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Educate Clients on How to Keep Lawns Healthy
Patty Vaughan | May 28, 2013
Source: Publicutilities.columbus.gov/

Source: Publicutilities.columbus.gov/

Helping a client understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lawn can potentially make your job easier.

Here are few helpful hints from to encourage your clients to maintain a healthy lawn and potentially make a worthwhile investment.

Why Green Matters 

  • Environmental Benefits: Trees, shrubs and grass remove smoke, dust and other pollutants from the air.
  • Lifestyle Benefits: Well-placed plantings offer privacy and tranquility by screening out busy street noises. 
  • Economic Benefits: A green lawn can improve property value.

Efficient Irrigation 

  • Without efficient water distribution, clients are liable to waste water and harm a lawn and plants. However, an irrigation system can help remove that guesswork.
  • Tell clients that working with a licensed contractor with an established reputation for installation can help avoid common do-it-yourself pitfalls, such as uneven sprinkler coverage and poor water pressure.

Smart Technology 

  • Consider telling a client to invest in a smart system that uses sensors to measure moisture levels in soil. Professionally installed, properly maintained sensors can potentially save a household more than 11,000 gallons of irrigation water annually, according to estimates.
  • A good soil sensor will also have extra capabilities, such as the ability to detect soil type and adjust calculations accordingly
  • Don’t let the initial installation costs of an irrigation system dissuade a client. Not only will the client recoup the cost over time, but many municipalities and water districts nationwide offer homeowner rebates for installing water conserving irrigation products. Check with your local water district or municipality for rebates in the area. 

Optimize 

  • Don’t be afraid to upgrade motorized lawn care equipment or parts when necessary. From lawn mowers and electric hedge trimmers to the controller, valves and sprinklers of an irrigation system, efficient alternatives may entail upfront costs, but will optimize savings over time.   
  • For example, leaking valves are a major source of water loss, so check them annually for issues. Also, a simple immediate upgrade you may want to consider is replacing your spray nozzles with more efficient ones designed to eliminate runoff and reduce water bills.

 

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