Blade Runners Staying Open – Our business is deemed essential

Dear Blade Runners Clients:

Blade Runners believes it falls under the Category of Essential businesses as defined by various state and government interpretive guidelines:

State of Virginia:

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-53-Temporary-Restrictions-Due-To-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf

8. Although business operations offering professional rather than retail services may remain open, they should utilize teleworking as much as possible.  Where telework is not feasible, such business must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing on common surfaces, and apply the relevant work place guidance fro state and federal authorities.  

Homeland Security interpretation:

https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

  • Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
  • Support, such as road and line clearing, to ensure the availability of needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications
  • Support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste

State of Maryland

https://www.dentonmaryland.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/OLC-Interpretive-Guidance-COVID19-04.pdf

b. The Commercial Facilities Sector includes, but not limited to:

i.    Lodging.

ii.   Building and property maintenance companies, including, without limitations plumbers, electricians, HVAC service companies, roofers, environmental services companies, exterminators, arborists and landscapers. 

iii.   Janitorial firms

iv.    Companies that sell supplies and materials for maintenance of commercial and residential buildings, including “big box” home improvement supply stores, plumbing distributors, electrical distributors and HVAC distributors. 

v.    Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry services

vi.   Commercial and residential construction companies.

vii.   Self-Storage facilities. 

 

We will continue to keep you aware of any changes and will continue to operate in a manner that is safe for all.

We hope you and your families are safe and well during this time.

Blade Runners, Inc. 

Property Manager Comments

Thank you! I wish the board had opted to go with Blade Runners for 2020 – you’re so responsive and helpful it’s very refreshing. If you keep supplying these awesome proposals I can see them changing companies next year. Fingers crossed!

Community Association Manager

Sentry Management Inc

602 S. King St., Ste. 400

Leesburg, VA 20175

 

New Client Comments on Blade Runners Start

Hi Shannon,
I had a chance to walk around the neighborhood this weekend and thought I would share a few kudos…
KUDOS: the brick walkways look better than they have in years! All the weeds are gone with no evidence of over spray. Congratulations!
This is the first time in at least six years that the walks have looked good at this time of year. And all the turf areas and roadway edging looked great this afternoon.

Client Comments on Coming Back to Blade Runners

Hi Shannon, thanks for your email!
 
And don’t worry, I’m not planning to be checking every little detail!, that’s definitely not my way of operating.  I think of this being a collaborative effort, as it always was…  
 
During the past three years, what we (me especially) most missed was never having to micromanage.  There was just no need to micromanage with BR.  When I have told you how highly I regard Blade-runners, that’s not flattery. It’s simply me reporting based on personal experience.  
 
Have a nice evening,  Genny

Property Manager on Blade Runners Service

I am a Property Manager handling multiple condo & Home Owner Associations around the Northern Virginia area. Blade Runners is simply the best contractor we have working for us. They are reliable, thorough, and just do a great all around job. Their web site is excellent and a great resource for the individual home owner. Blade Runners makes my job easy when it comes to handling my clients landscaping, lawn maintenance, and snow removal needs. Highly recommended.

Jeff P.

Arlington, VA

Comments on Blade Runners Process

I initially tried a local “boutique” gardening service, but found they promised a planting date that was unrealistic – continuing to slip as more business came in…

By contrast, Blade Runners gave (and met) a more realistic planting date.  Karen was excellent both in creating the type of front yard we wanted for our townhouse, as well as in providing advice on how to maintain it over the long term.  This was our second experience with Blade Runners in the past year and we’ve been very satisfied both times.

David K.

Vienna, VA

Property Manager Shares Comments on New Arlington HOA Client

Shannon:

I wanted to pass along to you an email from Norah who is the head of the landscape committee.  She sent this to the Board about the work your crew did.  I love receiving such positive emails.

Steve

“Hello!   I was home today trying to get over the tail end of a cold and had an opportunity to observe the work being done on the property today by Blade Runner.  They arrived at circa 9 am and left at 4 pm. They came with lots of equipment and a truck which they nearly completely filled with debris they removed from our property. They cleaned out the flower beds and mulched.  I observed them using rakes to clean out the flower beds; they also cut back plantings that were growing over the sidewalks. They went all over the property to clean out weeds and remove twigs and leaves.  While I was walking around the community to see what was happening and to meet the four Blade Runner employees, one of the residents stopped me and expressed how much cleaner and neater the property was looking due to their work.”

 

New Client Talks about Attention to Detail

Shannon,

Thank you for the update.  I complimented your team today about their attention to detail with the mulch application.  I wanted to share with you too.

Jennifer C

Board President
Windgate II

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Release Statement on Round Up

Blade Runners, Inc. is Determined to use the best products for your site.  Recently Round Up has been in the news, below you will find information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

- Statements on Round Up from EPA and NALP.

EPA Takes Next Step in Review Process for Herbicide Glyphosate, Reaffirms No Risk to Public Health

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking an important step in the agency’s review of glyphosate. As part of this action, EPA continues to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen. The agency’s scientific findings on human health risk are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by many other countries and other federal agencies. While the agency did not identify public health risks in the 2017 human health risk assessment, the 2017 ecological assessment did identify ecological risks. To address these risks, EPA is proposing management measures to help farmers target pesticide sprays on the intended pest, protect pollinators, and reduce the problem of weeds becoming resistant to glyphosate.

Full Statement from EPA -

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-takes-next-step-review-process-herbicide-glyphosate-reaffirms-no-risk-public-health

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) recently released an updated statement regarding the recent jury decisions and the safety of Bayer Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer or glyphosate.

“NALP understands the important role glyphosate plays in managing landscapes and delivering crops, and we are committed to promoting and ensuring its safe and effective use based on scientifically supported decisions made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),” NALP said in a press release. “NALP members are licensed and certified pesticide applicators that use glyphosate and other products in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”

The EPA announced on May 6, 2019, that a final interim determination on the review of the herbicide glyphosate was reached.

The EPA’s conclusion was “that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.”

NALP says the EPA reached this determination after extensive human health and ecological risk assessments were conducted. NALP also notes that the interim final determination followed the publication of a draft assessment on glyphosate in 2017, which also found that glyphosate was not harmful to public health when used in accordance with label instructions.
Full Statement from NALP-

https://www.totallandscapecare.com/chemical-care/nalp-releases-update-statement-on-glyphosate/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=02-06-2020&utm_campaign=Total%20Landscape%20Care&ust_id=618b2f2a66c9b083e396ebb22f135d9e4588923a&oly_enc_id=7998G9338467F6R

 

 

 

President VGS HOA Comments on Blade Runners Service & Work

This message is long overdue but I would like to extend my thanks to the hardworking men and women at Blade Runners and share my experience. As President of the Village at Gum Springs HOA I led the decision to switch to Blade Runners in 2018 and would do it again without question. At the beginning of any new relationship there will be misunderstandings and adjustments that need to be worked out. When we were unsure of something or had a concern our account manager, Karen, was prompt, professional and patient.

Communicating with Karen was very easy and helped us to determine the types of services that would best serve our community. On more than one occasion she would come to the community and walk the grounds with the HOA Board. She would identify plant types that could prevent erosion/flooding, point out trees that were healthy or in need of assistance and offer suggestions on how to improve the overall aesthetics of our community. I could tell she genuinely cared about our community and the service her company provided.

At the conclusion of our walkthroughs we received a breakdowns with several options of services and improvements that we could use to improve the worn down and drab areas in our community according to Linton’s In The Garden. The following year we decided to move forward and expand our services with Blade Runners and the result was more than we could have imagined. During the spring of 2019 our community won the “Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation” award for residential beauty! This was the first time our community received an award for anything and we owe it to the hard work from the Blade Runners team. We look forward to working with Blade Runners in the future and hopefully to win another award or two!

~Arlan A., President VGS HOA

https://lintonsinthegarden.com/

Fairfax HOA comments on move to Blade Runners for 2020

I had literally emailed _______  over the weekend to fulfill their contract and blow the leaves in the rear common area. They have been replying that the weather isn’t good (several times now).

So, this just reinforces we made the right decision by going with you.

Thanks, E

Arlington Condo Comments on Work by Blade Runners

The entire Board wanted to pass along that with the recent work your team did at Rhodes Hill Square this week, the landscaping has never looked better.  Thank you!

Barry C – Board Member

Client Comments on Blade Runners Proactive Snow Alerts

Thank you so very much for keeping us informed…We have lived in POW community since its’ inception in 1972/73 and you have been the best..! 

Maury G – Board Member

Learn More about Snow Operations at – https://blade-runners.com/blog/2016/09/14/blade-runners-snow-improvement/

Learn more about our Ice B’Gone Magic (what set Blade Runners apart) – https://blade-runners.com/blog/2014/02/20/blade-runners-wonders-do-you-believe-in-magic-salt/

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New Client Comments on Leaf Removal before Thanksgiving Holiday.

Hello Shannon,

It was great to see you this afternoon. Thanks so much to you and the crew for the excellent job cleaning up our neighborhood in time for Thanksgiving. I walked around briefly this afternoon, and everything looks great! What a huge improvement from last week. We really appreciate your prompt response.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, the crew, and your family,

Mary Sue

Landscape Committee

  You can learn more about Blade Runners Leaf Management Process by watching this Video https://blade-runners.com/blog/2017/10/30/blade-runners-leaf-approach-video/

Comments on Recent Tree Work in HOA by Blade Runners Tree Department

The BR (Blade Runners) tree crew recently completed the removal of quite a few trees in our neighborhood.  They did an excellent job.

Thanks,

Rita (Board Member)

See the Crawler , Blade Runners new Tree Weapon for your HOA.  Remove and Trim Tress in a safer way, that won’t damage your property!

https://blade-runners.com/blog/2019/06/03/blade-runners-crawler/

Mount Zephyr Gives Feedback on First Year with Blade Runners!

Hi Lanelle—

I wanted to share with you the positive feedback I received about the anchoring landscape with boulders you installed outside of the office in the annual meeting held last night.

As you know, we took over management of Mt. Zephyr this year.  One of the first concerns they expressed to us was their dissatisfaction with their old landscape company .  You impressed the board right from the beginning with your knowledge of the many trees on the property.  You were quick to point out those that should be pruned or showed signs of disease or stress.  You have continued to impress the board with your quick response time to answering questions and getting things done.   The board specifically noted that the leaf blowing this week went very well and the crew did a great job.  The board also sang your praises for the work that has been done around the retention pond.

I know in this job folks are quick to tell us when they are not satisfied—so I wanted to be sure that I shared with you just how satisfied they are with you and Blade Runners.  Great job and THANK YOU! 

Best Regards,

Michelle, CMCA ®

Community Portfolio Manager – Select Community Services

Resident Gives a Nice Comment on Work by Blade Runners

Lanelle,

Thanks for all your work to make my yard so nice.  I am very pleased.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Nell

Village of Gum Springs honored by Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC)

Blade Runners Client Village of Gum Springs  honored by Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) beautifying Richmond Highway Corridor.

Several Richmond Highway businesses and properties received recognition for landscape improvements at the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation’s (SFDC) 18th annual Mary Thonen Beautification Awards The annual Mary Thonen Beautification Awards are open to any business establishments that are visible from Richmond Highway.

Entrants are judged by SFDC’s Marketing, Community Appearance, Planning, Transportation Committee on general aesthetics of plantings and accent materials, as well as their maintenance/grooming throughout the year.

The event was held on October 2nd. The award was presented to Village of Gum Springs Board President and Karen Baer, Account Manager for Blade Runners, Inc.

https://twitter.com/SFDC_org/status/1179508891622739968

Property Manager Comments on Last 3 years with Blade Runners.

“Shannon- You guys have surpassed our expectations with service. As I knew you would and that’s why I brought you guys on board. I will send you all the info tomorrow ….  I couldn’t stop raving about you guys!   Team BladeRunners!!!”

Property Manager

Legum & Norman, Inc.

Alexandria, VA

Rhodes Hill Square Condo Arlington, VA -Comments on Blade Runners Services!

Shannon,

Thanks for the feedback!  Your grounds crews always do a great job with the mowing and trimming shrubs.  Thanks for keeping our community looking so nice.

Barry, Board of Directors – Rhodes Hill Square Condo Arlington VA, 22209

“We are happy not looking like everyone else.”- Carriage Lawn at Barkley HOA, happy being Different!

Hi, Karen!

We liked the springtime flowers.  We like to shake things up around here and have drastically different colors from season to season.  We are really happy with the dense coverage of flowers as well!  Our upper gardens often don’t get the flowers they need on Saxon Flowers to elongate the view.  You guys did an awesome job!

What is the plan for fall and have you ordered them yet?  Hopefully a complete departure from current springtime colors.

Next spring, we would love white, lavenders or light blue and yellow.

We are happy not looking like everyone else.

 Thanks,

HOA President

Carriage Lawn at Barkley

“Blade Runners always does a great job” says grateful resident in Hunters Green HOA

I recently was putting articles into my car while the Blade Runners team was mowing the grass on my property.  They very politely turned off the mowers and stepped back until I was finished loading my car.  Kudos to the Blade Runners team! I am always impressed with the way the Hunters Green grounds look. The team is obviously trained well and they always do a great job. Thank you, Blade Runners.

Jan Adams–a satisfied customer from the Hunters Green HOA 

Colecroft Condo in Alexandria Comments on Turf & Organic Applications

“Shannon,  I was out at Colecroft doing a spring inspection with board members & landscape committee yesterday after the crew completed the mowing. The grass looks awesome! Everyone complimented the green and the removed ivy. What a difference! ”

“I am impressed. It was very thick and green. What a huge difference at this property.”

Thanks

Ingrid Ketterman CMCA® | Community Portfolio Manager

**Blade Runner applied Dynamic Duo applications in addition to their standard maintenance contracted items.   Dynamic Duo acts as top dressing that can improve your overall soil profile.   It is good to use in multiple applications where soil composition is not optimal.  Often soil test results will recommend these treatments.  Dynamic Duo is 100% organic derived from poultry manure.  This product is applied at a rate 4x that of fertilizer.  While it is a manure product that proprietary process delivers that application in pelletized from.

Stratford Place Condominiums in Kingstowne Comments on Turf Renovations

“Walking the property today and had to share the difference! Back of 7505 Ashby,  Very pleased! Job well done Bladerunners!!” -From the Board President 

“Before & After pictures of 7505 Ashby!  Shannon you made this happen! We thank you! Job well done!!!!!”  - From the Property Manager 

We used our Hydro Seeding operations to get these results. – Thank you Stratford Place Condominiums for working with us!

Learn more about that at:  https://blade-runners.com/blog/2017/10/30/hydroseed-video/

 

 

 

Blade Runners is going electric!

Blade runners crawler

Carriage Park Condo Assn. Praises Blade Runners for Snow Removal Work

1-14-2019 11-19-18 AM

A Renewal & Compliments from 1st Year Client, Carriage Park Condominiums

The board has been very pleased with your service this year.  The community is also pleased with the front entrance additional flowers. We will need to remember the extra flowers needed for that area for the Spring, Summer and next Fall.  You should have also received our renewed contract for next year.

Stay warm,
Alison 

Long-time Client Comments on Snow Alert Service Offered by Blade Runners!

Hello Eric & Shannon,

Thank you for your “SNOW” related property services update, as we experienced our mid-November Nor’easter storm. As you have stated, with the temps remaining above freezing overnight, I don’t think we will need to do any sidewalk shoveling or parking lot treatments for icy conditions of the new life landscaping. We are fortunate to have had this storm on Thursday morning instead of Friday or Saturday.

 Thank you for keeping our Church of Christ congregation in the SNOW notification alert loop.

 We’re sincerely grateful to have Blade Runner’s Inc. on the job for our Church of Christ Falls Church congregation.

 Many thanks gentlemen,
Kevin

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Blade Runners Brings Curb Appeal to Lafayette Park West

Before-LFP 11.6.18-2 (3)

After-LFP 11.6.18-2 (1)

 

 

Blade Runners Applauded for Customer Service & Grounds Maintenance

Shannon…One of the main reasons, why we seek proposals from Blade Runners, is the fact that we receive positive feedback from communities that Blade Runners services on properties we manage.

Thanks!–CMSI Management, Inc.  Chantilly, VA 

If You Accept Science, You Accept Roundup Does Not Cause Cancer

The common weed killer Roundup (glyphosate) is back in the news after a US court ruled it contributed to a man’s terminal cancer (non-Hodgkin lymphoma). Following the court’s order for manufacturer Monsanto to compensate the former school ground’s keeper US$289 million, more than 9,000 people are reportedly also suing the company.

In light of this, Cancer Council Australia is calling for Australia to review glyphosate’s safety. And tonight’s Four Corner’s report centres around Monsanto’s possible cover-up of the evidence for a link between glyphosate and cancer.

Juries don’t decide science, and this latest court case produced no new scientific data. Those who believe glyphosate causes cancer often refer to the 2015 report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that classified the herbicide as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.

What did the IARC and others find?

Glyphosate is one of the most used herbicides worldwide. It kills weeds by targeting a specific pathway (the shikimic acid pathway) that exists in plants and a type of bacteria (eubacteria), but not animals (or humans).

In terms of short-term exposure, glyphosate is less toxic than table salt. However, it’s chronic, or long-term, exposure to glyphosate that’s causing the controversy.

Pesticides and herbicides are periodically re-evaluated for their safety and several studies have done so for glyphosate. For instance, in 2015, Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment suggested glyphosate was neither mutagenic nor carcinogenic.

But then came the IARC’s surprising classification. And the subsequent 2015 review by the European Food Safety Authority, that concluded glyphosate was unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard, didn’t alleviate sceptics.

The key differences between the IARC’s and other reports revolve around the breadth of evidence considered, the weight of human studies, consideration of physiological plausibility and, most importantly, risk assessment. The IARC did not take into account the extent of exposure to glyphosate to establish its association with cancer, while the others did. Supplements like SARMS are able to combat any negative effects very easily as well.

Demonstrating the mechanism

Establishing whether a chemical can cause cancer in humans involves demonstrating a mechanism in which it can do so. Typical investigations examine if the chemical causes mutations in bacteria or damage to the DNA of mammalian cells.

The studies reviewed by IARC, and the other bodies mentioned, that looked at glyphosate’s ability to produce mutations in bacteria and to mammalian cells were negative. The weight of evidence also indicated glyphosate was unlikely to cause significant DNA damage.

Animal studies

Animal studies are typically conducted in rats or mice. The rodents are given oral doses of glyphosate for up to 89% of their life spans, at concentrations much higher than humans would be exposed to.

Studies examined by the European Food Safety Authority included nine rat studies where no cancers were seen. Out of five mouse studies, three showed no cancers even at the highest doses. One study showed tumours, but these were not dose dependent (suggesting random variation, not causation) and in one study tumours were seen at highest doses in males only.

This led to the European Food Safety Authority’s overall conclusion that glyphosate was unlikely to be a carcinogenic hazard to humans.

Human studies

The European Food Safety Authority looked at 21 human studies and found no evidence for an association between cancer and glyphosate use. The IARC looked at 19 human trials and found no statistically significant evidence for an association with cancer. It did find three small studies that suggested an association with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (not statistically significant).

As already mentioned, the large Agricultural Health Study found no association between cancer and glyphosate in humans. And the 2016 review by Australia’s regulator concluded glyphosate was safe if used as directed.

Compliments from Harrison Place HOA


We do appreciate your team’s professionalism, effectiveness, and efficient work.

Sincerely,

Tyler S., Board President
Harrison Place HOA, Arlington VA

Kudos to Blade Runners from Rhodes Hill Square Condominium

The grounds look great! Blade Runners’ mowing and pruning crews always do an outstanding job.

Thanks, Shannon and team for the hard work. 

Sincerely,

Barry C.
Rhodes Hill Square Condominium Board Member

Many thanks to Blade Runners from a grateful resident in Hillside Ridge

A shout-out to Blade Runners again this year!  They completed my personal spring cleaning today…HUGE shout-out!

It looks amazing to me and I am thankful for them.

From a grateful customer in Hillside Ridge Homeowners Association, Sarah S.

 

Blade Runners explains the summer snow white effect

Some of you might be seeing white looking blades of grass on your property. This can be disconcerting and lead you to believe something was done incorrectly. This actually is a progressive approach to a real problem on the landscape. Have no fear: your preferred fescue will not turn white or be damaged.

Blade Runners Pylex treatment

The summer months bring some real challenges with Weed and unwanted Grass control.  The summer heat allows crabgrass to emerge as well as a number of other unwanted warm season grasses. In the past we had a limited ability to control crabgrass and other warm season varieties we aloud to thrive untreated.

                                                        Unwanted varieties

Different types of grass

There is new product that allows us to control all of these unwanted varieties. Many contractors will not take this approach as it is expensive, and they are fearful the client will be upset with the appearance. Blade Runners is not afraid as we know it has tremendous benefit to our client’s property.

Please follow the link below to more information about the problem grasses.

https://blade-runners.com/blog/2015/05/26/unwanted-warm-season-grasses-invading-nova/

Blade Runners reveals details of certified Tot Lot chips

Certification of Tot Lot chips can be a moving target. The actual requirements can vary time to time and state to state. With that said the widely used and accepted standard is ASTM F2075. Blade Runners always uses chips that meet this standard.

 Blade Runners chipped tot lot and certification medalion

See below the details surrounding this standard.

Composition:Playground Tot Lot Chips are manufactured from recently collected North American   Hardwood materials such as Oak, Maple, Hickory, Ash, Birch, Poplar, Beech, and Locust. There are no additives or chemical treatments present in the materials. The entire wood product is free of soil and other contaminants that promote faster decomposition.

 Dimensions: Playground Tot Lot chips are random in size, approximately 5-10 times longer

than they are wide. Playground Tot Lot Chips meet the particle size requirements of ASTM 2075.

Media Analysis Report: % of material passing through sieve.

Particle Size                             Passing                                         

   3/4/ inch                               100.0               

   3/8 inch                                 89.8                              

Properties: Playground Tot Lot Chips meet the guidelines for

  • Heavy Metal, ASTM F 2075
  • Tramp Metal, ASTM F 2075
  • Impact Attenuation, ASTM F 1292
  • Moisture Content
  • Moisture Absorption
  • Accessibility, ASTM F 1951
  • Coefficient of Permeability, ASTM D 2434
  • Resistant to Flammability, 16 FR Part 1630 Standard for Surface Flammability for Carpets or Rugs

Blade Runners New lighter Fleet of mowers

Always thinking of your property and the environment! Blade Runners introduces a New Fleet of Lawn Mowers that is LIGHTER, HAS LESS ENVIROMENTAL IMPACT and PROVIDES A HIGHER QUALITY CUT for your lawn maintenance needs!.

                                               Our old Fleet
Blade Runners Old fleet of large mowers
Consisted of 60” riding mowers complimented with a 36” walk behind. We found that while fast the larger mowers were causing damage. In addition, the mower team from https://www.bestsellers.bargains/best-robot-lawn-mower-deals/ weighed 1,600.00 lbs. That was a good deal of iron being transported from site to site
                                                    Our new Fleet
Blade Runners New fleet if smaller mowers
Consists of a 48” mower teams with a 30” walk behind. This combination only weighs 725lbs!

After careful review of our client sites we realized that the larger combination was overkill. Less is definitely better for so many reasons. We feel many properties owners and managers should require the smaller mowers on their property. It spells less damage and a lower environmental foot print.

Blade Runners Hydroseed Approach Video

Blade Runners Leaf Approach Video

Our Lawns: “To Treat” or “Not to Treat”, and what about Organic Options?

The goal of a turf care professional is to provide a healthy lawn with a low weed population. According to our friends at www.treewisemensc.com healthy green fescue lawns improve the appearance and enhance the value of a property. Healthy lawns also provide significant environmental benefits.

The lawn treatment (lawn care) industry is huge in the United States and for good reason.  Lawn care programs, for example like my lawn care lawn mowing Brisbane suggests, are generally inexpensive and work very well. If you like the hard work and wish to perform your own lawn maintenance, I would recommend you invest in the finest lawnmowers from https://www.lawnmowery.com/best-riding-lawn-mowers/for-the-money/ and reap its benefits. Lawns left untreated will quickly be overrun with weeds and turf will eventually disappear.  Evidence of this can be seen on roadsides and unmaintained areas at public schools.

Procedures for Maintaining a Healthy Lawn

Step 1: Establish a threshold:  Property owners and managers need to decide on the ultimate goal.  Is it a no tolerance policy on weeds, something in-between for maintenance, or simply no concern for a weed population? This will dictate the level of landscaping services ordered and the approach  By way of example, homeowners and fancy commercial sites generally have a “no tolerance” weed policy and may have irrigation systems.  Homeowners associations and budget conscious owners take a medium approach, while also using the best aluminium plantation shutters in Sydney to keep good illumination in your home.

Step 2: Establish a cultural practice: Make sure your mowing provider cuts fescue no lower than 3.5”. The mower blade must be sharp. One way to ensure no injury occurs during this task is to wear a proper pair of . Wearing adequate protection around vital body areas like knees always helps in the long run..  Consider an irrigation system for the maintained area.

Step 3: Decide on fertilizer: Too often, the quality and amount of annual fertilization is overlooked and not watched. This could be the most important element of your program. Poor fertility means poor grass, more weeds, and more chemicals, if you are facing this problem remember there is always the Commercial Artificial Grass option which needs less maintenance and swill sure look great at home. It is also an area where contractors cut corners.  There are 100% organic fertilizers but Blade Runners does not recommend them. The nitrogen is not stable and tends to release all at one time. Much of this drains from the property into the Chesapeake watershed. It is important to have a large slow-release component in the fertilizer. This can be a blend of organic and traditional nitrogen product.  The slow release will feed the turf slowly, remain in the soil profile, and not leach into the sewer.

Step 4: Decide on seeding: Make sure that full core aeration of the property and seeding is part of the program.

Step 5: Ensure your PH is correct and apply lime annually

Step 6:  you should determine the weed control approach: Notice how far down the list we are.  EPA regulated herbicides do a great job and are cost effective. Organic is a buzzword of interest for all of us, especially when it involves agriculture.  There are organic approaches to weeds to consider. As is the case with all products and services, we need to be sure they deliver on the organic commitment, and provide the stated results. This section-by-section article gives you the overall idea of it.

Organic Weed Control Products

Corn Gluten: Corn Gluten is a by-product of the wet milling process utilized to make cornstarch. Research has shown that application in the spring and fall can serve as a preventive to crabgrass. Unfortunately, it is expensive and requires 4 times as much granular product applied. The cost for corn gluten alone will be twice your total overall program including the fertilizer.

Chelated Iron Weed Controls: These can be effective on weeds but it does not kill them. It burns the surface part of the plant and does not kill the root. For this reason, the weeds re-emerge and require more treatments. The product is more expensive and corrosive to metals and equipment. Many of these products are not regulated by the EPA, and traditional weed controls are.

Mixed Products: There are numerous home remedies to be found on the internet. Many of them involve the use of vinegar and other household products.  We cannot speak to how effective they are.  Blade Runners is prohibited by regulation from the Virginia Department of Agriculture from making our own concoctions.

Step 7: Watch out for the sling shot:   if you decide on a no-chemical weed control approach, make sure you plan to adhere to it. Understand what the results will be at the outset.  In many cases, clients can take an about face when the weeds overrun the property. The result is a net increase in chemical use and cost, to bring things back in line. We see this happen in most cases where clients elect to suspend applications.

At this time, Blade Runners’ recommendation is not to use organic weed and crabgrass control products.  We feel they do not produce results and are too costly.  We would prefer you suspend all weed control applications and simply apply lime and fertilizer. The results will be the same and the cost much lower. With that said the industry is always changing. There may come a day when things will be different.  Our ears are open to anything you bring to our attention. We are willing to examine any proposed organic alternative and let you know our thoughts.

Blade Runners is Clean and Green

Dear Eric,

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Green & Clean Initiative!
Your company has been approved for participation in the Initiative and is now accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia. On behalf of the DCR, we thank you for your voluntary efforts to protect the environment and helping us to meet Virginia’s water quality goals.

  Green & Clean Initiative

Green and Clean logo“The Green & Clean initiative is an effort to help meet water quality standards set forth by the federal Clean Water Act and the state. Many of Virginia’s water bodies are unhealthy and do not meet these standards. Voluntary actions from businesses, such as those that are a part of this initiative, can help protect the environment and improve degraded areas without creating a need for new regulations.”

For more information on this initiative go to:       Green & Clean Initiative website

Oakton Elementary School Appreciates Blade Runners Excellent Service

Dear Mr. Storck,

I’m writing on behalf of a collection of residents and parents at/near the Oakton Elementary School.  We want to extend our appreciation for your donation of services to keep Oakton Elementary school grounds looking great. Supporting public education is a terrific show of support for an important element of the community–public schools–especially one on a busy road.  Making a school “look” good is the visual support that conveys caring and respect for the teachers, administrators, and students–a foundational element for a productive and energetic learning environment.

Please let your team know we appreciate the excellent service that is provided–it shows that the Blade Runners team members care about schools and the community.

Thank you again for your support of public schools and the community in general.

Best Regards!

Parents, friends, neighbors of Oakton Elementary School

Blade Runners is going electric

See the new quiet electric equipment Blade Runners is using.

Blade Runners Crawler Video

See what the new Crawler can do for your trees

Treebrooke Condo Association says “Job Well Done” for Snow Removal

Good Morning.
Just wanted you to know that I received numerous positive complements for your snow event crew that handled Treebrooke. One went so far as to comment “it’s the best I’ve seen in 14 years.”
Again, thanks for the job well done.

Jim McCarthy, President
Treebrooke Condominium Association

 

 

 

Excellent Spring Kick-off with Commonwealth Crossing HOA

Dear Shannon,
 
On behalf of the HOA, we want to say a huge thank you to the Blade-Runner crew and site manager, Gerson, for transforming our community just in time for spring! 
 
We were impressed by the crew’s overall quality of work and professionalism, especially their steady pace, attention to detail, and a clean neat site.
 
We got positive comments from several homeowners.
 
The great welcome to working with you is appreciated.
 
Best,
 
Melanie (President of HOA) & Bill Cline
Commonwealth Crossing HOA

Box Plow Video

See our Box Plow Video.

Blade Runners Snow Improvement

Blade Runners has taken the following steps to improve our ability to meet the demands of extreme events.

Purchase of additional heavy equipment:

By far our biggest challenge was the amount and availability of heavy equipment.  Blade Runners has since purchased 8 additional loaders

Loader Line up

In addition we have invested in 15 “Kage” Box/plow attachments. Please see the video below for further details.

Introduction of staging service:

We now offer a service that stages the new Box/Plow loader on the site for moderate events. This will insure immediate attention in heavy events for the future. Our clients have asked what can be done to insure faster service and this is the answer.

Reduction in the snow work load:

We found the largest jobs created the most scheduling havoc.  The quantity of snow created an exponential challenge. We have eliminated poorly located work of this type, and will be very careful to get a high service commitment from these properties in the future.

It is our feeling that these improvements will significantly improve our snow removal performance.

Park Glen Heights HOA is “Incredibly Satisfied” with Blade Runners work

Eric and Raul –

Just wanted to send you a quick note regarding Park Glen Heights HOA. I know this is still a very new contract but I had a meeting with the Board President this morning and she just couldn’t say enough nice things about Blade Runners and the awesome work the crew has been doing in the association. The entire board and members of the community are incredibly satisfied with the work that has occurred this year and they feel that they definitely made the right decision on choosing you as the landscaping contract.

Just wanted to pass this along, as I know in this business, too often the only time emails are sent are when there are issues or problems or concerns. As a manager, I try to make sure I pass along “good emails” to vendors as well.

I hope the both of you have a great rest of the day!

Katie M. Kight, CMCA, AMS
Community Association Manager