A lush, green, manicured lawn does not happen by chance. Understanding what is necessary to have a healthy lawn that thrives throughout the year takes careful planning and timely turf maintenance. We offer a variety of services to nurture your lawn today and supply it with the necessary supplements throughout out the season to make your lawn the envy of your neighborhood.
Spring Clean up: Remove leaves and major debris from your lawn and planting beds, which includes cleaning out leaves and debris trapped in shrub branches and underneath shrubs. All debris will be hauled off property. Spring clean up will be completed by April 30th weather permitting
Lawn Maintenance: Lawns will be mowed weekly. In the event that weather does not permit us to work, we will continue lawn mowing on the next suitable day and return to the normal schedule as soon as possible. Weekly lawn mowing includes mowing turf, line trimming around obstacles the mower cannot reach, and clean up of all planting beds and hard surfaces. Edging of turf on concrete will take place bi-monthly.
Fall Clean up: Remove leaves and major debris from turf and planting beds, which includes cleaning out leaves and debris trapped in shrub branches and underneath shrubs. Cut down perennial plants for winter or leave up for aesthetic value depending on homeowner’s request. Debris will be will hauled off property. You can set up a one time fall clean up or we can schedule you for multiple clean ups during the fall to suit your property needs. Fall clean up will be completed by November 30th weather permitting.
Fertilization Program: Five fertilization applications will be applied to all turf grass
Fertilization applications include:
1st Application: 22-4-4 and Pre Emergent- Early Spring
2nd Application: 50-0-46 and Weed-Control-Spring
3rd Application: 24-511 Fertilizer, 1% Iron & Weed Control- Summer
4th Application: 32-3-10 and Weed Control- Late Summer
5th Application: 35-3-5 Fertilizer and Weed Control- Fall
(Grub control not included in fertilization program but available upon request.)
Detaching: Thatch is a layer of debris, mainly maid up of grass clippings, found above the soil and below the blades of grass. If your thatch layer is in excess of ½ inch it is a good idea to dethatch your lawn. We will dethatch your turf grass, which consists of pulling up, thinning the thatch layer, and remove it from your property.
Aeration: Soil compaction is a condition that causes turf to struggle. Aeration is best done in late summer or early fall. Depending on your soil type and traffic on the lawn aeration should be done every two to three years. Aeration will pull up a plug of soil and leave it on the surface which will allow good drainage and air into the soil.
Landscapes are more than trees and shrubs outside. They provide functional outdoor spaces and add aesthetic value to your property. To achieve a landscape that will thrive and grow with your property it takes careful planning and an understanding of your expectations. To achieve this Mike’s Clean Cut Landscaping utilizes experienced professionals, quality plant material, and the principals of the design process to achieve a functional and aesthetically pleasing landscape through our maintenance and installation practices.
Shrub & Tree Pruning: We will inspect, shape, and prune all deciduous/evergreen shrubs and trees at the appropriate time to maintain optimal health and aesthetic value. Our three-point method times pruning to coincide with ideal growing conditions that will facilitate or maintain growth. (A licensed subcontractor working directly with us will take care of trees larger than 12 feet.)
Bed Maintenance: All planting beds will be weeded by hand, mechanically, chemically, or a combination of theses methods. We will deadhead annual flowers at the appropriate time throughout the season. Towards the fall, all desired perennial will be cut down to 2 inches above the soil level.
Annual/ Mum Flower Planting: In the spring, we will plant annual flowers in designated planting beds and planters. We will provide you with a list of flowers that will accommodate the conditions of the site. Planting beds will also be cultivated to loosen up the soil. Mums are available at the end of summer to liven up fall planting beds and planters.
Mulch Installation: Mulch will be spread in all planting beds where it is currently present or as designated by the homeowner. We can also deliver mulch to your home for homeowner installation. We offer a variety of mulch such as double and triple shredded hardwood, cypress, cedar, playground mulch, premium hardwood, and colorant bark. Some of the benefits to mulch are it retains moisture for plants, keeps soil temperature down, weed control, and aesthetic value. All natural bed edges will get a fresh new trench of 3 to 4” to give you a distinct line between turf and bed as well as to help prevent grass from creeping into the planting beds.
Sod Installation: Whether you need a small patch job, full sod installation, or sod replacement of an existing area of grass, we have the quality materials and resource to get your job done in a timely matter. We have the knowledge of water management and the equipment to grade and finish grade the property, if necessary, to properly prep the site for installation.
Landscape Design/ Construction: Depending on if your landscape goal is to create an outdoor living space, add curb appeal, or address an issue like highway nose or screening we have the knowledge, craftsmanship, and resources to make your desires become a reality. We offer 2-D or rendered landscape plans as well as 3-D computer images that allow you to see the final product before any work begins. Although we can simply design a landscape for you, we have the crew, equipment, and know how necessary for installation. We will be with you every step of the way from the beginning stages of the design and site analysis to seeing your project through completion.
Grading/ Finish Grading: Having the correct grade on your property is important for proper drainage and water run off diverting it away from your foundation. Whether it is a small or large-scale project, with our experienced craftsman and equipment we can shape your property to have the correct contours and slopes to guide water into designated areas. Once we complete rough grading and clean the soil of loose debris, we start the finish grading process to prepare for sod installation, seeding, or hydro seeding.
Water Management: Water management on a site is critical to direct water away from your house and into a designated area so it does not cause any problems. We install French drains, underground downspouts, drainage fields, or sump systems to tackle all your water management needs.
Michigan winters can be brutal. A snowstorm can come at a moments notice bringing lots of snow and ice. These conditions must be dealt with immediately and in the proper manner. At Mike’s Clean Cut Landscaping, we have an experienced staff of professionals ready to serve you 24 hours a day 7 days a week during the winter season. We offer residential and commercial snow plowing. Unlike other companies, we have designated crews for each so we can get to our customers in a timely and efficient manner. In the event that you need to get a hold of us during a snowstorm, we have an emergency number so you can speak with a member of our staff directly and will not have to leave a message. We are here to worry about the snow so you don’t have to!
Snow Plowing: We understand that everyone has different needs so we offer seasonal snow plowing as well as per push snow plowing. Our snow plowing services include but are not limited to plowing the driveway, shoveling the front walkway, porch, and city sidewalk. However, if you have a special request we are here to accommodate you.
Ice Management: Ice is a serious hazard and must be addressed immediately. We constantly monitor weather conditions so we are prepared if ice formation occurs. Our crews are dispatched in accordance to when your property opens for business so conditions are safe by the time people begin to arrive. Straight rock salt will be applied to all roadways and parking lots and professional ice melting products (or rock salt) will be applied to all walkways. Professional ice melting products are recommended because they are safer for vegetation and concrete compared to rock salt.
Snow Removal/ Hauling: In certain circumstances when snow fall for a season is high there is not enough room on a site for the snow piles. We have the necessary equipment to be able to move the snow to different locations on the site to free up valuable space for your clients.
On Call Drift Plowing: Winter winds have a tendency to blow snow in undesirable locations causing drifting, which can hinder access to your property. We have a 24 hour 7 day a week snow emergency number available to our customers in the event that you need us to come out and clear any snowdrifts. We will come out, remove the snow, and allow you easy access to your property again.