FAQs

Q?Are you a licensed Landscaper?
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Yes, we have a business license.  We also hold a valid Commercial Pesticide Applicators License for the state of GA.

Q?Are you insured?
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Yes. We are covered for workers compensation, liability and motor vehicle.

Q?Are your workers Certified?
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Yes, our employees go through a 90 day training/certification program that we have designed for our company.

Q?Who will work on my property?
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Well-trained, supervised personnel with the proper equipment. All employees wear a company uniform.

Q?Do your employees speak English?
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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.

Q?Are your employees legal?
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Yes. All employees fill out an I-9.

Q?Do you have a drug or alcohol policy?
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Yes, all of our employees go through a drug screen at the recruitment stage of hiring.

Q?What types of maintenance plans do you offer?
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We provide various yearly maintenance plans from basic lawn maintenance to platinum garden care. We can charge by the man-hour for one-time services, or provide monthly plans with established fees. We also offer low voltage lighting and irrigation service agreements.

Q?Do you provide commercial grounds maintenance service?
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Yes, we do. We care for the grounds of large businesses to small condominium complexes, and everything in between. When curb appeal and image really matter, Butler is your best choice.

Q?What type of residential clients do you work for?
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Anyone who wants a nice landscape and knows the true value of caring for a beautiful home and property.

Q?I’m having an event or party, can you pay special attention at my property?
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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!

Q?What type of program do you offer for fertilization and control of weeds?
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As different people have different expectations of how they want their lawn to look and also what they want to spend, we a variety of programs. Additionally, we offer a Turf-Care Program to our maintenance customers that includes 7 applications per year, consisting of pre- and post-emergents, Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium, Lime and micro-nutrient applications. Our program is both granular and liquid applied.

Q?Do you provide shrub pruning?
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Yes, we do. It is one of the most sought after services that we offer at Butler as we hand prune. Full time clients can sign up with their yearly agreement or by mail. Single-service clients are also welcome, but full-service clients get first availability.

Q?When and how should my shrubs be pruned?
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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.

Q?Do you provide seasonal color?
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Yes, we install seasonal color beds twice per year, spring and fall, for clients who wish to participate. We offer many different color and variety options for every situation and location.

Q?How often do you sharpen your mower blades?
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We sharpen our blades about every 12 to 15 working hours on average, so about every 8-10 mowing hours 3 to 4 times per week.

Q?Why is mowing at the right height and alternating patterns of cut so important?
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The right height will cause less damage to the blade of grass so the plant is under less stress. This, in turn, allows for better vigor which in itself will help fend off weeds and protect against insect damage.

Q?What size mowers do you use?
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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.

Q?How do you schedule your clients?
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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.

Q?I have to have my property cut on Friday. Can you accommodate me?
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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 Butler Landscape 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.

Q?What is the best day to have my property maintained?
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In my experience, the best days to have your property maintained are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays for homeowners (Monday for corporate clients). Why Wednesday? Well, except for approximately 6-8 weeks in the Spring when turf is at its peak growth, there is very little difference in cut appearance come the weekend. With 99% certainty, Butler will never have to show up on Saturday to provide service due to 1, 2 or 3 days of rain earlier in the week.

Q?What are some of the most important things a lawn in Georgia needs?
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Proper mowing height should be kept at 3″ with a sharp blade; adequate, deep, infrequent watering; core aeration once per year and 3-4 lbs. of nitrogen per year.

Q?Do you catch or recycle the clippings?
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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. If we choose not to catch your grass clippings, be assured even if we have to do a double cut based on a 7-day mowing cycle, there will be no extra charge to you, and you will always have a high quality appearance.

Q?What type of return can I expect on my investment?
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Weyerhoeuser Corporation estimates a well landscaped home increases in value by 15%. Money magazine estimates that you can expect to recover 100%-200% of your landscaping cost when you sell.

Q?I am considering an underground automatic sprinkler system. Can you tell me about it?
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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 provide proper moisture to turf and plants if installed correctly. 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 than dragging out the hose.

Q?Do you install and service irrigation systems?
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Yes. We can install and service residential and commercial systems. Please call for more information.

Q?How often should I water?
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Turf grass should be watered 3/4″ – 1″ per week. Shrubs and trees should receive deep watering 1-2 times per week. Annual and perennials should be watered 2-3 times per week. This answer is for established landscapes.

Q?How much water does my lawn need in the summer?
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Warm season turf, which is the dominant turf grass in northeast Georgia, requires approximately 1″ of water from your sprinkler, irrigation system or Mother Nature or a combination per week.

Q?Is odd/even watering necessary?
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In most cases the answer is no. It is an easy way for towns and water companies to track restrictions on outdoor watering during peak-water-use periods. It is not very healthy for your landscape and in our opinion promotes over-watering.

Q?Do you repair and service low voltage lighting systems? I’m not sure of the brand as we just moved into our home.
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We can service all professional brand name systems. If you have an irrigation system, we can service both during the same visit. Ask our office staff how it will save you money.

Q?How about mulching annuals or perennials?
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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.

Q?Why should I have mulch on my property?
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Mulch provides several benefits for plantings 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.

Q?What can I expect to spend landscaping my entire property?
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Assuming you’re asking for all key components, such as hardscape, fencing, drainage, irrigation, lighting and plant material, a realistic range is 10%-15% of your home’s value. This can be higher or lower based on site conditions, access and plant selection.

Q?How much will it cost me to hire your company?
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This all depends on the services you desire. We are a legitimate, year-round company with well trained, legal and fully-insured employees. To find out more, give us a call.

Q?How can a well-landscaped home help to sell my home?
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According to appraisers and realtors, a beautifully landscaped home will sell faster and for more money.

Q?If you design my landscape, how will I maintain and care for it?
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Any designed or installed work Butler provides can be maintained or serviced by Butler. This includes full landscape planting, sod or seed, lawn irrigation and/or installed lighting systems.

Q?How is a lawn helpful to the environment?
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A turf area 50′ x 50′ can absorb enough carbon dioxide and hydrogen fluoride and convert it into enough oxygen to support a family of four.

Q?How do plants and trees help?
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Plants and trees absorb ozone-damaging pollutants, produce oxygen and help keep temperatures down. According to the Plants for Clean Air Council, efficient landscaping can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 20%.

Q?We are considering a pond with our new landscape design project. How much maintenance do they require?
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There is some maintenance required with a pond. In the spring your pond will require opening, cleaning and periodic filter maintenance. In the fall it is recommended that you cover the pond with netting. These services can all be done by Butler. Please contact us for more information.