Precision Lawn Care, Inc. May 2012

May, and May-be the cold weather is behind us.

The time change and warm weather will hopefully enable us to spend time outdoors enjoying the wonderful landscape we have struggled so hard to keep up. If you are one of our regular customers, we've worked hard so far this year so you didn't have to.

In January we began tree and shrub treatments. Our Tree and Shrub clients received fertilization and insect control treatments which ensure crisp clean plants free of pests. In February and March we continued lawn treatments for out Lawn Care clients. We gave your lawn the proper nutrients to enable it to green up nicely and keep those pesky weeds at bay at the same time.

In early spring we start to 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. This treatment will help to keep those nasty beetles off your trees and shrubs later in the summer.

ColorAnd in late spring we start preparing your turf for summer. Our fertilizer for this round contains iron to give you superior color and balanced fertilizers to maintain optimum appearance. March and April is also time for pruning and mulching.

We are currently refreshing seasonal color and mulches.

If you haven't called to get on our schedule, do so today!

If you are a do-it-yourselfer - here are some things you May want to do this month:

Pruning*If you are taking care of your own pruning remember to hold off on pruning those spring flowering shrubs that bloom on last year's growth such as Lilac, Forsythia, Quince, Magnolia, Azalea, Mock Orange, Weigela, etc. These should all be pruned after they finish blooming, usually in late spring or early summer.

*It's time to divide your perennials and Maybe plant some new ones. Perennial flowers are wonderful for your planting beds, but they bloom for only so long. You may have perennials blooming in your bed in May, then nothing until July. Incorporating annuals into a do-it-yourself landscaping plan will "plug the gaps," giving you continuous color in the yard.

*Reset automatic timers on outdoor lighting and irrigation systems now that Daylight Savings Time has begun. Check outdoor lighting fixtures for damage, replacing bulbs as necessary

*Inspect irrigation filter screens for damage. Clean the filter screens by opening the end of the filter and running water through briefly. Soak the screens in a 50/50 water and vinegar solution if there is mineral buildup. Flush the irrigation lines. Find the end cap and briefly run the system to flush out debris. You also want to check valve boxes for debris buildup or muddy conditions indicating poor drainage.

Call our office if you need help with any of these items.

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Three Special Days in May of 2012

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de mayoSaturday, May 5, - This holiday, which is more celebrated in the USA than it is even in Mexico, is to commemorate a battle in Pueblo, Mexico where the four thousand strong Mexican army defended itself against the eight thousand strong, and better equipped, French invaders. This was especially significant since the French army under Napoleon III had never before been defeated in all of its forty-year-long history! Mexico did not win the war at that time, but this was a magnificent record breaking winning battle which delayed the French invasion for two more years. When Mexican miners who were working far up in California in the gold country heard the news of this amazing victory they spontaneously and joyously set off fireworks and gun fire, sang patriotic songs, and made impromptu speeches which continued to be celebrated year after year since that time. Justo Sierra, an historian, has said that "had Mexico not defeated the French in Puebla on May 5, 1862, France would have gone to the aid of the South in the U.S. Civil War and the United States' destiny could have been very different." So play some Mexican music, throw your hat on the floor, click your heels in the air, and dance around with the kids to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!!

Mother's Day

Mothers DaySunday, May 13, - In the advertising world the only holiday that gets more coverage than Mother's Day is Christmas. Mother's day has become a beloved and honored family favorite, especially of moms who finally get to put their feet up, open home-made cards from their little ones, smell the white carnations, and be waited on by dad. It is their "once a year day." Restaurants become jammed with families taking mom out to dinner, so make your reservations early! I bet your mom would love to receive a heartfelt letter from you, thanking her for what she has done for you all your whole life long. She still loves you, and that is not going to change. If your mom is no longer with us, then find some other mom to honor on this day. Do you have a special aunt, or sister, or friend? Do you know of some mom who has lost her child and would appreciate getting your good wishes and flowers on this day? Don't let any woman be left without honor on this day, reach out, even to those older women who have no children. Maybe that is through no fault of their own and is a sadness in their hearts. A simple "Happy Mother's Day" and a hug goes a long way in making the feminine heart feel valued.

Memorial Day

Memorial dayMonday, May 28,- Memorial Day always falls on the last Monday in May and has been set aside to remember the men and women of the United States military who have died in service to their country. A small flag is placed on every head stone in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day weekend. This is the only "legal" holiday in May in which people get the day off from work and it also is the marker for the beginning of the summer season, just like Labor Day marks its end. This is often a time for family reunions when family members travel "back home" from all over the country to get together and decorate the graves of their ancestors and loved ones, whether in the military or not. There is often a religious service and "dinner on the ground" for those who have worked hard to clean up the graves and put flowers and flags on them. This get together can include the re-telling of old family stories, trips to the beach, fireworks, and there are even national media events like the Indy 500 auto race. Memorial Day is a time to get in touch with kinfolk, remember from whence we came and to honor those who came before us.

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