Winter 2013 Newsletter

Happy New Year from all of us and our families at Liberty Lawn & Landscape!

We had another fun and grateful year servicing our customers' needs. Yes, we are grateful you have chosen us to service your lawn and landscape needs, so we offer you our sincere THANKS.

WINTER THOUGHTS

I just read in the Lincoln Journal Star that, in 2012, America broke the all-time heat record. If that wasn't hard enough to deal with, we, in Nebraska, also experienced a record breaking drought. I hope this winter brings some much needed moisture. As we all have seen, our lawns and landscape plants have gone through a lot of stress. This spring will be a challenge to get our properties back in shape and looking like Liberty Lawn & Landscape properties.

This spring, we may need to do some seeding in areas which were damaged by the heat and drought of 2012. We do not normally do seeding in the spring because of the needed pre-emergent applications, which control crabgrass, foxtail, and other weedy grasses. However, in some cases, we may have no choice. If you believe you require some seeding done this spring, please contact us so I can give you recommendations and estimates.

Keep us advised if you see any dead or dying trees on your property over the winter months. Pines, which get pine wilt disease, should be removed as soon as the symptoms are spotted, even if this means having it removed in the snow or cold weather.

As far as trees are concerned, we did a good job with respect to timing of our applications for saw flies and bag worms in 2010. Very few of our customers got either one of these pest in their landscape plants or trees.

SPRING THOUGHTS

We will begin our lawn and landscape maintenance season in March. Lawn and landscape bed clean ups, as well as dormant oil applications, will begin as soon as Mother Nature allows. Tree and landscape bed fertilization begins in late March to coincide with bud development. If you are not currently using our services for your spring clean up, please have your lawn and landscape beds cleaned up before the last week of March.

Your first lawn application (fertilizer with pre-emergent) and landscape bed pre-emergent will be applied on or before April 15th, as recommended by the University of Nebraska Extension Office.

Please contact us if you need assistance starting up your sprinkler system. We can repair any damage done over the winter and program your controller.

FYIs

1. We have secured a very good price for Tall Turf Fescue Seed for the 2013 season. If your lawn is thinning, has shade damage, or you would like a grass that is drought, insect, and disease resistant, let us give you a free estimate for over seeding.
2. Trees, bushes, and shrubs should be trimmed before bud break this Spring - especially with regards to ornamental and/or fruit trees. Contact us for a free estimate.
3. If you know you are going to need sodding done this spring, please let us know ASAP. We can pre-order sod at a discounted rate, which can save you a lot of money.



Thank you again for your business. We are looking forward to working with and seeing you this spring.

Doug & Laura McIntosh
Owners