Precision Lawn Care, Inc. November 2012

November Tips

hollidaysThe days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder! The clocks are turning back - don't forget to fall back this weekend! The holidays are creeping up. We have a tendency to forget about landscapes this time of year. But, there are always things that need to be done, even this time of year! Taking the time to do certain things now will help ensure your landscape leaps forward next spring. 

 

This is the perfect time to give your landscape a good clean up. Many pests spend the winter sheltering in old leaves and debris left from the previous season. Cleaning up now will prevent, or at least delay, pest onset next season. Leaves that fall from healthy plants can be used as mulch or collected and composted. But, If there are plants in your landscape that have had disease or insect problems this year, clean up their fallen leaves and debris and remove them from your yard  leaves

You also want to keep the leaves cleaned up. Leaves lying on the grass can kill the lawn and leave bare spots in the spring. If you don't have too many leaves you can mulch them regularly. Otherwise keep them raked off the grass. A continuous mulching of the leaves turns the soil acidic. It might become necessary to add more lime than you wanted to.

Now is a good time to check the grading around your homes foundation. Make sure water drains away from the house. Rainfall and snow can erode soil or cause it to settle. Water can build up in these indentations and seep through to your basement or crawl space. Not good! Refilling or regrading will direct water runoff away from your home's foundation.  

This is also the time for aeration. Aeration can relieve soil compaction and allow water, air, and nutrients to reach the root zone of the grass. For cool season grasses, this makes great lawns now! For warm season grasses, aeration makes great lawns in the spring.

While it is preferable to have bulbs in the ground by now, fall bulbs can still be planted! Bulbs will still come up by spring and provide your lawn and landscape a splash of color. And you can still plant Fescue grass if you are in a pinch and have nothing but mud around. As it gets later in the year and you need something other than mud you can plant Perennial or Annual Rye Grass. Both will germinate in temps down to the 40's. It's not a permanent lawn for the south, but it gives you something green and gets rid of mud, then in the spring or next fall you can work on getting a permanent lawn.  

Precision customers are having most of these early winter services done right now. We are removing leaves off your lawn. We are applying a balanced fertilizer and post emergent weed control to maintain optimum appearance. We are fertilizing trees and shrubs and scouting for various insects and diseases and treating the affected areas. We are applying a dormant oil spray control overwintering eggs and other insects.  

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November: Resetting, Electing, Remembering, and Thanking

Fall Back - Sunday, November 4, 2012 - is time to move our clocks back one hour and resume what is called "standard time." Daylight Saving Time (DST) was changed to end on the first Sunday in November beginning in 2007 in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This is also a great time to check your fire alarm batteries, and while you have your ladder out, to swap your ceiling light bulbs for the new energy saving light bulbs. You could save about thirty dollars a year, per light bulb, in energy costs which can really add up if you change a lot of bulbs. When we go back to standard time, energy efficient light bulbs are even more important economically because we will be spending more time in the evening with the lights on. 

votePresidential Election Day (USA) - Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Every four years registered voters of 18 years of age and older in the USA decide who they want for president but what they are really electing are the "presidential electors" from their own state. In general when your state counts the popular vote, whoever won the most votes becomes the candidate for whom all your state's electors vote. States with higher populations have more Congressional Representatives, so those states also have more electors. The number of electors is equal to 435 State Representatives plus 100 State Senators plus 3 electors from the District of Columbia for a total of 538 electors in the Electoral College. In nearly all states the electors are pledged on a winner-take-all basis to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in that state. There is no federal law that demands that the electors vote as pledged, but the overwhelming majority of electors do vote as pledged. Whoever gets 270 electoral votes, or more, on December 15th is the candidate who will be sworn in as President of the United States of America on January 20th. This system came about in 1845 when Congress set up "Election Day" as a response to abuses that had been caused by the previous system of Presidential elections and to try to make our elections fair for every person in every state. So get out there and vote for your candidate's electors!! 

Veterans Day - Sunday, November 11, 2012 - Veterans Day marks the end of the first world war in 1918. This date was set aside because it is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice which ended the war. The word "armistice" means "break in fighting" and signifies a truce in which terms for peace and ending the war are discussed. In many European countries this day is still celebrated as "Armistice Day" and in Canada it is called "Remembrance Day." Here is the US we remember all of our Veterans and fly the flag for our troops on this day. Some restaurants on this day will be very crowded because they give a free meal to every verified veteran who walks through the door as a way to say "Thank You!!"  

ThanksgivingThanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 22, 2012 -This is perhaps the biggest feast day of the whole year in the USA when all families gather together to give thanks to God for what they have. It is not really about turkey and dressing. Sometimes we have to set aside time to think about what we have in order to realize that we are, or should be, thankful. Take some time on Thanksgiving Day, especially, to truly count your blessings and share with your family what you are thankful for. This year, many will be thanking God that they made it through Hurricane Sandy with no loss of family members -- or praying for those who lost loved ones during the year. If you look for things to be thankful for, you will find them. What are you thankful for? 


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