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Springing Forward: Getting Ready for the Grounds Maintenance Season

Posted on 04/07/2020

Grounds Maintenance Season


By April, spring has finally come to full blossom, the leaves are back on the trees, grass is growing at full speed, and lawns across the country are getting a makeover. This month marks the start of the busiest season of the year for landscaping and grounds maintenance professionals. We realize that lawn care businesses range from a fleet of trucks or vans with a long list of employees to a small business with one truck or a couple of trailers. Whatever kind of business you have, we offer some tips to get you through the busy season.



Maintenance of Current Equipment 



Equipment


Making sure your equipment is ready for the long hours ahead is key to keeping your business running smoothly and efficiently.


It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your mower by checking the engine oil regularly, and clearing clippings and debris from under the deck. This keeps the machine in top condition. Regularly sharpening mower blades ensures you’re getting a clean cut on the grass instead of tearing it.


If you use string trimmers, replace the cutting line at the beginning of each season so it’s strong and ready to work. Check the string guard on the trimmer for any cracks. If this breaks, it can cause serious safety issues for you or your crew.



Revamp Your Work Vehicle



Revamp Vehicle 


As your business grows, you’ll want to invest in new equipment that will help it run better than ever. Purchasing products to update your truck, van or trailer is a great option.


Lockable racks for your trimmers make transporting them from job to job safe and secure. Using racks will also leave more room in the bed for your mowers and other equipment.


Buying a reel to upfit your vehicle is simple and another way to optimize space. Reels can be custom designed to meet your specific requirements so that they fit perfectly into any compartment. Reels allow for quick deployment and pickup, so you and your crew can move to the next job faster, plus they protect hose and cable from kinks and damage all season long.



Keep Lawns Green and Pest-Free 



Green Lawn


The sun is officially out and that means lawns will need to be watered regularly to avoid drying out. Irrigation systems can be tricky. You’ll want to make sure your client’s system is watering all the right places with the appropriate amount of coverage. This is the time to check the system for flaws like leaks or clogged nozzles, so that the season ahead is full of healthy green foliage and blooming flowers.


If you’re providing pesticide and fertilizer applications, we offer high-quality reels designed for this industry. Features like stainless steel construction, fluid paths, and swivel joints will ensure your reel is protected from the outdoor environment you’re working in, and the harsh chemicals you’re using.  


To learn more about the reels we offer for the lawn care industry, visit our Grounds Maintenance page: https://www.hannay.com/en-US/industry/grounds-maintenance/.


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