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Why You Need Proper Landscape Maintenance Regularly: An Interview with McAdam Landscaping President Scott McAdam

By Scott McAdam

Please describe the background of your company and your qualifications.

Along with my brother, Rob, I started McAdam Landscaping in 1979. We have landscape architects, designers and horticulturists all on staff. We have an installation division, a maintenance division and a snow-removal division. We are a full-service contractor for residential, commercial and municipal clients.

What are the top points to consider when looking into proper landscape maintenance?

There are so many components that go into what constitutes proper landscape maintenance, but it all starts with having qualified people do the work?professionals who really know what they are doing.

People need to find a company that has professionals on staff who know, for example, about proper trimming and proper technique. Not everything gets trimmed the same way or at the same time. On the maintenance side, it's important to be able to identify diseases and pests in order to manage them properly.

In your opinion, what are a few reasons it is important to routinely maintain your lawn?

The first thing to consider is the health of the grass. Also, properly maintained turf is a better quality turf. It's aesthetically more pleasing to the eye and it is thicker and can withstand temperature extremes much better than turf that isn't being well managed.

What are some easy maintenance practices to avoid dead spots on my lawn?

If someone is experiencing dead spots, we initially examine what is causing them. Is it a dog? A disease? Properly identifying the cause is first and foremost, and then it's a matter of adjusting the management practices to address those conditions.

How often should someone mow their grass?

Weekly mowing is generally a good idea. Another rule of thumbs is you shouldn't remove more than one-third of the glass blade at any given time. So if you want to maintain grass at three inches long, for example, then you shouldn't let it go any higher than 4 ½ inches.

If you need to take more than one-third, it's best to do it in stages, with a couple days in between, or you will stress the turf and cause yellowing. Although the grass will come back, it's not healthy to make these drastic, severe cuts.

What are the advantages of hiring a professional for this job?

A true professional is going to be able to monitor your existing conditions and adjust the maintenance program to meet the needs of whatever is happening. So much of maintenance is monitoring and adjusting accordingly. Second, a true professional is insured, which is an important layer of protection for the customer.

What is the best way for people to get in contact with you?

Our website www.McAdamLandscape.com is a very helpful resource, with a portfolio that shows some examples of our work, an explanation of our processes, a variety of tips and more. Anyone can reach me directly at scott@mcadamlandscape.com or through our general phone number, 708-771-2299.

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