The weather is not only making the grass grow but of course, that means it’s making lots of other things grow too – one of which is one of our old favorite – the dandelion. We wanted to let you all know that shortly, we will be applying our step 2 fertilizer, also known as Weed n Feed, to our customers who are on our fertilizer program. This application will help to eliminate broadleaf weeds such as dandelions. For those of you not on a fertilizer program, it is not too late to start. If you are interested in being added to our roster, give us a call and we will get you set up. We have two options for our fertilizer programs – 5 applications or 6 applications.
In true Northeast Ohio fashion, April brought us a variety of weather. Only in Ohio can you plow snow, put down fertilizer, mulch your flower beds and mow your lawn all in the same month! In any event, it seems now that the growing season is in full swing.
This recent rain and favorable temperatures are making the grass grow. And it looks fabulous! Sometimes, I think we can hear it growing! There is more spotty rain in the forecast and we are doing our best to not only keep on schedule but keep quality up as well. In some cases, we are having to cut the lawns before it properly dries. We are doing our best to take care of the turf without damaging it. At times, we are going to cut it twice or even three times to combat the radical growth that is happening now. We may also find it necessary to blow off the lawns in order to remove the debris from lying on and damaging the fast growing turf.
Our first round of fertilizer has just been completed. With this first round of fertilizer, we watch the ground temperatures and schedule the crabgrass preventer to give you optimal coverage through the season. By the time you are reading this, everyone will have their first application completed and we will be starting to plan on round two.
Also, along with mowing comes the need for planting beds to be refreshed. There isn’t much that will improve the look of a dingy landscape better than a fresh coat of mulch. Not only will the landscape look better, the fresh mulch will aid in keeping weeds at bay. Just ask someone who has skipped a year or two and they will tell you the battle that has ensued to remove those unwanted weeds. Additionally, the mulch will retain much needed moisture for later in the Summer when the rain has slowed down. All in all, you can’t go wrong by having fresh mulch applied to your planting areas. If your beds are looking a little blah, then pick up the phone and tell us your woes and we will bring the freshness of Spring to your backyard.
Over the Winter, we have had a staff change here at Brothers Grimm. We are excited to announce the newest addition to our team. Please join us in welcoming Jacob Wyler! Jacob is taking over our Director of Grounds Maintenance & Snow Operations position.
Jacob graduated from The Ohio State University, Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in 2008 with an Associates of Applied Science in Landscape Contracting and Construction. He comes to us with 11 years experience in the green industry.
Jacob has also earned his Commercial Pesticide Applicator License in several categories.
We are beyond delighted to add Jacob to our team and are enjoying working with him! If you see him out, don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and say, “Hi!” He’d love to meet you!
To those of you who have asked about credit cards and if you can pay your invoice with your card, you finally can! We began to see an increase of requests to use credit cards this past year and we are excited to announce that we are now able to accept credit cards for payment.
We are accepting Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express. If you wish to use a card to pay your invoice, a 3 percent (3%) convenience fee will be added to the transaction.
If you are one reading this and breathing a sigh of relief, we have two options when paying with a credit card:
1. Automatic charges – if you would like to set your account up to automatically charge your card every month, we can do that. Please fill out a Repeating Credit Card Charge Authorization Form and send it back to me by mail or email. Your information will remain confidential. Each month you receive your invoice, it will include the date that we will charge your card. You can cancel this at any time
2. One time charge – if you would like to pay an individual invoice with your card, you can fill out a One Time Credit card Charge Authorization Form and get it back to me, or simply call me with your card information, or you can always email me with the information. If you call me and I am unable to answer, please leave a voicemail and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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As always, we appreciate your business!
The Great Big Home & Garden Show at the I-X Center in Cleveland and the Akron Home and Flower Show have come and gone for this year. A big thanks to everyone who came to see us at either show. We thought you’d enjoy a couple pictures of our finished garden themed after the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. We are excited to announce that we raised $1,467.50 for the Make a Wish Foundation by collecting coins thrown into our pool by kind show goers. Thank you!
Just what is Mistletoe and why do we kiss when we’re under it?
Botanically, Mistletoe is considered a hemiparasite. That means it’s partly parasitic. While it grows on the branches and trunks of a tree, it also sends out roots into the ground to take up its own nutrients. It’s also capable of growing on its own, but is mostly found in the wild as a parasite.
Kissing under the mistletoe is first found associated with the Greek festival of Saturnalia and later with primitive marriage rites. One belief was that it had power to bestow fertility. In Scandinavia, mistletoe was considered a plant of peace, under which enemies could declare a truce or warring spouses kiss and make-up. These are just two of the stories that I found while researching the custom of kissing under the mistletoe.
In any event, don’t eat it. The berries contain toxic compounds poisonous to many animals and to humans.
Surprise! Winter had made an early appearance this year in Ohio! It feels like Winter and from time to time, it has been looking like Winter. This weather has created some challenges for us as we try our best to finish up leaf clean ups. We have found ourselves bouncing between cleaning up leaves and putting down salt. Even with the challenges, we are pushing forward. Rest assured that we are a few days away from finishing leaf clean ups and our final round of fertilizer.
Our plow routes have been finalized, our salt storage area has been expanded, and we have received a few loads of salt. Before you know it, Christmas will be here and we’ll say goodbye to 2018!
We have started our planning for the 2019 home show season. We will once again have one of the featured gardens at the Great Big Home & Garden Show at the IX Center. If you have never been up to the show, it is definitely worth the drive. It’s a great sample of Spring in the middle of Winter. It looks and smells like Spring. Plants and flowers are blooming and you can walk through many different gardens to gather ideas for your yard. This year’s theme is Fairy Tales! Of course, we chose Brothers Grimm for our garden. If you want to know how we include that in a garden, you will have to come see for yourself. We hope to see you there!
The Great Big Home and Garden Show
February 1-10, 2019
Adults (Online) $ 12.00
Seniors (65+, Feb 4-7) with ID $11.00 (Available at door only)
Children Ages 6-12 $5.00
Children ages 5 & Under FREE
Cleveland’s IX Center
6200 Riverside Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44135
As I sit down to write this month’s newsletter, we are experiencing a wonderfully rainy Fall day. The weather and leaves seem like they are teaming up on us this year. Due to the warm and rainy start to Fall, the leaves have stayed green longer than they normally do. Now that the color is finally showing, the rain is working on bringing them down as fast as it can. While this type of Fall can mess with our clean up schedule, we are working on getting through everyone for their first visit. This year, we are focusing on getting the perennials and grasses cut this first visit since the next time we come through will be heavy with leaves.
You may also notice that we are cutting the grass shorter than we normally do. We do this to help reduce the chances of your lawn developing snow mold over the Winter.
We have the schedules for the Akron wards and will be coming through a few days before your scheduled date to get your leaves to the curb. As usual, we are targeting to be completed with our leaf cleanups around Thanksgiving.
If you would like to request an additional cleanup, we will be getting to those after we wrap up our scheduled cleanups.
Our fertilizer schedule is moving along as well. We have finished our Fall herbicide application and are planning our last fertilizer application for the year. This round is a high nitrogen application which will give the grass a good start and nice dark color in the Spring. Our goal for completion of the last round is the beginning of December. Since this round targets the Spring growth, there is not as big a rush to make sure it is down.
It wouldn’t be November without talking about the white stuff that’s coming. We are working on going through our plowing equipment and starting to put routes together. Yesterday, we poured a new concrete pad to add onto our salt storage bin and increase the amount of salt we can store here. With the salt shortages of years’ past and the general uncertainty of the supply this year, we are planning on stocking up to help reduce the stress of making sure we have enough product to take care of our customers.
We want to finish by wishing your family a Happy Thanksgiving. It has been our pleasure to service your properties this year and we are looking forward to another good year in 2019.
Temperatures have dropped here in NE Ohio. While I have not seen as many fungi as I did last month, there is still a fair amount out there taking their last shot at reproducing before the snow flies.
The Eyelash Cup is a very very small fungi we can find around here in the Fall. How small? We are talking millimeters here. The cups run around 3-12 millimeters wide. While it’s a bit challenging to find a fungus that is this small, the bright red-orange color helps it stick out from the wood it is growing on.
It is cup shaped and if you look closely, you can see the tiny hairs that line the rim of the cup, hence the name Eyelash Cup.
Some folks say this fungi is inedible and others argue that we don’t know. But in the end, it is really too small to be of any culinary interest.
Home show planning and preparation has begun in the form of blueprints and plans for our space. In light of this, I want to share with you the dates of the upcoming shows:
Great Big Home & Garden Show
I-X Center, Cleveland, Ohio
February 1-10, 2019
Garden Theme: Fairy Tales
Our Garden: Brothers Grimm