Gutter Cleaning

Professional Gutter Cleaning

Cleaning out your gutters is an important but often-delayed chore. However, delaying gutter cleaning can have far more damaging results than many homeowners realize. The purpose of a gutter is to keep water away from your home. It keeps moisture from seeping into the foundation, basement, and walls.

When homeowners neglect their gutters, they run the risk of moisture seeping into the walls of their home, causing untold amounts of damage. This creates the need for expensive repairs while driving down the value of the structure. Avoid all that hassle with one call to Second Look Maintenance Inc! Our professional gutter cleaning services are known all over the Finger Lakes Region for its quality results.

Why Call Second Look Maintenance Inc For Gutter Cleaning Services?

Our friendly landscaping and gutter cleaning teams are professional and dependable. That’s because it’s not only what we do that matters to us, but why we do it. Our job is to make sure your home is as beautiful and healthy as possible, both in appearance and structure. But even deeper than that, our calling is giving customers the greatest experience and service in the world.

How do we provide the greatest landscaping services?

Honest, upfront prices
Free estimates
Easy scheduling
Friendly, punctual, and professional teams
Values-driven service to every single customer

Values-driven service is about who we are when we show up to your door. Other services might offer to come to your home and fix up your lawn, but no company has the drive, care, and love for customer service like Second Look Maintenance Inc does. From your initial call to our final clean-up check, you’ll be blown away by the genuine care our team will have for your property. When you call our property care experts, even a simple gutter cleaning can be the best service you’ve ever had!

Call 585-396-9138 for more information about our gutter cleaning services, or get a free estimate!

Commercial and Residential Services
Lawn & Bed Maintenance
Landscape/Hardscape
Pest, Weed & Fertilization
Outdoor Lighting
Snow & Ice Management
Gutter Cleaning

Fall Cleanup Services


Commercial and Residential Fall Clean-Up

Seasonal Landscaping and Lawn Care Services

Does your home or business look a little shabby around this time of year? Could your property benefit from a good fall cleaning? Call Second Look Maintenance Inc for a fall clean-up! Our landscaping and lawn care services are designed to provide the care and attention your property needs with none of the hassle. We’re proud of our commitment to our clients. Join countless other families around the Finger Lakes Region in trusting Second Look Maintenance Inc with your residential property maintenance needs.

What does a fall cleaning from Second Look Maintenance Inc include?

At Second Look Maintenance Inc, we’ll do whatever is needed to get your property ready for the next season. We have years of experience and a reputation for excellence. Getting your landscape back into shape after the end of the season can be a big job, but we’ll handle it.

Some of the services your fall clean-up could involve may include:

Raking up leaves
Updating Seasonal flowers
Weed Control
Mulching
Fertilizer Applications
Pruning
Cleaning up branches & lawn debris
Cutting the grass

Count on Second Look Maintenance Inc for a Thorough Seasonal Cleaning!

You may not have the time necessary to clean up your property during the messy autumn months, but our cleaning crews at Second Look Maintenance Inc can take care of it for you! Your time is valuable: Let us do the dirty work so you can enjoy a beautiful, pristine lawn. Our landscaping and lawn care service experts can help you get the job done promptly and efficiently. This is what we do best!

Contact Second Look Maintenance Inc for a free price estimate or to set up an appointment. Call 585-396-9138 or Email info@property-perfection.com today.

Commercial and Residential Services

Lawn Maintenance
Bed Maintenance
Pruning
Spring Clean-Up
Fall Clean-Up
Mulch
Seasonal Color
Tree Work
Turf Maintenance
Landscape/Hardscape
Pest, Weed & Fertilization
Outdoor Lighting
Snow & Ice Management
Irrigation
Gutter Cleaning

Pruning Lilacs

Who doesn’t enjoy the intense fragrance and beauty of lilacs? These old-fashioned favorites are wonderful additions to nearly any landscape. However, periodic pruning is vital in order to keep lilacs healthy and looking their best. Although there are smaller varieties, about ten to fifteen feet (3-4.5 m.), many lilacs can reach heights of about thirty feet (9 m.) tall without regular pruning. Pruning lilac trees on a regular basis keeps them from becoming too tall and unmanageable.

How to Prune Lilac Bushes – When pruning lilacs, cutting back the tops of overgrown stems is oftentimes not enough. It is generally better to cut the entire stem. Trimming lilacs is best accomplished using clippers. Remove spent blooms all the way to the stems to prevent seeding and encourage more blooms later on. Cut back about a third of the branches. Cut away shoots growing near the ground that may be sprouting from the main trunk. In order to improve air circulation or to allow more light to filter through, trimming lilacs within the inner branches may be necessary. If lilac bushes are already too large or becoming unsightly, however, pruning the entire bush or tree to about six or eight inches off the ground may be necessary. Keep in mind that you may have to wait for flowers, as it takes about three years for them to develop once entire shrub has been cut.
When to Trim Lilac Bushes – Knowing when to trim lilac bushes is important. Most lilacs don’t require pruning until they reach about six to eight feet (2-2.5 m.) tall. The best time for pruning lilac bushes is right after their flowering has ceased. This allows new shoots plenty of time to develop the next season of blooms. Pruning lilacs too late can kill young developing buds. If you are pruning lilac trees or shrubs entirely to within inches of the ground, it is best to do so in early spring. New shoots will develop during the regular growing season as long as there are a few healthy shoots left. Once the growing season has ended, remove any unsightly shoots. Pruning lilac bushes is important for their health and flower production. Lilacs are generally pretty hardy and if proper pruning is performed, they will come back stronger than ever.

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Snow Services – 2019/2020 Season

It’s that time again!  I don’t think any of us are ready for it, nor do we want to think about it yet but the snow is coming to upstate New York and we can’t do anything about it.  Well, yes we can.  We can get our snow agreements ready so no one gets stuck this year!
 
We offer:
 
Commercial, Residential & HOA Services
 
Snowplow Services
Snowblower & Shoveling Services
Ice Control (Drives and Walks)
 
If you are interested in a quote please email me and I will get in touch with you one on one.  I would like to have the quotes out and returned no later than October 15th.  This will allow me to see where I have openings without having to turn any current customers away.
 
     Commercial Customers:  Please supply your specs and a map of your property if you have one available.

Housekeeping Items…

Due to the recent wind our area has endured, please be sure that all downed limbs and branches are picked up prior to your scheduled mowing day.

Our commercial properties have seen excessive trash that has blown in and around.  If you do not have “Police Grounds” as part of your service contract please be sure to have your staff walk the property prior to your scheduled mowing day.

Picking up a piece of paper or the occasional branch is acceptable during weekly mowing services, however the time spent walking everyone’s property for multiple branches and excessive trash is time that is not factored into pricing, scheduling or machine repairs.  These items cause damage to blades, flat tires and the potential to harm someone from flying projectiles.

Lastly, pet waste. Per all service agreements pet waste should be picked up prior to your weekly service.  There is a $25 equipment cleaning fee applied and customer supplied water used to do so.  It is not fair to those without pets to have waste tracked onto their property.  It is also a health concern to those with healthy dogs coming into contact with someones sick pets waste.

For those interested we would be happy to supply pricing for all of the mentioned items listed above.

Without a service agreement, excessive debris removal will be billed at $45.00 per 15 minutes of labor plus disposal. Thank You for your consideration!

Thank You!

First, I want to thank everyone for their support this season.  I think overall things have gone smoothly and everyone’s project completed as requested.  There is still some fall maintenance scheduled and I look forward to completing these, however dislike the fact that summer 2019 is now behind us.

If anyone has any fall projects they would like to have completed please let me know and I will get pricing to you and get it on the schedule.

Lawn Rolling – Now is the time, or is it?

Now that the growing season has begun, homeowners may consider rolling their lawns. A lawn roller is a device that consists of a large tube with a mounted handle unit for pushing or pulling. Some people believe that taking the time to roll out a grass lawn every spring is an essential part of proper lawn maintenance. Alternatively, others consider rolling a lawn is a great idea in theory, although it is unnecessary and often quite damaging in practice. So who is right? Here are a few lawn rolling tips.

The Pros

Lawn rolling can be helpful for a spring lawn maintenance schedule if you are trying to remove minor bumps or smooth out uneven lawn sections. If you are trying to level out an uneven lawn, you’ll need to add soil first to any hollows before rolling. If you want to keep your lawn level for the longer term, you can add an annual light top dressing each spring as a fantastic treatment to prevent minor cracks or dips in the lawn. This top dressing helps to keep your lawn level and maintains a good quality soil texture. This method is perfect for having a nice even lawn to walk on plus ensuring your mowing job is safer and easier.

Lawn rolling can also be used for the single purpose of preparing a bare area for planting. Another acceptable garden practice for lawn rolling is when a new seedbed is being established. In this case, a light roller is used to ensure the seed is firmly in contact with the soil to increase the germination. Although rolling isn’t really necessary for this purpose since you can rake in the seed to make contact with the soil, it will not cause much harm either. Additionally, rolling can be used when a sod lawn is laid down. The rolling will help the sod lawn take root into the ground that will encourage the roots to grow deeper into the dirt underneath.

The Cons

The biggest obstacle and complaint that is suggested by lawn care experts is that lawn rollers compact the soil and squash all the soil particles together. This method creates its own set of problems because the air spaces necessary for good root growth are eliminated. The result of compacting the soil means that water can’t penetrate the soil because it is too pressed down and there are no holes for the water to move into, which causes run off.

The water never penetrates deep into the soil to get at the roots for providing moisture. It has a tough time penetrating the top compacted layer, and therefore, does not easily move between the layers of varying soil types. The run off takes any nutrients along with it and gets washed down the sewer. Rolling eliminates the necessary aeration that is required for a lawn to grow healthy and lush. Because of this compacted top surface layer, lawn rolling puts tremendous stress on the lawn first thing in the spring when the lawn is in its major growing period.

When you think of a golf green, you think of perfectly manicured lawns that are smooth and pristine; however, it’s not the same as lawn rolling your home lawn. Unlike your lawn that sits on a mixture of soil types that are easily compacted, golf greens sit on a special sand base chosen for its ability not to compact.

The soils of golf greens and your lawn can’t be compared, so the lawn rolling practices will be different. Even with the special sand base, the greens are rolled several times a week and regularly “cored” to allow for expansion of the soil and the introduction of water and air.

Putting greens are intensively managed grass surfaces that are fed, watered and treated for disease regularly. The rigorous management of the green is geared to making the golf ball roll better by having a firmer surface and treading a fine line between optimum grass health and playing surface.

Your Choice

Although there are pros and cons as to whether you should or should not roll your lawn, a lawn roller can be used in a variety of ways to create and maintain an even lawn. However, the final decision is always yours to make and we’re here to help.

Mulch Volcanoes

On Arbor Day, we like to show trees some serious love and one of the greatest favors you could do for these leafy giants is stopping the practice of mulch volcanoes.

In recent years, these mounds of mulch have become as prevalent as the bubonic plague in 14th century Europe. Why individuals continue to believe that eight to 12 inches of mulch piled around a tree trunk is a good idea remains unclear, but the fact of the matter is they’ve sentenced the plant to a slow death.

“These issues have been ongoing, but in recent years people have started to mound mulch up around the base of the trees – the ‘mulch volcano,’” said Martha Smith, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “New problems have emerged because of this practice. Tree bark is meant to protect the trunk. It works best in the air and light. If you pile mulch onto the bark, it is now exposed to dark and moisture. Bark will begin to rot, and rotted bark cannot protect the tree from insects and diseases. In fact, diseases grow better in this type of environment.”

Mulch is by no means a bad idea. It has many beneficial qualities, but like everything else in life, it should be used in moderation.

When applied correctly it protects the tree from lawn mower or string trimmer damage, while keeping the soil moist and stabilizing the temperature in summer and winter. Organic mulches also eventually decompose and improve the soil structure.

Mulch volcanoes can result in a number of side effects including an almost compost pile, where the material becomes hot enough to kill the inner bark of young trees or prevent the natural hardening off period where trees prepare for winter.One of the major purposes of mulch is to prevent weed growth, so the copious amounts piled around the trees may be some overeager company’s idea of stopping weeds for good.

These mountainous monstrosities can also promote the growth of secondary roots in the mulch rather than the surrounding soil. The roots will circle around the tree, similar to how a container plant roots would, and eventually choke off the tree’s main roots.

In periods of heavy rainfall, the tree can drown or be even more likely to rot thanks to the sponge-like nature of mulch. At other times, heavy layers of mulch can be colonized by water-repelling fungi, which will actually turn the pile into a hydrophobic area, leaving the tree in drought conditions despite receiving water.

The proper way to mulch around a tree appears more like a doughnut. The depth of the ring should be two to four inches max. For soils that are poorly drained, like clay, only use two inches of mulch.

Once the mulch is applied, pull the mulch away from the tree trunk by five to six inches. You should be able to see the tree trunk and the flare of the tree. The diameter of the mulch should extend to the drip line of the canopy.

An important factor to keep in mind is that while mulch is aesthetically pleasing, the attractive color tends to fade but this doesn’t mean you should top off the organic matter with a couple inches of fresh material. Measure the mulch levels before deciding to add more or you can end up smothering the tree despite your best intentions.

“Those that decompose faster must be replenished more often,” Smith said. “Here lies the problem, some mulches, such as cypress mulch, remain intact for years but they turn a grey-tan color. People prefer the ‘fresh’ look of new mulch and top dress annually, not considering the existing mulch depth.”

Educate clients and fellow landscaping companies about this ill-informed practice and perhaps eventually these mulch volcanoes will go extinct.

Original Author: Jill Odom, Total Landscape Care