Normal, IL 61761
About Mark's Maintenance Lawn & Home Care
Welcome to Mark's Maintenance Lawn & Home Care!
Mark’s Maintenance Lawn & Home Care is a reliable lawn and home care service company with 9 years of experience. We work with you to meet your requirements and will do our best to meet your time frame. We’re not satisfied until you’re satisfied!
Mark’s Maintenance Lawn & Home Care is based on the belief that customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs, and as a result, a high percentage of our business consists of repeat customers and referrals.
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In order to achieve and maintain a beautiful lawn, you should employ basic lawn care practices such as properly mowing, fertilizing and watering. It is also important to ensure that nutrients can reach the soil beneath your grass. Aeration can be an extremely vital element to a healthy lawn because it allows air and water to penetrate built-up grass or lawn thatch.
Get rid of thatch and make way for a beautiful lawn with this quick guide to aeration. You’ll learn why, how and when to aerate your lawn for the best results.
What is Aeration?
Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements.
Should You Be Aerating Your Lawn?
One of the most common questions from homeowners is how to determine if they should be aerating their lawn. Your lawn is probably a good candidate for aeration if it:
- Gets heavy use, such as serving as the neighborhood playground or racetrack. Children and pets running around the yard contribute to soil compaction.
- Was established as part of a newly constructed home. Often, the topsoil of newly constructed lawns is stripped or buried, and the grass established on subsoil has been compacted by construction traffic.
- Dries out easily and has a spongy feel. This might mean your lawn has an excessive thatch problem. Take a shovel and remove a slice of lawn about four inches deep. If the thatch layer is greater than one-half inch, aeration is recommended.
- Was established by sod, and soil layering exists. Soil layering means that soil of finer texture, which comes with imported sod, is layered over the existing coarser soil. This layering disrupts drainage, as water is held in the finer-textured soil. This leads to compacted conditions and poor root development. Aerating breaks up the layering, allowing water to flow through the soil more easily and reach the roots.
When to Aerate Your Lawn
The best time for aeration is during the growing season, when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed. Ideally, aerate the lawn with cool season grass in the early spring or fall and those with warm season grass in the late spring.
Our state-of-the-art fertilization program will treat various types of diseases, insects, crab grass, and weeds, resulting in a healthy lawn.
Annual mulching of your landscape beds provides numerous benefits. Besides aesthetics, mulch provides a protective layer to the top of your soil. This barrier will help with weed control, moisture retention, and soil nutrition. Depending on your landscape layout and design we can match a mulch color and consistency that will complete your landscape. Call us today at Mark’s Maintenance for the latest mulch special and deal.
We provide scheduled weekly cutting and trimming visits for your lawn areas. We will also trim around trees, rocks, beds, and buildings, We will also remove all clippings from landscaping beds, bases of trees, building foundations, asphalt, and concrete surfaces. We will also blow off all windowsills, patios, pool area, sidewalks, and driveways.
Mark’s Maintenance Lawn & Home Care started as a part time venture, providing quality residential lawn care to the Bloomington/Normal area. It has recently grown into a full time operation serving and providing residential and hopefully commercial service.
It has always been our philosophy, in any service business, for the customer to be able to communicate with the owner, anytime, at the customers’ convenience. Therefore, even though our company has grown, you will still find the owner/operator answering your phone calls and maintaining your property.
All employees are trained on all equipment. If they are not ready to take on a task, they are not allowed to. Since there is much to do on a property we select the most qualified people to perform the most difficult tasks. Additionally, you’ll take comfort in knowing Mark’s Maintenance Lawn & Home Care carries liability insurance. This may not seem important, but in the unlikely event that an accident were to happen you and your property would be covered.
We are building our company gradually and maintaining larger properties, but never forgetting where we started. We here at Mark's Maintenance Lawn & Home Care still enjoy maintaining residential properties and it is our goal to double the residential and commercial business within the next two years, while maintaining the same level of service and continued attention to detail to our current customers.
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Our state-of-the-art fertilization program will treat various types of diseases, insects, crab grass, and weeds, resulting in a healthy lawn. We also offer mulching & lawn mowing services!