Landscaping Mistake #3:
Not Calling the Right Landscaping Vendor for Watering Issues
All too often avoidable lawn care issues play out in Condominium communities all over Long Island. They’re avoidable by simply identifying the right vendor for the right job.
It sounds easy enough… but cost conscious HOA Board Members must up-their-game if they want to keep their lawn care budget predictable, and free from unforeseen issues..
The right person, with the right tools will always be cheaper and more reliable in the long run. Avoid aggravating phone tag, or tracking down vendors every time a squirrel drops an acorn.
When You Don’t Know the Right Vendor to Call, Avoidable Issues will become Costly Problems
Residents assume when they see brown spots forming on the lawn in front of their homes it’s from lack of water.
Immediately they call the HOA Board to let them know the lawn needs more water. Then the HOA calls the Property Manager, and the Property Manager finally calls the irrigation company.
Here’s the problem and why all those phones calls are a waste of everyone’s time.
The irrigation company is the wrong vendor to call when you think you’re having watering issues. Here’s why…
Irrigation Companies are not “Turf” Experts… Instead, They’re Plumbers & Mechanics for Your Irrigation System
Irrigation companies do not diagnose lawn problems, instead they react to requests from your community for mechanical or plumbing services. You tell them you need more or less water, they make a paid visit to your community to reset the sprinklers.
They support the mechanics and working condition of the system, in addition to setting up how often and what intervals the sprinklers turn on and off.
As it stands now, irrigation companies typically do not detect or identity ‘turf’ problems until you let them know, and then it’s usually too late.
A seemingly small problem grows worse over time because a few weeks of too much water exacerbates the problem instead of fixing it.
Now you’re faced with costly treatments, replacement of lawn sections, and more unexpected dollars from your HOA budgets.
When Your Lawn is Browning, Call Your Landscaping Company FIRST
The vendor who mows, edges, weeds and shapes your lawn is of course, your landscaping company. They not only maintain your property, but they are knowledgeable on how to sustain the health and well being of your lawn, which includes watering.
When an expert landscaper sees browning spots, they don’t automatically assume it’s lack of water… it could also be insects or a fungus. They also know, if you mistake fungus from poor watering… and then you add more water, the fungus will rapidly spread and potentially kill your lawn.
Lawn care for Long Island Condominiums can be a tough job, especially when two different, but related vendors work for your community and do not communicate directly.
You know the old saying? “One hand doesn’t know what they other hand is doing.”
FACT: When your landscape and irrigation vendors are communicating directly, you avoid costly lawn problems commonly caused by watering issues.
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