Don’t think Spring Turf Services can help your property?  Blade Runners has an approach and this Reston Client Agrees.   Many times clients in heavily shaded / treed areas suffer from heavy leaf drop, and that make the typical Fall Seeding less successful.  Take a different approach, look at spring and look at Hydro Seeding process offered by Blade Runners.  

To see more about the Blade Runners approach Click here—->   Blade Runners Hydro Seeding

See what this client has to say:

Hi Terry,

Hope you’re doing well. Wanted to tell you that the turf work that the Blade Runners crew did last month is paying off – the grass looks great! I’ve had several homeowners tell me that this is the beta the grass has looked in years (it’s certainly the best it’s looked since I moved here in five years ago).

Thanks for all your work on Coleson Cluster and please tell the grounds crew that we really appreciate their efforts. It doesn’t go unnoticed.

Kate                                                                                                       

 


See picture of side by side properties, one uses messy sand.  Less effective and then you have to pay to clean it up. 

Not all Ice Control are equal.   Ice B’Gone Magic is some of the coldest work ice control on the market.  It actually lowers the freezing temperature of water to (-35) degrees.   What does that mean to you?   This means a better product that does not have as many freeze/ thaw cycles.  Because it works so cold, you need less applications.  So that saves you money!  

We are the only one in the area that has Ice B’Gone Magic.  This is the coldest working ice control product on the market and Blade Runners is the only contractor in NOVA to have this product. Using Ice B’Gone Magic – the only ice control certified by the EPA and is the coldest working product out there.  It lowers the freezing temperature of water, so you use less product and have less applications so that is better for all aspects (lowering the freezing temperature of water, and works to (-35 degrees) . We use this on the walks and the roadways and pre and post treatments

 https://www.blade-runners.com/ice-bgone-magic-information/

Check out our snow central page
https://www.blade-runners.com/snow-3/

Check out this link to the FAQs and learn about Ice B’Gone Magic and see how snow services work.

We also have a very exciting new box plow, check out this video.
https://www.blade-runners.com/box-plow-video/


Blade Runners has taken the following steps to improve our ability to meet the demands of extreme events.

Purchase of additional heavy equipment:

By far our biggest challenge was the amount and availability of heavy equipment.  Blade Runners has since purchased 8 additional loaders

Loader Line up

In addition we have invested in 15 “Kage” Box/plow attachments. Please see the video below for further details.

Introduction of staging service:

We now offer a service that stages the new Box/Plow loader on the site for moderate events. This will insure immediate attention in heavy events for the future. Our clients have asked what can be done to insure faster service and this is the answer.

Reduction in the snow work load:

We found the largest jobs created the most scheduling havoc.  The quantity of snow created an exponential challenge. We have eliminated poorly located work of this type, and will be very careful to get a high service commitment from these properties in the future.

It is our feeling that these improvements will significantly improve our snow removal performance.


Blade Runners Proactive Leaf Removal Information!

Leaf season is coming!!   Here are some quick tips to help you understand your Blade Runners Leaf Service.

Fall Mowing Service:

Mowing Service vs Fall Cleanup:  It is important that you differentiate a fall mowing service (A1 service listed in your contract) from a fall clean-up service (B3 service listed on your contract). Your fall cleanup is dependent on the number of leaf removal services in your agreement. We often hear concerns about leaf removal quality when we are performing a mowing service.  For example, during the non-leaf season, Blade Runners blows the outer curb of debris at each mowing visit. We suspend blowing these areas after the leaves accumulate in the outer curb because it moves the leaves around and isn’t picked up with this service.  These areas will be cleaned with your leaf service.

As part of the fall mowing services, we use Mulching Blades: During the early fall mowing visits we use specialized mulching blades to grind and reduce leaves in the turf. We do not pile and remove leaves on these visits.  This is a cost saver for you and is good for your soil.

Fall Leaf Removal Visits.

To help keep your property safe and reduce the possibility of damage, we do not blow or remove leaves obstructed by parked cars as it aggravates residents and creates damage claims.  The thought process is that over several visits these areas will be cleaned. If there are residual concerns at the end of December, we can schedule a specific day in January to have cars moved and these areas cleaned.

Please review our leaf video for details of the removal service

https://www.blade-runners.com/leaf/

Leaf Removal Schedule:

The leaf removal schedule (B3 service in your contract) is dependent on the number of clean-ups in your agreement. Please see the schedule below

The clean-ups timeline depends on the number of visits you have in your contract and would follow this schedule:

1x Leaf Management = 12/1-12/31

2x Leaf Management = 11/10-11/30, 12/1-12/31

3x Leaf Management = 10/15-10/31, 11/10-11/30, 12/1-12/31

4x Leaf Management = 10/15-10/31, 11/10-11/30, 12/1-12/31, 1/1-1/25

5x Leaf Management = 10/1-10/15, 10/15-10/31, 11/10-11/30, 12/1-12/31, 1/1-1/25

6x Leaf Management =1 0/1-10/15, 10/15-10/31, 11/1-11/10, 11/10-11/30, 12/1/12/31, 1/1-1/25

 

At any point we are happy to enhance any service that is currently in your agreement to give you the service you desire.

 

Do you have areas of your community that are overgrown, full of brush, collecting trash?

Blade Runners Can help!

 

  These areas are unsightly, reduce the value & visual appeal of your community and could pose a safety issue!

When areas are left unkempt some residents will start to dump debris adding to the issue.

Reclaim this area of your property by clearing and adding wood-chips can turn a negative into a positive!

 

Read more about the benefits of natural woods chips by visiting –  www.blade-runners.com/woodchips/ 

Place Wood chips along fences & other areas on the property to reduce under-story growth and  help with drainage & erosion.

 

See these Before & After Pictures of Blade Runners Clients.

 

Your Account Manager can help, lets work together to turn these overgrown areas into a positive for your community!


The 17 year Cicadas will emerge this spring!   Here is some additional information provided by West Virginia University https://extension.wvu.edu/lawn-gardening-pests/pests/cicada  


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. 

3 Spec

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. 

Mailboxes:4 Mailbox photos insert

Deck Posts:

Deck post inserts 2

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.

 


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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