If you own or manage a retail, professional, industrial, non-profit or governmental organization and you’re looking for effective, cost-efficient snow removal, it’s important to differentiate between residential and commercial snow removal – they are very different tasks requiring specific expertise and equipment.
Here at Mike Lynch Enterprises, we specialize in commercial snow removal. We understand how important it is for businesses, agencies, and organizations to be open and operational on a timely basis. Time is money and you’re losing money for every hour your employees and customers can’t reach your place of business.
That’s why we monitor regional weather very closely all winter long – snow, freezing rain, and ‘nor-easters can all wreak havoc on businesses not prepared to handle adverse conditions. We’re prepared to roll equipment 24/7 and provide full commercial snow removal operations within minutes of receiving information. We even have a full-time mechanic on staff in our local, fully-equipped service garage so we can keep our equipment on the road for prompt, professional, around-the-clock commercial snow removal and sanding services, with minimal down-time.
As autumn gets into full swing here in New England, you may be thinking more about raking leaves and getting your snowblower tuned up than your lawn irrigation system. However, now’s the time to schedule your in-ground sprinkler system for winterization.
But, you might be thinking, what’s the big deal? Any water left in your underground sprinkler system will freeze, too, damaging equipment and leading to costly repairs in the spring.
Even if you’ve drained the water out of your irrigation system, some water remains and can freeze, expand, and crack the elements. Some homeowners may be tempted to use their home air compressors to blow out their irrigation systems but a common residential air compressor simply isn’t powerful enough to handle the job. Water will remain in the pipes, potentially freezing and breaking parts of your system. It’s best to hire irrigation system professionals to do the job properly. Continue reading
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Did you know that fall is the best time to get your lawn ready for spring? That’s right – cool fall temperatures and autumn rainfall is ideal for germinating grass seed and giving your lawn a head start for next year.
To do it right, it’s important to prep the soil for seeding, and that means getting a high quality loam to spread around first.
Adding a top-quality screened loam to your yard at this time of year is a great way to fill those bare spots that may have developed over the summer and avoid getting weeds while promoting healthy grass growth.
The concept of over-seeding lawns as part of a regular maintenance has been around for years, but it is still new to many homeowners. This one step will do more to improve the quality of your lawn than almost anything else you can do. The practice of over-seeding lawns is really nothing more than spreading grass seed over an existing lawn. Over-seeding lawns in the fall reduces or eliminates competition from summer weedy grasses, such as crabgrass, foxtails, and other weeds. Furthermore, soil temperatures are still warm in the fall, which is necessary for seed germination, while the cooler air temperatures are better for grass growth.
Today’s highly efficient lawn irrigation systems benefit from computerized controllers that enable homeowners to more effectively control how much water their lawns and gardens receive. But the trick is properly programming the controller to match the seasonal needs of your lawn.
Summertime, of course, is different than the spring – days are longer and drier, causing tender grass shoots to stress and weaken if they don’t receive enough water. At the same time, too much water will create soggy conditions that can encourage rot and other diseases.
Part of the art of programming irrigation controllers is understanding soil and weather conditions and how they affect each other – soil composition may not be the same from one neighborhood to the next, so setting the correct watering cycle for your yard may not be the same as your friend’s a street or two away.
Many central Massachusetts home owners use automated irrigation systems to irrigate their lawns and ornamental plants. While the systems are installed to provide minimal maintenance and automated irrigation, routine maintenance and repairs are required to correct component failure and damage.
Now is the perfect time to do maintenance and repairs – before summer’s heat and dry conditions take hold. We want your irrigation system to be set appropriately for these conditions and make the best use of the watering schedule.
Prompt repair of irrigation system problems prevents loss or damage to landscapes and wasted water. Identifying and correcting the specific problem can prevent additional harmful impacts. For example, dry areas in a landscape can appear to be lacking water, but the lack of water may be due to a broken sprinkler or some other problem causing a loss of pressure in the irrigation system. Simply setting the irrigation timer to a longer run time will not make up for dry areas occurring from leaks, clogs, or broken irrigation pipe.
Ever have cake without frosting? It’s just not the same. The same can be said about mulch – a yard without mulch is okay, but a coating of fresh mulch to flower and shrub beds really makes a difference.
At Mike Lynch Enterprises, we provide the best top quality bark mulch around. Like frosting on a cake adds that finished look to baked goods, our mulch provides that finished appeal that tops off your yard. Mulch enhances your home, your shrubbery, and flower gardens. Mulch makes your yard look manicured and at the same time keeps weeds down while providing a sunshield and moisture barrier for your plantings. Greens look greener, flower colors look brighter.
Another side benefit is that quality bark mulch like you’ll find at Mike Lynch Enterprises provides a simple, fast, and inexpensive way to make your landscaping even more attractive, adding 7 to 14 percent to your home’s value. It even acts as a passive fertilizer, slowly releasing nutrients into the soil as it breaks down.
If you have an installed lawn irrigation system, or are thinking about getting one, a critical component for efficient and effective operation is a rain sensor. What exactly is that, you ask?
A rain sensor is a device that uses electricity to turn a lawn sprinkler system on and off depending on the moisture generated by rainfall. While earlier generations of rain sensors were not very efficient, the latest generation has an improved design and technology that prevents accidental over-watering.
Here’s how it works: a hygroscopic disk similar to cork expands when it gets wet. The wetter it gets, the more it expands. The expanded disk triggers the switch after a preset amount of rain has fallen. It continues to expand as more rain falls. The system will not resume scheduled cycles until the disk dries out and returns to normal size. The more rain that falls, the longer the sensor prevents watering.
Wired sensors are less expensive and don’t have batteries to replace. Wireless sensors are more convenient to install and have almost no wiring to get damaged. The sensor can be installed up to three hundred feet from the receiver. Each model has its own unique mounting hardware and some are more versatile than others.
Harsh New England winters are just around the corner. Who knows what this winter will bring. It seems every year we get at least some kind of hazardous weather – heavy snow, freezing rain, sleet, an occasional ice storm along with those bitter cold temperatures.
No matter what the condition, at Mike Lynch Enterprises, we can help minimize that risk with professional sanding and salting. Keeping your commercial property free of ice and snow can save you time and money, which is good for your bottom line. Keeping your business ice-free is also good for minimizing the possibility of accidents.
With a 24/7 radio dispatch service and fully-stocked sanding and salting equipment ready to go, we’re here to provide our customers with immediate assistance should bad weather roll in (and it will!). Clearing commercial properties such as driveways and parking lots to the bare pavement usually requires de-icing in some form. Here at Mike Lynch Enterprises, we are ready to assist.
It’s been a long, hot summer, with little rainfall to help our thirsty lawns and gardens. But with many towns declaring mandatory water bans in effect for the rest of the season, it’s time to winterize your irrigation system.
Some homeowners may not realize that in-ground irrigation systems are susceptible to harsh winter weather which can freeze water lines and crack valves and sprinkler heads. That’s why it’s so important to properly prepare your in-ground sprinkler system for a long winter’s nap.
It’s tempting for some homeowners to try to winterize their irrigation systems themselves, however, proper winterization is more than just shutting off the water and power to your system. It’s not that easy.
Summer’s almost over and the thought of continuing to focus on your lawn sprinkler system is starting to fade with the summer sun. But now’s the perfect time to make changes to your irrigation system, such as repairs and add-ons.
Let’s face it. This summer was brutal. We’re experiencing a historic drought that is taxing both our lawns and water systems. You can save yourself time and money by having an irrigation service expert such as Mike Lynch Enterprises inspect your system for any current or potential issues and get them addressed. Springtime is very very busy, so “Now’s the time”.