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Precision Lawn Care Inc. Newsletter - February 2016

forcastNo one can accurately predict the weather beyond what we see outdoors at the time you read this. Much time is spent by weather experts and forecasters trying to predict what the weather is going to do over the next week, month and even year. Most of us take their forecast with a grain of salt saying something like, “These guys can’t forecast the weather next week, much less next month or the winter.” Someone once said, "If you don’t like the weather in Atlanta, wait fifteen minutes, it will change!"

As your landscape company we have to look ahead somewhat in order to make sure we properly maintain you property. While we may have another cold snap, we are expecting to see slightly elevated rain levels as well as normal to slightly above normal temperatures over the next two months.

What this means is that while it may take a few days longer for your dormant grasses to green up, the conditions for weed growth are as great as ever. This is why you will see our trucks out now treating your lawns with weed control and crab grass prevention. The best way to prevent weeds is to maintain a healthy lush lawn. Keeping weeds seeds from germinating with pre-emergent herbicides is second and a last resort is post-emergent treatments stopping weed growth before they mature and re-seed.

Another problem we foresee is the possibility of fungus in cool season grasses. The extra moisture along with expected above normal temperatures creates the perfect conditions for fungus growth. Our Lawn Care Technicians are always on the look-out, and spot treat suspected fungal growth. We also ask our customers to be on the lookout. Left untreated for just a few days fungus can damage large areas. If you see any suspected damage call and let us know. Working together we can prevent large scale infections.

triming-rosesAnother service we provide this time of year is trimming specific perennials, liriope and pruning of crape myrtle, roses and other shrubs as are necessary to enable your property to look great when spring arrives and new growth begins. If you are doing this yourself, keep in mind that some plants don't need to be pruned in spring, it depends on the blooming pattern. Azaleas for example if pruned in early spring before they bloom will not bloom as well because you will cut off most of the blooms.

Early Spring is also a great time to plan on aeration and over seeding, especially on cool season turf. Spring is also a great time to refresh your mulch. We are currently installing pine straw and hard wood mulches. Give us a call to schedule service for you. And while you are planning for spring and summer, now is the time to consider any renovations needed to your landscape. Let Precision Lawn Care help you with planning and installation of lawns, tree and shrubs and any hardscapes needed to refresh and extend your living spaces out doors.



OUTDOOR TRUTHS

fishing

Several years ago it was not unusual to make one or two trips per week to wade the Cherokee Lake. Late winter always proved to hold enough of the bass variety to keep me fishing even in the most extreme conditions. These trips usually only lasted about half of the day and since I kept my equipment in my truck, I only needed a short notice and a good excuse. I can remember one day arriving at a favorite spot in the mid-afternoon. It was cold and blustery. Even though I had dressed warmly the cold air was blowing hard in my face. It was a headwind that was so strong casting was difficult. I fought the circumstances for about an hour before I gave in and decided to go elsewhere. A few hundred yards behind me was a small unexciting place, but the wind would be to my back and be blocked somewhat by the hills on one side. There, in that area, were little dead stickweeds that were scattered throughout. They may hold a bass but there were now only a couple of hours left before dark. In those two hours I caught six impressive largemouths. I was so excited about that new little spot that I made plans to return the next day, earlier and with a friend. That next afternoon did not disappoint us. When the smoke had cleared we had landed twenty one bass over fifteen inches long.

Just a day before I had cursed the wind and the circumstance it had put me in. I had complained of the difficulties and obstacles I was facing. I had fought against the prospects of leaving the familiar and comfortable place that I knew for the unknown, untested, and unappealing. But to get to the most fruitful area, I had to be forced out of my safe and secure confines. I had to “cast my nets on the other side.”

This is how God works many times in our lives when He wants to get more out of us or when He is looking for someone to serve in a certain way or place. He simply makes the place that we’re in, too hard to bear. He makes the going so tough that we have no other choice than to look in other areas. It’s one of the ways that God uses to get us from where we are now to where He wants us to be. If this is you, it might be a good time to look around and see where the wind is in your favor.

Gary Miller

gary@outdoortruths.org

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