Precision Lawn Care, Inc. September 2012

September Tips

September is a great month to make progress in the upkeep of your landscape. As the outside temperature cools, increased rainfall and warm ground temperature helps roots to grow. Plant in the spring, ground temps are cool; plant in the summer, ground temps are warm and sun exposure stresses out plants. Planting in the fall while the soil is still warm allows roots grow, without stressing out the plant, until the ground freezes.

plant a treeFall is a great time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. Weather conditions are well suited for root development. Many shade trees, such as Sugar Maples, Norway Maples, Honeylocust, Japanese Tree Lilacs, Lindens and Crabapples are available from grower fields for fall planting. Fall is also the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs and “cool crop” vegetables. Now is also a good time to start digging up and storing your non hardy tuberous begonias, gladiolus, and elephant ears. Cannas and dahlia can survive light frosts, but heavy killing frosts and freezes can damage the roots.

Turf grasses are often planted in the fall for the same reasons. And, fall is also a great time for aeration and overseeding of your lawns. You must also perform lawn aeration to allow the air, water, and nutrients to be absorbed into the soil. Hence, it will make it easier for those essential properties to be absorbed by the plant and keep your lawn looking lush and healthy much longer. To learn more read the article about aeration in this previous newsletter

aeration Proper soil pH is the key to establishing and maintaining a healthy, green lawn. Most lawn grasses, including Bermuda, Zoysia, and Fescue grow best at a soil pH between 6.5 to 6.9. Soil pH naturally declines over time. Adding lime adjusts the pH of the soil and adds calcium and magnesium, two important nutrients essential for lawn and garden growth. Ask us about applying pelletized lime to your Fescue, Bermuda, and Zoysia lawns.

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Over the next six to eight weeks Precision Lawn Care will be making seasonal color changes for our clients. We start with experience and knowledge - and finish with the perfect arrangement of structure, movement and color for your garden. Click on this link if you would like to talk to us about your enhancing your seasonal color garden.


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What have Labor Day and Grandparents Day Got in Common?

They both occur in September, along with Patriots Day, and Constitution Day. The leaves begin to fall, the temperatures begin to fall, and the mood begins to go from lazy summer to crisp fall in September. The last long hot days of summer and sunshine help us to hold on to the lazy green until the days start getting shorter and the nights start getting longer on Saturday the 22nd which is the First Day of Autumn in 2012.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September which falls on the third 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, shoot off fireworks, listen to political speeches and wave flags at the parades passing by. Most folks in the USA see Labor Day as the last cookout event of summer.

Sunday, September 9th is National Grandparents Day which was originated with the help of Marian McQuade who lived in Fayette County, West Virginia. She was concerned with championing the cause of the elderly who live in nursing homes. She hoped to persuade grandchildren to reach out to their elders who hold wisdom, love, and heritage in their hands. Even if your own grandparents are no longer with us, it is an easy matter to reach out to the elderly in your community with a visit and adopt a Grandmother or Grandfather of your own choosing for the day. Who knows, you might find you like to come and visit them again on another day, too. Grandparents are nice people to know.

9-11 dayThe most solemn US commemoration is on Patriot Day, Tuesday, September 11, 2012 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 . Nine-Eleven was the beginning of stringent airport security and increased involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is eleven 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.

Monday September 17 is Constitution Day and kicks off a week long remembrance in some US colleges and universities. On this day in 1787 the United States Constitution was signed by the Constitutional Convention. The law to establish this holiday was enacted in 2004 with the passage of an amendment to the Omnibus Spending Bill by Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Along with changing the name from "Citizenship Day" to "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day", the act mandates that all federally funded schools provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. Some colleges and universities have weeklong Constitution trivia contests and community fairs where copies of the constitution are celebrated and given away for all to read.

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