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Precision Lawn Care Newsletter / April 2016

March went out like a crazy person and April came in even crazier.

At least it didn't snow, like it did in 1993. Hopefully spring has finally arrived. And spring brings with it some wonderful things such as birds, butterflies, flowers, green grass and pollen, insects, and weeds! Some of these we at Precision can do something about, others you must enjoy or endure yourself. Green grass, weeds and some insects are our specialty!Right now we are in the process of helping your grass green up and destroying those pesky weeds.

Our Lawn Care techs are out in force, feeding your lawns a healthy mixture of nitrogen and iron. Nitrogen is a major part the green color of plants. It is responsible for lush, vigorous growth and the development of a dense, attractive lawn. Although nitrogen is the most abundant element in our atmosphere, plants can't use it until it is naturally processed in the soil, or added as fertilizer. A light dose of iron is a way of achieving a richer, deeper blue-green color. Chelated iron has been specially formulated to make the iron readily available for your grass to use. Minerals are not easily absorbed by plants, and can also be bound up in high pH soils. Using a chelated iron product will get more of the iron into the grass plants quicker for better results.

Spring and summer weeds can make a great looking lawn unsightly. Left untreated they can completely overtake and trash a lovely lawn. Our techs are continuing to apply pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides to prevent and kill any weeds lurking around in your lawns.

Pesky spring insects always start to feed on your plants this time of year. Our Tree/Shrub program clients can expect us to take measures to protect your plants from damage due to these pests.Learn more about weeds and insect and pest control on our blog.There are a couple of other things we can do to help make sure you have a healthy landscape this summer:aeration

Call us about aeration of your lawn. Aeration helps maintain healthy turf by allowing air and water and nutrients to the roots.Make sure you properly refresh your mulch around your plants. This will not only hold moisture in the coming hot summer months but will also help prevent weeds in your plants.irrigationfilter

It's also time to start up that irrigation system. Pressurize your irrigation system and check for and leaks and for proper spray distribution. Adjust the angle and throw of sprinkler heads. Check irrigation equipment for clogged nozzles, filters and sprinkler heads for damage. Realign heads if necessary. Examine any drip irrigation to make sure there are no leaks or other issues, and plan to make regular check-ups on your irrigation system throughout the season.

Cut back perennials and grasses so that they will regenerate bigger and better than before. For perennials, cut them back to about 2" above the ground. For woody perennials, such as Russian Sage, some of the old growth will often begin to leaf out and you can leave more of the existing plant to re-grow.When cutting back ornamental grasses, a rule of thumb that I like to use is to cut them back to 1/5th (or 20%) of their maximum height. Feather Reed Grass, for example, grows to a height of 4-5", so you would cut them back to 10-12" height.

You can begin to "divide and conquer" Divide up fall-blooming perennials and grasses and transplant them throughout the landscape- This gives them time to grow this season, so that in the late summer you will have new plants to enjoy.

OUTDOOR TRUTHS Wild Male TurkeyLast year I broke down and bought me two Avian X decoys. If you're a turkey hunter you know these are not cheap. They are the most realistic decoys that I know of on the market. I bought a hen and Jake. (A Jake is a young gobbler for those who may not know.) I used them at the end of last year and during every hunt this year. It's amazing how effective they can be and how they can draw the attention away from the hunter which gives us a lot more leeway when it comes to movement. I think the best way to use these decoys is in the tandem I've described. When the Jake is with a hen, a gobbler is more apt to come to the decoys. He does that in order to fight the Jake and take the hen. If the hen decoy is by itself, nature takes over and the Tom simply waits on the hen as nature has designed it. If the Jake is alone, the gobbler has no reason to waste his time fighting. But if the Jake is trying to take his hen, the fight is on! I saw this up close last year. Just before I put an arrow in a nice gobbler, he viciously attacked my Jake decoy. (I love when a good plan comes together.) This year I spent over an hour waiting and watching a gobbler in the distance. Eventually he strutted over to my decoy layout as well. He ended up on my dinner plate. Each time that I have set this decoy tandem up, I have had success. I love it.

I've been so impressed with my new decoys that I have wondered if there is anything in my own life that has me fooled. I mean is there anything that I am convinced is real but when I really think about it, it's not? I believe there is. In fact, I believe there is in a lot of areas. But in order to believe this, I first have to first believe I have an enemy. If I have no enemy, these life decoys are harmless. They may fool me at first but I would soon find out they are what they are.

A recent survey discovered that only about 40% of Christians believed in a real evil enemy called Satan. That means that most Christians will think his decoys are harmless. It also means they will never know the truth until it is too late. Why do I believe Satan is real? Because Jesus did. And when you look at those who wrote about Jesus, even outside the Bible, there is no evidence of his testimony being anything but true.

Gary Miller