Precision Lawn Care, Inc. April 2012

Spring has sprung!

This is a great time of year. The Saucer Magnolias are blooming along with the Cherries and Dogwoods and others. Shrubs like Azaleas, Forsythias and Viburnums are flush with color as well. As the pollen count dwindles and the grasses begin to green up there are some things you need to consider doing for your landscape.

It's time to begin pruning and thinning your trees and shrubs. Check our blog for an article on pruning which will be available on April 9. If you are a 'do-it-yourselfer' you will find useful information to help keep you from damaging your plants. Fertilize and check for pest as well. It's also time to start pulling weeds from those planting beds. Take a little time each day and the weeds will stay under control. Refreshing mulch is necessary now as well. A good layer of mulch keeps weeds down and will help to protect your landscape during those long dry days of summer.

Now is the time to be applying pre-emergent herbicides on your lawn. Timing is critical. Wait and the seeds will germinate and get out of hand. Wait too late and any over-seeding you need to do will be a lost cause. The pre-emergent will keep grass seed from germinating as well. This is also the time to begin aeration. proper annual aeration helps keep thatch to a minimum.

Spring is also the time to take care of hardscapes. Removing debris, checking and refilling water features, testing and repairing irrigation systems and outdoor lighting fixtures all need to be done before they are needed. The last thing you want to do is come home from a long day at the office to find water running down the street.

Last but not least, now is the time to start planting those annuals you picked out last month. This should actually top your list. Those winter plants you planted last year may make it a few more weeks. Soon they will melt like popsicles! Lots of summer plants are currently available at your local growers but they will go fast!

If you are a Precision customer, we have already taken care of many of these things for you! Pruning and lawn care is ongoing as we write. Mulch and Color will be happening within the next few weeks. If you have not, call us now at 770-979-5171 to get on our color and mulch rotation. We will also be starting aeration and Fescue over seeding soon. Don't wait on us to call you. Call now so we can get your extra services scheduled.

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April Holidays in America

Since 1955, April 15 has been the designated federal income tax return deadline date, but if April 15 happens to land on a Saturday or a Sunday or on Emancipation Day, or actually any other holiday for that matter, then tax returns are not due until the following business day. This year, 2012, April 15th is on a Sunday, so we happily get until April 16 to file our taxes this year.

The two largest American religious holidays in April are Easter and Passover which always occur near the same time. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead which is the Christian's deliverance from sin. Passover commemorates Isreal's being spared from the destroying angel, resulting in the Jews being delivered from bondage and servitude. These two are extremely important celebrations for the two religions.

The Jewish holiday of Pesach (Passover) is an 8-day time of family gatherings and lavish meals which are called "seders." Through the reading of the Haggadah, the story of Passover is retold to the children, family members and guests who are present. The Haggadah is a special text written many years ago that sets forth the order of the Passover Seder and is a fulfillment of the Scriptural commandment to each Jew to "tell your son" of the liberation from slavery in Egypt as described in the Book of Exodus in the Torah.

The date that Passover is celebrated changes each year. It is actually based on the Jewish calendar and always falls on the 15th day of Nissan, which, in the year 2012, is April the 7th. Since the Jewish day begins at sundown rather than sunrise the first night of Passover in 2012 will be Friday April the 6th.

The Christian celebration of Easter also has many days associated with it. The first being Palm Sunday which fell on April 1, 2012. This commemorated Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem on a donkey. "Palm" refers to the palms that the people laid down in his path as a way to honor him. The symbolism of the donkey is an Eastern tradition that says that a donkey is an animal of peace, versus a horse being an animal of war. If a king arrived on a horse he was bent on war, but if he came on a donkey he was pointing out that he came in peace. Jesus entry into Jerusalem on a donkey depicted his entry as the Prince of Peace.

The next day of import is Good Friday which is also called Great Friday or Holy Friday which falls on Friday April the 6th in 2012. This is the day that the crucifixion of Jesus and his death on the cross at Calvary is remembered and mourned. Many Christian churches have their own traditions for this particular day, but it is always marked and remembered with special services. For Eastern Orthodox churches this is a day of fasting. In Catholicism it is called The Passion of the Christ for it was on this day that he suffered and died.

In 2012, Easter falls on Sunday April the 8th and is the central feast in the Christian liturgical calendar. As recorded in the Canonical gospels of the Bible, Jesus rose from the dead giving new life to all Christian believers on the third day after his crucifixion. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday which may also be called Resurrection Sunday. It is variously interpreted that this occurred between AD 26 and 36.

Easter marks the end of Lent which is a 40-day time of fasting, prayer, and penance for many Christians. The last week of Lent is called "Holy Week" and contains all the Easter celebrations previously mentioned. Easter is followed by a 55-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season and ends with Pentecost Sunday.

Wednesday April 25th is Administrative Professionals' Day (formerly known as Secretary's Day) and is meant to be a day to show appreciation for the hard work of administrative employees. It is common to bring flowers or candy to work that day. Some bosses take their staff to lunch or order pizza for the crew. Don't miss out on a time to cement and recognize good working relationships where ever they may be.


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