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  • Writer's pictureGary Hardy

Trick or Treat Safety

At Brunner's Lawn and Services, ltd., we understand that Halloween is an exciting time for children and families to participate in the beloved tradition of trick-or-treating. However, it is essential to prioritize safety and ensure a fun-filled evening without any unnecessary risks or concerns. With this in mind, we have crafted a comprehensive guide to trick-or-treat safety, specifically targeting our valued clients. By following these simple yet effective precautions, we aim to provide a thoughtful and secure Halloween experience for everyone involved.

One of the most important aspects of trick-or-treating safety is teaching children about stranger danger. While Halloween is a time for fun and festivities, it is crucial to remind children about the importance of not talking to or accepting anything from strangers.

Encourage parents to have a conversation with their children about the potential risks and explain how to identify safe places, such as houses with porch lights on or participating in organized community events. Remind parents to accompany young children and advise older children to trick-or-treat in groups or pairs. By addressing the theme of stranger danger, we can help ensure that children have a safe and enjoyable Halloween experience. Another significant aspect of trick-or-treating safety is costume safety. While dressing up is one of the highlights of Halloween, it is essential to consider practicality and visibility when choosing costumes. Encourage parents to select costumes that are easy to move around in and won't trip children while walking. Suggest using reflective tape or accessories to enhance visibility, especially when trick-or-treating after dark. Additionally, remind parents to opt for non-toxic makeup and accessories to avoid any potential allergic reactions or harm to the child's skin. By emphasizing the importance of costume safety, we can ensure that children are not only having fun but also staying safe during their trick-or-treating adventures. As much as Halloween is about dressing up and going door-to-door for treats, it is essential to educate parents and children about the importance of candy inspection. Remind parents to carefully examine all candy before allowing their children to consume it. Look for any signs of tampering, such as opened wrappers or suspicious packaging. Encourage parents to discard any homemade treats or loose candy, emphasizing the importance of only consuming factory-sealed and commercially packaged items. Another important point to consider is food allergies. Encourage parents to communicate with their children about any known allergies and to double-check ingredient lists to avoid potential allergic reactions. By promoting candy inspection, we can ensure that children can enjoy their Halloween treats without any health risks or concerns.

While most children and families enjoy Halloween, it is important to consider pet safety during this holiday. Halloween can be overwhelming for pets due to increased noise levels, costumes, and unfamiliar visitors. Remind pet owners to keep their pets in a separate room or secured area during trick-or-treating hours to prevent stress or potential escape. Encourage homeowners to display a sign or communicate with neighbors to indicate that they have pets, to prevent accidental scares or encounters. This theme serves as a reminder to prioritize not just children's safety but also the well-being of our furry friends during Halloween. Overall, trick-or-treating safety encompasses various important themes, ranging from stranger danger to costume and candy inspection, and even pet safety. By prioritizing these aspects, we can ensure that children and families have a memorable and secure Halloween experience. At Brunner's Lawn and Services, ltd., we are committed to providing our valued clients with more than just impeccable landscaping services. This comprehensive guide serves as a reminder of the importance of safety during Halloween and solidifies our dedication to our clients' well-being. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!


Fall Landscaping Ideas

As the vibrant colors of summer transition into the warm hues of fall, we find ourselves enchanted by the beauty and tranquility that this season brings. In this edition of our newsletter, we take great pleasure in sharing some wonderful ideas to enhance your landscape during this time of year. With nature's canvas transforming before our eyes, we embrace the opportunity to help you create a truly captivating outdoor space that reflects the changing season and evokes a sense of serenity. So, let's

embark on a journey together as we explore the endless possibilities that fall

has to offer for your landscape.

Incorporating Native Plants is one of the most important aspects of creating a stunning fall landscape is choosing the right plants. Instead of relying solely on imported varieties, consider incorporating native plants into your garden. Not only do they add a touch of authenticity to your landscape, but they also provide important habitats and food sources for local wildlife. Native plants like Virginia creeper, goldenrod, and asters not only offer show-stopping fall colors but also require less maintenance and are more resistant to local pests and diseases. Fall is the perfect time to extend your indoor living space to the outdoors. Take advantage of the crisp air by designing a cozy entertaining area in your landscape. Consider installing a fire pit or an outdoor fireplace as a focal point, and surround it with comfortable seating options like cushioned chairs, bean bags, or hammocks for a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Adorn the area with warm, soft blankets and throw pillows in autumnal colors to create an inviting space to gather with friends and family on chilly fall evenings. Fall is the season of texture, and incorporating various layers in your landscape design can add depth and visual interest to your outdoor space. Experiment with different types of foliage, such as grasses, evergreens, and ferns, to create a

dynamic and multidimensional effect. Combine plants with contrasting textures, such as the rough bark of birch trees, the smooth leaves of hostas, and the delicate fronds of maiden hair ferns. This interplay of textures will add richness and complexity to your landscape, making it visually captivating throughout the season. As we celebrate nature's beauty during the fall season, it is crucial to incorporate sustainable practices into our landscape design. Implementing rainwater harvesting systems, using native plants and organic fertilizers, and practicing proper composting techniques are just a few examples of how we can reduce our environmental impact while enhancing our outdoor spaces. By adopting sustainable practices, not only are we preserving and protecting our natural resources, but we are also contributing to the overall health and well-being of our communities. With these fall landscape ideas in mind, we hope you feel inspired to create a stunning outdoor space that captures the essence of this beautiful season. Whether you choose to incorporate native plants, cozy entertaining areas, textures and layers, or sustainable practices – or a combination of them all – remember to embrace the ever-changing canvas of nature and find joy in the tranquility that fall brings. Happy landscaping!


It's Proposal Season

Welcome to the exciting and perhaps nerve-wracking world of proposal season! As the third quarter of the fiscal year comes to a close, ground maintenance companies of all sizes are gearing up to woo new clients and win their loyalty for the year ahead. It's a time filled with anticipation, careful planning, and high stakes. Whether you're a seasoned player in the game or a newcomer, this newsletter article will guide you through the ins and outs of the proposal season, providing you with valuable tips and insights to help you decide if you should stay with your current vendor or choose a new one. So, get ready to roll up your sleeves, sharpen your pencils, and dive into the world of proposals.

At Brunner’s Lawn and Services, ltd., we find that proposal season is a good way to gage how our team is performing. Because we strive to serve every client with integrity, dependability, and respect, proposal season is also a great time to show prospective clients what we are made of.

Our first item to discuss when deciding on if you should keep your current ground maintenance vendor or switch to a new vendor are expectations of customer service. I find that customer service trumps everything else in the service industry. I was raised that everyone messes up, but how you handle the mistake is what separates the best of companies. If we break a window, we fix it. If we did crappy bed maintenance, we fix it. I find that the client has a complaint.

The next thing that sets a great vendor from a mediocre vendor is the company’s ability to adapt and innovate. world of ground maintenance is constantly evolving, with new technologies and techniques emerging all the time. It's crucial to examine how your current vendor stays up to date with industry advancements and whether they are willing to adapt their practices to meet your changing needs. Switching to a new vendor may provide an opportunity to explore innovative solutions that can enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of your ground maintenance operations. At Brunner’s we are constantly looking for better ways to serve our clients and our team. An example of our innovation is our new style of billing for snow removals. We use statistics and your specific needs to come up with a seasonal price that keeps the client’s property maintained when it snows. It is important to always look for vendors who are proactive in seeking out new approaches and who prioritize staying ahead of the curve.

In addition to customer service, one important factor to consider when deciding whether to continue with your current vendor or switch to a new one is reliability and trust.

As a ground maintenance company, your clients rely on you to ensure that their outdoor spaces are well-maintained and presentable. If your current vendor consistently fails to meet deadlines, delivers subpar results, or demonstrates a lack of transparency, it may be a sign that you should explore other options. Trust is essential in any business relationship, and if your current vendor is not living up to your expectations, it may be time to seek out a more dependable partner.

Proposal season is a great time to reflect on whether you are receiving the proper care in regards to your ground maintenance. As a property manager, maintenance manager, or homeowner, you deserve to get exactly what you are paying for. The ideas presented in this article are very important to our company. We feel our customer service, adaptation, innovation, trust, and reliability are what sets our company apart. If your unhappy with your current ground maintenance vendor, shop around for one that fits your needs. You deserve it.

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