Questions To Ask Your Snow Removal Contractor

At Lola’s Landscaping in Norfolk County we are continuing to see clients inquire about snow removal services. With last week’s blizzard dropping over a 18 inches of snow in parts of Massachusetts, snow removal companies are in high demand. If you you are in the market for a snow removal team still for the winter, consider these questions before you sign a contract.

How Long Have You Been in Business?- Now days its very easy to claim you run a “snow removal business”. Strap on a plow to your truck and send our some flyers and boom, you can appear to be legitimate. When it comes to snow removal though, you want a trusted company with years of business under their belt.

Pre-plow Plan– Pardon the alliteration on this one folks. When you are about to sign a snow removal contract, you should ask them what they do before the first snowfall. They should access your property for any potential problems and create a plan on how to deal with them. Discuss the plan with homeowners or business owners about what to do with cars that will be there as well.

Documentation- What type of documentation do they provide? If you are billed by the amount of snowfall are they tracking this? Do the document the hours they were at your location for? Hopefully you never have a billing dispute, but you’ll want to make sure you have documentation from your plow company.

Do They Have Insurance Coverage- This one is self explanatory. Snow plows will be working around your home, cars, and other property. Verify the insurance they carry.

If you are still looking for a plow company this winter, contact Lola’s Landscape today!

Snowplowing Tips

At Lola’s Landscaping, we are expert snowplowers. We provide snowplowing for both commercial and residential properties and our drivers are fully insured and know the best practices and tips for safe and practical snowplowing techniques. If you are starting out snowplowing yourself, take some of these tips from the expert snowplowers in Norfolk County.

When Transporting a Snowplow: You should angle the blade to the right, doing this will reduce the chance of catching a curb or snowbank and risking pulling your truck into it.

Do Not Go Faster Than 40 MPH When Transporting A Plow

Do Not Go Faster Than 14 MPH When Plowing

If Its Yours First Time Plowing An Area: Talk with the property owner about any objects of landscaping materials that could be hidden by snow. This will prevent damage to your plow and the homeowners property.

When Plowing on Dirt & Gravel: Lower the plow shoes. This will prevent scraping away the ground surface.

Be Weary of your Transmission Temperature:  A common transmission issue is caused by the overheating of your transmission due to plowing. You might want to invest in a transmission temperature reader.

These are just a few basic tips when it comes to the art of snowplowing. If you are looking for snowplowing in Norfolk County this winter, contact us at Lola’s Landscaping.

Firewood Still Available!

Although October, November, & the beginning of December have been very busy at Lola’s Landscaping, we still have firewood available! Orders have been coming in fast for homeowners in Norfolk Country, so we encourage you to get your order in as soon as possible for the Winter if you intend to order from Lola’s.

We offer “seasoned firewood” which means the wood has been dried to a moisture content of less than 20%. This ensures a solid and thorough burn from your wood.

For  those who live in Norfolk County the following represents the cost we offer for delivery of your fire wood:

 

Seasoned Firewood Prices
  • 1/2 Cord delivered $200
  • 1 Cord Delivered $325
  • 2 Cord Delivered $625
  • 3 Cord Deliverd $900
  • Free Delivery to Franklin, Medway, Bellingham, Wrentham, and Norfolk
  • $25 Delivery Charge to Blackstone, Mendon, Milford, Holliston, Sherborn, Medfield, Walpole, and Foxborough

 

To order your delivery of firewood, contact us here.

Prepare Your Snowblower For Winter

Former Poet Laureate, Donald Hall once said “November in New England is for putting Fall to sleep”. We agree with this statement. November is also a time that we have seen the first snowfall of the year. That means by now you have probably gotten your winter clothes out and have started preparing for snow. One thing that is often overlooked to prepare for winter, is very important, and that is your snowblower. Make sure to follow these steps this winter to ensure you wont be stuck shoveling with the heavy stuff starts to fall in December and beyond:

Gas Lawnmowers- If you have a gas powered lawnmower, hopefully you removed the fuel when you put it away for good last Spring. If not, use a siphon or turkey baster to remove old fuel. Fill the tank with gas and top it off with a fuel stabilizer that can be found at your local hardware store.

Check Your Tires- Nothing is worse than getting ready to use your snowblower, only to realize you have flat tires. Make sure your snowblower’s tires are properly inflated to the manufactures recommenced PSI.

Mechanical Aspects- Make sure your spark plug  is working properly. It is cheap to replace a sparkplug, and you’ll be sorry if you didn’t take the time to do it prior to the first snow fall. Also, take a look at the various belts on your snowblower just like you would your car. If you see any that are frayed, you’ll want to replace those, as they could break with the first heavy snow.

If you have gotten rid of your snowblower all together recently, or have just decided, “the heck with it”, when it comes to snow removal, get in touch with Lola’s Landscape. We offer both commercial and residential snow removal programs! 

Fall Landscaping Ideas

The first frost of late Fall is approaching! Maybe you made some big investments into your lawn and property this summer. If so, great! Improving your property is great for the value of your home and adds an enjoyable aspect to living in your home. But just because summer is over and jack frost is on his way, doesn’t mean you cant continue to make improvements to your lawn. Check out some of these fall landscaping tips for details!

Wrap Your Delicate Shrubs

Ice, snow, and wind. These are all elements of a New England winter that as residents we can deal with. But for your delicate shrubs, these can be deadly. You’ll want to protect your shrubs by wrapping them in the winter. You can also hide small plants under plastic buckets to help them make it to spring. Burlap is the material you’ll want to use for your shrubs.

Fall Plant & Tree Sales

If you have recently gotten into landscaping or gardening you may not know about this tip. Almost every home and garden center has big fall sales. This is a great time to take advantage of cost savings and beautify your property at the same time. You can still plant trees and shrubs from fall until the ground freezes! Act now before its too late.

Fall Mulching

When most people think of mulching, they think of Spring. But a little known fact that is that Fall mulching can be better for plants than spring mulching. It helps protect the roots from frost so that they can retain moisture during a cold winter.

Keep Mowing Your Lawn

You should keep mowing you lawn until it stops growing. Yes, this means withstanding some colder temperatures to ensure your lawn is as healthy as possible. If you have longer grass during snowfall, the grass will get packed down and you can end up with snow mold.

 

Fall Lawn Care Tips

Winters coming! You know it, I know it, we all know it. The mornings are starting to get colder, frost can be seen starting to accumulate in the morning. Leaves are beginning to fall and jack frost will be making an appearance in the coming weeks. At Lola’s Landscaping, lawns are part of our passion. Make sure you take these steps to give your lawn the best opportunity to flourish in the Spring.

 
Clear Debris:

 
Wind and rain will cause havoc on your property. They will knock down leaves, tree limbs, branches and more. If this material is left on your lawn to rot over the winter, come spring instead of a nice green lawn, you could have brown spots. Clearing debris gives your lawn a fresh slate to grow again.

 
Aerate Your Lawn:

 
This can be done by yourself or you can hire a professional landscaper to do it. Aerating your lawn improves drainage and will get your lawn ready for the next step.

 
Top Dress Your Lawn:

 
In areas where grass is sparse, prepare for speeding by spreading a a half inch layer of aged compost. Next spread fertilizer using a rotary spreader.
Lastly, you’ll want to consider overseeing your lawn in the Fall to prepare for Winter and Spring. Other steps to make sure you do is to keep on mowing your lawn and clear out all weeds before Winter.

 
By following these steps, you’ll be on your way to having the best-looking lawn in the Spring Time. If you’d like the professionals at Lola’s Landscape to handle this for you, use our contact form to get in touch with us!

Winter Services for Norfolk County

This morning many people across New England woke up to frost on their lawns, and maybe even a frozen windshield. With that in mind, we figured it would be a good time to go over some of our winter services for customers in Norfolk County.

Snow Plowing:

Lola’s Landscape is a professional snow plowing company. Not some guy who picked up a plow for the first time and decided it was an easy way to make money. We have the proper equipment and know the right way to plow without causing any damage to your property.

For large Nor’earsters, where snow piles up relentlessly over multiple hours, we offer emergency snow plowing services.

Salting & Sanding Services:

For large commercial properties, we can provide salting services to prevent ice buildup during the winter. If you have a property with a lot of foot traffic, contact us to help prevent slips and falls!

Sanding wont help melt ice, but will provide more traction for car and foot traffic.

To get an estimate of the costs associated with our services, we will come by to provide a free quote which is based off the size of the area that needs to be serviced. To schedule a time to get your quote, call us at 774-248-4585 or use our simple contact form and will we contact you!

Lola’s Landscape Firewood Service

Although Summer seems to be lingering in New England this year, with temperatures hitting the mid 80’s in many parts of Massachusetts this week, we know winter is right around the corner. October begins early next week and according to U.S climate data the average daily low temperature is 47 degrees in October and 38 degrees in November in Massachusetts. For homes that rely on firewood to provide heat during the late Fall and Winter months, it’s time to get ready for the cold spells that are right around the corner. On top of our quality lawn care and landscaping services, Lola’s Landscape also provides firewood drop offs for homes in Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

Norfolk County Firewood Prices

As of the 2017 Fall & Winter Season Lola’s Landscape prices for delivery for firewood in Norfolk County are:
• ½ Cord Delivered $200
• 1 Cord Delivered $325
• 2 Cord Delivered $625
• 3 Cord Delivered $900

Please note deliver is free to the following towns: Franklin, Medway, Bellingham, Wrentham, & Norfolk.
$25 Delivery Charge to Blackstone, Mendon, Milford, Holliston, Sherborn, Medfield, Walpole, & Foxboro

To schedule your drop off service, or inquire about our firewood service, contact us here! 

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Use a Lawn Renovation to Increase Your Homes Value

“How can we increase the value of our home?” That’s a question that comes up many times by homeowners when they are getting ready for a move in a year or two. The common responses usually are home additions, bathroom renovations, kitchen renovations, and finishing the basement. When homeowners think about the outside of their house, a new deck or painting the house come to mind to improve curb appeal.

One of the most cost-efficient ways to improve your home’s value and curb appeal is a lawn renovation. At Lola’s Landscape our lawn renovation is a series of steps that combine dethatching, aeration, slice seeding, and if needed adding some loam into areas on the lawn. After those steps are completed we heavily seed and fertilize the lawn to rejuvenate the health of your yard. This process helps bring your lawn back to life, and sets your property apart from others that are not as cared for. Look at these before and after photos to see a lawn that had a lawn renovation done to it:

 

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In addition to lawn renovation Lola’s Landscape provides other services that can improve curb appeal and your home’s value. These services include:

Contact Lola’s Landscape today to learn how we can improve the overall look and value of your property!

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Why Mosquito Control is Important For Franklin Residents

Mosquitoes, nobody like them. They are pesky and can ruin a great outdoor activity, not to even mention the itchy bites mosquitoes cause. Not only do mosquitos bother humans, they can cause issues for pets and surrounding Massachusetts wild life thanks to blood transferred pathogens.Mosquito

Not only are mosquitoes annoying, they can cause a serious threat to public health. Believe it or not, international travel has increased the diseases introduced the US in recent years. Mosquitos can carry scary diseases such as west nile and dengue, which can seriously harm or cause death to humans and pets.

Mosquito Control in Franklin, Norfolk, & Wrentham MA

Mosquito control experts around MA and New England have a few methods that can effectively and safely counter dangerous mosquito populations. Known as Integrated Mosquito Management (or IMM for short), this includes a few steps in the process.

Surveillance:  Traps are used to identify what species of mosquitoes are breeding in the specific areas and find out if this is a potential of disease risks.

Source Reduction: This step ensures there are limited, if any breeding areas for the mosquitoes in or around populated areas. This could mean removing any standing water like dumping unused bird baths, cleaning out gutters, or taking care of unused pools. While this might not be entirely possible to remove all standing water from an area, even removing a little can help.

Larvicide: If source reduction fails or is tough to achieve, larviciding is necessary. Essentially this step in the process is intended to prevent mosquito larvae from hatching into adult mosquitoes. Consult a mosquito control expert to help identify which mosquito control method would be suit the area you are trying to address.

Adulticide: This method if intended to rid areas of adult mosquitoes. Even with larvicide it is impossible to eradicate all of the larvae so to control adult mosquitoes there is the application of adulticides to keep population levels down.

Management: Once all other steps have been completed, there is still work to be done to ensure that the mosquito control methods are successful in removing risk. Mosquitoes have a keen ability to adapt and over the course of the summer it is possible for mosquitoes to develop resistance to pesticides. Monitoring the possible resistance to different chemicals and keeping in touch with your nearby mosquito control experts to ensure populations are not returning to your property is critical.

An integrated mosquito management program is integral to the success of keeping the mosquito population down in your area.

If you have any questions regarding mosquito control or mosquito spraying in the Norfolk County area Lola’s Landscape has the experienced staff and equipment to safely reduce the mosquito population on your property, keeping your family safe and allowing you to fully enjoy your summer. Fill out the contact form on this page or give us a call anytime to get started today (774) 248-4584.