Precision Lawn Care, Inc. March 2013

March Landscaping Tips

WeedsNow is the time to start planning weed control. If you can stop a weed seed from germinating you can keep the weed from coming up in the first place. The best way to accomplish this is through the use of a pre-emergent product. Several are available through you local garden shops. Make sure you read the label and apply properly.

Mid-March is the best time to control crabgrass, because it will not be up and growing yet. Once the crabgrass has significantly grown and developed, herbicides will have less of an effect on them. At that point, good ole' fashion weed plucking may be the best option.

If you are on our Lawn Care rotation we will be handling this for you. In early spring, on cool season grasses, we use of a blend of fertilizers to promote root development and apply herbicides to prevent those ugly spring weeds. On warm season grasses, we use of a blend of nitrogen and potassium high fertilizer to promote root growth and apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent spring weeds and a post-emergent to tackle existing weeds.

If you are not on our rotation, now is the time to call. You could be sitting on your patio with a cool drink in hand, enjoying comments from your neighbors about how great your lawn looks.

Aeration is one of the least expensive things you can do for your lawn. We'll be planning our scheduled spring aeration soon. Be sure to get on our schedule if you are not already set up!

Renewal pruning shrubs is one of the best things you can do to your landscape. Many shrubs, such as dogwoods and lilacs, benefit tremendously from regular renewal pruning. Renewal pruning involves selective removal of the oldest, heaviest canes from shrubs at the ground line. Do not prune spring-flowering shrubs except to correct problems (this will be done after they've bloomed)

Trees n shrubsAn application of a dormant oil spray will help control overwintering eggs and other insects. An application of a slow release systemic insecticide will help keep those pesky pests off your plantings later in the season. This type of application is taken up by the roots into twigs, stems, and foliage working from the inside of the plant out. It is not exposed to sunlight and rain as are regular sprays. If you are doing this yourself, make sure you check your garden shops and read directions carefully. If you are not on our Tree and Shrub Care program, give us a call! We'll handle your plants with care.

Spring is also a great time to consider seasonal mulch installation. Mulch decreases the need for watering and naturally suppresses weeds, reducing the need for chemical herbicides.

And don't forget to check your outdoor lighting. Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend. It's a great time to reset automatic timers and check outdoor lighting fixtures for damage, replacing bulbs as necessary.


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Spring Ahead, Dress Green, and Worship

March 10, 2013 Daylight Saving (Start)

DST 2013You may want to think about going to bed early or sleeping in this weekend: Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10. That means you'll move your clocks forward one hour. "Springin' ahead", unfortunately, means you lose that hour of sleep. But, it's a pleasant sign that spring is just around the corner. Spring 2013 officially starts on Wednesday, March 20.

Benjamin Franklin, who penned the proverb "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise," was among the first to suggest adjusting clocks. An essay he wrote in 1784 suggested that that adjusting the clocks in the spring could be a good way to save on candles.

United States officially adopted the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which outlined Daylight Saving Time to begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday in October. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 lengthened daylight saving to eight months instead of six months. Now DST begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November. States do not have to comply with the act and in fact, two states, Arizona and Hawaii, do not.

March 17, 2013 St. Patrick's Day

St PatrickSt. Patrick, in converting the once-pagan nation of Ireland to Catholicism, is said to have used the shamrock with its three leaves to represent the Holy Trinity. In doing so, he established the most widely recognized emblem of Ireland. In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day was not so much a holiday but a holy day - a day to attend mass.

In fact, the first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in New York when Irish-Americans came out to show their ethnic pride. The newspapers depicted them as drunken buffoons and elicited current stereotypes. Ever since, it seems, this portrayal has been embraced and continued as a moral obligation every March 17.

March 25 - April 2 2013 Passover

Passover 2013Passover 2013 begins in the evening of Monday, March 25, and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 2. It commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, and their departure from slavery to freedom. Passover's main ritual is the seder, which occurs on the first night (or the first two nights) of the holiday--a festive meal that involves the re-enactment of the Exodus through stories, songs, and ritual foods, such as matzah and maror.

 

March 29, 2013 Good Friday

Good FridayGood Friday occurs two days before Easter Sunday. It is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday. For Christians, this holy day commemorates not just a historical event, but the sacrificial death of Christ, which along with the resurrection, comprises the heart of the Christian faith. It is a time of fasting and penance. Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. Good Friday and Easter may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.

March 31, 2013 Easter

Many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday. Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus.

EasterEaster is a moveable feast. The date is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon following the March equinox (which is March 20th in most years). The date of Easter therefore varies between 22 March and 25 April.

In Pagan times, many groups of people organized spring festivals. Many of these celebrated the re-birth of nature, the return the land to fertility and the birth of many young animals. These are the origins of the Easter eggs that we still hunt for and eat. In Christian times, the spring began to be associated with Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. The crucifixion is remembered on Good Friday and the resurrection is remembered on Easter Sunday. The idea of the resurrection joined with the ideas of re-birth in Pagan beliefs.

So in March: go to bed early, wear green and try not to drink too much green beer.

To our Jewish friends, Happy Passover.

To our Christian friends, Happy Easter; be sure to go to church on the 31st.


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