Lawn Care Tips

4 Common Winter Maintenance Steps to Prevent Commercial Property Damage


You might think that spring and summer are the only times that you need to worry about outdoor maintenance. After all, the yard may not look very good in the winter, regardless of the things that you do to keep it maintained. But aesthetics is only part of the reason that you should keep up with outdoor maintenance. There are some things that can be done during some of the winter months, and you'll be happier that you did it now than you will be if you wait. After all, you'll save yourself time later. Plus, you could avoid some major damage if you do some maintenance before you have a problem. Here are four things that you should do to maintain your property.

Clean Up the Landscaping

Storms during the fall and winter can do some major damage. Fallen branches and leaves can be unsightly, regardless of the time of the year. If a branch falls during a winter storm, make sure that you take the time to pick it up. Having a commercial property also usually means that you have the public looking at your property at all times of the year, so you want to give a good impression. Also, if you get heavy snow and ice, you want to make sure that any branches that are close to falling are taken down before they fall on the roof and do real damage. So if you see a branch that is about to fall, take the time to cut it down or hire a professional to do it for you if you're not comfortable doing it yourself.


Clear Out the Gutters

Cleaning your gutters is an important step, but gutters are sometimes forgotten about. They aren't an aesthetically pleasing part of your house, but they serve a very important role in your home. Cleaning your gutters might not seem like a crucial consideration, but it's important to do it at least once a year. Not only do clogged up gutters look unsightly, they can also cause damage to your premises. If water is unable to leave via the gutter, it may seep into the building instead, potentially leading to damp and other problems. Also, when gutters are full of debris, you can get icicles. These icicles can be dangerous to you, your employees, and any members of the public that are walking underneath when one falls. If you see icicles, take the time to knock them down. You should also clear out debris before it's too cold. Cleaning debris out of your gutters is one of the most important outdoor maintenance activities. And if you have a lot of snow on your roof that is hanging over the edge, make sure that you get rid of it. When the snow melts then freezes quickly, this adds to the possibility of icicle formation. And if you have a snowstorm, then the weather suddenly warms up, you're more likely to have snow fall off the roof. This can hit people who are walking underneath.


Have Your Chimney Swept

If you have a wood-burning fireplace in your commercial property, make sure that you have it swept. You should definitely have this done at least once during the year. By having your chimney swept, you could save your property from fire damage. When soot builds up, this can cause smoke and other problems, so have a schedule of when you have your chimney swept.


Insulate Pipes

If your pipes aren't insulated, you'll want to make some time to do this before the really cold weather hits. Uninsulated pipes can be especially dangerous to your property if the heater goes out. If your pipes are insulated, this can buy you more time so that you can turn the water off if the heater goes out. Also, pipes that are on exterior walls can burst if the weather is particularly cold. When a pipe bursts, this can cause significant damage. You might have to close off certain areas of a commercial property for days if you have water damage. Undiscovered water damage can lead to additional problems like mold. This can cause health concerns. It's always best to take precautionary measures rather than wait until you have a really big problem.


When you own a commercial property, it might be easy to forget about winter maintenance. This is especially true because you're more concerned about the business that you need to run. But if you forget to maintain the property, someone could get hurt or your property could be damaged, so take a few minutes on a regularly scheduled basis to take inventory of what needs to be done.

If you’re looking for a reliable, trusted, and professional maintenance crew for your commercial or residential properties then you need to keep Crider Landscaping in mind! Get in contact with us today, and see how we can help!

7 Questions You Must Ask Before Hiring A Landscape Service Contractor

WARNING! Never hire any landscaper to care for your lawn without asking these seven questions.

These questions will help protect your and your property.

1.      Who pays for injuries or damages?

Many “companies carry no licensing or Insurance. If any of these companies damages anything, or they are injured, you the homeowner can find yourself financially responsible, including if one of the workers falls and breaks a leg. Another tactic of fraudulent businesses is to start an insurance policy and not pay their premiums. They carry an evidence of insurance form that is not valid.

Our Difference: Crider Landscaping is both licensed and insured. Our $2,000,000 Commercial Liability policy gives you and us protection for your home or business. Once we provide you with our evidence of insurance, we also provide the contact information where you can verify coverage. This is what every reputable company should provide.

2.      Where do you get your employees?

A secret fact is many landscape companies hire felons or illegals, those who cannot get jobs “anywhere” else. It is possible for homeowners to be penalized for allowing illegals to perform work on their property. In addition, with the close proximity to your property and family, felons may not be whom you want around your loved ones.

Our Difference: Crider Landscaping only employs individuals who are licensed to work in the United States. Before hiring, our employees get a background check and have to be able to pass a drug test. We want to ensure that we can trust our employees and more importantly that you can trust us. We want responsible workers.

3.      How long have you been doing this type of work?

Someone can claim to be a landscaper with only a truck and shovels and possibly a push mower. Meaning year to year there are new “landscapers” that are in their first year of business with little to no experience and are learning on your property. We hear many stories of homeowners paying good money to someone who absolutely ruins their yard.

Our Difference: At Crider Landscaping, our new staff is trained by our veteran staffers to ensure the best possible service. We have several staff members that have been working in landscaping since their teens. Therefore, Crider Landscaping staff and employees have many years of experience in Landscaping.

4.      Will you take care of my yard after improvements?

Some installation companies are just that, landscape installation companies. They install your landscape and that is the last you hear from them. If your plants die – oh well. They have finished their part and been paid. Besides, they will claim you are the reason the plants died and you did not properly maintain the plants.

Our Difference: At Crider Landscaping, we are capable of maintaining your landscape after installation to ensure that it is always looking its best and your plants are cared for properly.

5.      Will you give me a written contract and guarantee?

Many companies do not offer any contracts therefore leaving a lot of gray area when it comes to your landscape maintenance and installation services. Without contracts, you are not completely protected in what services you will receive.

Our Difference: At Crider Landscaping, we offer maintenance agreements and Installation contracts outlining exactly what services you can expect from us. With these agreements in place, you can be assured you are receiving exactly the services you are paying for. You might also want to check out our guarantee!

6.      How much of a down payment do you require?

Many companies require deposits of 50% or more, and you hear many stories about the contractors that took deposits and never showed up. Do not be one of those stories. Companies that operate with sound business practices should not need deposits of 50% or more.

Our Difference: Many times, we do not require any prepayments. Reputable landscapers have relationships with vendors, allowing us to purchase materials on our accounts. However, at times, we may require deposits for certain projects or portions, but our required deposits will never exceed 33% of the project.

7.      Why are you so expensive? OR Why are you so cheap?

Many companies have to charge much more than us because most if not all of their equipment is financed, they work out of high profile offices with higher rents and are trying to act as if “corporate executives” while you the client pays for the additional costs.

Our Difference: We operate our company on minimal debt; we rent equipment when necessary and work diligently on keeping our operating costs low. We do not have monthly debt payments that lead to higher operating costs, costs that are passed on to you. We also purchase equipment used when possible in order to lower equipment cost. However, we are a professional company who invests in quality equipment and employees to ensure a great job and a good experience for our clients. We also provide insurance, and worker’s comp.

Aerate and seed for a Beautiful Lawn

When is the best time to aerate and seed my lawn in Chattanooga?

To answer this question we need to delve further into your lawn and your climate and also determine if it is best to aerate your lawn or go a different route entirely.

lawn aerate and seed

  1. What type of lawn do I have?

    1. Bermuda, or Fescue

If your lawn is Bermuda grass, generally speaking, you will not want to aerate your lawn instead vertical cut or De-thatching  your lawn will be a better option followed by over seeding just as the weather begins to maintain 65 degrees regularly. Bermuda grass is a warm season grass, slow to germinate and cool weather with stunt if not entirely kill  the seeds germination.

Aerate Fescue lawns

Now, for Fescue grass, Aerating will benefit your lawn greatly. However, for this you will need to establish the best time to aerate and seed the lawn based on climate. Read below to establish he best time to aerate. If you are in the Chattanooga area, autumn will most likely be the best time for you.

  1. Do I live in a warm climate or a cool climate area?

    1. Southern, or Northern areas?

In the southern states, with minimal to no snow fall, the best time to aerate and seed your lawn is in the late summer or early fall just as the weather begins to cool.

In areas receiving snowfall the best time to aerate and seed your lawn is going to be in the spring after the last sign of frost. This will help the lawn that has been under the load of snow and has been compressed all winter.

If you want to be really effecting in your efforts, then aerate twice a year both in the spring and in the fall. This will be especially beneficial in establishing a new lawn or in repairing an older neglected lawn.

If you are in Chattanooga and need advice on your lawn or are looking for lawn care or tree services give Crider Landscaping a call to schedule a free consultation or contact me through the contact page.

Just How Scotts Lawn Care Program May Help Your Current Lawn

Just How Scotts Lawn Care Program May Help Your Current Lawn

If you would like that nutritious and lush yard that you have often had hoped for, it will not happen accidentally. You are going to require a quality program you could adhere to to help your lawn acquire just what it requires as well as turn out exactly the way you'd like it. This is why you should follow this important Scotts lawn care program so that you can possess the kind of grass you've wanted. There are generally several guidelines you must abide by.

Aeration For Your Garden and Lawn Soil

Aeration For Your Garden and Lawn Soil

All gardeners need to be aware that lawn aeration is an essential part of lawn maintenance. If your lawn area has heavy traffic or the soil is clay a type, then it needs to be done every 1 - 2 years based on the condition of the lawn area and soil. In case your soil type is a sandy earth then lawn aeration would not be a problem for you.

Aeration For Your Garden and Lawn Soil

All gardeners need to be aware that lawn aeration is an essential part of lawn maintenance. If your lawn area has heavy traffic or the soil is clay a type, then it needs to be done every 1 - 2 years based on the condition of the lawn area and soil. In case your soil type is a sandy earth then lawn aeration would not be a problem for you.

How to take care of your lawn yourself

How to take care of your lawn yourself

There are many people out there who do not even think of having a lawn because they feel that a lawn can only be maintained with the help of professionals. This is far from the truth. All you need for taking care of a lawn is a vague idea of the various issues that matter in lawn care and health. If you have a basic education in this area, you can save money and time by DIY lawn care.