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Maintenance

Mowing, Trimming and Edging

Mowing, Trimming and Edging

Our mowing professionals will keep your turf beautifully manicured throughout the growing season. Custom striped turf, mechanically edged walks and driveways, along with weekly trimming will maintain your property's desired appearance.

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Fertilization

Fertilization

We offer a full program of fertilization and weed control, for both turf and landscape beds, along with insect and grub control. Fertilization, along with pre-emergent crabgrass and post emergent broadleaf weed control will create a healthy, green, lush lawn that your neighbors will envy.

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Aeration

Aeration

Aerating your lawn with a core aerator promotes vigorous root growth, helps alleviate the buildup of thatch, relieves soil compaction, allows your lawn to absorb more oxygen, and retains 50% more water and fertilizer. Aeration can be performed twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

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Mulch Installation

Mulch Installation

Enhance the look of your home with freshly mulched landscape beds. We install only the finest premium dark brown hardwood mulch, and certify it to be free of disease.

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Spring and Fall Clean-Ups

Spring and Fall Clean-Ups

Best done prior to the start and near the end of the mowing season, cleanups keep your lawn and landscape free of unwanted debris. Spring cleanups include trimming grasses and most perennials, along with blowing leaves and other debris out of the beds and vacuuming them up with a lawn vacuum. Fall cleanups consist of cleaning leaves out of landscape beds, trimming of most perennials and bagging the leaves in the lawn.

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Tree and Shrub Pruning

Tree and Shrub Pruning

Trimming and pruning is a necessary part of encouraging vigorous and healthy growth for any tree or shrub. While trimming keeps your shrubs looking great and their growth controlled, pruning prevents weak spots, disease , tree rub (two branches touching) and dead branches on your trees.

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Bulk Mulch and Rock Delivery

Bulk Mulch and Rock Delivery

For the do-it-yourselfers, the same premium hard wood mulch that we install along with all our landscape fill materials are available for delivery.

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Large Area Mowing

Large Area Mowing

Whether you need a manicured playing surface or an open lot maintained, we have the capability to mow any size and any quality of turf surface.

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Maintenance FAQs

What can you do about crabgrass in my turf grass?

Our first application is in the early spring and it is a pre-emergent crabgrass control with a balanced granular fertilizer.  A pre-emergent is vital to controlling crabgrass as the crabgrass reproduces by seeds in the ground.  Preventing those seeds from germinating helps keep crabgrass in check.  Keep in mind that due to the large of amount of seeds produced it can take a couple seasons of pre-emergent control before the crabgrass is completely taken care of.  Typically crabgrass is controlled well in the first year and the second season catches the remaining crabgrass plants.  If you would like more information about crabgrass you can go to http://www.northeastipm.org/bmps-for-school-ipm/pests/crabgrass/

How much it will be for LKM to to mow my yard?

The pricing is based on the amount of turf square footage at your property.  Our minimum for a smaller yard is $45.00 and can increase from there pending the total amount of turf square footage.  If you want to find out more please contact us.

How much it is for delivery of mulch?

The pricing for mulch is $35.00 plus tax per yard with a maximum of 10 yards per truck load.  A delivery fee for bringing the mulch out to you is $40.00 if you are located in Bloomington-Normal.  If you are outside of the Bloomington-Normal area then the truck trip can increase based on mileage to your location. 

 

Example: Mr. John Doe wants 4 yards of mulch delivered to his home in Normal, the price would be 4 yards multipled by $35.00 per yard plus tax.  A delivery fee of $40.00 would also accompany the mulch.  So the total to deliver 4 yards of mulch would be $180 + tax on the mulch.

How many steps of fertilizer do you perform and how often are they performed?

Our typical fertilizer program has 6 applications.  Applications start in the early spring, are spaced about a month apart, and end in the fall.  We properly time our applications to help keep a consistent nutrient base for the turf so that it is healthy throughout the growing season.

How much is it for delivery of river rock?

The pricing for river rock is $60.00 plus tax per ton with a limit of 5 tons per truck load.  A delivery fee for bringing the rock out to you is $40.00 if you are located in Bloomington-Normal.  If you are outside of the Bloomington-Normal area then the truck trip can increase based on mileage to your location.

 

Example: Mrs. Jane Buck wants 3 tons of river rock delivered to her home in Bloomington, the price would be 3 tons multipled by $60.00 per ton plus tax.  A delivery fee of $40.00 would also accompany the river rock.  So the total to deliver 3 tons of river rock would be $220.00 + tax on the river rock

 

I need my yard mowed once, do you do that?

Currently we only offer seasonally contracted mowing.  We do not perform one time mowings.  If you are interested in having the yard mowed for the entire season then please contact us about pricing.

Can I come pick up bulk materials from you?

Due to insurance reasons, we are not able to load any personal vehicles with bulk materials.  If you need materials we can deliver them (see delivery information).

 

Why should I use your fertilizer service instead of someone else's?

Our program works!  The proof is in our customers’ yards.  Deeper green turf color, less weeds, and healthier turf are few of the differences we see in our customers’ yards over our competitor’s customers’ yards.  Our fertilizer program uses quality slow release granular fertilizers along with a couple applications of liquid fertilizers that are paired with broadleaf weed control.  The broadleaf weed control applications are the only applications that we perform that have liquid fertilizer.  Some competitor companies only apply liquid fertilizer, which releases all of the fertilizer into the ground at one time.  While a liquid application does give the turf a quick boost in growth and color, it does not provide a long term consistent amount of the nutrients the turf needs.   Slow release granular fertilizers give the turf an even well balanced amount of fertilizer over a longer time period, which helps the turf maintain a consistent color and keeps it healthier.

What results should I expect to see with LKM's fertilizer program?

A healthy looking lawn is the result you should expect from LKM’s fertilizer program.  Healthy lawns have good turf density, little to no weeds, and a nice deep green color.  The fertilizer program we have created does an excellent job of providing proper nutrients to keep turf healthy.  Proper nutrients along with proper mowing, watering, and aeration help keep the turf looking its best.