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Spring has Sprung!
The time has rolled back, grass is growing, azaleas are blooming, trees have leaves and the "tax man cometh!" Now that we have all that out of the way, the final frost has probably occurred and it's time to get on your annual rotation for summer color. Most of your annuals will be wilting in the daytime heat soon! Our experts are beginning to take out the old stuff and replace it with splashes of color and fun to liven up your comings and goings and outdoor living spaces. Call our office or use the Contact page to have us place you on the schedule.
Did I mention "grass is growing?" This means weeds are growing as well. We've already taken care of spring weeds with pre and post emergent pest control to contain spring and summer weeds. We'll continue to treat and spot treat as necessary to make your lawn the highlight of your neighborhood. Most of our monthly clients are already on our lawn care program. If you are not or have a neighbor whose weeds are attempting to invade your lawn you need call us to get started right away.
Another thing your turf needs is air to breathe. Sounds simple but the nature of Georgia clay is that it compacts easily and along with thatch buildup has a tendency to cut off the air available to your turfs root system. In good conditions thatch serves a healthy purpose. Thatch can shade the root system of your turf preventing heat damage on our hot summer days. But too much thatch can turn a healthy lawn into hay! You should aerate your lawn in the spring as part of your overall organic lawn maintenance practices. It’s also a good idea to lay down a nice starter fertilizer after the aeration so the nutrients can get directly into the turf’s root system! Call our office to schedule you lawn aeration or use the Contact page to get on the schedule.
While you are out enjoying you freshly manicured lawn (thanks to our expert teams) you can help us help you by looking for abnormalities in your turf and plants. Use our Key To Plant Abnormalities (and the links at the bottom of that page) to learn how to identify problems. Call us or use theContact pageto let us know if you notice insects, diseases or weed problems that may pop up between visits.
A few other things you can do:
Divide perennials & groundcovers as needed.
As bulbs finish blooming, divide & transplant.
Now is a great time to transplant trees & shrubs or plant new material.
Replenish or replace mulch around trees, shrubs & in bed areas to a depth of 3” to 4”.
Remember to water newly installed plant material & lawns, evenly & thoroughly (if no significant rainfall). Lawns need at least 1” of water weekly and plant material need a thorough watering until established.
There is still time to prune, being selective on which plants are still to bloom this year.
Check roses for black spot and apply fungicide as necessary according to label directions.
Watch for bagworms on junipers and other conifers, treat as required.
Service irrigation systems.
As days get warmer, start feeding pond fish.
Now is a good time to look at increasing your outdoor living area with patios, paths, outdoor kitchens and/ or water features. Give us a call!
I just took another fishing trip with my favorite striper guide and friend, Mike Allen. There were four of us who met at the dock early that morning. It was an overcast and windy day with periods of light rain. Regardless of the not-so-favorable conditions, we started off with three quick catches – one a nineteen pounder. This was going to be a good day. We’ll, yes and no. Despite our early fortune, our upward success immediately turned south. For the next couple of hours, we would sporadically catch a stray but we never landed on a spot that we would call very productive. Mike would locate the stripers but they were just not interested in eating at that particular time. Our only hope was to wait or to change plans. Waiting meant we would, well, wait; wait until they decide to bite. Changing plans meant we would try for another species of fish. Mike knew where some big catfish hid and he thought we might be able to entice them to some fresh bait. He was right. So, for the rest of our time we caught some nice, big catfish and had a great time doing it. We didn’t get all that we came for but we got plenty that we didn’t. Both fish fit nicely in a freezer. If we had chosen to continue striper fishing there is a good chance we would have left that morning without ever having the success we had planned for. There is a nearly a one hundred percent chance we would have left without having caught any catfish. We simply took what was given us.
I find that principle to be true in many areas of my life. My expectations are one thing; reality, another. My hopes of a certain prize are replaced with another prize I never saw coming. The ones I had hoped to reach, I didn’t, but I reached those I never imagined. Most of the time, these unexpected successes are a result of me conceding to my present conditions instead of stubbornly fighting them. I think it’s God way of putting me where he wants me at that moment.
Are you getting discouraged by the lack of success you are having in your present pursuit? Are you stubbornly hanging on to a plan just because it was your good and original one? Have you discovered another pool of potential but have been unwilling to move because it’s not what or who you came for? You can do two things. You can wait and perhaps success will eventually come, or you can move to an area where success comes easy. Sometimes that move may only be temporary but for that moment it will be the difference between going home empty-handed or going home with an unexpected blessing that may not only be for you, but for others as well.