Commercial grounds maintenance: our top five tips

1. Winter maintenance pays dividends in Spring
When autumn comes around, it’s tempting to put the external furniture in the store room and forget about the grounds until March. But some jobs are essential; leaves must be blown or raked off grass, or they’ll kill patches of the lawn. Paths need to be kept clear of slippery leaf mould to keep them safe.
And if winter does bring snow, it’s much quicker to clear snow from a path if it doesn’t also have a layer of leaf litter on it. Many restaurants now have kitchen gardens but there won’t be much left of them if leaves aren’t cleared. The reason for this is that they’re a five-star hotel for slugs which will happily overwinter in garden debris, ready to march out and start eating everything in sight in spring.

2. Lawns, like people, are individual and need year-round care
Lush lawns and velvety golf links are wonderful sights, but every lawn is different, as maintenance experts appreciate. They will need different kinds of feed, weed control and treatment depending on the type of grass, underlying soil, position, watering and many other factors. A professional firm such as Four Seasons will survey your lawn or sports course to determine what it needs and can then give it four custom treatments a year, together with extra care if it requires it.
If your existing grass is unrecoverable, it may be better to lay turf, or if grass is out of the question, to cut and fit artificial grass.

3. You may need to grit at short notice
Our climate is notoriously variable, and we don’t always get a lot of notice of snow. Professional grounds maintenance firms can arrange gritting whenever the temperature heads towards freezing. This will help to prevent accidents on paths and in car parks. If there is a sudden fall of snow, your business may be severely affected unless snow removal is carried out.

4. With hedges, it’s all a matter of timing
It’s essential to know when and how to cut a hedge. Anyone can hack at it with a pair of hedge trimmers. But a hedge cut at the wrong time of year may not recover that year. It may miss out on a year of growth, looking sparse, gappy and twiggy. If it is a fruiting or flowering hedge, it may not produce anything.
Different hedges need pruning and cutting at different times of the year so it’s essential to use a commercial grounds maintenance team that knows what it’s doing. Expert pruning can restore a hedge that’s run away or become “gappy” by encouraging the right kind of structural growth.
For mature hedges, there’s a huge difference between the look of a hedge that has been hacked and a hedge that has been precision trimmed, with sharp edges and superb architectural lines. These things can make the difference between stunning grounds that really repay the effort put into them, or a slightly straggly, uncared-for look. A properly pruned and cut hedge will keep its shape; a randomly chopped one won’t.

5. Expect the unexpected
There’s always something new happening in grounds. Japanese knotweed suddenly needs to be dealt with; a pond needs to be drained; there’s a decision to landscape the entire grounds differently; a hedgehog refuge needs to be established; a fountain needs putting in. Nothing fazes a professional crew like Four Seasons with experience in creating and maintaining top quality grounds and landscape schemes.
First impressions only get made once, so follow these tips to make sure you make the best impression possible. Why not give our friendly team a call if you’d like us to help you get your grounds looking their best?
Need any advice please call Nathan at Four Seasons Grounds Maintenance today for a Free telephone consultation!

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