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Hello Shannon,

It was great to see you this afternoon. Thanks so much to you and the crew for the excellent job cleaning up our neighborhood in time for Thanksgiving. I walked around briefly this afternoon, and everything looks great! What a huge improvement from last week. We really appreciate your prompt response.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, the crew, and your family,

Mary Sue

Landscape Committee

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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.


Eric and Raul –

Just wanted to send you a quick note regarding Park Glen Heights HOA. I know this is still a very new contract but I had a meeting with the Board President this morning and she just couldn’t say enough nice things about Blade Runners and the awesome work the crew has been doing in the association. The entire board and members of the community are incredibly satisfied with the work that has occurred this year and they feel that they definitely made the right decision on choosing you as the landscaping contract.

Just wanted to pass this along, as I know in this business, too often the only time emails are sent are when there are issues or problems or concerns. As a manager, I try to make sure I pass along “good emails” to vendors as well.

I hope the both of you have a great rest of the day!

Katie M. Kight, CMCA, AMS
Community Association Manager

THANK YOU BLADE RUNNERS CLIENTS,

FOR VOTING US #1! 

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On June 4, a commercial customer of Blade Runners, Prince William County Center Owners Association, held a Kids Community Party, near the swimming pool of their complex which have just repaired by the best services. continue here to learn more about this. The event included a moon bounce, DJ dance competitions, arts and crafts, and temporary tatoos. Blade Runners sponsored a KONA Tropical Shaved Ice truck–dispensing free shaved ice to everyone throughout the event.

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The Police were present at the party, allowing the kids to sit in the driver’s seat of the cruiser, flash the lights, work the sirens and horns, and speak on the loud speaker. After each child had their opportunity in the police cruiser, the officers gathered the children together to speak about the importance of safety in their lives.

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Blade Runners’ account manager for Prince William County Center, Karen Baer, was in attendance at the party. Several HOA board members and unit owners personally thanked her and Blade Runners for sponsoring the shaved ice truck and for having great community spirit.

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A very good time was had by all!!


Hi Terry,
I would like to pass along a compliment to all the Blade Runners workers who performed the edging, mulching and clean up service for Forest Hills of Fairfax Community on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.  The quality of work was excellent.  The edging and mulching look really good and all areas in the community were serviced.  Their work made a major improvement in the appearance of the community.
Regards,
Drummond Taylor
Forest Hills HOA President


Dear Eric,

I just had a landscaping renewal completed at my home in the Stonehurst community.  Karen Baer from the long island plant nursery responded to my request and met with me a few weeks ago. She gave me some excellent suggestions, and allowed me to pick and choose among a menu of projects I had in mind. I chose all by one! Karen was very easy to work with, highly professional, and knowledgeable about plants & placement, so we were able to find easy for the landscaping.
The crew that performed the job was Yovany and Mauricio.  The men were very respectful, worked hard and consistently, and they left my property in spotless condition. I am so pleased by the work these men did at my house.
I am so happy with the plants, the trimming, the planning and the execution of the job at my home. I would recommend your company without hesitation, and I commend Karen, Jovani and Mauricio for the outstanding work they performed for me. I felt very respected by all of them and they communicated clearly with me throughout the process. Great job!

Thank you.
Laura Fall, Stonehurst Community resident

 


Ashley Court Cluster in North Reston would like to add our voices to those applauding the job you have done thus far under extremely difficult conditions.  I have received many emails and verbal comments from cluster residents asking me to forward on to you our sincere thanks.  Please let our plow driver know that his tireless efforts and good humor have been recognized by the neighborhood at large and are much appreciated.  We, like all of you, look forward to this all being behind us.

   With sincere thanks,
   Ashley Court Cluster Board of Directors


We saw your most recent report and hope you know that we are very grateful for your great service.  Please do not think that we believe anything different.  We know your crews are operating in extraordinary conditions.  The most important thing is the safety of you and your crews.  Please have them get some rest. The storm will pass.  We will dig out.  If it takes a couple of days, so what?  Please assure your crews that we appreciate all they have done.  There is an emergency lane in our community if we needed it. That is all we need.  Everything else will dig out, when you can. Please take heart that we believe you have done great work in terrible conditions with a storm that we will all remember for many years to come.

W Morris
Board member of the Chancery Square Homeowners’ Board
Fairfax, VA


Blade Runners is proudly offering a FREE new service to our customers:  the Client Portal.  This “window” will provide our customers with beneficial services and account information. These services will include:

1.  Electronic Check Processing for Payments

2.  Reviewing Paid and Unpaid Invoices

3.  Viewing Upcoming Service Tasks at your property

4.  Seeing Completed Service Tasks at your property

Here’s a preview of the Client Portal:

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How do I get Started?  Simply contact your account manager.  We will send you an invitation and the login information, and you will be ready to go.

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