Service Descriptions

Lawn Mowing Service

Lawn Mowing

a. Second Look Maintenance, Inc will provide all necessary labor, material(s) and equipment needed to complete your mowing service.
b. All work will be preformed in a professional manner according to standard practices. All agreements are contingent upon weather, accidents, and/or any reasons beyond our control.
c. On the scheduled day of service, it is the CUSTOMER’S responsibility to ensure that the area is free of toys, hoses, portable sprinklers, and other objects that interfere with the scheduled mowing. Second Look Maintenance, Inc will not be responsible for damage caused to or by such items. Second Look Maintenance, Inc reserves the right to refuse service if the area is not cleared prior to arrival. An extra fee may be charged if foreign objects impede the work which is to be performed by Second Look Maintenance, Inc such as vehicles, debris, etc. All gated areas must also be accessible and unlocked.
d. Prior to mowing, Second Look Maintenance, Inc will “police” the grounds and remove all paper, fallen branches and other debris from the lawn area to prevent unsightly shredding of debris.
e. For everyone’s safety, please use caution when approaching while Second Look Maintenance, Inc employees are using equipment. It is especially important to keep children and pets inside while equipment is being used.
f. If Second Look Maintenance, Inc arrives at the property to provide service, but can not gain access to the full property (due to a locked gate, for example), Second Look Maintenance, Inc. will complete as much of the scheduled task as possible and bill the customer at the full and regular rate with no discounts. If Second Look Maintenance, Inc is unable to access any of the property the customer will be charged a service fee of $35.00 even though Second Look Maintenance, Inc was unable to provide any services at that time. If Second Look Maintenance, Inc is requested to come out and service the remaining portion of the property, additional fees may be charged.
g. If a pet is kept at the property, the area must be free of pet droppings when Second Look Maintenance, Inc is scheduled to service your property. Failure to do so will result in $35.00 equipment cleanup fee. Second Look Maintenance, Inc reserves the right to work around the pet droppings if the conditions permit.
h. Either party may terminate this agreement at any time with a 30 day written notice. Cancellation will be effective on the last day of the following billing cycle once written notice is received. In the event of cancellation, the client will be responsible for all costs of services scheduled up to the cancellation date. A final invoice will be sent to the client once the billing cycle has completed.
i. No additional services will be performed during your scheduled mowing. If you would like additional services rendered, please contact your sales person for a new quote/estimate for additional services. Any additional work required or ordered by the Client outside the scope of this agreement shall be set forth in a new contract, and the agreed price shall become due and payable as agreed upon between Second Look Maintenance, Inc. and the Client. Second Look Maintenance, Inc employees and subcontractors are not at any time authorized to perform any additional work or to enter into any agreement to perform additional work unless agreed to in writing by the Client and Second Look Maintenance, Inc.
j. If you use a lawn fertilization service, please schedule it at least two days before Second Look Maintenance, Inc arrives on the property for your weekly lawn service.
k. In the event the Client adds additional turf area, trees, plantings, walks, driveways, or paths that are suitable for edging or other maintenance, Second Look Maintenance, Inc shall not be responsible for the care or maintenance of such additional improvements without a written change order.
l. Grass will be cut to a height of 2.5″ to 3.5″ depending on growth rate and weather conditions. Mowing includes string trimming around all trees, berms, landscape bed edges, buildings, fences, posts, lamp posts all areas within the lawn area unreachable by mowers. Grass clippings will be cleared from all planting beds to the best of ability, paved areas, concrete and decks at each visit. Using our discretion, Second Look Maintenance, Inc may opt to skip your lawn based on these same conditions.
m. In the event of inclement weather, Second Look Maintenance, Inc may elect to reschedule your mowing. Your mowing will be scheduled for the next available day. It is understood that depending on the length, and severity of any inclement weather, that it may take Second Look Maintenance, Inc varying amounts of time to fulfill the work covered under this service agreement. The client is aware that weather conditions in the area may change rapidly and without notice. Changes in weather conditions are considered to be an “Act of God” and Second Look Maintenance, Inc assumes no liability as such.
n. All quotes/estimates are valid until the noted expiration date on said quote/estimate. After such time, a new quote/estimate will be provided to the Client upon request by Second Look Maintenance, Inc. Prices are subject to change.
o. Second Look Maintenance, Inc reserves the right to place signage on any property in which a service has been performed for a period of 7-10 days. All signs must be returned to Second Look Maintenance, Inc or there may be a $35.00 fee per sign charged.

Spring Clean Up – Lawn Areas

Fall Cleanup

a. Remove all leaves and foreign debris accumulations from the turf areas, street gutters, sidewalks, driveways and any patio or deck areas.
b. All debris will be removed from the site and disposed of each day as the work is being performed.
c. Turf areas where snow mold is present or bare areas shall be hand raked and re-seeded.
d. Spring cleanup operations shall be completed by May 15th, unless weather conditions prohibit.
e. This service DOES NOT include snow plow damage repairs.

Fall Cleanup – Lawn Areas

a. Remove all leaves and foreign debris accumulations from the turf areas, street gutters, sidewalks, driveways and any patio or deck areas.
b. All debris will be removed from the site and disposed of each day as the work is being performed.
c. A minimum of two (2) fall clean up occurrences will be performed. The first occurrence will be performed the first week of November with the second occurrence being the last week of November.
d. All work performed is dependent on weather conditions and subject to change. In the event that weather does not allow for a final cleanup Second Look Maintenance, Inc will continue our attempts as weather allows.

Spring Cleanup – Shrub / Planting Beds

a. Remove all leaves and foreign debris accumulations from the shrub & planting bed areas.
b. All debris will be removed from the site and disposed of each day as the work is being performed.
c. Spring cleanup operations shall be completed by May 15th, unless weather conditions prohibit.
d. This service DOES NOT include snow plow damage repairs.

Fall Cleanup – Shrub / Planting Beds

a. Remove all leaves and foreign debris accumulations from the shrub & planting bed areas.
b. All debris will be removed from the site and disposed of each day as the work is being performed.
c. A minimum of two (2) fall clean up occurrences will be performed. The first occurrence will be performed the first week of November with the second occurrence being the last week of November.
d. All work performed is dependent on weather conditions and subject to change. In the event that weather does not allow for a final cleanup Second Look Maintenance, Inc will continue our attempts as weather allows.

Mulch Installation

Mulch is any material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool, and make the garden bed look more attractive. Organic mulches also help improve the soil’s fertility, as they decompose.

Types of Organic Mulch

  • Bark – Shredded or Chipped
  • Compost
  • Composted Manure
  • Grass Clippings
  • Newspaper
  • Shredded Leaves
  • Straw

Organic mulch will decompose and have to be replaced, but in the process, it will also improve your soil’s fertility and its organic content. The dryer and woodier the mulch, the slower it will decompose and the fewer nutrients it will give to the soil. It pays to know the origin of manure, compost, and straw since these materials can contain viable weed seeds. The last thing you want is to spread a mulch that is going to start sprouting and make more work for you. Each type of organic mulch has its own use.

Bark

Bark mulches are best used around trees, shrubs, and in garden beds where you won’t be doing a lot of digging, like front walkways and foundation plantings. These woody mulches don’t mix well into the soil, and it can become a hassle to have to keep moving them aside to make way for new plants. They will, however, last longer than finer organic mulches.

Compost

Compost and composted manure can be used anywhere, as long as they are relatively well composted and weed-free. You can use them as a coating of mulch or simply side dress plants with them during the growing season to insulate and give a boost of slowly released nutrients. You can make compost by combining food scraps, grass clippings, and other organic materials in specialized bins or tumblers.

Fun Fact – Composting can reduce a family’s landfill waste by up to 30 percent. 

Grass Clippings

Grass Clippings are a mixed bag and are best suited to remote areas of your garden where you want to suppress weeds. Grass clippings, like most green plant debris with high water content, decompose very rapidly, and in the process, they can get somewhat slimy, with an unpleasant odor, so use with discretion. Grass clippings also tend to mat down and not allow water to pass through. Ideally, you should use a mulching mower and leave the clippings on the lawn to add fertility to that soil. If you do bag your grass clippings, don’t throw them away unless you have used weed killer or some other herbicide or pesticide on your lawn. Synthetic lawn care products can be bad for some flowers, and you certainly don’t want to use them in your vegetable garden. Untreated grass clippings can either be dumped into your compost bin or used to mulch open, unplanted areas.

Newspaper

Newspaper as mulch is becoming more and more popular. Most newspapers have switched over to organic dyes, especially for their black & white sections. Shredded newspaper has been used for years to keep plant roots moist while shipping. Layered sheets of newspaper also have great moisture retention abilities, and they act like other organic mulches as far as suppressing weeds and controlling soil temperatures. They are also great for smothering existing grass, to jump-start a new garden bed. To use as a mulch in the garden spread a layer of four to eight sheets of newspaper around the plants. Moisten the sheets to keep them in place. On windy days it’s easier to moisten the sheets before you place them down. Cover the newspaper with a one to three-inch layer of another organic mulch and the weed protection should last throughout the growing season.

Shredded Leaves

Shredded Leaves are nature’s favorite mulch. They can be used as mulch anywhere and have the added bonus of being free. You will also entice more earthworms to your garden soil. Some gardeners don’t like the look of leaves in their garden, and they probably aren’t appropriate for a formal setting. If you spread a layer in the spring before plants spread out, the leaf mulch tends to blend into the view within a short time. Shredded leaves are perfect for woodland gardens, and if you spread a layer over your vegetable garden in the fall, it will begin decomposing over the winter. Unshredded leaves can mat together and repel water in rainy areas. If that happens, you can always rake and fluff them up a bit if they appear to get matted.

Straw and Hay

Straw and salt hay are popular mulches for the vegetable gardens. They keep the soil and soil-borne diseases from splashing up on lower plant leaves and make paths less muddy. Straw decomposes very slowly and will last the entire growing season. It also makes a nice home for spiders and other beneficial insects who will move in and help keep the pest population in control. Finally, it’s easy to either rake up or work into the soil when it’s time to plant a new crop or put the vegetable garden to bed.

Examples of Synthetic and Inorganic Mulches

  • Black Plastic
  • Landscape Fabric
  • Stone/Gravel

Synthetic and inorganic mulches do a good job of holding moisture and blocking weeds. They don’t add any fertility to the soil, but they don’t decompose and require replacing as often as organic mulches.

Uses for Synthetic and Inorganic Mulches

If you like the functionality of plastic or landscape fabric but not the look, you can always add a thin layer of bark mulch on top of the plastic or fabric for camouflage. As the bark decomposes, weed seeds will be able to take hold on top of the plastic or fabric. You will also need to replace the bark as it disintegrates. If you’re building raised beds, consider making them the width of your plastic or fabric so that you can cover the bed without seams.

Plastic and Landscape Fabric

Plastic and landscape fabric are good choices for around foundation plantings and other shrubs and trees. These plants don’t require frequent fertilization and, for the most part, you won’t be working in these beds regularly, so you don’t want to have to worry about weeding them throughout the summer. Plastic gets very hot in the summer and, besides smothering weed seeds, it can also kill all the good things in the soil, including plant roots, unless there is sufficient moisture. Be sure to cut holes in the fabric to allow sufficient water to pass through. If you are seeing puddles accumulate on top of the plastic or fabric, you don’t have enough drainage. Landscape fabric is porous and shouldn’t be a problem unless it gets blocked.

Gravel and Stone

Gravel and stone work well as mulches in areas that require good drainage or beds with plants that like a little additional heat, like Mediterranean herb gardens and rain gardens. Stone is hard to remove, so give it a lot of thought before using stone or gravel as a mulch.

Which mulch you choose depends on the function and aesthetic you are looking for. There are more and more choices each year, so review your options before you start spreading and choose a mulch that will please you and aid your garden for many years.

a. All shrub/ planting beds and tree rings that are currently mulched will be mulched with double ground premium hardwood mulch.
b. Mulch will be installed to a minimum depth of one (1) inch unless otherwise agreed upon. Second Look Maintenance, Inc recommends two (2) to three (3) inches to better hold moisture and weed prevention.
c. Mulch shall be kept away from the base of all shrubs and trees.
d. All shrub / planting beds and tree rings will be weeded prior to mulch installation with a planting bed maintenance agreement.

Edging – Shrub / Planting Beds

a. Edge all shrub / planting beds and tree rings with a well defined minimum three (3) inch V edge (as allowed) with a mechanical bed edger or hand spade.
b. Any excess debris or turf shall be removed and disposed of off site as the work is being performed.

Mechanical Edging

a. All turf edges along hard surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways and roadside gutters will be edged with a mechanical edger.
b. Any excess debris or pieces of turf shall be removed and disposed of off site as the work is being performed.

Weeding – Planting Bed Maintenance

a. All shrub / planting beds and tree rings will be hand weeded and tree suckers removed a minimum of once per month.
b. All debris will be removed from the site each day as the work is being performed.

Aeration, Top Dressing, & Dethatching

Maintaining turf integrity over the years requires vigilant lawn care services marked by consistency and attention to detail. It’s important that you keep watching out for your turf by scheduling consistent maintenance appointments in order to make sure that it looks its best through the seasons. Beautiful green turf can vastly improve the appearance of any property, but the opposite is also true. Weedy, dry, patchy lawns can become an eyesore and downgrade the properties curb appeal.

Our Turf Maintenance Services.

Our team at Second Look Maintenance, Inc. provides commercial and residential turf maintenance services, that include:

  • Dethatching
  • Top dressing
  • Core Aeration

Without these services, your turf will enjoy a less healthy lifespan. Over time, soil can get compacted and stressed. This leads to unsightly, deteriorated grass. Scheduling regular turf maintenance will keep your lawn beautiful, vibrant, and green throughout the entire year.

Grass needs water and air in order to grow. When soil is compacted, water and air do not get to the grass. Aeration involves poking holes in the soil with an aerator, by which water and air can better circulate and stimulate growth. Second Look Maintenance, Inc. will help you and provide premium service. We clean up the mess caused by aeration and leave your property looking better than we found it.

Dethatching is another important process. Thatch is the layer of roots and stems that grows in a mat on the top layer of soil and stops water from getting to the soil. Our team uses specialized equipment to break up the thatch so as to keep your turf strong, lush, and healthy.

a. Second Look Maintenance, Inc recommends dethatching and core aerating once per season. (Not within a short span of each service)
b. All cores will be blown off of all hard surfaces (driveways, sidewalks) once complete.
c. Core depth will be about two and one half inches (2.5″) deep depending on soil moisture content.
d. All thatch will be raked from lawn and removed from site. All thatch will be blown off all hard surfaces (driveways, sidewalks) once all dethatching and raking is completed. e. Second Look Maintenance, Inc is not responsible for damage caused to unmarked irrigation heads or irrigation access panels.
f. Second Look Maintenance, Inc will core aerate the entire property in a minimum of two directions.

Cultivate Shrub / Planting Beds or Gardens

a. Cultivate existing shrub / planting beds to loosen compacted mulch / soil.
b. No material will be added or removed during this process. In some cases this could be completed to refresh the look of the heavy compacted mulch, however soil may show when process is completed depending on existing mulch depth.
c. For best results apply new mulch after the process is completed.

Gutter Cleaning

Gutter Cleaning

a. Debris will be removed from all gutters and downspouts.
b. Rinse all gutters and downspouts with client supplied water source to ensure all areas are free flowing and in good repair.
c. Make minor necessary repairs to maintain free flowing, safe gutters and downspouts.
d. All debris will be removed from the site each day as the work is being performed.
e. Bent, broken or missing gutters runs are beyond repair and would be a replacement item. Second Look Maintenance does not offer gutter installation at this time however we do work with contractors and would be happy to get pricing as requested.

Lawn Rolling

What Does Lawn Rolling Do?

We use a 3000 pound asphalt roller for lawn rolling. The roller does a good job of knocking down mole tunnels, fixing minor tire ruts, and smoothing out areas that heaved during the winter. Results are best when there is moisture in the ground.

Lawn rolling can compact the soil to a depth of 10 inches.  Core Aeration is highly recommended after lawn rolling since this kind of compaction can damage the root system of the lawn. Aeration relieves the compaction pressure and sets up ideal conditions for moisture to reach your lawns roots. In a perfect world we would roll all of our clients right after the snow melts or in a nice rain. The reality is that we are one of very few lawn care companies in The Finger Lakes Region that owns an asphalt roller.

Things to Consider Before We Roll.

We request that all underground sprinkler heads, valve boxes, invisible dog fences, and shallow wiring for landscape lighting be flagged.  Flags can be purchased at HEP Sales, Home Depot or Lowes for a very low price. We are not responsible for damage to buried items like sprinkler lines, sprinkler heads, valve boxes, buried utility wires (such as for landscape lighting), invisible dog fences, septic tanks and drain fields. We have not had any problems with rolling over septic tanks and drain fields, but we prefer to avoid them if possible. Most sprinkler heads are buried deep enough in the ground that we don’t hit them, but that is a decision the client has to make on whether they want to take the chance. Since we cannot control the weather, we provide all of our clients with an email about a week in advance. We follow that up with an email the day prior to service as a reminder. The advance notice gives you time to get ready to water the lawn if we have dry conditions. This also give you time to flag any buried items for our attention when we arrive.

What Lawn Rolling Won’t Do.

The roller does not grade lawns.  It will not take high places and fill in low spots. It will not fix all tire ruts. The lawn roller was meant to operate on flat asphalt, so it does not handle hills in a lawn too well.  The roller can go up and down hills, but not traverse them. It can climb the hill of a walk out basement, as long as the slope is not straight up and down. If the hill slopes to a fence we may not be able to go up or down it. The roller is 4 feet wide and has a roll bar that needs 8 feet of clearance. We will not drive it over patios, brick walkways, steps, or landscaping.

Lawn Treatments

Second Look Maintenance, Inc has partnered with Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care for your commercial and residential lawn treatment needs.

Customers who switch to Broccolo for their lawn treatments will get their first application FREE.

You can contact Second Look Maintenance, Inc. directly

OR

Contact Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care and let them know you are a Second Look Maintenance, Inc customer for the FREE initial service:

Phone: (585) 424-4476

Email: info@broccologroup.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am – 5pm

Broccolo’s trained technicians inspect your lawn on each visit and provide treatments based on their findings.  Their custom Lawn Care is designed to make your lawn green, healthy and environmentally friendly by using products only as needed.

Broccolo’s service area may differ from Second Look Maintenance, Inc.  Please call to confirm service area.