Frequently Asked Questions
Outdoor services related FAQs are available to answer common questions we’ve received from our clients.
- What areas do you service?
- How short should I cut my grass?
- How do I fix my uneven brick pavers?
- Does underlayment work to prevent weeds?
- How do I keep weeds out of my flower beds?
- How much mulch do I need for my flower gardens?
- How do I prevent weeds in my brick pavers?
In the Genesee County area we provide landscape services to Fenton, Linden, and Hartland. In other parts of Michigan such as Livingston County we provide lawn maintenance, landscaping, stone walls and brick patios to customers in the Tyrone Township, Howell, and Brighton Areas.
Cut no more than one third the height during each cut. Cut more often if necessary; this will lead to less clippings and a lusher lawn.
Damage and uneven brick pavers are usually due to a larger problem, rather than a simple re-leveling of brick base. The thing always to ask is how or what caused the problem. Where freezing occurs, water is usually the source of the problem. Before re-leveling the pavers the source needs to be found and fixed or redirected. Tree and plant roots are another problem that creates uneven brick pavers. The fix is to remove the roots, plants, or trees that are interfering with the paver base. Compaction of the base is very important when rebuilding the paver foundation. Remember to compact until base doesn’t compress more than a 1/4 inch, then level and lay your pavers.
Yes, if using rock or stone instead of mulch. No, if using a product that breaks down and decays. Mulch or other products break down, turning to dirt and compost and allowing weeds to root. Over time roots will penetrate the barrier.
We use several products that help prevent weeds from germinating which is one way to help. Pulling weeds by hand or tools works well if done correctly. The entire root has to be pulled and removed to keep that weed from growing back. Weed killer is another option, but is very unforgiving if over-sprayed. Spraying weed killer on sunny warm days with no rain expected with in 24 hours creates the best results.
Mulch is usually sold in cubic yards at most suppliers. 1 cubic yard is equal to 81 square foot area 4 inches thick, or a 162 square foot area 2 inches thick. You would use 4 inches if installing in a new bed or where no to little mulch is present. You would install 2 inches over existing mulch as a refresher layer.
Weeds are prevented by filling and sealing areas where dirt gets trapped, allowing the weeds to germinate. Most pavers just need a good power wash and clean. Then they would need to be resanded after dried and possibly re-compacted, packing those voids. A premium sealer is then applied, sealing your sand in place and preventing the weeds from growing.