Spring lawn care in essential for keeping your yard thriving and resilient through summer. If you want to a beautiful lawn and garden, follow these steps to keep your lawn and landscaping lush and green for the summer.
1. Rake It Up
The first step to preparing your yard for spring and summer is to do some raking and cleaning around the home. Use your yard waste container to collect all the leaves, twigs and other debris that has accumulated over winter. Try to do this every month.
2. Apply Fertilizer and Pre-Emerged Weed Killer
Fertilizer helps supplement the lawn with nutrients it lost during winter. Most experts agree that fertilizer should be applied at least twice a year. After your spring fertilization, six to eight weeks later, it’s a good idea to reapply both products. Speak with a professional about setting up the perfect fertilization schedule.
3. Consider Adding Mulch
Mulch is a great way to retain moisture and nutrients during the summer heat. Mulch can help keep your plants sated and growing, but in some cases it may be a bad idea. Speak with a professional lawn care expert about the proper use of mulch.
4. Mow Your Lawn
Don’t let grass grow too high. Try to keep grass height between 2.5 to 3 inches. During peak summer, however, allow the grass to grow about a half inch longer. This helps the grass provide shade and retain moisture.
5. Trim Back Landscaping From Structure
Mulch, grass, and plants that are too close to the foundation can cause major moisture and pest problems. Try to maintain a minimum 2-foot clearance around the entire perimeter of your home. Trim back any trees, bushes or plants that are touching or coming close to the siding. In addition to trimming plants from your siding and foundation, it’s also important to look for any dead or excess growth in other areas of the yard. Pruning promotes healthy plants by eliminating dead or infected parts. It also helps you shape the growth of the tree or bush.
6. Inspect Nearby Trees
Falling trees and branches can cause massive amounts of damage, injury and death. If dead and rotting trees are ignored, they can fall and cause damage and potential injury. To be safe, contact a tree expert every 2-3 years for a professional inspection and safety pruning. This is best done during late winter/early spring before the leaves come out and mask the damage.
7. Consider Aerating Your Lawn
Aerate your lawn if it shows signs of compaction, such as moss. Moss can also indicate soil acidity (lawns like a neutral pH). If you become aware of soil compaction during your spring lawn checkup, contact a professional for the best plan of action.
8. Perform A Soil Test
In addition to problems like compaction and thatch, your soil may also be suffering from a pH imbalance. The best way to know whether your soil has the right pH balance is by hiring a professional to take a soil sample or by sending a soil sample to a local soil testing laboratory.
Learn more about how to get your yard ready for summer, here.
Dallas weather can keep us on our toes . We can go from enjoying a sunny summer day at the pool or lake, to torrential thunderstorms. Then these happen, avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. Below are the steps on how to navigate a flood.
BEFORE a flood...
DURING a flood...
AFTER a flood...
We were recently invited and attended James Bowie Elementary School's career fair. At first, we didn't know what to expect or could even imagine the questions we would be asked by these young bright minds. To say we were excited to share our plumbing knowledge and showcase some fun experiments with the kids, is an understatement.
James Bowie Elementary School has successfully strived to improve student academic achievement. In 2008-2009, the Texas Education Agency rated Bowie Elementary a recognized school. In 2009-2010 it was an exemplary school. In 2015-2016 James Bowie Elementary earned 5 distinctions from the Texas Education Agency. They promote parent involvement by hosting monthly parent meetings and encouraging parents to participate on the Site-Based Decision Making Committee, in the PTA, and as volunteers. Parents of young children can also be involved in the HIPPY program.
Learning this about the school made us even more excited as we like to partner with organizations that are constantly working to improve. It was our pleasure to join them and share our knowledge. We shared some laughs with the kids and gave them a brochure to take home to their parents.
At Metro-Flow Plumbing, education is at the core of our belief system. We believe that we are here to educate others to that they may take preventive measures to avoid costly plumbing problems. Sounds odd? We like to work honestly and create long lasting relationships. We always explain what we are going to do in detail, answer all questions, and then proceed with the work once our client has confirmed they are ok with what has been described. Sharing our learnings with the kids at James Bowie Elementary School's career fair came easy to us.
By 2030, approximately 79 million people in the workforce will have reached retirement age. Meanwhile, at the same time only 41 million new people will be entering the workforce... Have you considered a career in plumbing? Call us at 214-328-7371 or learn more about joining the Metro-Flow Plumbing team, here.or
At this career fair, students went from booth to booth and talked with professionals about their careers. They had the choice to visit the booths that interested them. Career days can help students as young as elementary school start thinking more in depth about what they want to do as adults. There are numerous benefits to having career-focused programs in schools to prepare students for their futures with the hope that perhaps their road to a career will be a bit easier.
Three out of every four people in the trades will retire by 2030.
Interested in having us attend a career fair at your school or community center? Contact us at 214-328-7371 or email us at email@example.com (ask for Denise Romero). We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Spring is here and summer is quickly approaching. Dallas is about to heat things up for us. Are you ready? It's important to get your home ready for those hot days, as they tend to make us use water a lot more than usual. Below are some helpful tips that will help you get ready for the hot months aheads, and help lower your water bill in the process.
1) Washing machine
Many machines allow you to choose a load size, and then the machine fills with a corresponding amount of water. Shopping for a new model? Select one that's Energy Star certified. Another way to save water here is by using cold water vs. hot water. It will preserve colors better, and it will save water and energy.
Look for the Energy Star certification, but also make sure the appliance offers a light wash option, which uses less water. Another way to save water is by actually using your dishwasher. Did you know it takes less water to run a full load vs. washing the dishes by hand? The key here is full, so load it up and let it run.
Commodes with the WaterSense label use 60% less water per flush than traditional toilets. You can install a low pressure toilet, similar to those popular in Europe. On older models, check to make sure the flapper closes properly, a common source of water leaks. You can also fill two water bottles with an inch or two of sand or gravel and put them in the tank of the toilet. This will raise the water in the tank and trick it into using less per flush.
For a fast fix, take shorter showers in lieu of baths. A low-flow showerhead can up the ante, reducing both your water bill and electric bill (because there's less water to heat).
Automated sprinkler systems allow you to program a schedule based on local watering restrictions. Models with Wi-Fi connectivity can adjust that schedule based on weather forecasts. Cool, huh?
6) Fix leaks
This might seem obvious, but sometimes it is hard to tell that a faucet is leaking, especially if it doesn’t make a sound. It is good to replace washers in faucets every few years, especially if you live in an older place.
7) Insulate Water Pipes
Go to a hardware store and get some foam that is already cut in the shape of a pipe. Tape that to the pipes. This will help heat up your water faster, so you won’t lose as much while you’re waiting for it to heat. If you aren't sure how to do this, contact us. We are happy to help.
Hope you found these tips helpful. Share them with your friends and make sure to contact us with any plumbing questions. We are here to assist you 24/7. Contact us at 214-328-7371.
Thanks to our friends at Digital Trends for the helpful tips.
Valentine's Day is around the corner... Are you ready?
If you're like many of us, you are scrambling to purchase something before the big day. Don't panic. We have a few ideas we've put together for you... and some won't cost you a thing.
We hope these ideas will help make of your Valentine's Day an even more special day.
Got ideas? Share them in the comments. We would love to hear from you.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Even though spring is around the corner, we continue to get hit with very cold fronts that require more than yourself to put on a coat. You also need to protect your pipes, otherwise, they could freeze and burst, which can result in an unfortunate situation.
Have questions? Call us at 214-328-7371 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were recently remising about our holiday party and realized we hadn't shared these moments with you, so here we are, sharing them. We hope you enjoy seeing some familiar faces. Many who have been to your home and have helped repair a plumbing issue, others who you haven't met in person, but you may have spoken to over the phone.
Everyone in these photos plays an important role in what makes Metro Flow Plumbing a company that has been in business for over 25 years, as well as a company where everyone feels like family.
We also took this time to celebrate the big boss' birthday. The big 60. We got him some great presents he'll be needing soon (joke), as well as a cake and cupcakes that couldn't have been more appropriate.
We hope you leave us a note. We would love to hear from you!
National Bath Safety Month is here, and Metro-Flow Plumbing is ready to share some helpful tips you can implement to help make your bathroom a safer place.
"Every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized."
One of the biggest safety risks is the risk of falling. It turns out the bathroom is the most dangerous room in your house. Here are a few simple, inexpensive ideas that will help you enjoy your bathroom a little more:
"The bathroom is the most dangerous room in your house. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 370 people of all ages have shower- or tub-related accidents every day.
AARP has put together a helpful bathroom checklist that could come in handy. You may review the list, here.
If you have questions on how to make your bathroom safer, maybe by installing a spa-style tub or a new toilet, give us a call at 214-328-7371 or contact us, here.
It's that time of year again!
If you're like us, you have been counting down the minutes until the busiest month of the year... December. The month when family from oversees, out of state, and local, gathers to eat, laugh, and sing - and let's be honest, the singing part is our favorite; because of this, we have put together a list of our favorite holiday music.
You'll be finding us by the fireplace singing along to some of these.
Here are a few of our favorite holiday music:
The Christmas Song by Chet Atkins
Submitted by Rick Romero
Mary Did You Know by Clay Aiken
Submitted by Susan
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
Submitted by Daryl Miller
Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano
Submitted by Jesus Requena
O Holy Night by Clay Aiken
Submitted by Susan
What Child is This by Josh Groban
Submitted by Denise Romero
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
Submitted by Denise Romero
The Christmas Song by Chet Atkins
Submitted by RJ Romero
The Christmas Song by Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole
Submitted by Pete Ponce
Christmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Submitted by Diana
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by Michael Bublé
Submitted by Silvana
Every year we gather around the table, at work and at home, and look around. We see familiar faces and at times new ones that join us during this very special time of year. This year, just like we do every year, we will gather at home, hold on to eachother's hands around the table, and give thanks for our family, friends, grandchildren, pets, work, and you.
Metro-Flow Plumbing wouldn't be around without the consistent selfless dedication of those who make up the Metro-Flow Plumbing family; our certified plumbing technicians, office staff, master plumber, and our clients. Clients we've had the privilege to work for, for over 25 years. Clients we have come to call our friends - and many times, family.
Thanksgiving is also one of our busiest time of year. With family and friends coming from all over the states - and world - we cook more and tend to produce more grease in the kitchen. This year, when cooking, try to store the grease in a plastic container and freeze it before disposing of it in the garbage. This will not only help keep your pipes clean, but it will make things less messy. Don't pour it down your drains as this will clog them - and though we are available 24/7 to assist you with a plumbing emergency, we are certain you don't want to need us during your Thanksgiving holiday. We hope this plumbing tip will help make your Thanksgiving weekend even more memorable and joyful.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones,
The Metro-Flow Plumbing Family