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Customers often have questions but sometimes are reluctant to ask. We want you to be fully informed and confident in our company. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions. Since we hear some questions more often than others, we have provided some of those questions with answers below for your convenience. If your questions are not listed below, please give us a call and allow us to help.
If you prefer, we would be happy to stop by and visit with you in person. Contact us today to schedule a meeting.
Does Contreras Lawn and Landscape do work in my area?
Contreras Lawn and Landscape serves a large part of the greater Houston area. Here is a list of some of the areas we service. If your area is not on the list, just email us or call and we can confirm if we work in your area or not. Click here to contact us.
- Missouri City
- Sugar Land
- West University Place
- Sienna Plantation
- Bunker Hill Village
- Hilshire Village
- Hunters Creek Village
- Piney Point Village
- Spring Valley Village
- Hedwig Village
How much will it cost me to hire your company?
This all depends on the services you desire. We are a legitimate year round company with well trained, legal and fully insured employees. We use a multiple, overhead, recovery system to disperse and recover our overhead, labor and equipment costs, plus add fair professional profit. To find out more, give us a call.
I read you are a full service company. What does that mean?
Yes, Contreras Lawn and Landscape is a full service company. What that means is that we can do all of the services related to your lawn and landscape maintenance. That way you don’t have to call one company to do the lawn and another to fix the sprinklers. However, we only do what you need and want us to do.
Who will work on my property?
Well trained, supervised personnel with the proper equipment. All employees wear a company uniform.
Do your employees speak English?
Although some of our oldest and most experienced people speak limited English, our goal is to always have at least one English-speaking crew leader on every site.
Are your employees legal?
Yes. We have been involved with the H2B VISA program since 1998 for all of our seasonal workers. All employees fill out an I-9.
Are you insured?
Yes. We are covered for workers compensation, liability and motor vehicle.
How do you schedule your clients?
We are a full service company serving both residential and commercial clients. We try to schedule our business clients early in the week and our residential clients are scheduled Tuesday through Friday.
Do you catch or recycle the clippings?
Wherever and whenever we can we recycle the clippings back to the turf as grass blades, and leaves being 80% water and nutrients, are the very best compost for building long-term highly organic soil. We only catch when an area is too small or we may get too many clippings in gardens.
I have to have my property cut on Friday. Can you accommodate me?
We base the scheduling of our clients on the following: Open availability for existing or new route: Route density and efficiency: With the price of fuel and labor, we route just like UPS and Federal Express. Years with Contreras Lawn and Landscaping will get you closer to the weekend. If you must have Friday, there will be an added cost if it does not fit our existing route, just as next day air will cost you extra with UPS.
I’m having an event or party, can you pay special attention at my property?
Please let us know 7-10 days ahead and we will provide weekly service the day before your party. With 14 days notification we can also provide a detail crew service, mulch, pruning and seasonal color so that your property will look its best before your big day!
What size mowers do you use?
The size of the mower used is based on the size of each given area of lawn. A good landscape company will have many different size mowers with deck sizes from 21″ to 52″ or larger. The right machine is as important as the qualifications of its operators.
At what height do you cut the lawn?
From late April to late November we use a 3″ mowing height. This is when your lawn is most actively growing. It is also in the recommended range of height of cut by Rutgers University, one of the worlds leading turf research Universities in the world. During early Spring and late Fall we will lower the height of cut to 2.5 to 2.75.
Why is mowing at the right height and alternating patterns of cut so important?
The right height will cause less damage to the blade of grass so the plant is under less stress. This in turn will allow for better vigor which in itself will help shade, fend off weeds and protect against insect damage.
How often do you sharpen your mower blades?
We sharpen our blades on average about every 12 to 15 working hours, so about ever 8-10 mowing hours 3 to 4 times per week.
Do you provide shrub pruning?
Yes, we do. It is one of the most sought after services that we offer at CLL as we hand prune. Full-service clients get first availability.
Do you provide commercial grounds maintenance service?
Yes, we do and we have done so since 2001. We care for apartment complexes, community centers, storefronts, office complexes and more. When curb appeal and image really matter, CLL is your best choice.
What types of maintenance plans do you offer?
We provide three yearly maintenance plans from basic lawn maintenance to platinum garden care. Two are set-monthly charges, one by man-hour range. All include spring clean ups and fall clean ups based on man-hour rate, two types of lawn care programs with pre-pay discounts. We also offer low voltage lighting and irrigation service agreements.
Do you provide seasonal color?
Yes. We provide spring bulbs, summer annuals, fall mums and more. Programs start at approximately $500.00 and up.
What type of training do your employees receive?
All employees go through a full day of orientation at least once yearly. We also perform tailgate training and have safety talks throughout the year.
When and how should my shrubs be pruned?
The following is a basic guideline for pruning. When present, damaged or diseased shrub-limbs and branches should be removed. Most flowering shrubs and ornamental trees, should be pruned after blooming and before the next year’s buds set. Prune whenever possible for plant health and to keep the natural shape of the plant. Some ornamentals and vines require dormant pruning in late winter. We highly recommend hand pruning over shearing.
Why should I have mulch on my property?
Mulch provides the following benefits for planting when done correctly: For shrubs and ornamental trees, a mulch base of 3″-4″ is recommended. It helps to keep weeds in check, retains moisture in the soil and adds organic matter to the soil as it decays. Woody, ornamental and evergreen trees do not need or want their soil cultivated around their roots.
How about mulching annuals or perennials?
Mulch should be limited to 1″-2″. Ideally a mulch compost mix would be a better choice. Unlike ornamentals, annuals and perennials like loose, tillable soil, so too much is not good.
What type of mulch do you sell and install and what is the cost?
We sell the following, from least expensive to most: Native Mulch, Fine Native Mulch, Premium Blend, and Screened Compost. Pricing is based on site conditions and quantity. Bed preparation is extra. We do not recommend Shredded Pine as it has no value to your plants and we do not use dyed mulch. We at CLL feel dyed mulch cheapens the look of your landscape.
What type of program do you offer for fertilization and control of weeds?
As different people have different expectations of how they want their lawn to look and also what they want to spend, we offer two programs. At CLL we think of the programs as good and very good. Both meet or exceed the basic needs of cool season turf. Our basic plan is more of an option-based plan, whereas our premium plan is more inclusive of all turf services.
Do you install and service irrigation system?
Yes. We can install and service residential and commercial systems. Please call for more information. Service-call fees do apply.
I am considering an underground automatic sprinkler system. Can you tell me about it?
Think of a sprinkler system as enhancing Mother Nature, not to replace her. In times of dry conditions, it can free you from hours of watering and can, if installed correctly, ensure proper moisture to turf and plants. Don’t think of it as set it, and forget it. Irrigation systems require spring and fall service and periodic water-schedule changes as conditions warrant, but it’s easier then dragging out the hose.
Do you repair and service low voltage lighting systems?
We can and do service all professional brand name systems, Cast, Kichler, Focus and Hadco to name a few. If you have an irrigation system, we can do both at the same visit. Ask our office staff how it will save you money.
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Call or email Contreras Lawn and Landscape today to discuss your property and your requirements. We can answer any questions you have and prepare a quotation for you.