A lot of our friends and family will ask us, “just what exactly do you do during the winter months?” We jokingly like to respond that we sleep the entire month to make up for the previous busy 11 months, but unfortunately that is not the case. Somehow, we manage to stay busy during the winter!
One of the most important task we tend to during the cold month of January is equipment maintenance. We like our equipment to look as good as possible and run as smoothly as possible, so proper cleaning and maintenance are very important. Let’s start with our spray tanks. Every day we are filling them up with product to spray on lawns. Our organic fertilizer is a dark and thick liquid, so residue buildup will occur. We make sure to power wash outside and especially the inside of the tanks. We also run a mixture of water and liquid laundry detergent through all the hose lines to help eliminate any residue from fertilizer or weed controls. We do this at the end of each spray round as well as in January.
January is also a great time to tune up our aeration equipment. Aeration takes a toll on our ride on and walk behind machines, so usually by the end of aeration season chains are popping off and aeration tines need replaced. This is a great time of year to tune these machines up and have them ready for the fall.
The office constantly stays busy this time of year. Prepay letters were recently sent out for 2018 and we are thankfully still receiving estimate requests. We also take this time to update our landscape software. We go over everything with a fine-tooth comb, looking for any errors or glitches that may cause our customers trouble. We are always looking to implement technology to make the customer user experience as easy as possible.
We also take advantage of preparing our staff for the seasons ahead. Our technicians will gain CEU credits through classes and online courses and we hold training sessions for them. Our theory is, the better our technicians are, the better our result will be.
These are just a few items we work on throughout January. Things are a less busy this time of year (not too many people think about their lawn when it is cold and dreary outside) so we try to take some time and enjoy the quiet before our Round 1 applications begin!