Spring 2011 Newsletter

Welcome, Spring! We have been waiting for your warming touch for too long, but we are sure happy you have finally arrived.

As I am sure most of you know by now, we are out in force cleaning up your yards, fertilizing your landscaping plants and trees, and applying our first round of lawn fertilizer with pre-emergent. In combination with our efforts, the warmer weather we are starting to experience and the abundant moisture we had in late winter and early spring, our lawns will be greening up and growing soon. It's about time!

There are a couple of things we need to look out for and know as our lawn care season begins:

1. We are seeing a lot of snow mold this spring. Snow mold is recognized as patches of our lawns which have died back and turned almost white. Most are areas which had excessive snow cover over the winter months, which helped to promote this disease. Some of these areas will revive themselves, but some will need to be seeded or sodded. It is still a little too early to seed so we must have some patience and let the temperatures control our seeding timing. If you would like a free estimate to seed (drill or double aeration) or sod, please reply to this newsletter or call 402-440-1030.
2. One of the most common question I am asked is, "You applied your first application so why I am seeing dandelions starting to grow?" It's a fair question and here is the straight answer. The warmer weather does undoubtedly bring back our little friends commonly known as dandelions and other broad leaf weeds. Our first application of balanced fertilizer and pre-emergent controls the early germination of crab grass, fox tail, and other grassy weeds, but there is no lawn pre-emergent that controls broad leaf weed. Also, when broadleaf weeds begin to grow, their metabolism is too slow to take in the weed spray herbicide in great enough quantity to kill the weed's root system. The herbicide may "burn" off the weed's leaves, but will not kill the weed dead. We must wait until the weeds in question are mature enough to take in the active ingredients in the herbicides. Our round #2 - balanced fertilizer, pre-emergent, and broadleaf weed spray - will control growing broadleaf weed. Mother Nature sometimes requires our patience.

We are beginning to schedule our spring seeding and landscape bed mulching. Please email or call for a free estimate for either service.

Landscape bed pre-emergent will be applied before April 15th. We will use Snap Shot as our landscape pre-emergent in 2011. If you would like to get on our schedule to help reduce the weeds and grasses growing in your landscape beds, please contact the office.

Treatments for Rust and Scab on flowering crabs trees, fruit trees, and ornamental trees will begin in April.

Austrian and Ponderosa Pine treatments will begin in the 3rd full week of April.

As always, we are here to help you with all your lawn and landscape maintenance needs as well as answering any questions you may have regarding your greenscape. Please feel free to email or call if you have any questions at all. Our customer service is based on one thought: "We don't sell turf. We sell smiles!"

Thank you for your lawn and landscape maintenance business!

Doug McIntosh