September 2011 News Letter

September gardening tips
For the "Do It Yourselfer" - September is the perfect time to plant perennials. The temperatures are cooler and there is plenty of time for the roots to establish before going into winter. Be sure to properly prepare your soil and check plant tags to make sure you properly space your plants.

This is also the time to select your Spring blooming bulbs. Bulbs serve a unique purpose of extending the season a bit. You will want to plant your hardy bulbs in early fall, but if you begin to plan now you can enjoy the colorful blooms of bulbs next spring when other plants are dormant.

If you are starting to think about pruning your Hydrangeas soon, be careful! This time of year, your Macrophillia Hydrangeas are storing food and setting blooms for next years flowers! Those that bloom on old wood are Nikko Blue, Endless summer and many other popular pinks and blues. Arborescens Hydrangeas bloom on new wood. They are typically the white hydrangeas like Annabelle and Paniculata Grandiflora (PG). They put on new growth in the spring and then later in the summer the flower buds are actually produced right at the end of that new growth.

Seasonal Color Rotation is coming up!
Now is the time to start planning for Seasonal Color rotation. Annuals provide a punch of color in the landscape with instant blooms and immediate gratification. During the winter flower selections may seem limited. But the choices of colors we use are not. Pansies are our most commonly used flower but snapdragons, viola, and dianthus varieties flower right through the grayest winter days. Ornamental kale and cabbage varieties are also used on our residential properties. Mid to late September Precision Lawn Care will begin our seasonal color rotation. Be sure to call our office and get on our list.

Our Secret Weapon!
If there is a secret weapon in keeping your lawn healthy it's core aeration. Aeration involves making holes in the lawn by "coring" or extracting a plug of soil. Fall Aeration provides several benefits:

  • Oxygen gets to the roots and the soil allowing it to "breathe"
  • Organic fertilizers and nutrients get access to the root system
  • Water is able to better soak the soil and reach the root system
  • Helps to break up thatch
  • Tight, compacted soil is loosened up allowing the root system to grow

To learn more about aeration read our May Newsletter here . Be sure to call us to schedule your Fall Lawn Aeration application.

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Your Precision Lawn Care Web Administrator

September Celebrations of Endings and Beginnings

Things begin to change in September. The leaves begin to change, the temperatures begin to change, the mood from summer to fall begins to change inside us. Some are reminded that Christmas is "just around the corner” and will begin doing small things to prepare for the big holiday. Some see it as a time to relax and enjoy the last long days of sunshine before the fall and winter come.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September which falls on the fifth this year, is the first and most prominent holiday of September and is often commemorated with a day off from our labors where we hold family picnics, fireworks, political speeches and parades. In the past it was also the last day that a woman could wear white and still be fashionable. Even though the official start of Autumn is still three weeks away, most folks in the USA see Labor Day as the end of summer.

The NFL and college football seasons usually begin with the spark of Labor Day. NCAA teams kick off their season the week before Labor Day and the NFL traditionally suits up for their first game of the season on the Thursday after. The National Hot Rod Association holds their drag race finals for the "US Nationals” at Indianapolis on this day.

The most solemn US commemoration is on Patriot Day, Sunday September 11, 2011 in which the entire nation will grieve the loss of 3,000 of our loved ones in 2001 when the Twin Towers collapsed, the Pentagon was hit, and the plane load of Patriots crashed in Pennsylvania . Many people refer to that day as Nine-Eleven. President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001.

An attack like that which occurred on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor was the beginning of WWII for the US. That one ended four years later in 1945. Nine-Eleven was the beginning of stringent airport security and increased involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is ten years later and we have brought down the terrorist leaders, but, we are still at war with the terrorists and their selfish ideologies.

Fly the flag at half staff on September 11 in memory and support of our troops and our patriots, be they men, women, or children who died on Nine-Eleven. Observe the moment of silence at 8:49 A.M EDT which is the time the North Tower of the World Trade Center was first hit.

Friday the sixteenth of September is Mexican Independence Day which celebrates the day in 1810 that Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla issued the call for the native people of Mexico to revolt from Spanish rule. The Mexican War of Independence which started on that day is the most important national holiday that the people of Mexico observe.

Friday September 23, 2011 is the Autumn Equinox. This is the day that the sun crosses over the equator on its way south marking the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. On that day, the hours of daylight and the hours of night are nearly equal in length. The next day the days begin being shorter and the nights longer in the northern hemisphere.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 is Rosh Hashanah, a holiday that lasts two days and marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year for people, animals, and legal contracts. It is also the beginning of the High Holy Days. The traditional shofar will be blown, people will be called to repentance, God and the creation of the world will be remembered, and apples will be dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet new year.

September truly is a month long celebration of beginnings and endings for all of us who live in that great melting pot called the United States of America.

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