Gas powered landscaping equipment bans are beginning to spread across North America. According to a April 2023 article on USA Todays website "Among cities and states with bans or limits: California; Burlington, Vermont; and Washington, D.C. Vancouver, British Columbia, also has restrictions in place.”
“…the best-selling commercial leaf blower, one hour of operation emits smog-forming pollution comparable to driving a 2017 Toyota Camry about 1,100 miles, or approximately the distance from Los Angeles to Denver." (California Air Resources Board)
“…operating the best-selling commercial lawn mower for one hour emits as much smog-forming pollution as driving…a Toyota Camry, about 300 miles — approximately the distance from Los Angeles to Las Vegas...”
Have you ever asked your landscapers to break out the annual cost of hedge trimming at each property? Multiply that number by the number of years hedge trimming has been going on. As costs rise; so does the cost of hedge trimming.
When bushes are hedge trimmed, the acceptable amount of growth between trimming is subjective and can make landscaping look unkept. Since each round of trimming has a cost it is sometimes difficult to balance looks and costs.
Consider how difficult and time consuming trimming and clean up becomes when cars are parked close by bushes. Sometimes people complain that debris gets blown on to their cars and clean up is not always done at a level we expect.
Batteries for landscaping equipment can not run that long so landscaping companies would need to own lots of batteries for each employee to make it through the day which could add to their costs. Many times battery powered equipment is not as powerful than gas ones but can be quieter at the same time.
Using electric equipment may be correct for some properties but not for others. We are intrigued by the idea of using noisy and polluting landscaping equipment less or not at all!
Instead of customers paying for landscapers to convert to electric and buy new batteries when the others go bad or continue to use gas powered equipment we encourage potential and current customers to engage us in conversation about what can be done to eliminate or greatly reduce the reoccurring costs associated with using landscaping equipment, especially hedge trimmers and blowers. There are options that most landscapers are not talking to customers about. WE ARE!
One of the major equipment manufactures put a gas use calculator on their website comparing their blowers gas use to others. The average gas use of six "brand name" blowers came out to just over one gallon of gas per hour per blower. We used the calculator for running a blower 30 hours a week. This equates to about 1560 gallons of gas a year. Now consider how many machines get used at properties you manage or own and multiply that by the number of years it has been going on.
In order to have customers landscaping look a certain way On Time Landscaping prefers to take a proactive approach to dealing with costs and it means that customers understand that other landscapers silence affect budgets and how landscaping looks.
We told a new customers about dry and dead branches below the outside layer of leaves on hedge trimmed bushes and we wanted to address the issue. While they were thinking about our suggestions of their hedge trimmed bushes caught on fire at the entrance to their drive through. They had to shut down their restaurant while the fire department dealt with the fire. Thankfully no one got hurt and no property was damaged besides the bush.
We want to minimize the chance of this happening for other customers and why minimizing hedge trimming is for more than cost control.
Many landscape maintenance contracts use phrases like "neat and trimmed", “pruned as necessary”, “performed as needed” when talking about hedge trimming. If we ask five people we would get five different answers on what this means. How much growth is an acceptable / unacceptable amount of growth. It could mean weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually. In order to know what costs are it is important that maintenance contracts specify how many hedge trimmings are "included" so everyone is on the same page.
It might be interesting to see how other landscapers would respond if you told them they need to hedge trim every week based on your definition of "neat and trim". How would they pay for extra trimmings? Directly charge? As addons? Reduce other services?
Water waste is a "hot topic" in the Vegas valley. Many landscaping contracts call for checking the irrigation system for leaks once a month. If it is checked today and a leak starts tomorrow there will be a lot of wasted water possibly costing the property hundreds or thousands of dollars.
There are “smart” devices that track water usage that may mean less wasted water and money.
Granular fertilizer is commonly used. It is typically is activated when it gets wet and the Vegas valley gets rain only a few times a year which means the fertilizer might not get activated when the plants need the nutrients so it is a waste of money and polluting.
There is an alternative that delivers nutrients to plants through the irrigation system. Water usually costs more per gallon the more is used so the less water that is used saves customers money.
A Nevada law outlaws about 31% of the grass in the Las Vegas area by the end of 2026.
Many times desert landscaping can cost customers less to maintain, reduce their water bills and provide more visual impact than grass.
On Time Landscaping is a SNWA Water Smart Contractor and has a 100% pass rate with the SNWA.