Frequently asked questions and facts about our outdoor services.
Your property management company should be contacted first. We will work directly with your property manager to solve any issues that may come up.
If the rain is excessive, your property will be mowed the following day. If the rain is light, we will use our best judgement whether to continue mowing or wait until the next day – this is dependent on the weather forecast.
Five applications (spraying) will be completed during the growing season. Three of these are fertilizer and the other two are weed control applications. Many things affect whether or not we can spray that day such as temperature, rain, wind speed, etc. These applications may not have an exact date but will be completed from May-September.
We make our best effort not to have clumping of grass in your lawn. It can occur more often when there is copious amounts of rain and your grass is growing at a rapid rate. Having an irrigation system can help with dispersing grass clumps along with weekly mowing.
We make sure to measure only on paved surfaces where snow drifting has not had any impact on the surface. This is done at each site in different cities to determine if/when we should start our plow routes.
Each property has its own specifications and timeline of when an open-up or edge-to-edge plow must be done. Depending on when the snow starts to fall, this will effect when we start our plow routes and get to each property.
We place stakes around each property at the beginning of the snow season. During the winter these stakes can get tore out, damaged, etc. We do our best to stay between the steaks while making clear passes in a storm.
A French drain is a system designed to collect water from surface water and also beneath the surface in a capillary action. Our French drains are designed to where they never need maintenance. We use non-woven fabric that allow 90-120 gallons of water a minute to pass through 1 square foot of fabric. Our drain tile is virgin material with no containments. Most corrugated black 4- and 6-inch pipe is not virgin and has been made by using recycled plastics. They also have containments that make it weaker and doesn’t allow it to last as long.
A yard drain is a drainage basin connected to drainpipe and removes only the surface water. Typically, a yard drain has a grate on top of a containment area connected to the drain tile.
If improperly installed, a drain tile system can freeze. But by using corrugated pipe and sloping the pipe at the correct percentage, the water will never be moving slow enough to freeze until it exits the pipe if sloped right. Also, this pipe is under ground, there is no wind to freeze it faster.
Minnesota experiences freeze and thaw cycles. If you fill a PVC pipe with water and freeze it, it fractures and shatters. Corrugated pipe will expand and not crack or need replacement.
A blind inlet is a grate set on top of a French Drain to allow water to get into the drain faster. If you have an area in your yard where a lot of water pools, this is a good spot for it.
Grass only needs about 2-3 inches of soil to grow. If you use the correct soil (not clay) you can cover your French Drain and still keep that beautiful green yard. By using the correct soil and only 2-3 inches of it (4 -5 inches at max) the water can still travel through the ground and get into your French Drain.
When you are dealing with a very large volume of water and want to make sure the water is taken care of fast and efficiently, this is when you would use an open French Drain. The main part of the drain is still wrapped in fabric to avoid having any maintenance, but instead of soil over the top of the fabric you just use rock. Rock allows water to travel around it and into the French Drain faster than a French Drain covered with grass and a small amount of soil. Rock also still allows you to still have the manicured lawn look and get rid of the sogginess in a lawn.
Water from your down spouts can be dirty. Bugs, Leaves, dirt and stick can all get into your gutters and then travel down into your down spouts. We don’t want that contamination getting inside our French Drain. This will cause your French Drain to clog and fail. That is why we always run a separate non-perforated pipe all the way to the day-light or water containment area (storm sewers, driveways, drainage ditches etc.)
The black corrugated pipe you see all over is actually a recycled material from your everyday items. No matter how well they clean the plastic before it is recycled, it still has many contaminants. We’ve seen animals chew on the black pipe you see at your local Menard’s or Lowes and despite smelling the contaminants from being recycled. Our pipe is virgin material and will last a lifetime, ensuring that dry basement or lawn.
4-inch drain tile can handle up to 240 gallons a minute by just gravity feed. Most down spouts from average size roofs will never see more then 30-40 gallons a minute in even the worst storms.
In poor soil conditions, water drains very slow. Best Outdoor Services calculates how big of a drainage system your property needs using the 100-year 24-hour precipitation data from the National Weather Service. This means that in 100 years, this is the max rain fall received in 1- time interval of 24 hours. This should only happen once every 100 years. We calculate your square foot and convert it into gallons to design the right system for your yard. Going off of this
data, in Minnesota you would have to dig such a large drywell that it is not feasible or affordable.