Heck, if I lived in your area I'd hire you as well. I'll bet our lawn would look much better as I'm not that meticulous. It gets cut and trimmed but that's about it although I did take some soil samples this year on one particularly bad part. PH was 5.1 which explains a lot, lol.To be totally honest, I don't which breed of grass is the most common around here as I never really checked. When I buy grass seed, I just tell Elmer at the Mill what I am doing and he provides the seed, which is usually categorized as "Full Sun, Full Shade or Mixture". The type of grass seed does make a big difference based upon the location.
For example, here is one yard I mow and take care of the landscaping and I replanted this entire front yard last year as when I took it over, the roots from the maples were all very exposed and dirt surrounded the tree trunks for 20'. I seeded this lawn with "Mixture" with "Full Shade" under the trees and its come in very nicely.......The roots grow back up to the surface, but the owner is pretty particular and likes it kept nice. Each yard is about 55,000 sq feet in our neighborhood with an acre of actual grass being the norm, with some perimeter lots nearly 2 acres of grass..
The owner of this house has a x5xx Deere but has delgated all work to me as he bought a cottage up on a lake and he and his family spend 80% of their time up there during the summer, etc. I just email him an invoice and he mails me a check........He likes the way his lawn looks now and told me he has no desire to resume its care. He even has the snow blower for his tractor but I plow his driveway as well. As he said "The time it takes me to get my tractor out, you are done with the driveway. Plus, sitting outside in the cold isn't near as much fun as it used to be."
Each week when I finish mowing a lawn, I take a picture of it and use the image dates to double check my invoicing at the end of the month. This house has security cameras and often, the last thing I do before I leave is use my back pack blower and clean off the porch, sidewalks and driveway. When I walk on the porch, the cameras send my image to the owner and he usually sends me a text message when I finish complimenting the result. He likes the attention to detail, as do I of cleaning off the porch, patios, hot tub area, etc........
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