The last couple of weeks have been warm ones. As I write this month’s newsletter, it is supposed to be in the 90’s again and there are many local schools closed due to the heat. While the grass is starting to turn green again, we are battling many weed issues in the lawns we fertilize. Our next round of fertilizer will help clear that up due to a change to the herbicides we are going to be using. We will be doing a broad spray of all of our 5 and 6 step fertilizer customers to regain control of the weeds. You can look for us to start this round in the coming weeks.
The next service we are starting to plan on is aeration and overseeding. If you didn’t aerate last year, this is a good year to do it. With the Summer drought, the turf is struggling to recover in spots. Aeration plugs holes in the turf to allow water and air to get into the soil. This helps the turf push roots deeper into the soil which help with drought resistance. While it doesn’t stop the lawn from going dormant in the Summer, it will definitely help it recover faster.
If your lawn is looking a little thin, we can also overseed at the same time we are aerating for you. Doing them together help get good ground contact for the new seed which will help with seed germination. If you signed up for aeration/overseeding on your initial contract, you don’t have to worry. You are on the list and we will be working our way to you sometime during the end of September or early October. If you would like added onto the list, just give us a call. We are more than happy to get you on the route.
Before you know it, we will be getting ready to handle leaf cleanups. Our equipment is scheduled to be gone over and prepared to handle the demands of leaf cleanups. It is still not too late to get on the leaf clean up list for this year. Please keep in mind that once the fall cleanup season is in full swing, it will be very difficult for us to add on extra jobs. With the shorter days and rainy weather that usually accompanies the leaves falling, it’s better to get ahead of it. If you signed off on leaf cleanups on your contract, you are on our roster and all set. If you didn’t sign off or are unsure if you did, just give me a call. I can confirm your spot or get you added on. While we will try to help out where we can, all late calls for service will be put on the end of the route. Just like previous years, once the snow gets ready to fly, we tear down our leaf trucks and concentrate fully on snow.
It’s mushroom season! An interesting fungus we can see this time of year is the Giant Puffball (Calvatia). It ranges in diameter from 8 to 24 inches. That’s diameter, not circumference. When it comes to fungi, that is massive! They can easily reach the size of a soccer ball.
They are found in parks, meadows, pastures, open woods and urban areas from late August to early October.
There is no distinct cap or stem on these mushrooms – they exist as large, white globes, although they may not be perfectly round.
I’ve read that they are edible although I’ve never tasted one so I can’t substantiate that. They say the best time to harvest them for cooking is when the white exterior cracks and the white interior shows through. If you wait too long, it will turn brown and begin releasing its spores.
The long standing tradition continues! Kiwanis Rose Remembrance Day is always the first Saturday in October (October 6th) and net proceeds are returned to the community through projects. This means that you can get one dozen long-stemmed, boxed roses delivered anywhere in Summit County on Saturday, October 6, 2018 for only $15.00! You can go to www.plkiwanis.org, click on Rose Day, and order there or, if you do not wish to order online, you can download and print the Order Form and mail it to the address listed at the bottom of the form.