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Monday
Dec122011

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

This year I’m a little late in getting the lights up on the house. The schedule has been crazy this year with the leaves coming down fast and early, and at least a day or 2 of wet weather just about every week.  Looking back, I’m proud of the work we’ve done so far this year (I know we have more to do...), and especially proud of how Octavio, Jose, Hugo and Laris have developed as professionals and teammates.

I am especially thankful this time of year for the relationships I have with you, my clients, because its much more than just business. The business provides very well for me and my family, but I cherish the interactions I have with all of you and I’m very lucky to be associated with a fantastic group. This is just my long-winded way of saying Thank You for being a customer. I wish nothing but happy times for you and your family this holiday season. I frequently express my gratitude because I believe that the more you give thanks, the more you will have to give thanks for.

The next 3 months of Winter and early Spring are THE BEST TIMES TO PLANT. Let me know if you have any landscape projects you want completed so we can start the planning process now. Also, since the leaves have finished up early, it’s a great time to pine needle and mulch your beds. Long-leaf pine needles never look more fresh and red than they do right now. If you want everything looking perfect for the holiday coming up, please let me know right away so I can schedule your pine needles and mulch.   

From the operations department: we will continue through December (and January if necessary) cleaning up leaves to keep your property neat through the holidays. Right now we have the weeks of 12/5 and 12/17 (weather permitting) scheduled to go through the regular maintenance routes which include at least one cut on the grass this month. Please note: with the holiday schedule, rain, and leaf volume; the frequency of visits will slow down this month and we may not be there on a regular day of the week. Please let me know of any special dates if you have anything planned.    

Have a happy and safe holiday season!

Ben

 

Tuesday
Nov012011

Work Hard, Play Hard

Last month we took a break from work for a day and I took the guys out to Carolina Adventure World in SC for some off road ATV riding. They work so hard everyday and do a great job so they definitely deserved a little fun. By the end of the day we were all covered in mud and pretty exhausted (sounds like a work day but much more fun!).
Tuesday
Nov012011

Fall Has Finally Arrived!

I’ll be honest with you, it feels great to be finished with lawn renovations. It is the most physically demanding and time consuming part of the year. Like last year, I did not get a newsletter out in October, I was just too busy with renovations and therefore too tired at the end of the day. I always look forward to working outside with a chill in the air and getting your properties looking great for the holidays.

This turned out to be a very good Fall for lawn renovations. Unlike last year we had a few timely rains to help with seed germination. We’ve been continuing to spot seed areas that need to fill in and hopefully have a couple more weeks of good weather to get that seed germinated. If you still have any areas that you are concerned with by mid-November, please let me know so we can come up with the right solution. Right now our biggest challenge is being careful with the new grass and not mowing when its too wet. Unless we have discussed areas that you are still trying to get to germinate, you should be back to a regular watering schedule of 2-3 days per week, one time per day, for a deeper  watering. By mid-late November you will be ready to shut down and winterize your irrigation system (see page 2).

Next up is leaf season! Our maintenance priority will begin to focus on leaf cleanup over the next few weeks, and this will go on through December and usually into January until all trees are clear. We will start by picking leaves up from turf areas on each maintenance visit, and then cleaning out beds where applicable once most of the leaves are down. As always, we will have every residential property cleaned up the week of Thanksgiving and looking as good as possible for the holidays so you can be proud of your landscape when you celebrate with friends and family. Please let me know if you have any special events planned that you want a maintenance and leaf cleanup scheduled for.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for being a client of mine. I feel extremely lucky and blessed to be associated with you and I look forward to many years of beautiful landscapes and positive relationships.

Please let me know if there is any way I can improve my service for you.

Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving, Ben

 



Tuesday
Sep062011

Core Aeration Time!

Hello again! Its that time of year to get the lawn back in shape after a long Summer. We had a decent amount of rain but the string of 100 degree days did not do our fescue lawns any favors.

Here’s what we learned from last Fall: If it stays hotter than normal and we don’t get any rain like last year, your new seed will not germinate in bare spots unless covered with hay straw or peat moss. Proper irrigation coverage is crucial. I can’t tell you how many times someone asked why their seed wasn't coming up and upon inspection we find a broken or non-rotating sprinkler head, or just an inefficient system that doesn't put out enough water coverage (check your system now!). This year I’m recommending a change to the watering schedule. Also, it got cold early last Fall so a lot of the new seed did not have time to fully establish. So were going to focus on getting everyone done by the end of September, and follow-ups in October. The Premium products below help a lot in getting quick germination. 

I’ve added a dethatcher to the toolbox this year to use on lawns that have been sprayed out for Bermuda.

Below you will find the week that I have you scheduled to renovate. I will call a few days in advance to let you know what day we are planning to be there. The schedule will constantly change as we have weather issues, equipment problems, and other “emergency” (for lack of a better term) items that come up. So it is possible that we will change the week or the day that I have you on now. Also, if we don’t come on the day I tell you, most likely we got a little behind and will be there the following day. Sometimes we get ahead of schedule and want to come a day or two early. I’ll communicate this as best I can but its always a hectic time of year and we’re bound to run into schedule changes. If you have the Premium Lawn Care Program the premium renovation products below are included (your just paying for seed and aeration). Otherwise, let me know which option you prefer below. If I don’t hear from you, we’ll just do the basic renovation for you. The premium renovation option is an awesome combination of organic products that I highly recommend to get the best results quickly

Sunday
Aug142011

Summer heat

August is always a difficult month for lawn professionals here in Charlotte. Not because we have to work in the heat, but because all the drawbacks of having a tall fescue lawn in the transition zone are exposed. Every year a few more people ask about switching over to a warm season grass like zoysia. Its actually not a bad idea if you don’t mind your lawn being dormant and brown for 5-6 months during the year. As busy as we are in the Spring with cutting the grass and in the Fall with renovations, we’re equally as busy now trying to minimize damage to the lawn from insects, brown patch fungus, and weed invasions.

I feel like we’ve gotten better every year after going through extreme conditions the last few summers, but Mother Nature will always stay a step ahead of us and throw another weed/disease/insect into the mix for us to go after. I’ve been investigating some new products that will hopefully be available this Fall to combat the insidious poa annua weed that we see in the Spring and I’m looking at incorporating an effective poa annua control into the program.

So this month will be spent preparing your lawn for a good renovation in the fall. We’ll be gradually spraying out all the weeds in the turf, and if your “lucky” enough to have Bermuda grass in your fescue lawn we’ll be working to kill that out also- see page 2 to learn about your options and what your up against.

I want to welcome all of our new clients this month and thank you for your referrals. Its an honor for me to work with a fantastic group of clients/friends that advocates my business. I’ll continue to do everything I can to provide you great service, support you with your endeavors, and get great results with your landscape.

We also welcomed the Lintz family to our routes as part of the GreenCare For Troops program. Dennis is on his 3rd deployment to the Persian Gulf with the Navy and his wife Tandra has been handling all the landscape maintenance while taking care of their young kids and running the household herself. I’m glad we can take a little stress away from them by providing full landscape maintenance for free until Dennis gets back. We look forward to welcoming him back safely and hopefully he will be pleasantly surprised by the condition of the landscape.  

Thanks, Ben