Precision Lawn Care, Inc. January 2013

HNY 2013

Welcome to a New Year! 

While January begins a new year, it also begins a new season for your landscape. You have dormant grasses, trees and shrubs in you landscape! Your grass looks dead, your trees have defoliated and your shrubs (especially your hydrangea) look like crap! You may not know it but you may also have dormant pests on your plants and in the ground under your turf! This is the time of year we start preparing for Spring and Summer for your landscape. That's why you keep us around, right!

Precision Landscape is gearing up to take care of those pesky landscape items that you need done but dont have the time to do!

We will soon start an application of a slow release fertilizer, feeding grasses and plants and making way for healthy plants when they start to bud and bloom. At the same time we will continue to use herbicides to control those pesky winter weeds!

We will start a dormant oil spray. Some insects such as scale have a hard coating on them similar to a turtle shell. They are waiting for spring so they can suck the life out of your plants! Spraying regular insecticide on them through the year isn't effective since the coating they have protects them. A dormant oil applied when your shrubs are "dormant" will smother the insect without killing the plant. A dormant oil spray will control overwintering eggs of other insects as well!

Here are a few things you can to to help your landscape this time of year:
  • Spread winter mulch in beds using leaves, branches from Christmas trees, woodchips or mulch to prevent heaving
  • Go through your garden and inspect for winter damage
  • Water evergreen and broad-leaf evergreen shrubs during warm spells
  • Use sand, gravel, urea or kitty litter instead of salt on driveway or paths near gardens
  • Sketch garden plans, including what to grow, spacing, arrangement and number of plants needed.
  • Transplant shrubs or trees that you would like to relocate in the landscape. Plant shrubs and trees.

Caution: Do not prune Spring flowering shrubs or trees such as Azaleas and Forsythias (Yellow Bells) until later on in the Spring after they have finished blooming.

Call us if you need help with any of these tasks.

One more thing!

Taxes and costs are going up. You will experience it and so will we. New payroll taxes, the new health care plan taxes and EPA regulations will affect Precision Lawn Care. These new taxes, along with new regulations, will also affect our suppliers. The cost of gas, fertilizers and pesticides will increase. We understand that these changes also affect you as well. You can rest assured that Precision Lawn Care will do every thing in out power to contain costs and keep prices low but we may need to make some adjustments in the near future.

 


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January 1 Becomes New Year's Day

BabylonThe celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible cresent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring).

 

RomulusThe early Roman calendar consisted of 10 months and 304 days, with each new year beginning at the vernal equinox; according to tradition, it was created by Romulus, the founder of Rome, in the eighth century B.C. A later king, Numa Pompilius, is credited with adding the months of Januarius and Februarius. Over the centuries, the calendar fell out of sync with the sun, and in 46 B.C. the emperor Julius Caesar decided to solve the problem by consulting with the most prominent astronomers and mathematicians of his time. He introduced the Julian calendar, which closely resembles the more modern Gregorian calendar that most countries around the world use today.

As part of his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month’s namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future. Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging gifts with one another, decorating their homes with laurel branches and attending raucous parties. In medieval Europe, Christian leaders temporarily replaced January 1 as the first of the year with days carrying more religious significance, such as December 25 (the anniversary of Jesus’ birth) and March 25 (the Feast of the Annunciation); Pope Gregory XIII reestablished January 1 as New Year’s Day in 1582.

Traditionally, it was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. For that reason, it has become common for folks to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of family and friends.

Black Eyed PeasMany parts of the U.S. celebrate the new year by consuming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity.

Other traditions of the season include the making of New Year's resolutions. That tradition also dates back to the early Babylonians. Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking. The early Babylonian's most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

Favorite New Year Resolutions for 2013:

  • 1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends
  • 2. Fit in Fitness
  • 3. Tame the Bulge
  • 4. Quit Smoking
  • 5. Enjoy Life More
  • 6. Quit Drinking
  • 7. Get Out of Debt
  • 8. Learn Something New
  • 9. Help Others
  • 10. Get Organized

Chances are, as you begin the new year, you'll still be dealing with the same stuff you were dealing with in December. While we can't wipe the slate completely clean and start over, we can resolve to become better. Thinner. Healthier. Kinder. More giving....compassionate. It's never too late to get rid of our bad habits and replace them with good ones. And what better time than at the start of a brand new year?

The old year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The new year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months! - Edward Payson Powell


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