Plan Now for Spring!

Spring is just around the corner. The most important thing you can do this time of year is to begin planning. How will your garden and lawn look during the rest of the year? Here are a few things to think about.

Aeration is one of the cheapest things you can do and for the money, does more good for your lawn than anything else you may do. Aeration is the like repotting a house plant when it becomes root bound. We'll be planning our scheduled spring aeration soon. Be sure to get on our schedule if you are not already set up!

You also need to give us a call if you're not on our turf care program. We are currently getting rid of those pesky winter weeds so they don't go to seed and come back with a vengeance next fall. We are also applying pre-emergent weed control for summer weeds as well. Pre-emergent products keep the summer weed seeds from germinating. They always look better if they never get the chance to grow!

It's also time to plan on mulching and pruning of your landscape beds. Selective pruning of deciduous trees, regenerative pruning of shrubs and vines that flower on new wood and ornamental grasses helps maintain healthy plants. Spring pruning also helps the beds look fresh through the early season when everyone is out with landscaping on their minds. For the majority of our customers mulching is an add-on service. Be sure to call us and get on our schedule for pine straw and hardwood mulches. Mulch not only keeps moisture in the bed, it also acts as a weed deterrent.

Hard freezes are still a danger. We have seen snow in April in Atlanta, so delicate bulbs and summer color will need to wait a bit longer but you still need to call and get on the schedule! You can begin to think about other plants, too. Now is the proper time to plant most trees and shrubs. Would you like a vegetable garden this year to maybe help with some of those grocery bills, or just to give you something to do with spare time? Whether it is veggies, fruits, perennials, annuals, or all of the above, plan a budget for what you want to buy. Begin to think about what you would like to plant as well as pest control options that can be safe for edible plants.

Now is the time to begin thinking about planting that rose garden. Roses can be planted from early spring into early fall. Earlier planting is normally preferred to late planting. Spring or early summer planting allows plenty of time for good root establishment before winter, whereas planting after mid-summer may not. Other advantages of spring planting are that selection of cultivars and availability of quality plants are usually better than later in the season. Coming soon, watch the Precision Lawn Care Blog for a new series on Planting and Care of Your Rose Garden.

BirdfeederSpring also means the return of many of our colorful feathered friends to the area. They will be searching out nesting materials for their young. A bird feeder placed near a window not only helps the birds during this busy season, but it also provides you with hours and hours of enjoyment and education as you watch them from a comfortable position within your house. Birds also help you by cutting down on the insect population in your own yard. A win win situation for you and the birds!

While planning if you need help, remember, we are just a phone call away.

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What do Queen Esther, Saint Patrick, and Daylight Savings Time have in common?

They are All Remembered in the Month of March!

Thurs., March 8, 2012 - Esther - Purim is a Jewish holiday which begins at sundown on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 and commemorates the story related in the Book of Esther which gives the details of a major victory over oppression and wickedness. Queen Esther played a major role through obedience, prayer, and fasting and God answered her prayers and gave her people victory and turned the tables on their enemies. Purim is a very festive holiday when prizes are given, and children and adults celebrate with noisemakers, costumes and treats.

Sat., March 17, 2012 -- Saint Patrick - While this is thought to be his birthday, March 17 is really the day he died. But, no matter, people celebrate his life by wearing green and becoming temporarily Irish (in case they are not already) to join the party and parades. He is the patron saint of Ireland and is credited with bringing Christianity to the Emerald Isle. Nearly all of what is known about him comes from two books that he wrote: the "Confessio," which is an autobiography of his spiritual life, and his "Epistola" which denounces mistreatment of Irish Christians by the British. He said of himself that he was a "most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God."

Sun., March 11, 2012 - Daylight Savings Time - Whether you love it or hate it you can blame Benjamin Franklin for coming up with this idea in 1784. A pamphlet entitled "Waste of Daylight," written in 1907 by an Englishman named William Willett, stated that: "Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings. Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used."

Time zones were not established in the United States and Canada until 1883 and standard time became law in the U.S. with the "Standard Time Act of 1918." A Daylight Saving Time was established with this law, but it was repealed in the next year. It was re-established during WWII and continued nationally until 1945. After the war, daylight time varied from region to region, making it extremely confusing to keep track of time when traveling from one place to another. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 made the starting and ending dates the same, but does not require that Daylight Saving Time be observed, simply that it be uniform.

Tues., March 20, 2012 - The First Day of Spring - Spring time is when daffodils and tulip trees begin to bloom and the last vestiges of winter are beginning to fade away. In the Northern Hemisphere this is when the days begin to get longer and the nights start getting shorter. Have you noticed that the height of the horizon changes the length of the day? If you are on a hilltop or mountain the light lasts longer than it does when you are in a valley with shaded hills to the east and west. The sunrise is delayed and the sunset seems to be rushed so, if this matters to you, consider whether you are on a hill or in a valley when you are about to purchase a house. If you are a night worker, a home in the valley will allow you to sleep a few minutes longer in the dark. Good news for the harried night workers among us!!

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