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Sunday, March 27 2016

District of Columbia Grass Cutting

In the District of Columbia, Phocas Landscaping provides the highest quality grass and mowing services for the most reasonable prices. But some folks in the District of Columbia still like to cut and mow their own lawn. In DC we still find folks need a little help with some of the grass cutting basics.

District Of Columbia Grass Cutting Provided below are 9 quality 101 tips for you and how you attack the grass cutting  for your Washington D.C. lawn. At Phocas if we can’t cut your D.C. lawn for you, then let us help you make sure you are at a minimum sticking with the grass cutting standards that us the Professionals use.

For more free advice or any additional help do not hesitate to contact the staff at Phocas Landscaping, we are just a phone call way to assist you in the District of Columbia for any and all lawn care, grass cutting and other lawn maintenance issues in Washington D.C.


1. Pre-Plan Your Attack for Your D.C. Lawn

In the District of Columbia your dad says the only way to mow a lawn is to trim the edges first, which puts the clippings back into the grass to be mulched by the mower. He's not wrong but you can also mow first and then trim, which takes advantage of the mower's large cutting area to reduce time spent trimming. Pick one approach to avoid constantly swapping tools.


2. Cut a Nice Wide Collar

We're not talking Washington D.C. dress shirts here. The collar is the border that you mow first around the lawn's perimeter. Cut it wide enough to turn the mower around without driving into a flower bed.


3. Please No Buzz Cut

Scalping is the gruesome term for cutting too short and District of Columbia lawns don’t like this. It can leave ugly brown patches in areas of uneven ground and strain root systems. "This leads to weeds breaking through the turf," says Pat Callahan, director of grounds, landscaping, and turf at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Cool-season grasses are cut to 2½ to 3½ inches; warm-season grass is cut to 1 to 3 inches.


4. Slow Down & Watch Your Speed – We have speed cameras in D.C. you know

Haste can make a waste of your lawn. This is particularly true with tall or wet grass, which resists a swift cut. But even in dry conditions, a rushed job leads to uneven shearing and leaves behind clumps of poorly mulched clippings.


5. Do Not Look Straight Down

Fact: You'll mow straighter if you focus about 10 feet ahead of the mower rather than directly at the wheels.


6. Bag That Dag on Bagging Stuff

Picking up clippings prevents them from getting tracked into the house, but mulching as you mow puts the grass particles back into the turf, providing nutrients such as nitrogen to the soil. You'll end up with healthier turf in Washington D.C.


7. Alternate the Cutting Pattern

Grass leans in the direction in which you mow it. Switching up your pattern from week to week encourages grass to grow straighter and healthier.


8. Trim Ambidextrously

A typical straight-shaft string-trimmer head spins counterclockwise and is operated right to left. This means that, if you're in the right-handed majority, you'll waste time walking sideways or backward. Grasp the trimmer handle with your left hand so you can simply walk forward and make a cleaner job of it. You'll find it's faster, safer, and less tiring to trim this way.


9. Edge and Trim at Once in Washington, save time to get to the “Nat’s” game!

Hold the string-trimmer head vertically to cut a clean edge (along a curb, for instance), and turn it horizontal to trim around bushes or landscape features. Don't trim and edge in separate trips. "Look at your property and find a continuous path you can follow to trim and edges in one pass," says Steve Byrne, president of Edgit, which makes trimmer accessories. "This gets the job done quickly without having to backtrack."

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Sunday, March 13 2016
District Of Columbia Lawn Service

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Wednesday, March 09 2016
Grass Cutting Washington D.C.

Grass Cutting Washington D.C.

In Washington D.C. not many residents take into account that the mowing techniques used or needed on their grass has much effect on its health. Many types of grass are used Washington D.C. landscapes. Each type requires a specific care technique in the District of Columbia. Just by following a few simple tips your lawn could look like it could belong in a magazine.

Any D.C. lawn should be mowed no more than 1/3 of the height. Cutting any more causes the root system to stop growing and require more watering.

Each lawn has an average height for optimal health. Producing fewer clippings will also be more attractive on your lawn. If your lawn is left alone to long in between mowing, adjust the blade height higher and gradually lower it until the desired height of your of grass is met.

To prevent stress on your lawn, cut it when it is dry. This will also help prevent clumping of the clippings. Be sure to never cut grass with a dull blade. This will cause a ragged cut blade making the lawn prone to disease.

For more information contact a professional landscaping company such as Phocas landscape of Washington D.C., we can provide the care your D.C. lawn requires got grass cutting, regular lawn care and more. FREE quotes for all D.C. grass cutting and other landscaping services. Contacts us today 202-362-5555

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Sunday, January 10 2016

The District of Columbia has an extremely rich and diverse Architectural and historical heritage. The buildings that represent This heritage range from modest row houses to imposing government Structures. They contribute to the character of streets and Neighborhoods and to the character of the city as a whole. Protecting and enhancing this character should be the concern of All citizens, particularly those fortunate enough to live or work in Historic buildings.

District of Colombia Historic Preservation Guidelines Are intended to assist owners and tenants of historic buildings to Maintain, preserve and enhance the architectural character of their property. The guidelines are also intended to assist architects, Contractors and others involved in maintaining and preserving Historic buildings to plan and implement rehabilitation and Restoration projects that meet acceptable standards of design and Treatments of historic materials.

The guidelines also address Issues important to maintaining and preserving the character of Neighborhoods and districts, such as designing additions to Historic buildings, constructing new buildings in historic districts, Accommodating the disabled and conserving energy.


 For more great information go to the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Guidelines


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Sunday, December 27 2015

DC Grass Cutting Rules & Tips From The Pros

DC Grass Cutting RulesDC grass cutting rules and regulations DCRA. Are you aware that Washington D.C. actually has rules on grass cutting, height of grass, seasonal regulations and more? If not contact Phocas Landscaping of Washington D.C., we are on top of all the DC grass cutting rules. We can help you in DC by keeping that lawn regularly maintained and cut at the proper height.

District regulations prohibit property owners (commercial and residential) from allowing grass and weeds on their premises to grow more than 10 inches in height.   District regulations prohibit property owners (commercial and residential) from allowing grass and weeds on their premises to grow more than 10 inches in height. 

District regulations prohibit property owners (commercial and residential) from allowing grass and weeds on their premises to grow more than 10 inches in height. Failing to adhere to the rule could lead to fines of more than $500. Between May 1 and October 31, DCRA can immediately mow properties and issues fines.

DCRA will be hanging "door knocker" reminders at properties where the grass height is getting close to the threshhold to try to encourage voluntary compliance before the city has to intervene.

Tall grass can trigger respiratory problems like asthma and allergies in District residents and rats and other vermin are also drawn to the over-growth. This holds serious public health implications.

DCRA regulates several types of excessive vegetative growth including: kudzu, poison ivy, oak and sumac, plants with obnoxious odors, weeds, grasses causing hay fever, and any weed growth that creates a breeding place for mosquitoes. Regulations require that these weeds be cut after no more than seven days of growth.

Weeds may be defined as any vegetation at any state of maturity that:

  • Exceeds more than 10 inches in height, is untended, or creates a dense area of shrubbery that is a detriment to the health, safety and welfare of the public;
  • Creates a harbor (including hiding places for persons), or provides a place to conceal refuse or trash, regardless of height;
  • Develops into deposits, or accumulation of, refuse or trash;
  • Harbors rodents and vermin or provides a refuge for snakes, rats or other rodents;
  • Creates an unpleasant or noxious odor;
  • Constitutes a fire hazard; or
  • Contains grass or weeds that are dead and diseased.

Failure to comply with a Notice of Violation during the growing season may result in DCRA cleaning the property and billing the owner for cost of the cleanup. Residents should report suspected violations to DCRA at (202) 442-9557 (choose option 6).

Residents can also send Tweets to @dcra - include photos if you'd like - of properties with grass and/or weeds exceeding 10 inches. Please try to get exact address before making a complaint.

Visit DPW Vacant Lot Complaint Contact Information for information on how to register a complaint with the Department of Public Works about an overgrown vacant lot.

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Saturday, December 26 2015

Washington D.C. Lawn Care Tips From The Pros

Affordable Lawn Care DC

  • Revive Your DC Lawn by Over-Seeding

Is your Washington D.C. lawn looking thin and brown?  Well Focas Landscaping a DC lawn care company can help you get back to the thick, lush, green lawn you've always wanted and all you need to do is reseed. If you put down a layer of seed over your lawn in the spring or fall all the thin areas start growing grass and your DC lawn starts to look terrific again.

  • Why Over-Seed In Washington DC?

Over time grass does get old and needs to be replaced. Worn-out DC lawns invite weeds. Over seeding is a fast, inexpensive way to help bring your Washington D.C. lawn back to its lush - green, healthy self without tearing everything out and starting over.  It's also a great way to introduce a new type of grass.

  • When to Over-Seed In The North East

In the North like Washington D.C., the best time to over seed your lawn is in the fall. The soil is still warm but the air is cooler.  There are fewer weeds for new grass to compete against. Since your trees are starting to shed their leaves, there's plenty of sunlight.  Also, diseases that attack seedlings are less active.  If you can't seed in the fall, your next best time is the spring.  If you live in the south the best time to over seed is summer since warm-season grasses need warmer soil temperatures to germinate. If you live in Washington D.C. and need help with basic or more complex lawn care maintenance, contact Focas Landscaping for a FREE consultation.


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