How To Get The Best Value From Your Lawn Service

Price and value have very different meanings in business. Some customers simply shop for the lowest price, and don’t realize the trade off in value they receive. Lower prices in the service industry almost always directly correlate with poor value. Value is the monetary, material, or assessed worth of an asset, good, or service. In a lawn service provider, the value we provide is how well the lawn or landscaping looks, how the communication between customer and client is, and how knowledgeable are we about issues regarding lawn and landscaping.

Our value comes in the top notch service we provide each time, our easy payment options, our clear customer communication, and our consistency. We hear all the time “My last lawn service I could never get a hold of” or “They missed lawn cuts all the time and our grass was overgrown”. Companies that address these client concerns will always fair better than those that do not.

If you are a customer reading this, make sure to ask your lawn company about payment options, which way is best to get ahold of them for a prompt answer (email, text or call?), and be clear about what kind of service you expect. If you want great service, don’t expect a low price. If you want a “really” great price, don’t expect great service. Our industry is extremely expensive and labor intensive. It’s hard to keep good employees without paying them a premium. The average mower costs $8-10,000. Trucks are $30-50,000. Our industry pays the highest percent in workers compensation because of the workplace hazards. All of this adds up quick!

Here is my best tip if you want to pay a fair price, and get great service: Talk to your neighbors and ask who they use for their lawn. If they’re not happy with their service, suggest that you both find and hire the same company. If they are happy, ask them who they use and hire them! Lawn care companies LOVE when they can get multiple houses in the same neighborhood. It’s less drive time between jobs and saves the owner money. Landscaping companies can offer a better price to the customer if you have multiple houses in the same neighborhood. If you’re looking for a lawn care company now, reach out to us today, and visit our referral program page to learn how you and your neighbors can save money on lawn service and landscaping!

When Is The Best Time To Hire A Landscaper?

The best time to look for a landscaping company is February and March. You will have a much greater chance of finding a reliable landscaper during these months. Customers can call multiple companies and get estimates within 24 hours, whereas if you try calling in April or May, there is a great chance you won’t get your landscaping project scheduled until at least June. Our company also offers tremendous discounts and savings for customers that sign up early!

bolton landscape cleanup program

Our company offers all customers a 10% Discount on The Bolton Landscape Cleanup Program for any customer that signs up in February! If you sign up in February, you also guarantee yourself a spot on the top of our spring cleanup list.

For customers reaching out in March, you still get an early bird discount of 5%. Customers signing up in March can expect to be serviced that month or in April.

Want even BIGGER savings? Sign up with a neighbor for our landscape cleanup program and you both get 10% OFF! If you sign up in February, both you and your neighbor can save 20% on your landscaping bill for the season. That is hundreds of dollars in savings!

An Example Comparison Of The Three Lawn Mowing Programs

All of our lawn mowing programs have their own unique benefits. The side by side comparison example below should help clarify some questions you might have. This is a typical average price we bill out for lawn mowing. The size and location of your property will either raise or lower this price. All services are subject to Pennsylvania’s 6% sales tax which is not included in the examples below.

Monthly Maintenance Price: $45 per cut, $180 per month.

  • 32 Property Visits (April 1st – 3rd week of November).
  • Monthly Payment (April-November) Each Month: $180.
  • Set monthly payments throughout the year, no matter how many weeks are in a month.
  • Can pre-pay the entire 8 months of service and get a 2% Discount.
  • Service comes weekly, and clients can request a skip service as long as it’s 24 hours ahead.
    • If we are unable to cut the grass one week due to weather, or the customer requests we skip service, the discount will be applied to next month’s service. In the example listed above, if service was skipped once during a month, next month’s price would be $135.
  • Cash discount for this program available.

Price Per Cut Program: $50 per cut, monthly payments vary. Could be $150-250 per month depending on the amount of cuts.

  • 28-32 lawn cuts from April-November.
  • Average monthly payments: $200 during growing season.
  • Service comes weekly, and clients can request a skip service as long as it’s 24 hours ahead. Maximum 5 skips in a season.
  • Billed at the end of the month.
  • No cash discount available.

Bi-Weekly Mow Price: $60 per cut. $120 Per Month

  • 16 Lawn Cuts from April-November.
  • Average monthly payments: $120 during growing season.
  • Service comes bi-weekly from April-November.
  • Lowest cost per year program.
  • Billed at the beginning of the month.
  • Cash discount available.

Should Leaves Be Mulched On A Lawn Or Removed?

Every Fall this seems to be a common question our company gets; should leaves be mulched on a lawn or removed? The answer truly depends on a few factors, but for majority of the lawns we work on, I would suggest mulching the leaves instead of removing them. The rare exception would be lawns that have an excessive amount of mature trees, that drop an overwhelming amount of leaves. The reason (at least some) of these leaves should be removed is because mulching them into the soil will raise the acidity too high for healthy turf.

Below we will discuss a few different methods for dealing with leaves on your property.

How Many/Which Kind Of Trees Matter

Deciduous trees such as Oaks, Maples, Ashes, Magnolias and Cherry trees are some of the most common trees in Pennsylvania. A deciduous tree sheds its leaves at the end of the growing season. It contrasts with trees that are coniferous, like Holly trees or Pine trees, that do not shed all of their leaves.

The difference between deciduous and coniferous. Here is a sycamore and pine tree.
The difference between deciduous and coniferous. Here is a sycamore and pine tree.

Deciduous tree leaves, if left on the lawn during winter, will surely wreak havoc on your lawn in the spring. The leaves retain moisture from the winter rain and snow, and will not decompose as fast as mulched up leaves. This excess moisture will cause fungus and disease to spread such as brown patch and leaf spot, and will make growing healthy turf an uphill battle. Quality turf needs healthy air flow and sun exposure, which leaves directly inhibit.

Every tree sheds at a different rate, but by the first two weeks of December, almost all deciduous trees in Pennsylvania will have shed their leaves. Oak trees are one of the few exceptions to this rule. Oaks can hold their leaves into January and February which make clean up a seemingly never ending task. If you have Oak trees on your property, make sure to rake the leaves up or mulch them into the lawn frequently during November, which is a critical month for turf development.

Cherry, Maple, Ash, and Magnolia trees tend to drop all around the same time. Silver Maples are usually the first trees to completely drop their leaves, starting as early as September or October.

How To Properly Mulch Leaves On A Lawn

There is no “correct method” that a person must follow, but this is the method we’ve gotten the most success with. First, I recommend using a mower that has a chute blocker or mulching kit. This will really ensure the leaves are getting extra passes with the lawn mower blades. We use the EzChute on our commercial lawn mowing equipment and really like them.

ezchute used by Bolton Lawn Care for mowing

Second, I would consider bagging the leaves with a mower and dispersing them into garden beds or a compost section. Mulched leaves are black gold for a garden bed. We collect (no exaggeration) multiple tons of leaves with our debris loader every season that we take to our shop where they become compost. After about a year of composting, the quality of the soil that comes from these leaves is spectacular. We have a number of customers who ask us to compost the leaves instead of remove them. Pictured below is a residential lawn mowing setup we use for leaf collection.

toro grandstand with bagger used to collect leaves in the fall.

The process we recommend is as follows:

  • Using a leaf blower or rake, blow out any leaves from garden beds onto the lawn.
  • Mow the perimeter of the property with the chute down or with a bagging attachment connected.
  • If bagging the mulched up leaves, continue mowing in a square pattern along the perimeter, keeping the chute facing the middle of the lawn always. Since the mower’s bagging attachment is not perfect and will not suck up every leaf, any stragglers left behind will be sent out the chute deflection side. Mow with a 20% overlap of your previous pass. When the bagger is full, disperse evenly into garden bed areas. I STRONGLY advise against bagging leaves, only to dump them into a trash can or leaf bag. This is a waste of beautiful soil that will only rot in a landfill! Use it for your garden, or let us haul it away so it can be re-used.
  • If you are using the mulching kit or chute blocker on a mower to recycle leaves into the lawn, make sure the blades are sharp before you begin. This will reduce the amount of time spent mulching the leaves.
  • When mulching into the soil, mow the lawn at an extra slow pace, allowing the mower to repeatedly break down the leaves. Mow each pass on the lawn at least three times for proper mulching. The goal is to break down the leaves to the point where each piece of the leaf is no larger than a quarter. The lawn will absorb the nutrients from these crushed up leaves faster than if they are large leaves. If some spots on the lawn are heavier than others with leaves, take a leaf blower or rake once again and spread them more evenly.
  • The final step is to apply the correct amount of lime for your turf square footage. Lime is a completely safe and essential mineral for your lawn. Lime will reduce the acidity in your soil’s PH, and help further speed the break down of leaves.

What Lawn Care Experts Recommend

I personally think that there should be a balance of leaves mulched into the lawn, and mulched into beds. I think leaf mulch is one of the best (not to mention free!), organic materials you could add to your garden beds. I would recommend following the following schedule for leaf cleanup in the Fall for Southeastern Pennsylvania:

  • The first two-three weeks of November mulch the leaves into the lawn. Typically around Thanksgiving is when leaves really begin to drop.
  • When you notice the volume of leaves on the lawn has increased, now is the time to throw on the bagging attachment and start bagging the leaves and adding them to your garden. Keep bagging the leaves and adding to your garden until the trees are done dropping.
  • Add lime to your soil after Thanksgiving or sometime in December.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us via email! I hope you gained some value from this article and will share it with your friends and family. My goal with writing this article was to spread awareness about the value of leaf mulch, and why you should not throw it away where it will sit in a landfill.

God Bless!

-Andrew

The Most Common Lawn Diseases – And How To Stop Them

Trying to identify the most common lawn diseases can be a challenge. This guide was created to give the knowledge on how to identify lawn diseases. After reading this article you will be able to identify: Does my lawn have a disease, which lawn disease, which course of action should be followed, and most importantly, how to prevent lawn diseases from coming back. Just like a three legged bar stool cannot stand if it is missing one of it’s legs, a disease cannot develop in a lawn if it is missing any of the three elements.

  • The Right Environment
  • A Pathogen
  • Susceptible Turf Grass
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The Right Environment

The right environment for disease to grow in turf grass can be stopped with proper cultural practices. These include lawn aeration, proper mowing heights, proper fertilization levels, and adequate watering.

The right environment for diseases can be caused by heavy rainfalls, which we have experienced the last few years in Pennsylvania. On the other end, inadequate rain or proper irrigation can also be a breeding ground for diseases. Excessive thatch and grass clumps can also lead to lawn diseases. Bagging lawn clippings is one option, but this also robs the lawn of healthy natural fertilizer that grass clippings offer. Instead, adhere to proper mowing techniques such as never removing more than 1/3 of the grass blade when mowing. Following a weekly lawn mowing schedule is also very important to maintaining healthy turf grass. In addition, aerating the lawn twice a year, once in the Spring, and again in the Fall, will remove excess thatch buildup.

Pathogens

All lawns are susceptible to pathogens. Planting disease resistant turf grass is one of the most cost effective ways to prevent pathogen buildup. We use high quality turf grass designed by Pennsylvania State University that is specific to South Eastern Pennsylvania lawns. Pathogens are almost always in turf grass, but remain dormant until environmental conditions arise that activate the pathogens.

Susceptible Turf Grass

Turf grass becomes susceptible to pathogen activation when the proper environment gives way to susceptible turf grass. Turf grass becomes susceptible when heavy traffic, heavy rains or drought, improper fertilization, heavy thatch buildup and improper mowing conditions arise. To prevent this, be sure to have mower blades sharp, and to cut turf grass higher in the Spring and Summer. Only during the Fall and Winter should turf grass be cut below 3″ in Pennsylvania.

Disease Identification

Identifying the disease is the first step before treating it. Make sure that insects and pests are not the culprit before applying a fungicide. Check out our ultimate guide to the most common lawn pests in Pennsylvania in order to determine if pests or disease are causing the issues in your lawn. Lawn pests are much more common than disease on residential lawns.

Symptoms And Signs Of The Problem

Symptoms can appear as small, circular, tan lesions surrounded by purple or brown borders. This is known as leaf spotting. Tan, yellow, or red blotches covering most of the blade are known as blighting.

The species of turf grass that is being affected is also important to consider. Some species of turf grass are more resistant to pathogen outbreaks, while others are more susceptible.

The weather and site conditions play a major roll in an outbreak. High humidity, lots of sunlight, drainage conditions, soil conditions, and the amount of rain all play a factor. Poor mowing practices and improper fertilization can play a role in disease outbreak, as well as disease identification.

Common Lawn Diseases

Dollar Spot – 60-75 degrees F.

Dollar spot on a lawn
  • Most severe in high temperatures with inadequate rainfall. Inadequate fertilization will also contribute to dollar spot issues. White “cobwebs” which are the white mycelium of the fungi may be seen in the early morning when the lawn has dew still. Kentucky Bluegrass and Fine Fescue are the most susceptible. Proper cultural lawn practices will avoid dollar spot break outs.

Leaf Spot – Weather between 45-60 degrees F.

leaf spot on a lawn
  • Occurs when the lawn is being scalped (cut too low) during vital Spring and early Summer months. Over-fertilized lawns will make this problem more severe. A dark purplish-red oval border around the disease will appear as it worsens. All cool season turf grasses are susceptible. Avoid lawn scalping, over fertilizing, and frequent light watering.

Snow Mold – 32-45 degrees F.

snow mold on lawn image
  • Occurs in the Fall and Winter. Grass that is left too high during these months will produce snow mold. Perennial Ryegrass and Tall Fescue are the most susceptible. Proper mowing in the Spring and adequate fertilizer will revive turf from snow mold. While the blades of the turf may look dead, the crown and root are not. This is one of the most common lawn diseases, and tends to resolve itself naturally with no fungicides. Make sure to cleanup all leaves in the fall and early winter to avoid this! contact us today for a leaf removal service.

Yellow Patch – 32-45 degrees F.

  • Excessive thatch creates the perfect environment for patch. Patch diseases are almost always caused by excessive thatch. Occurs during the Fall, Winter and early Spring when low temperatures are around 40 degrees. Kentucky Bluegrass and Fine Fescue are most affected. While this is not one of the most common lawn disease for residential lawns, it is commonly found on golf course greens. Light fertilizer in the spring should restore the turf.

Red Thread – Weather between 45-60 degrees F.

Red thread, as the name indicates, can be identified by pinkish-red threads sticking out of the leaf blade. The leaves will at first become red, and then fade out to a bleached straw color. Affects all cool season grasses, especially perennial ryegrass and fine fescue. To prevent red thread, cut turf at proper mowing heights and practice weekly lawn maintenance. Prolonged periods of dampness will help trigger red thread.

Pythium Blight – Hot Temperatures, above 75 degrees F.

pythium blight on a lawn image
  • Excess watering and poor drainage contribute pythium blight. High humidity where water tends to pool up, or not drain properly can affect All Cool Season Turfgrasses. Improve the air quality and drainage to rid lawns of blight. Sometimes called “grease spot” because of the greasy leaves and look that is characteristic of pythium blight.

Fairy Rings – Hot Temperatures, above 75 degrees F.

  • First appear as a cluster of mushrooms or toadstools. These will appear on the outer edge of what forms a ring. The rings can form as either dark green and fast-growing turf, or as slow growing killed turf. High soil moisture and hot temperatures contribute to fairy rings. All cool season grasses can be affected. These symptoms can be masked by core aeration, and moderate fertilization. Fungicides may need to be used as a preventative measure next season if this is a reoccurring problem.

Preventing The Most Common Lawn Diseases

Similar to the treatment of broadleaf weeds and lawn pests, lawn diseases work best with prevention methods. The best “defense” is a strong offense! Go on the offensive this year. Aerate in the spring and fall, cleanup any leaves in the fall and winter, fertilize with pre-emergent early (I recommend March for first treatment). Keep your mower deck in the correct range for the season (3-4″ in the spring and summer, 2.75-3.5″ in the fall and winter). Keep those blades SHARP! We change our blades regularly because slow blades not only slow your mowing down, they can cause a host of issues.

To prevent lawn diseases:

  • Core Aerate
    • Removes thatch, opens up air flow, creates stronger roots.
  • Follow Healthy Lawn Mowing Practices
    • Sharp blades, proper mowing heights for the season, not scalping the lawn.
  • Proper Lawn Fertilization Levels
    • Over fertilizing can actually burn the lawn, stressing it even further. This is why dog urine “burns” the lawn. Urine is high in nitrogen content and creates yellow spots on a healthy lawn. Follow the directions on the label for proper fertilizing, and make sure to have your spreader/sprayer calibrated correctly.

Lawn Mowing Programs

Choose from our Monthly MaintenancePer Cut, or our Bi-Weekly Program.

Monthly Maintenance:

Our mission is to be the highest quality lawn maintenance company in Chalfont. After years of experimenting with maintenance programs, we created The Monthly Maintenance Program. Our clients love this program, and we guarantee you will too!

The Monthly Maintenance program is billed at the beginning of each month starting on April 1st. This program is the same price billed at the beginning of the month for 8 months. We mow each week during the growing season, which starts in April and ends the third week of November. The Bolton Lawn Care crews will be on your property exactly 32 times per year (the week after labor day is the only week we will not be servicing). Customers can request we skip lawn maintenance service. If you request a skip or we are unable to service your property due to factors outside of our control, a 25% discount will be applied to next month’s service.

Example: A customer’s price per cut is $50 and the monthly maintenance price is $200. A drought has stopped the lawn from growing and the customer requests we skip this week’s cut. Next month’s invoice would be $150 since the customer had already paid for that service the month before.

Monthly Maintenance Benefits:

  • Fixed price billed at the beginning of the month.
  • No longer have to worry about searching for an invoice at the end of each month.
  • Guarantees a lawn service every week beginning April 1st and ending the third week of November.
  • 10% price savings compared to the ‘Per Cut Mowing Program’.
  • No 1.5x cut charge if grass is overgrown.
  • Customers can even request we skip a lawn cut so that we can spend time on bed maintenance, or pay a separate fee and still have us cut the grass.

Per Cut Mowing Program:

doylestown lawn service

With the “Per Cut” Payment Plan, we bill for the amount of lawn cuts at the end of every month. This program is what most clients are accustomed to when switching from another mowing service. Customers are allowed to request 5 “skips” during the growing season. The per cut program is 10% more expensive than the monthly mowing program because it requires more office work and overhead on our part. We are able to automate the billing process with the Monthly Maintenance program.

NOTE: With the Per Cut Program we reserve the right to charge 1.5x if we have to double cut due to the length of the lawn. This usually only occurs during the first cut and/or if the yard is skipped previous weeks.

Bi-Weekly Mowing:

The Bi-Weekly Mowing program is billed at the beginning of the month the same way The Monthly Maintenance Program is. Bi-weekly, as the name states, means we will come cut the grass every other week. This is generally for customers on a budget or have lawns that do not get a lot of sunlight and grow very slow. The Bi-Weekly price is 1.33-1.5x the “Per Cut Price”. This is because bi-weekly lawns need to be double-cut and re-edged to meet the Bolton Lawn Care standard of high quality.

  • 16 property visits from April-November.
  • Billed every two weeks.
  • Higher “per cut” cost, but lower monthly and seasonal cost.
  • Budget friendly.

Cancelation Terms

We don’t believe in holding people to contracts that lock them in for the entire season. We understand if you are moving, or need to cancel for whatever reason. We do not have a cancelation penalty or terms. If you pre-paid for a month in the monthly maintenance program, you will be refunded the amount (minus whatever work we have already performed.)

Example: Following the model above, the price per cut is $50, and the monthly maintenance cost is $200. We cut the lawn twice during the month, and a customer sells their house and no longer needs our service. Since they were billed $200 at the start of the month, and we cut the lawn twice, they will be refunded $100.

An Example Comparison Of The Three Lawn Mowing Programs:

All of our lawn mowing programs have their own unique benefits. The side by side comparison example below should help clarify some questions you might have. This is a typical average price we bill out for lawn mowing. The size and location of your property will either raise or lower this price. All services are subject to Pennsylvania’s 6% sales tax which is not included in the examples below.

Monthly Maintenance Price: $50 per cut, $200 per month.

  • 32 Property Visits (April 1st – 3rd week of November).
  • Monthly Payment (April-November) Each Month: $200.
  • Set monthly payments throughout the year, no matter how many weeks are in a month.
  • Service comes weekly, and clients can request a skip service as long as it’s 24 hours ahead.
    • If we are unable to cut the grass one week due to weather, or the customer requests we skip service, the discount will be applied to next month’s service. In the example listed above, if service was skipped once during a month, next month’s price would be $150.

Price Per Cut Program: $55 per cut, monthly payments vary. Could be $165-275 per month depending on the amount of cuts.

  • 28-32 lawn cuts from April-November.
  • Average monthly payments: $220 during growing season.
  • Service comes weekly, and clients can request a skip service as long as it’s 24 hours ahead. Maximum 5 skips in a season.
  • Billed at the end of the month.

Bi-Weekly Mow Price: $65 per cut. $130 Per Month

  • 16 Lawn Cuts from April-November.
  • Average monthly payments: $130 during growing season.
  • Service comes bi-weekly from April-November.
  • Lowest cost per year program.
  • Billed at the beginning of the month.

Seasonal Bolton Lawn Care Mower Deck Heights

  • April 1st – June 15th: 3.0 – 3.5 inches
  • June 16th – Sept 1st: 3.25 – 4.0 inches
  • Sept 2nd- Dec 1st: 2.75 – 3.25 inches

We like to keep the grass a little higher during the late spring and summer months. Removing more than 1/3 of the grass blade on a lawn cut will stress and damage grass blades. This makes lawns more susceptible to disease, drought and allows weeds to take over. Mowing higher will choke out weeds, and allow turf to grow thicker and spread faster. This also allows for less herbicide sprays and a more natural lawn. However, we have customers who prefer the grass at a certain height (even against our recommendation) and we will cut it to their preference!

Professional Landscape Cleanup Service

Choose from The Bolton Landscape Cleanup Program and Single Cleanups

FLOWER BEDSSHRUBS/HEDGES AND TREESLOOSE DEBRIS
Cleanups include weeding, edging and adding fresh mulch to all existing flower bed areas on your property.During your cleanup our crews trim all shrubs/hedges on the property. Tree Trimming can also be added (trees under 20 feet)At the end of each cleanup we gather the loose debris from the cleanup and take it with us.

The Bolton Landscape Cleanup Program

3 Annual Cleanups (Spring, Summer, Winter)

The Bolton Landscape Cleanup Program will make sure your garden beds are looking incredible all year long.  This approach will not only keep your mulch and flower beds looking better, it will keep them healthier and save a lot of money compared to doing 2-3 separate cleanups.  One time cleanups have a larger cost due to the overgrowth, which can be avoided with our program.  You’ll end up spending a lot less in the long run with this cleanup program.

  • 1st Clean-up (Spring Cleanup): Typically during the spring. This opens your lawn/landscape up from a cold winter. Our crew weeds, re-edge’s existing flower beds, trims shrubs/ hedges, and cleans up leaf/small debris removal. After that we apply a pre-emergent herbicide to the flower beds before adding fresh double shredded hardwood mulch.
  • 2nd Clean-up (Summer Cleanup): During summer, between June and August. All loose debris and weeds will be removed from garden beds. All shrubs will receive a second trimming.
  • 3rd Cleanup-up (Winter Cleanup): During January/February, the winter cleanup is intended to give the property a “once-over” to gather organic debris that accumulates on the property during the winter months *Leaf Removal is in November/December and is an available add-on to the program. No new mulch is applied during this visit.

One Time Cleanup

Weeding and re-edging of existing flower beds, trimming of shrubs/hedges, fresh mulch applied, leaf/small debris removal (pre-emergent herbicide is applied to flower beds before mulching during spring time only).

Check Out Some Of Our Work Below!

Unbiased Review Of The Toro Grandstand Mower

This past year, our company picked up two Toro Grandstand models from our local dealer. We thought writing a review of the Toro Grandstand would be very useful for other landscapers. We had previously owned a Gravely ProTurn 160, and decided to trade that in for our first Grandstand. Fast forward to two months later, we were already buying our second Toro Grandstand!

We have no affiliation with Toro, but somehow over the years have ended up with almost all Toro mowers in our fleet. I am really impressed with the quality of build that Toro makes for all of their mowers, whether it’s the Toro Timecutter, TimeMaster or Grandstand, we love them all.

Quality and Compactness Of The Build

toro grandstand compactness review

I think almost all commercial lawn mowers have a similar build quality, but Toro in my opinion has one of the smartest builds for stand on mowers. Let me start with the platform. We absolutely love how you can flip up the platform and the mower becomes so compact. You can fit two grandstands on a 10 foot trailers! With a sit down rider, you can’t even fit one rider and a 36″ walk behind mower comfortably. From the front of the mower deck to the back tires, Toro Grandstands are about 54 inches. My 36″ walk behind for comparison is 70″ long.

If you are trying to minimize the amount of shop space a trailer takes up, getting 10 ft. trailers as opposed to 16 ft. trailers makes an enormous difference. We had zero serious issues in the 750 hours combined we put on our two grandstands.

review of toro grandstand
This was a tight fit on our 12 ft. trailer. This setup would not work on our 10 ft. trailer.

How Efficient Are Toro Grandstands?

Having the 10 gallon gas tank is a huge benefit for our company. We burn about 5 Gallons of gas per day, so we have to fill up every other day. This may seem like small times savings, but not having to go to a gas station and physically fill up, is awesome.

If I have one criticism of the Toro Grandstand, it would be mainly with the 22 HP Kawasaki Engine. Kawasaki makes amazing engines that last awhile, but they do tend to burn gas pretty fast especially in the Spring with thick grass. Having more horsepower on the Grandstand I bought would be nice, but definitely not a necessity.

Now, let’s talk about the real efficiency I’m most concerned with as a business owner. How quick are these mowers able to finish cutting a lawn? Top speed for these machines are around 8 MPH, but nobody ever cuts a lawn that fast unless it’s the summer time. The speed difference compared to the Gravely ProTurn160 (Gravely was a 60″ deck and my Grandstand is a 52″ deck) is very small. The Gravely was definitely faster on my properties that are an acre and above, but I attribute that to the 8″ bigger deck. The physical speed of the mower in my opinion is definitely faster. On my typical 1/2 acre property, I can’t honestly say the Grandstand is slower.

I love the 52″ deck because it makes it slightly more versatile than the 60″. The 60″ can be hard to get into clients backyards, and a little harder to fit between obstacles such as trees or shrubbery. To me, the 52″ just seems like the best mower deck size for residential lawn mowing service.

Pros:

  • Compact design saves shop and trailer space.
  • Very comfortable ride.
  • Easy deck height adjustment.
  • Top of the line cut quality.
  • Smooth turning and controls.
  • The easiest mower that I’ve seen new employees get comfortable with using.
  • Incredibly easy access to drain/change hydro oil.
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Easy to hop on and off the mower.

Cons:

  • 22 HP Kawasaki seems a little under powered.
  • Deck height lever sticks out and sometimes gets caught on branches.
  • Very inconvenient oil drain valve placement makes oil changes annoying.

toro grandstand review

Price

The price of our machine was around $9,300 after taxes, which is roughly the same as the Toro Z Master 3000 rider. Really no savings in getting the stander. I wish Toro could figure out a way to lower the price on these machines but hey, so does everyone else.

Versatility

This is where I think the Toro Grandstand review really shines. There are so many attachments that you can add to this machine that make it more than just a lawn mower. D’ttach Manufacturing makes awesome products such as leaf plows, aerators, and more than make it a year round unit.

These mowers hold hills extremely well, and I feel 10x safe on steep hills than I did on any sit down mower. Knowing I can easily hop off the platform and be safe is a huge relief.

My team members also love using these machines. They’re honestly just really fun to use. Standing all day isn’t as bad as you think, and we even bought a stand on seat from Ballard products which you can attach to the stand on platform. Customers also love seeing a landscaping company stand and not sit. The perception is that the workers are less lazy and more likely to pick up debris instead of running it over. This isn’t just perception, it’s TRUE. I see my team members always hopping off to pickup sticks and trash instead of running it over.

Toro Grandstand Review Conclusion

We really love these machines and will definitely be purchasing more in the future as we grow. There are simply not many “cons” with the Toro Grandstand. I hope you enjoyed this Toro Grandstand review. Email us if you have any questions!

Looking for lawn mowing service in Warrington PA? Reach out to us today for a free estimate!

Fall Leaf Removal Service

Fall Leaf Cleanups And Leaf Removal Service

fall leaf removal service

We are scheduling fall leaf cleanups in New Britain, Chalfont, Doylestown, Warrington and surrounding towns now so please contact us for a free leaf removal/leaf cleanup estimate!

We’ve written before on our blog about the importance of cleaning your leaves for a healthy lawn. Fall leaf cleanup is essential for preserving a healthy lawn. Leaves, when mulched up by a mower are great organic compost. However, if left sitting on your lawn, will undoubtedly invite disease to plague your lawn next spring.

Leaf Cleanup Programs

Our dual leaf cleanup program includes TWO leaf cleanup visits starting in November, followed by a second leaf cleanup in December or January. Over the years we have come to realize that most properties need two cleanups. Our Dual Leaf Cleanup Program starts at $350 and most homes fall in the $400-500 range. Our prices are based on a properties square footage.

  • Dual Cleanup Program
    • Our dual leaf cleanup program includes 2 leaf cleanup visits starting in November, followed by a second leaf cleanup in December or January. Over the years we have come to realize that most properties need two cleanups.
  • Multiple Cleanup Program: 
    • We are experimenting with a multiple leaf cleanup program this year and will have a reduced price for any customers who sign up! We will have a set price that our crew comes every other week to clean up your property whether it’s leaves, sticks, branches etc. This program will contain 4 visits, starting the second week of November, the week of thanksgiving, and the first two weeks in December.
  • Single Leaf Cleanup
    • As the name states, a single leaf cleanup after all leaves have fallen. For a single property cleanup with disposal of leaves (in the woods, compost bin etc.) we charge the crew’s hourly rate. Single cleanups with leaves hauled off the property by our crew will be charged the hourly rate plus a disposal fee depending on the volume collected.

Leaf Removal Company

Our professional team uses commercial leaf blowers, walk behind blowers and rakes to clean out all beds and we finish by hauling them away with our heavy duty debris loader and dump trailer combination.

Our team is highly efficient at doing cleanups. We survey the property before we begin the timer and establish the fastest way to get in and get out, saving the customer money in the end.

For wooded properties that do not need leaves hauled away, we only charge the per hour man rate.