We have dusted off our leaf vacs and pulled them into the shop. Before you know it, they will be on the back of the trucks and running around to suck up the piles our crews will leave. If you have already signed up for leaf clean up, you have nothing to worry about. We have you on the list to be scheduled and will be putting routes together as we get closer. For our city pick up clients, we will be watching for the cities to release their schedules and will get your leaves down to the road before they come through your neighborhood. If you have not yet signed up for leaves and want to get on the list, just let us know. We still have room for people to be added on. As usual, we are planning on two big visits but will try to make a couple smaller visits to keep the grass from getting long in between. If you have any questions or want to be added to the list, just give us a call and we will be more than happy to help you.
What a crazy year it’s been so far. We had the wettest spring on record in 129 years and while the grass slowed down this Summer, it never really went dormant. We are now starting to look ahead at the rest of the year.
Next up is aeration and overseeding. If you want to have your lawn aerated and/or overseeded and have not signed up for that, there is still time. Our crews will be starting about the week of the September 16th. As usual, our goal is to be done by the middle of October with overseeding.
The benefits of aeration are the reduction of thatch and the reduction of compaction in the yard. As a side effect of that, the roots from the grass grow deeper. The deeper the roots grow, the better the resistance to a Summer drought.
If you are noticing some thin spots in your yard, overseeding will help you out. We apply seed to your lawn at about 6–8 lbs per 1,000 square feet. This will help those bare areas fill in and thicken up your turf. The thicker the turf, the better it is at keeping weeds from growing.
We will also be around about the same time to do the next round of fertilizer. This round has herbicide in it which targets the harder to kill weeds. Weeds like Creeping Charley and Ground Ivy are hard to control. This time of year is the best to target them since they are starting to pull nutrients down into the roots for Winter. If you are interested in starting a fertilizer program for next year, this is a good time to get started. The last two applications of the year are a great way to give your yard a kick start for next year.
You can see from our website that we install in-ground swimming pools? From design to installation, we handle it all. We like to think the pool is part of the project, not the entire project, and design around the client’s needs/wants, budget, and existing conditions. If a pool is something you are considering, keep us in mind! We’d love to add a Summer oasis to your backyard. The possibilities are numerous – let us know if we can help!
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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