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As you may know having proper knowledge and care
for your property when we are gone in between application rounds is a must. A home owner sees their property more than a service can in most cases so it is important to follow certain rules especially when working with us to help protect the environment.  Our patent pending program involves educating the customer while we reserve the right to uphold a service call, guarantee and in some cases the right to cancel a customer who is leading to unsafe practices allowing more chemical pollution.   
In summer time it can be easy to lose your plants to insects, drought and disease issues.  We don't want to put dangerous plant antibiotics/fungicides/bacteriacides down to help keep the plant healthy to avoid more pesticide use like weed and insect control unless totally necessary.  Certain practices are necessary to follow in the summer time especially in hot, dry and humid conditions.  Please take note to the following:

#1  Watering
      a) DO NOT WATER EVERY DAY;  the lawn and landscape must get about 24  
          hours of dry time in order to avoid disease.
       b) Watering should never be done during the day or evening! Always from 1 a.m. to            11 a.m.  NO MATTER WHAT
       c) as of 6/25/12 here in our area we are in EXTREME RECORD BREAKING 
           DROUGHT so watering turf grass every other day is recommended.  Don't 
           hesitate to water in the rain if possible;  we are under 6 inches for the year so far 
           on rain.
        d) water times should be for 1-1 1/2 inches which is normally an hour to hour and 
           a half, side zones require less time;  if you're on a hill then water more slowly as            hard ground has potential to run off target and not saturate.
        e) If you can not water regularly and deeply then allow the lawn to brown and 
           hibernate.  During this time no fertilizer or weed control should be applied.
         f) Fescue and even warm season grasses like Zoisia will die from hibernating too 
            long and a deep watering should be done at the 20 day mark preferably for one 
            week before allowing to go back into dormancy or hibernation.  Remember that 
            each time the lawn goes from dormancy to green again its estimated to lose 
            10% of your lawn so don't tease it by watering in and out of dormancy more 
            than necessary.  
         g) Watering Processes for Turf are way different from landscape plants!  Please                do not allow water droplets to touch leaf texture of trees and landscape plants 
            as it will usually end up in disease.  The larger the plant or hardness of its 
            tissue depends on length of watering and again the soil must have time to dry 
            to avoid root rot.  Place a garden hose after purging any hot water from it right 
            at the base of the tree on high side and let barely trickle out avg. an hour to fill 
            a 5 gal bucket.  On average plants and trees will require a gal per foot tall. If 
            your faucet is in the landscape a soaker hose may be used in addition to a do 
            it yourself timer.
                
                       CONTACT US FOR IRRIGATION OR DRAINAGE INSTALLS OR        
                SPECIFIC WATERING ADVICE ON INDIVIDUAL LANDSCAPE TREES, 
                SHRUBS AND FLOWERS.

#2 Drought
     a)  DO NOT MOW a drought stricken lawn.  Weight will kill a drought stricken lawn 
         down to even foot traffic so be careful and only spot mow the high areas.  
     b)  Mowing fescue or cool season grasses at 4 inches is essential even for properly 
          irrigated lawns then down to 3.5 inches in the cooler season.  
      c) Never put the weight of your tires in the same tire track as last cut.
      d) Never weed eat a bevel or scalp the lawn especially along concrete as those 
         areas generate more heat from the sun.  It is best to use a 1/8 inch wide gap 
         allowing grass to grow snug to concrete areas with a 90 degree angle edge.  
         Absolutely do not allow your mower tire to venture into a curb causing shorter 
         mow along edges.
      e)  Keep blades sharp.
      f)   Don't mow in the hottest heat of the day or after a day of 90 degree temperature 
          or more;  not only will it extend the life of your equipment but it will help you be 
          healthier with less stress on the turf.
       g)  Please do not trim shrubbery or prune trees during May, June, July, Aug and 
           Sept (here)due to drought and two weeks prior to a hard freeze on and shrubs or 
           trees that have a conifer or pine needle appearance including Arborvitaes.  Don't             forget to tie Arborvitaes in the middle to avoid splitting from the top and always 
           prune Ornamental Pear Trees in Fall after leaves fall off.

P.S. IF YOURE SEEING BEETLES THERES PROBABLY GRUB WORMS IN THE LAWN.  BE SURE TO WATCH FOR INSECTS IN THE TURF AND LANDSCAPE THIS YEAR DUE TO THE MILD WINTER.  THERE HAS BEEN MANY CALLS CONCERNING TICKS AND FLEAS ALSO .  IF YOU HAVE THIS PROBLEM BE SURE TO CONTACT US ASAP.  IF IRRIEGULAR CIRCULAR PATCHES CONTINUE AFTER FOLLOWING OUR RECOMENDATIONS THEN BE SURE TO CONTACT US ASAP.
Although it seems to be a mild Winter, be careful not to plant anything but woody ornamentals until 1st of April.  Trees and Shrubs with a wood stem will do great if soil is not froze!  Its also a good time to prune trees before Bud Break!  2/4/2015
GRUB WORMS and ARMY WORMS were were bad last year!
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