Fall armyworms are no jokeRead More
Happy February! In just three short days, we will be one tenth of the way through 2019. Can you believe it?
Now is the time to start thinking about some important landscape-related ideas.Read More
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 . . .Read More
From all of us at REDengine to all of you and your kin: may your celebration this year be full of joy and peace. We live in a troubled world . . .Read More
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.
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.
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!
The time is here for the giving of thanks, and we are thankful for you. We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving celebrations, and that your time with friends and family is lively yet warm.
Well, the fall weather has finally arrived. The leaves are really coming down in earnest now, and before long we will have what my daughter likes to call “naked trees.” Depending on your preferences (and sometimes the pocketbook), you may want to have your leaves cleaned up intermittently as they fall, or you may want your leaves cleaned up all at once when the trees are fully naked. Whatever your preference, I recommend that you consider the following things.
First, what is the condition of your grass? Do you have a healthy lawn? Do you have a lot of leaves? If the answers to these questions are affirmative, then you should consider having the leaves removed intermittently, to prevent leaves accumulating and damaging the grass by preventing the sunlight to get to the green blades.
Second, will you be having mulch or pine needles spread? If so, this can be done anytime in the leaf-shedding process, but I recommend waiting at least a little while—if your aesthetic sensibilities can handle it. The longer you wait, the more of the organic matter from decaying leaves can be left on the property and even covered by mulch. This is a great thing for the long-term health of your property. As the leaves decay on your property, they return nutrients right there where your plants can take advantage of them. If you feel you just can’t wait to have mulch or pine needles spread, no worries. No harm will be done by going ahead and putting that down before all the leaves have fallen.
Third, will you want to pressure wash your sidewalk, your siding, or anything else? This can be done any time, of course, but if you wait till after the leaves have been removed and the mulch has been spread, then the deep-cleaning that pressure washing provides will last even longer, giving you a wintertime shine that lasts.
Here we are nearing the end of Aeration Season. It’s not too late, though.Read More
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).
Aeration season is here! Our schedule is starting to fill up. Call us to get your lawn added to the list.
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.
The leaves of green have now turned brown—and red and yellow and orange. If your leaves have turned color and fallen to the ground, chances are that you'd like some help cleaning them up. Contact us now so we can schedule a time to come and clean up your leaves.
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.
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 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.