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19/12/2014

Precision Lawn Care, Inc. August 2014

Lawn Care

Our cutting edge lawn care program is developed by horticulturists in our region, and designed specifically for each yard. Each and every application is precisely timed, throughout the year, for optimal result. Each grass type must be considered:

Cool Season Grasses (Fescues)

These are turf types that stay green all year round. Cool season turf must be given a healthy start by fertilizing with a specially formulated lawn fertilizer for fescue or bluegrass in the spring. This helps them to start the season strong enough to compete with weeds. A full, healthy turf will be its own weed control agent.

The hot summer months of July and August are the hardest on cool season grasses. Warm wet grass is prone to fungi and a variety of weeds. A properly maintained lawn care program will consist of a proper mixture of post-emergent (for existing weeds) and pre-emergent herbicides (kills the seedlings as they sprout).

In the fall, cool season turf needs another boost of fertilizer to help it winter well and be ready to bounce back in the spring.

Warm Season Lawns (Bermuda, Centipede, St. Augustine, Zoysia)

These type of turf are green in warm months but go dormant in the winter. These grasses also require special care. Winter and early spring months require applications of a pre-emergent weed killer to knock out grassy weeds before they come up. Spring feeding helps them start the season strong enough to compete with weeds. A fall formula, especially designed to feed warm-season grasses, will help prepare them for winter and help the grass turn greener sooner next spring.

Weeds

See the post on Identifying Weeds Here

Most home owners are unaware that there are winter and summer weeds. While we use a pre-emergent weed killer to knock out weeds before they come up, we use a post-emergent to kill existing weeds. Thing is, not all pre-emergents or post-emergents to kill all weeds. Different formulas kill different weeds at different times. This is the precise reason you need Precision Lawn Care professionals.

Tree/Shrub Care

Read a post on A series on Identifying Pests And Insects Here

Your landscape represents a substantial investment and it is our goal to not only protect that investment, but maximize your enjoyment of that investment. That’s the reason we use the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to determine the best program to offer a tree and shrub service designed to give your landscape the nutrients, protection and conditions it needs not only to survive but thrive.

We begin with an application of a slow release fertilizer, then an application of a dormant oil spray to control overwintering eggs and other insects and move to an early spring application of a slow release systemic insecticide controlling a broad range of pests.

In early summer we apply fungicides and iron as necessary to help your plants green up and produce beautiful foliage and flowers and a second slow release fertilizer to help feed your plants when they need it most!

A fall treatment will clean up any pests still present.

 


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This made us laugh and brought back memories.

ARE YOU "GOING GREEN"

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the 'green thing' in our day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles, and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized, and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.

So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable, besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling's. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown bag but we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line -- not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

 

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