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Tree & Shrub Care for 2012

Your trees and shrubs are the heart of your landscape. In a forest environment, trees are naturally fertilized by decaying plant and animal matter that continuously enriches the soil. In an urban or residential environment conditions are significantly different. While diseases and insects are less likely to attack healthy trees and shrubs, severe, repeated insect or fungal infestation may warrant treatment. If a tree or shrub is subjected to repeated defoliation by insects or disease, it can stress the plant and make it more susceptible to infestation by other diseases and insects. Our Tree and Shrub Program is unmatched in the industry. We use the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to determine the best program for your property.

The first application consists of a slow release fertilizer. This treatment feeds them allowing for healthy plants when they start to bud and bloom.

The next application consists of a dormant oil spray control overwintering eggs and other insects.

In early spring we will apply a slow release systemic insecticide. This type of application is taken up by the roots into twigs, stems, and foliage working from the inside of the plant out. Therefore it is not exposed to sunlight and rain as are regular sprays. It is also very safe to use and offers tremendous control over a broad range of pests.

In early summer when various beetles and caterpillars start appearing - we are there! We also apply fungicides and iron as necessary to help your plants green up and produce beautiful foliage and flowers.

During the summer we apply a second slow release fertilizer to help feed your plants when they need it most!

The third Insect and Disease treatment in the fall will clean up any pests still present. It will also protect your plants from disease pressure due to the changing weather. PCLQRCode

The late winter application consists of a dormant oil spray control overwintering eggs and other insects.

Tree & shrub care requires a different approach, relying more on visual observation and problem diagnosis before treatments are applied. You can call your Precision Lawn Care Tree and Shrub Care specialists at any time to inspect your plants and treat them using the highest quality products available, protecting and beautifying your landscape investment. Free estimates are available upon request.

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January 2012 - Celebrating Births, Deaths, and Resolutions

In many places around the world Christmas does not occur only on December the twenty-fifth. You are very likely familiar with the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with its "twelve lords a leaping" and ending up with, "a partridge in a pear tree" for every verse. For millions of Christians around the world Christmas does not end until January sixth which is called "Epiphany." There are some places that even leave their decorations up until February the second!

There are many different ways to celebrate this Yule tide, too. Some people give gifts every day, just like in the song. It all depends on which denomination a person belongs to, and what country they are in. In some places January sixth is called "Little Christmas" because gifts are given at the beginning (December twenty-fifth) and on the last day of Christmas, (January sixth). In the United States there are a few who celebrate in this way but what we are most familiar with is quickly moving from Christmas to New Year's Eve celebrations and New Year's Day football.

January 16, 2012 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor the beloved Reverend's birthday which was on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a Baptist minister who became involved as a civil rights activist very early on. In 1955 he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. He was the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 which he helped to found. In 1963 he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during the "March on Washington." He is considered to be the one valiant and faithful person most responsible for changing the vision of Americans to become a color blind society. He truly was one of the greatest orators in American history.

January 28, 2012 is set aside to commemorate Christa McAuliffe and the six crew members who were killed when the space shuttle Challenger exploded after take-off on January 28, 1986. Seventy-three seconds into the flight one of two solid rocket boosters ignited the main liquid fuel tank and the resulting explosion was seen on television by millions around the globe. The astronaut crew who died on that day are: Commander Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Mission Specialists, Judith A. Resnik, Ronald E. McNair and Ellison S. Onizuka. The last two were not US astronauts: Gregory B Jarvis was a payload specialist on loan from the Hughes Aircraft Corporation's Space and Communications Group in Los Angeles, CA., and Sharon Christa McAuliffe, was the first teacher to fly in space. Selected from among more than 11,000 applicants from the education profession for entrance into the astronaut ranks.

For many people the new year is a time to wipe the slate clean and incorporate changes or improvements into our lives. Many people make "New Year's Resolutions" which are often broken almost immediately, but they really don't have to be. The tradition of the New Year's Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar.

With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions. So this year you will be in good company, even if you break that resolution, if you look back and learn from the past and apply those lessons to the future! Happy New Year!

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