Even with the late start to the mowing season, the crews are making progress through the mulching list. Our goal is to have all of our mulch put down by the end of the month. The reason for that is: we are already planning for the next part of the season.
Our Summer pruning will be starting soon. You may notice that some of your plants are starting to look a little hairy again. With the Spring we had, the plants were very happy and pushed a lot of new growth. What we are targeting in our next round of pruning is to get the shrubs back under control and get a nice shape to them. We will be doing a slightly more aggressive shaping on the shrubs that were flowering on our first visit. Overall, our goal is to make sure your landscape looks nice through the rest of the season.
Did you know that not all shrubs can be sheared into shape? Pruning shrubs wrong can lead to unsightly plants or even plants dying. A lot of Evergreen shrubs can be severely damaged by shearing while others will be fine. Some shrubs like Junipers cannot be pruned back past the green growth. Doing so could lead to spots never growing again. Other shrubs like Boxwood and Yews can be sheared but will need a detailed hand pruning every couple of years to make sure new growth is starting from inside the plant. Shearing a shrub can cause the majority of the growth to be at the very tips of the branches making a harder pruning not possible.
Our customers are the best out there! This means we are growing and looking to add talented, motivated, responsible people to our team. We are adding both full time, year round positions as well as seasonal positions. Do you know someone looking for a good place to call home? A college student who wants to earn some money this Summer (all while getting a tan and some muscles)? Send them our way! Have them give Jason Deuble at 330-715-5863 a call for more information.
Bursting out of the ground and growing quickly right now is Lily of the Valley. It’s a low ground cover plant with a lovely little flower and an even lovelier smell. It is shade-loving with a dense root system. As the plants grow, the roots spread and will eventually crowd out weeds and most other nearby plants. Over time, just a few plants will become a lush carpet of green. It’s an extremely tough plant that will grow in almost any type of soil. From Spring to Fall, Lily of the Valley will keep landscaped areas looking neatly maintained with little or no attention. Lily of the valley should not be planted in a perennial garden. Instead, treat it as a ground cover, giving it a place where it can roam. All parts of the plant are highly poisonous, including the red berries which may be attractive to children. If ingested—even in small amounts—the plant can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, reduced heart rate, blurred vision, drowsiness, and red skin rashes. So, keep that in mind if you have pets or small children!
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