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Grounds Management: Your most pressing questions answered

O'Brien Facilities provides our clients all over Ireland with the best grounds maintenance services. Our extensive suite of services includes:

- Gritting & Snow Clearance

- Design & Landscaping

- Tree Surgery

- Pest Control

Clients may have questions about the specifics as we can provide many different services under one umbrella. To make this information more accessible, we have included a list of the most frequently asked questions below.

Should you grit before or after snow?

Applying it before the snowfall or at the onset of icy conditions is generally recommended. Pre-treating the surface with grit or salt can help prevent snow from bonding to the ground and forming ice, making it easier to remove the snow later. It can also provide some traction and help reduce slipperiness. Our services grit and salt your grounds before a snowfall.

Does grit remove snow?

Grit alone typically does not remove snow. Grit, such as sand or small gravel, is primarily used to provide traction on icy or slippery surfaces. When scattered on top of snow or ice, it helps improve grip for vehicles and pedestrians, reducing the likelihood of slipping or skidding.

Mechanical methods like shovelling, ploughing, or snow blowers are typically employed to remove snow effectively. These methods physically lift or push the snow out of the way, clearing the surface. Grit can be used with these mechanical methods to enhance traction and assist with melting, but there are other means of snow removal.

Does your landscaping service include a garden plan?

Yes, as a professional landscaping company, we can design a garden plan for you. Our skilled professionals specialise in designing, creating, and maintaining outdoor spaces, including gardens. We typically work closely with you to understand your preferences, requirements, and budget.

What does a tree surgeon do?

A tree surgeon, also known as an arborist, specialises in the care and maintenance of trees. Their primary role is to assess the health of trees, diagnose any diseases or structural issues, and provide appropriate treatments or interventions to ensure the trees' well-being.

When is the best time of year to have work done to my trees and hedges?

The best time of year for tree and hedge work can vary depending on the specific tasks involved and the types of trees and hedges you have. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Tree Pruning: The ideal time for pruning trees can vary depending on the species. However, as a general rule, late winter or early spring, before the tree starts actively growing, is often a good time for pruning. Pruning during this dormant period promotes new growth in the spring and minimises the risk of disease or pest infestations.

  2. Hedge Trimming: It's best to trim most hedges during their dormant season to encourage dense growth and maintain their shape. This period is typically in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. However, it's essential to consider the specific hedge species as some hedges, such as those flowering in spring, may require pruning immediately after flowering.

  3. Tree Removal: Tree removal can be done at any time of the year when necessary. However, it's essential to consider factors like weather conditions, the tree's health, and potential impacts on the surroundings. Consulting with a professional tree surgeon is recommended to determine the best time for tree removal based on specific circumstances.

It's important to note that these are general guidelines, and there can be exceptions depending on the region, climate, and specific tree or hedge species. For optimal advice regarding your particular trees and hedges, consult with a local arborist or tree care professional familiar with your area's specific conditions.

What are the signs of a mouse infestation?

Signs of a mouse infestation can vary depending on the severity of the infestation and the behaviour of the mice. Here are some common signs to watch for:

  1. Droppings: Mouse droppings are small and pellet-shaped, usually dark in colour. Finding these droppings in areas such as kitchen cabinets, drawers, or along baseboards strongly indicates a mouse presence.

  2. Gnawed Items: Mice constantly need to chew to keep their teeth trimmed. Look for bite marks on furniture, walls, baseboards, electrical wires, and food packaging. Fresh gnaw marks may indicate an active infestation.

  3. Nests: Mice build nests using shredded materials such as paper, fabric, insulation, or dried plant matter. Check hidden areas like attics, crawl spaces, and behind appliances for nests made of these materials.

  4. Tracks and Smears: Mice follow the same paths repeatedly, leaving footprints and greasy smears along walls, baseboards, or dusty areas. These tracks and smears can be indications of their movement.

  5. Noises: Mice are often active at night, so you may hear scratching sounds, squeaking, or scampering noises within walls, ceilings, or floors. Please pay attention to any unusual sounds that could indicate their presence.

  6. Unpleasant Odors: The urine and faeces of mice can produce a distinct, musky odour. If you notice a strong, persistent smell in certain areas, it may be a sign of a mouse infestation.

  7. Pet Behavior: Cats and dogs may exhibit increased interest in certain areas, such as scratching, pawing, or staring intently at walls or corners. They may sense the presence of mice before their human counterparts do.

Do you still have questions about our grounds maintenance services? Then please get in touch with our offices today.

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