All turf areas will be mowed as needed, during the growing season. Mowing height will be determined to provide optimum growing conditions. Frequency of mowing will vary in the spring and fall, due to seasonal weather conditions and growth rate of turf. Approximately 30 cuts per season will be performed on turf. In the event additional cuts are needed, there will be no charge for extra mowing.
All areas inaccessible to mowing equipment will be trimmed as needed, on a weekly basis, to maintain a neat, well groomed appearance. Where practical, we will use approved growth regulators around fences, trees, and other obstacles that may be damaged by repeated use of string line trimmers.
Edging of walks, curbs, swimming pools, decks etc. will be done through the use of a steel bladed edger. Excessive debris, resulting from edging will be removed.
All landscape areas will be policed, in conjunction with mowing operations, for loose trash and debris. Policing includes the removal of grass clippings from all walkways after mowing.
All turf areas will be aerated with a core aerator once per season.
All turf areas will be sprayed for the control of broadleaf weeds, as needed. Broadleaf weed control in turf is handled on a curative rather than a preventative basis. Where needed, we will recommend pre-emergent weed control.
All turf areas will be fertilized a minimum of 3 times per season using a quality, well balanced fertilizer. This service is normally done once in the spring, once in the summer, and once in the fall.
All leaves will be removed from property in the late fall or early winter. Leaves will be removed from all bed areas and turf areas.
Tree, Shrub and Bed Care
All beds will be checked on a regular basis for mulch coverage. If additional mulch or rock is needed in bed areas, this will be brought to the attention of the contracting officer.
All bed areas will be kept free of weeds by means of chemical control, mechanical cultivation, and hand weeding as necessary. Every effort will be made to control grasses and bind weed from growing into bushes and shrubs; however, control of these items is not always guaranteed.
Tree and Shrub Care
We will monitor, on a regular basis, the health of all plant material and make necessary recommendations to the contracting officer, with respect to such items as: fertilization, insect and disease control, etc.
All trees and shrubs on the property will be pruned, with the exception of plant material over 15 feet high.
Plants shall be pruned in accordance with regular accepted industry standards for pruning. Pruning is done to promote healthy growth, prevent weak or abnormal limb structure, control unwanted leggy growth, and maintain the natural growth habit of the plants.
In order to prevent damage to trees and shrubs planted in turf areas, by mowers and trimmers, a grass-free area or guard around all trees and shrubs will be provided and maintained by the maintenance contractor, at the expense of the contracting officer.
Due to the variable and unpredictable nature of insect and disease problems, trees and shrubs will be sprayed on a time and material basis, as needed. Most sprays will be done on a curative basis; however, we may elect from time to time to treat potential problems on a preventive basis.
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Activation occurs usually between March and May, depending on weather conditions. At the time of the activation, all necessary repairs will be made to bring the system up to operating condition. These repairs will be billed on a time and material basis.
After the system is activated and operating, the contractor will be responsible for checking the system on a weekly basis, or as deemed necessary by the contractor, to insure continuance of proper operation.
Regular checking of irrigation system shall include:
- Turning on all clocks to check for proper function.
- Turning on all valves to insure proper operation.
- Visually inspecting all heads for proper coverage and also for damage caused by mowing operations. Frequency and duration based on current weather conditions.
In the event malfunctions are found during the regular check of the irrigation system, repairs will be made on a time and material basis.
Contractor shall keep in mind the need for water conservation. During extended cold or rainy periods, irrigation controllers will be turned off. However, occasional rainstorms will not constitute adequate reason for turning off controllers.
Winterization of the irrigation system usually occurs between October 15th and December 1st. Depending on weather conditions. Proper winterization will include the use of an air compressor, unless otherwise specified.
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