Valentine’s Day, Lawn Nutrients, and Soil Tests

I don’t know how you feel about Valentine’s Day. I used to be what my wife once referred to as “the Scrooge of Valentine’s.” I think it seems a little silly to celebrate something that we really ought to be celebrating every day. But I have happily accepted that I might be wrong about this and so I jump in every year to make those closest to me feel loved in a special way—and I try to use the outpouring of expressions of love as a reminder and an inspiration to me of what I ought to be doing every day anyway.

Now you probably wonder how I’m going to segue into talking to you about lawn nutrients and soil tests . . .

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We’re a Small Operation but Growing

REDengine Lawn & Landscape is small. We don’t have a giant staff that gathers every morning in a giant warehouse to have a giant meeting to plan giant projects and then drive giant trucks with giant pieces of equipment and giant crews to take care of giant properties. Not that there’s anything wrong with those things—it just doesn’t describe REDengine.

We are small but growing, and because we are small, we are nimble—but also sometimes stretched a little thin. One small miscalculation or unexpected equipment malfunction can throw our schedule out of whack. But we really care about the work we do and the customers we serve. We are very grateful for your continued support, and we hope that we can do more for you in the future. If you have questions, or if you’ve been frustrated by our response time to inquiries or the speed of our service, we would love to hear from you. We would love to have another chance—even if it’s a third or fourth or fifth chance. We don’t like making mistakes, but we love fixing mistakes. If we’ve made a mistake in dealing with you or your property, please give us the chance to fix our mistake. 

If you’ve been amazingly satisfied with everything we do—well, of course we’d love to hear that, too. This is a great time of year to have use come out and do a final leaf cleanup, or a gutter cleaning, or a trim up around the edges of the property. It’s also a great time for mulch installation or even a winter landscape design. (It’s even a good time for pressure washing—brrrr.). Whatever your current landscaping needs are, we’d love to have an opportunity to work with you. Call us now to plan your next project.

Now That Leaves are Down It’s Time for Mulch

Finally, the leaves have fallen. It took a while for fall weather to arrive this year, but it’s here now. Yesterday I was looking up toward the sky, under a canopy of nearly bare trees, and I saw innumerable leaves still falling. Soon, of course, the trees will be completely bare, and this is, in my humble opinion, the best time of year to spread pine needles or mulch. REDengine uses only the highest quality pine needles and mulch available. Call us today for an estimate.

Thank the Lord for Rain

Here in Charlotte, we had a difficult summer, with inconsistent rains, high heat, and many dry days. Our fall was more of the same—until the past week. Thankfully, the rain has arrived. The grass is getting some much-needed refreshment, and hopefully the nutrients we spread will finally be making their way down to the roots. For many lawns, now is a good time for that one last fertilizer application of the season, to feed the roots underground, even while the blades of grass above the surface may be entering dormancy. If your lawn has not yet received a last fertilizer application, give REDengine Lawn & Landscape a call. We would love to take care of your lawn, and if you’re not already in a contract for regular lawn applications, we would love to show you how we can help you restore—and keep—your lawn’s heath. Have a great December!

Aeration Season is upon Us

Here at REDengine Lawn & Landscape, we try hard to make sure your lawn receives the very best treatment we can give it. Usually, we’re pretty good at it; sometimes—being human, as we are—we miss something. But when that happens, we work really hard to correct whatever got past us. We’re not always as good about answering phones and email. We’re a small operation, after all, and our customers and their properties that we’ve committed to taking care of have to come first. But you know what we’re really not good at: Social media. We want to be better at spreading the word and interacting with customers through social media and other 21st century technology. We’re technophiles, and we really (really, really!) want to have our system automated with email and text-message reminders, and sexy ad-campaigns that show that we are totally on the ball. But we're not there yet. So here is a totally un-automated (some of you might be saying, “Um, that’s called ‘manual.’”), un-sexy—but also totally social media—reminder that we offer aeration, seeding, and fertilizing services for your fall (or even late-summer) lawn-rejuvenation needs. What we do isn't sexy, but we do wear uniforms—and smiles. If you have a lawn in Charlotte, and you'd like us to help you make the most of your lawn, call us (or use the form on our website or, if you see one, the call-for-action button on our Facebook page). 

Death and Life

Leaves are dying and falling and needing to be removed. Grass is still living and growing and needing to be fed. If you haven't had your final fall leaf removal, or if you haven't had your final fall fertilizer application, contact us. We would love to help.

Hot Summer

More heat! It’s been a challenging year for lawns, but July has been a little easier than June was. Thankfully, the heat won’t last forever. Be sure to water as much as permitted. Soon it will be time for fall aerating, seeding, and fertilizing. Temperatures will drop. The rains will return. And grass will grow again.

Happy Valentine’s Day


Spring is not far away now, and it’s time for putting down winter fertilizer with pre-emergent to strengthen grass and prevent weeds. I will be putting down fertilizer with pre-emergent this coming week, so please let me know if you'd like to be included. I also recommend overseeding the lawn and filling in bare spots, which should be done 4 weeks after applying the pre-emergent. If you’re interested in monthly payments or season contracts, I have some options prepared for that, as well, and I would be delighted to share them with you. 

REDengine Lawn & Landscape Official Blog

REDengine Lawn & Landscape is now pushing ahead with our new website. We still offer the same services we always have, and we are continually adding new services. We are currently a small operation, and we intend to grow very manageably, but we are growing. We currently have just one main crew, along with some additional part-timers with special skills who help us as need arises. Our goal is to provide you with the very highest quality service at a reasonable price. If you have a homescaping need—lawn care, landscaping, power washing, gutter cleaning, etc.—we can probably help you. If you would like more information or if you would like to learn if your project is the right size for us, contact us and we will be happy to speak with you.