Monthly Archives: November 2012

During these cold winter months can be the best time to start planning you landscape needs for next year.Many people don’t realize until it’s too late that many landscape projects needs months in advance.

Some hardscape projects (any solid landscaping surface or structure, from paving and decking to retaining walls and fences)may need permits,and in some areas this can be a real challenge .I have heard stories of people having  a couple of months for very simple stuff.

When  planning for big jobs  you should always talk to a professional.You can almost always get free advise.There are so many things to consider that after talking to a few pro’s you will learn alot of stuff you never even thought of.Never feel bad about calling someone out for a free estimate ,i get people calling us out all the time and i look at it like this,if i help the out with some advise now,and they do it on there own,they will call me back when they need something done.More times then not they hire us anyway .

Winter is a great time to plan because your property has a real different look now.You can see things you could not see any other season.It’s a good time to plan where you want to put some pine trees now that your neighbors can see right into your bedroom ,funny you didn’t notice him the rest of the year.

Starting this time of year will give you plenty of time to plan to avoid a landscape nightmare that often happens when you wait til the first warm  day of spring and run out in your shorts and a pick full of plants.It can save you alot of money in the long run too.Careful planning will pay off in many ways.Plus you will be in a better mood just thinking about summer,where your going to put what. So get out side ,trim some trees ( great time of year to do that too ) and take a good look around, talk to some pro’s ,look on the internet and plan plan plan so when spring comes you will be ready.

Believe it or not trees need care even  in the winter.Most of us don’t do these things until we have a problem,including me.These are just tips ,we do not provide these services im not trying to sell anything here just trying to share some advice that has helped me.Winter can be very stressful on trees  even ones that are accustomed to winter especially after the dry hot summer we had this year.After a heavy snow go out and try to remove the snow off the tree limbs .Too much snow will bend or break branches off.Bending can be just as bad because it will crack the branch leaving it vulnerable to bugs and diseases next summer .I know this is easier said then done but if you have smaller pine or any othe small newer trees you have planted its worth the time to protect them.Next water when you can.Even after a normal summer trees and shrubs can suffer drought from the wind ,cold and lack of water.When we have a mild day any time through winter water your trees and shrubs .Add a thick layer of mulch around tree bases in late fall and water them thoroughly then. The mulch helps the tree roots retain water, slows moisture loss and runoff and acts as a buffer between tree roots and frigid temperatures. .Next if you have young trees bundle them up.Protect tree bark from cracking by wrapping tree trunks with burlap strips. Wind them diagonally around the trunk, and secure the strips with twine.To protect young trees from animals like deer,mice ,rabbits and Squirrels .Place wire mesh or chicken wire around the base of the tree about 6″ from the tree like a fence to prevent most rodents from getting their teeth on the bark. You may want to apply a squirrel repellent to stop squirrels from climbing and damaging trees. Consult your local True Value expert for the best product for the job.Next winter is a great time to do your pruning . They are dormant in the winter. When pruning large limbs, always undercut first — cut from the bottom up, one-third of the way through the limb, then finish by cutting from the top. The undercut keeps the limb from splitting and breaking off, preventing damage to the trunk. Don’t cut flush to the trunk. It’s the collar or enlarged base of a branch that produces the hormones to help heal wounds, so it’s important to keep the collar intact.That about it if you have any question let me know.And keep us in mind for lawn care next year anywhere in Waukesha and Walworth counties .

Winter in Waukesha and Walworth counties comes too fast

Here comes winter agian,get ready now so when spring comes your ready to mow(or call us and we will be happy to do it)winter in Waukesha,Mukwonago,Lake Geneva,EastTroy,Elkhorn,Delavan or anywhere in our great Walworth or Waukesha counties can be rough on or lawn equipment so be prepared for next year.

Its easy to winterize your tractor, lawn mower, or anything that uses a small gasoline engine. The procedure that is laid out here assumes that you will not be using the equipment again for sometime (longer than 60 days).

Lets start with a good clean-up. A little soap and water will make the job easier. If you have a pressure washer feel free to use it but, equipment manufacturers never though folks would have 1000+ PSI in their hands. Take care that you do not force dirt and water into bearings that were not designed to withstand that kind of pressure. The high pressure spray will also wash away any lubricant that it hits. After a good cleaning it would not hurt to wax the steel metal. Some small tractors cost more than the car I drive.

The next step is to inspect the deck, deck belts, hangers, and blades. If anything is broken or worn, plan to replace it during this winters downtime. If you have the deck off or tractor jacked up, remove the blades and have them sharpened. You can get the blades off by blocking the blade with a piece of wood and unscrewing the blade bolt or nut. Wearing gloves is a good idea especially when re-installing the sharpened or new blades. Its a good idea to replace deck belts that have any signs of wear. That way your guaranteed to get through the next cutting season without any downtime for a belt that you knew would not make it.

If you have removed the deck, now is a good time to lubed the tractor. Use your owners manual. Most owners manuals  will point out where, and what kind of lube should be applied.

Lets stop here an change the oil. Check the oil level. If its ok, start the engine and allow it to warm up a little. This will make the oil easier to change and will also stir up the dirt that maybe in the oil pan so that it will come out with the used oil. Stop the engine and drain the oil. Don’t forget to replace the drain plug before refilling. If your engine is equipped with a oil filter, change it now. Refill with the proper oil for your engine.

Now for the engine.

Start by changing the fuel filter. Clamp off the fuel line between the tank and the fuel filter. Remove the filter by loosing the clamps that hold it and pulling it out of the hose. Be careful to catch any gasoline that may spill. Always replace the hose that is between the filter and the carburetor. Notice that the filter usually has barbs on it. These barbs tear the inside of the hose when the filter is removed. A piece of hose could enter the carb and cause real problems.

Remove the air filter and precleaner. Clean or replace them as necessary. Reinstall the Air Cleaner.

Next, lets prepare the gasoline itself. I have often read that gasoline is only good for 90 days. There are 2 problems with this. The first one is its 90 days from date of manufacture not from when you bought it. The second is that gasoline is volatile in air, meaning that it evaporates quickly. Gasoline should be stored no more than 30 days without treatment and should be stored in a proper container . But what about the gasoline in you tank. The same 2 problems occur there also. So we must prepare the fuel system to sit out the winter without damage. There are 2 schools of thought here. One is to drain all the gas leaving the fuel system dry for the winter. The problem with this is that water can collect in the system because of condensation. The water will cause as much or more damage then the gas will. But leaving the fuel system full will cause just as much trouble due to stale gas and the solids that collect at the point of evaporation. The latest thinking for storage is to fill the tank with gas that has been treated with stabilizer. The stabilizer keeps the gas fresh and helps prevent the build up of deposits. The full tank keeps the condensation from happening. Note that after you fill the tank with stabilized fuel you must run the engine for about 10 minutes so that the treated fuel enters the carb.

We are almost done. Park the tractor where its going to sleep away the winter because after the next two steps we don’t want to start it again. This is a good place to stop if you will be using the tractor to push snow or something else. Now, remove the spark plug. Put a teaspoon of engine oil into the spark plug hole. Replace the spark plug with a new one(s). Crank the engine over a few times to spread the oil inside the cylinder(s). And if its possible on your engine turn the engine over by hand until you feel the compression stroke. This closes the valves and prevents moisture from getting into the engine.

The last step. Remove the battery from the unit and store it in a warm spot. If you have a battery charger it would be good to charge the battery before storing it.

It is very important to do these things,it will save you alot of time and money,if you are unable to do this stuff your self there are alot of places that will do it for you for a fee,but believe me have it done you will save money in the long run.There are so many places to have it done at,when we are doing lawn care in waukesha im always within 5 mins of someone that can help .but even if we are doing lawn care in Mukwonago or lawn care in Lake Geneva you can always find a place.

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