Precision Lawn Care, Inc. April 2013

Springtime Landscape tips

WeedsTo properly maintain your lawn you should have already had an application of Pre-emergent and Post-emergent weed control. Pre-emergents keep summer weeds from coming up and Post-emergents will take care of any winter weeds that remain. Now it's time for another round. In the Atlanta area you will need another application of Pre-emergent weed control to keep the Crabgrass out. If you are seeing a bunch of dandelions and other summer annual weeds that are starting to stand up you can use one of the 4 step program products you can find at Lowe's or Home Depot or such. These are simple programs. Follow the instructions on the bag; they explain when to put it down for what kind of weed your trying to control.

For more information you can visit our site links at A Monthly Guide To Care Of *Cool Season Lawns and A Monthly Guide To Care Of *Warm-Season Lawns

If you haven't aerated this season now is a good time. Lime application can be put down any time. We still have a small window of time to seed. If you have any bald spots you need to overseed soon.

Precision Lawn Care makes a seasonal color change program in the spring after the cold weather has moved out and opened the door for the growing season, and another in the fall for a refreshing pop to brilliant color throughout the fall and winter months. Call us now if you are not on our schedule.

pruningFor your Landscape, there is still time to prune, being selective on which plants are still to bloom this year. Some flowering shrubs flower on last year's growth, not new growth. So pruning them now means no flowers later. Study your shrubs' growth habits before pruning them! Most pruning should be in the late winter or early spring before the buds break. See TO PRUNE OR NOT TO PRUNE for tips on pruning. Also see Pruning Rose Shrubs to find specialized instructions on taking care of your roses.

mulchMulching, edging of the landscape beds, weeding and put down a weed control granule to stop the germination of weeds in those beds to eliminate maybe 90% of your hand weed pulling. Everything you can do now to prevent weeds in those beds will make the season easier for you later. Spring is a good time to plant a few replacement shrubs and trees if you lost any last year. Be sure to keep them watered through the summer during any periods of long hot and dry days.

Of course, if you are one of our valued Precision Lawn Care customers, we'll have this covered for you. When you see your neighbor toiling over his landscape this month, tell him to call us. If he signs up, we will buy your lunch! (we will give you a $25 restaurant certificate)

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Bark in the Park

Springtime Pet tips

There are two things that Atlantan's love; The Atlanta Braves and our pets. The Braves even have a "Bark in the Park" day where many fans bring their "fur kids" to watch the game! While you are getting your pet ready to attend the game, here are a few tips to help you get through the warm weather. Take note, we had a mild winter; mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas are likely to be a real problem this season.

Heartworms - play it safe
A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworms if they aren't on year-round preventive medication. Dogs and cats react to mosquito bites the same way we do, but what is more important, mosquitoes can transmit heartworms to our pets. Indoor pets are just as likely to contract this fleas and ticksdeadly disease as outdoor pets because mosquitos fly in through open doors, windows and even catch a ride on us and our pets as we go in and out of the house. Fortunately, heartworm infections can be easily prevented with either a monthly oral or topical medication.

Other pests
Ticks can be found anywhere, from the deep woods to urban parks. And each year, thousands of dogs become infected with serious diseases transmitted by a number of different ticks. Diseases like ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and others. The best defense is a good offence. Medications come in the form of oral, topical or treated collars which can kill or repel the tick before it bites your pet. Fire ants, snakes and bee stings are some other hazards to you pets. Remove wood piles and treat ant beds, but remember that the insecticide may be hazardus to your pet.

Exercise with fido
Start gradual exercise with your pet if he/she has spent a lot of time indoors. Give your fur kids feet a chance to toughen up before long walks or jogs. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it's hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot. And never leave your fur kid locked in an unattended vehicle!

Long Haired dog

Consider a hair cut
If you have a long haired pet consider giving it a haircut before the weather gets too hot. Dogs and cats will enjoy those hot summer days if they dont have to wear that heavy coat. A short coat wil help you keep those pesky pest off your fur kid.


Just a few tips to help you and your pets have a great summer.

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