What TLC Does to Ensure Quality Lawn Care

Maintaining a beautiful yard can be a big job. TLC follows a few simple procedures to help produce a lush, green, and healthy lawn.

  • A well-kept yard is in the details! Before mowing your lawn, we make sure to pick up any litter and trim around areas where we can’t use a mower.
  • When lawns are growing well, they should be mowed at least once per week.
  • All of our mowing personnel are trained to judge a good height for each lawn. Lawns should be kept between 3 and 4 inches to stay green and healthy – cutting lawns very short will result in brown or burned grass, regardless of the season.
  • During extended drought, your lawn will be mowed less often and kept taller.
  • We keep mowing blades straight and sharp!
    • Dull blades tear grass leaves instead of cutting smoothly, which damages the leaves and causes them to turn brown as they “heal.”
    • Bent blades don’t rotate on a consistent, level plane, so the finished lawn looks rough, irregular, or uneven. Severely bent blades can even cause scalping (cutting too close), which damages the turf and causes large swatches to turn brown.
  • We mow in straight lines for a tidier, more efficient result. This is accomplished by setting one straight path (using a landmark as a reference), and then using this line as a guide for all the others.
  • We stripe all lawns big enough for us to do so – and our spotless technique sets us apart! We take pride in mowing perfectly straight lines with minimal overlap, which produces straight, uniform bands that are very pleasing to the eye.
  • For a professional look, we use a “zero turn” mower to move back and forth in equally spaced rows. This leaves attractive contrasting stripes as the grass is temporarily bent in the direction of movement.
  • Every week, we mow in a different pattern, usually rotated 90 degrees from the week before. This creates a checkerboard look, similar to a professional baseball field.
  • Unless asked, we DO NOT bag lawns. Grass clippings provide 30% or more of your lawns fertilizing needs. Rather than bagging them up, we’ll double-mow your lawn to get rid of any unsightly clippings left after the first pass. (When double-mowing, we generally rotate 90 degrees from the first pass.)
  • After mowing, we blow all clippings from gardens, walkways, and driveways back on to the lawns.