A Day In The Life of a Lawn Technician
We have a special guest blogger to share his wisdom today in non other than our lead technician, Stan Wallis! Stan has been with us since early 2021 and would be fair to say has an unrivalled passion for all things grass. He looks after many of our Lichfield, Burton and Ashby customers with amazing feedback and results. This post shares what a typical day looks like for Stan along with his top tips for a great lawn this year.
Stan's Insight - a Day At Kingsbury Lawn Care
A Typical Day a as Lawn Technician
Stan's Four Top Tips:
1) Mower Choice
Stan's mobile lawn care unit of a long wheel base Ford Transit Custom - kept very clean to start a new week!
2) Frequency of Mowing
If you enjoy mowing your lawn, then the frequency in which you mow will keep it tidy and looking good. I would strongly recommend alternating the direction of the cut every so often (Every 4 cuts). Think of hands on a clock face, can you mow 11 to 5, 1 to 7, or perhaps 2 to 8? By doing this, you will be reducing the chance of the grass plant becoming straggly and thatchy, and also minimise unnecessary compaction from wheel ruts.
3) Collect Your Clippings ("Boxing Off")
Always try to box off your grass clippings. Although these clippings will be full of nutrients, leaving them on the surface will increase the thatch layer in your lawn, leading to the need for more regular scarification.
Robotic mowers can get away with mulching the clippings back into the surface due to them cutting the lawn on such a frequent basis. These tiny clippings quickly decompose and are a great way of recycling nutrients. However, as above larger clippings from weekly mowing should be removed for the best standard of lawn and aesthetics following a cut.
4) Leaf Collection
I can't stress enough how important it is for your lawn to be kept clear of leaves. Our autumns make this a challenge, but a few extra "hoovers" on a high mower setting can make all the difference come Spring. With our weather becoming milder, there may be noticeably more growth through the winter months. If conditions are right, mowing should be considered.
Regular leaf clearance in the autumn / winter months and mowing as required brings your lawn into spring weeks' ahead of a lawn not given enough attention through the cooler months. It's pretty heart-breaking for us when lawns die back due to excessive shade aided by leaves left to smother the grass for too long. Not forgetting about your lawn could save the need for renovation work and will mean you gain best value from our service.
I hope this blog has been of interest, and I am always on hand to answer any questions during treatment visits and beyond!
Work with Stan and the Team!
Due to business growth, we are excited to be currently hiring for an additional lawn technician to join our team.
We are equally interested in speaking to ground staff / greenkeepers (as was Stan) and those with limited experience in the lawn care sector. Between the team, we have a method of successfully training new lawn technicians with a combination of in-house and off-site training.
Aligning with our core values, such as a strong customer focus and drive to succeed while working independently are crucial to the role.
View our Indeed profile to learn more about this role along with wider information about our small business. We look forward to working with you soon!