Here is a summary of what is explained below:
Most yards are $34+tax or $39 +tax for corner or cul-de-sac lots
Bagging up and disposing of leaves and debris is $4.50 for each large bag
Hedging is billed by the hour.
We can come either weekly or bi-weekly depending on your needs.
We won't spend your money mowing a yard that doesnt need it.
We bill monthly by mail or via email. (you want to do email ; )
For most yards $34 includes a really nice job of mowing, edging, trimming, blowing and keeping front flower beds weeded and clean. For most corner and cul-de-sac lots add $5. We do have to charge sales tax and occasionally do need to charge more for yards that take more time.
Bagging the grass and raking/ bagging leaves may need to be a bit more. We figure our extra labor and disposal cost by the bag, so you will see $4.50 for every large trash bag of debris that we get up and haul away. Unless otherwise requested, we may elect to do this a coulpe times a year. We only do that if your trees have dropped so many leaves that mulching them up with our mowers would leave an unsightly and unhealthy amount of thatch on the yard. Not bagging leaves up when they should is the most common mispractice I see among homeowners and inexperienced lawn guys. You may soon start to see the thinning out of your grass much like it thins out under too much shade.
We are happy to trim your hedges if need be. We charge $65/hr per crew (2 guys) for hedging. All flowerbed cleanup is billed the same way. We move fast and and clean em up nice. We know if you feel like you're paying too much for any service, we won't be doing it for long.
Another great thing about House to House is that we don't mow if it don't need it. We often see other companies ruining peoples yards mowing over dry, brittle grass thats already too short. We will either do a "partial service" for a partial price, or, if we see the yard should just be skipped, then we skip it. No charge to you. But please save us the trip out if think we should put off the mow by giving us a call or shooting me an email. (housetohouselawncare@gmailcom)
We can either come weekly or bi-weekly depending on your needs. We are punctual about our mowing days. Unless weather pushes us back you can count on us comming on the same day each week.
Billing is done the middle of every month, and we can send you a statement by mail or via E-mail. (email...you want to do email...)
Fungus! Fungus most often shows up when the ground is too wet, too often. Over fertilizing will also help bring about this problem. It usually spreads in a circular pattern and can quickly overrun an entire yard if it's being overwatered. Cornmeal gluten is a natural preventative for fungus, and may slow or halt the spread of a mild case. The best preventative is just paying attention to the amount you're fertilizing and watering. Even so it can still pop up! I've had no luck with the cheap stuff from Home Depot. Commercial fungicide is pricey but, in my oppinion, is the only thing that does a good job dealing with this problem.
Chinch Bugs! Chinch Bugs are a super common here in Austin. They have the most dramatic affect on St. Augustine grass. You can see them if you go stare at your grass in the heat of the day. They run up and down the blades and are about the size of ants. The adults have an oval spot on their back. Usually white or blue around here. The younger ones are a little harder to distinguish. Chinch bugs show up in stressed, dry lawns! My experience is that a yard looks bad BEFORE chinch bugs show up. First thing to check is your sprinkler system to make sure that spot is getting adequate water. They usually show up near the driveway or sidewalk in the heat of summer. I suspect it's not because they like the hot sidewalk but because that's where the stressed out grass is.