|Safety is our top priority!|
Before starting any work, we always walk your yard looking for toys, loose rocks
and any other items that could get caught under the mower deck and catapulted
across the yard. We will always disengaged the mower deck when children are
passing and ask that you keep your children inside during the time we are mowing
What is your payment policy?
We accept cash or checks made payable
to ShinnScape Lawncare or Nicholas Shinn. We ask that single mow clients pay at
the time of service. Package clients may pre-arrange to pay once per month
(pre-paid packages receive a service discount). There is a return check fee of
What is the correct height to mow grass?
A good rule of thumb is to
keep your lawn at a level of 3 inches. When cutting, you should not take off
more than 1/3 of the total length.... And never scalp the lawn. Scalping causes
the lawn to brown easily because it can not retain moisture and it allows for
weeds to more easily root themselves. ShinnScape will not scalp a lawn under any
circumstances. The overall health of your lawn depends on proper mowing and
Do you alter the mowing path at each mowing?
Yes, it is the best
practice to alternate the angle that the blade of grass is cut at each mowing.
This helps the lawn stand tall and gives the blade of grass the ability to
better absorb nutrients and water.
Why do you still use push mowers?
As stated in other areas of this
website, our concern is quality rather than quantity. Large commercial grade
lawn mowers are high power units that are meant to do large areas at a fast
pace--- they often tear chunks out of your lawn and due to their size, changing
the mowing direction is often limited in smaller yards. I use smaller mowers to
control the quality and direction of my cuts. It takes a bit longer to cut your
lawn, but the results are much better.
How often should I mow my lawn?
Normally lawns are mowed once per
week through the Spring and Fall months. Summer months may go to every other
week depending on rain fall and your watering habits.
Do you bag the lawn clippings?
Normally we do not bag clippings.
Our mowers have a mulching deck. The mulched clippings decompose and return the
nutrients of the lawn back into the earth. The only time we suggest bagging, is
if your yard has many dandelions and they have gone to seed. A good lawn service
or store-purchased lawn care product can help minimize dandelion growth.
What do you do with weekly yard debris?
Any debris from weekly yard
service is collected, bagged and placed in your home trash container.
How large of mulching projects do you do?
I normally do small mulch
projects of 4 cubic yards or less (about 36, 3 cu. ft. bags), which will take
care of a majority of residential or small commercial projects. I buy most of
my bag products from Lowes. For larger projects, I have partnered with a local
company for bulk products and delivery. I will visit your home to show you
samples of their products and calculate the correct order amount. I will then
give you a contact to call and arrange/pay for the order. ShinnScape will give
you a quote on their labor as well. After the order is delivered to your
driveway, we will apply Preen weed preventer to your beds and place the
mulch.... and then cleanup after the project. NOTE: If you choose to use a dyed
mulch product, a large tarp must be placed on your driveway before the mulch is
Do you mark up your materials and products?
No. I purchase most of
my lawn care products at Lowes in Noblesville. I will present my receipt to you
for reimbursement and charge a nominal fee for product pickup and delivery. My
business income is based on service labor.
What if I have an irrigation system?
We will always watch for
irrigation spouts that have not fully disengaged to make sure no damage occurs
in the mowing process.
If I prepay for a large lawn service package, is there an expiration date?
No, the package will not expire. If there are mows remaining at the end of the
season, we will either transfer them to the next year or trade the value of the
remaining service to a seasonal service like snow removal. We want our clients
to get all the value of the package they purchased!
Can I choose a day each week for ShinnScape to visit?
We will do
our best to honor a preferred day request, however due to rain days, we may get
Do you give discount coupons for client referrals?
Yes. If a client
referral purchases a pre-paid package consisting of 4 or more cuts, we will add
one free Mow and Blow to your existing package. We appreciate the opportunity to
service your friends and family.
Do you do general hauling and debris removal?
We normally do not
provide hauling services. Mount Comfort disposal fees are rather expensive
(starting at $30.00 per level pickup load). We have found it less expensive for
the home owner, to cut up brush and yard debris and place it into lawn bags for
normal neighborhood trash removal.
In the fall, Republic Services
allows for 10 additional bags of leaves/yard debris per week at no charge. All
other times, a fifty cent per bag fee is charged. Rays Trash Service charges a
flat fifty cent per bag fee -- year round.