold:  Property owners and managers need to decide on the ultimate goal.  Is it a no tolerance policy on weeds, something in-between for maintenance, or simply no concern for a weed population? This will dictate the level of landscaping services ordered and the approach  By way of example, homeowners and fancy commercial sites generally have a “no tolerance” weed policy and may have irrigation systems.  Homeowners associations and budget conscious owners take a medium approach, while also using the best aluminium plantation shutters in Sydney to keep good illumination in your home.

Step 2: Establish a cultural practice: Make sure your mowing provider cuts fescue no lower than 3.5”. The mower blade must be sharp. One way to ensure no injury occurs during this task is to wear a proper pair of . Wearing adequate protection around vital body areas like knees always helps in the long run..  Consider an irrigation system for the maintained area.

Step 3: Decide on fertilizer: Too often, the quality and amount of annual fertilization is overlooked and not watched. This could be the most important element of your program. Poor fertility means poor grass, more weeds, and more chemicals, if you are facing this problem remember there is always the Commercial Artificial Grass option which needs less maintenance and swill sure look great at home. It is also an area where contractors cut corners.  There are 100% organic fertilizers but Blade Runners does not recommend them. The nitrogen is not stable and tends to release all at one time. Much of this drains from the property into the Chesapeake watershed. It is important to have a large slow-release component in the fertilizer. This can be a blend of organic and traditional nitrogen product.  The slow release will feed the turf slowly, remain in the soil profile, and not leach into the sewer.

Step 4: Decide on seeding: Make sure that full core aeration of the property and seeding is part of the program.

Step 5: Ensure your PH is correct and apply lime annually

Step 6:  you should determine the weed control approach: Notice how far down the list we are.  EPA regulated herbicides do a great job and are cost effective. Organic is a buzzword of interest for all of us, especially when it involves agriculture.  There are organic approaches to weeds to consider. As is the case with all products and services, we need to be sure they deliver on the organic commitment, and provide the stated results. This section-by-section article gives you the overall idea of it.

Organic Weed Control Products

Corn Gluten: Corn Gluten is a by-product of the wet milling process utilized to make cornstarch. Research has shown that application in the spring and fall can serve as a preventive to crabgrass. Unfortunately, it is expensive and requires 4 times as much granular product applied. The cost for corn gluten alone will be twice your total overall program including the fertilizer.

Chelated Iron Weed Controls: These can be effective on weeds but it does not kill them. It burns the surface part of the plant and does not kill the root. For this reason, the weeds re-emerge and require more treatments. The product is more expensive and corrosive to metals and equipment. Many of these products are not regulated by the EPA, and traditional weed controls are.

Mixed Products: There are numerous home remedies to be found on the internet. Many of them involve the use of vinegar and other household products.  We cannot speak to how effective they are.  Blade Runners is prohibited by regulation from the Virginia Department of Agriculture from making our own concoctions.

Step 7: Watch out for the sling shot:   if you decide on a no-chemical weed control approach, make sure you plan to adhere to it. Understand what the results will be at the outset.  In many cases, clients can take an about face when the weeds overrun the property. The result is a net increase in chemical use and cost, to bring things back in line. We see this happen in most cases where clients elect to suspend applications.

At this time, Blade Runners’ recommendation is not to use organic weed and crabgrass control products.  We feel they do not produce results and are too costly.  We would prefer you suspend all weed control applications and simply apply lime and fertilizer. The results will be the same and the cost much lower. With that said the industry is always changing. There may come a day when things will be different.  Our ears are open to anything you bring to our attention. We are willing to examine any proposed organic alternative and let you know our thoughts.


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