Saturday, 19 March 2016

Spring time... a time of renewal.

I have been meaning to write this blog for a few weeks but the past few weeks I don't even remember sitting down of an evening! It has been a really busy time with enquiries as a few weeks back we had this one sunny day and I think half of Surrey decided they needed to do something about their garden!

I have been spending every minute catching up with my quote writing, off on site visits, wrapping up our last project in Ashtead and starting the team on a new one in Horsham. All this and still managing to make an Easter bonnet with my middle son for nursery and chasing around a very mobile 11 month old who seems to be in the room one minute and the next has crawled out to the kitchen! Then I have a two year old who is very stubborn and wants to decide what she wears every morning and two minutes later take it off! Finally, there is my eldest boy who is 6 and wants to have conversations with me about possessive apostrophes and alliteration and is learning so much at school.

As you can imagine my life is quite full!

So this morning at 7am I decided to go out on a walk around the local woods with our dog and took my little bub with me. Aye had the other three. I needed to clear my mind as it had got so bogged up with work stuff. 

The walk really helped as it gave me a chance just to be and not 'do' anything or think about anything. 

Sometimes we need that. 

I felt a lot more 'me' by the end of the walk!

So, anyways, as I said at the start I had been meaning to write this blog a couple of weeks ago when we had a few days of heavy rain. We had quite a number of calls from clients who wanted their garden re-turfing, or to have artificial grass installed.

It seemed that a lot of people were getting frustrated with their boggy, muddy lawns and thought the only way out was to either rip it up and start again or get rid of the lawn completely!

It was around this time, and very timely too, that a lawn care company got in touch with us on Twitter. 

One thing we had never provided as a business was lawn care- in terms of regular treatments and scarifying and so on. But neither did we have anyone to pass these leads to or recommend. 

Tim, from Lawn master got in touch with us on Twitter and wanted to ask more about our business and also tell us about his. From our first conversation I could tell that Tim was passionate about customer service and providing a first class lawn care service to his clients. 

He too had come across clients who thought they would have to completely start again with their lawn after it had gone all muddy from a wet winter. Tim told me that his team spend their Spring reviving current and new lawns and with the right techniques and treatments they can rescue the lawn and bring it back to full health. Plus it costs about 1/4 of the price of re-turfing and the quality of the grass will be top notch and will fair through the winter better the next year.

There is obviously still a place for artificial grass and new lawns but I felt that it was great to talk to a knowledgeable and experienced lawn care professional whom had been able to turn many a lawn around to be a far healthier lawn than when they first started their treatments. 

A rescued lawn in Dorking, Surrey
A rescued lawn in Dorking, Surrey by Lawn Master.

A lawn brought back to health in Goring, West Sussex
A lawn brought back to health in Goring, West Sussex by Lawn Master.

Tim's team covers West Sussex and South Surrey for lawn care. I also found out about Scott who covers Sutton, Epsom and Banstead. Scott is very similar to us in that his wife does the admin side of the business while he concentrates on the manual side of things. 

While talking to Scott the other week he bought up a very familiar situation to us and that is the aftercare that a new lawn needs. I still remember one of the first lawns that we re-turfed and going back to see that the owner had hacked his new lawn with a Flymo and cut it too soon and too low! From that point we always gave out detailed instructions on how to care for the lawn in the first few months as although the responsibility to look after the lawn is passed to the client we didn't want our customers to waste their money getting a nice new lawn but not knowing how to care for it or worse for it just to go back to how their old lawn was!

Landscaping project in Ashtead, Surrey
A new lawn needs the correct maintenance to stay healthy. 

Scott can provide a great after care programme for new lawns so that mother nature doesn't take hold and turn it into the weed or moss bed it once was! 

Also, new lawns can struggle through the first winter but Lawn Master can improve and bolster them so that they are stronger. 
I am really happy that we have met a like minded company that are committed to an excellence and informative service. 

So this Spring, if your lawn is still looking a bit muddy and sorry for itself don't give up on it! Contact the guys at Lawn Master and see how they can help care for your lawn. 

Quite apt really writing this blog now as it is soon to be Easter which is traditionally a time for renewal and new life. I am planning to have some lovely time off with friends and family this Easter hols- a good chance to take a break and feel refreshed.

We have some great projects lined up this year, no project is the same and that is what I love about this job! 

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