Watering your lawn with an automatic lawn sprinkler system is the smartest, most efficient way to conserve water, and protect the investment of your lawn and landscape!!!
Now is the time to make seasonal adjustments to your sprinkler run times. July heat and stress will soon show if you are not watering sufficiently! Our recommendation is to run your system daily, and increase the times by 25-50%. This can be easily done if your controller is equipped with "seasonal adjust" mode. Increase the percentage to 150%. Now would be a great time to have your system inspected with our
"MID-SUMMER" inspection and tune up service! You will be assured that your system is running at peak performance.
* AVOID WATERING DURING THE DAY to
avoid evaporation and wind drift.
* AVOID SHORT RUN TIMES. Water one time daily at
least 45-60 minutes per zone for rotary heads, and 20-30
minutes for stationary misting heads. Adjust accordingly in
Avoid seeding now, unless absolutely necessary. Weeds and crabgrass outbreaks are normal as a result of spring and early summer seeding or sodding. AVOID pulling weeds, and delay any weed or crabgrass control applications. The new seedlings are very delicate. Applications for weeds can cause more damage than expected. Controls will be applied later, as the weather changes, to achieve optimum control without damaging the turf. PATIENCE and UNDERSTANDING is important. If we seeded for you, and you have subscribed to our lawn fertilizer program, with lime and aeration, your new lawn is GUARANTEED! If additional seeding is needed, we will automatically schedule that for you this fall. If you have been thinking about restoring your lawn and filling in thin and bare areas, early fall is the BEST time to upgrade and install a lawn. Call us today for an evaluation and consultation for FALL SEEDING.
Summer is the time to trim/prune your shrubs and ornamental trees. Avoid pruning summer flowering shrubs such as Potentilla, Spirea, Hydrangea and Rose of Sharon. These can be trimmed when flowering is completed in early to mid fall. Most of the other ornamental shrubs have hardened off and can be safely trimmed now through fall.
SUMMER IS BLUEBERRY SEASON!
Blueberries are ripe for the picking. Whether you pick them yourself or buy them at the grocery store or farm stand, blueberries are great right off the bush, in parfaits with yogurt, pancakes and many other recipes. Blueberries taste great, and have zero calories, as well as being rich in antioxidants!
Here's a great BLUEBERRY MUFFIN RECIPE! (MIX CAN BE STORED IN REFRIGERATOR FOR UP TO TWO MONTHS!!)
3 1/2 CUPS FLOUR
1 3/4 CUPS OF SUGAR
1/2 TSP. OF SALT
2 STICKS OF BUTTER OR MARGARINE
2 CUPS OF ROLLED OATS (NOT MINUTE OATS)
Sift flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter (softened) until mixture resembles corn meal. Add rolled oats and mix well. Store in covered container in refrigerator for up to two (2) months.
BATCH OF MUFFINS>
3 CUPS OF MIX (RECIPE ABOVE)
1 TSP. OF BAKING POWDER
1/2 TSP. BAKING SODA
1 EGG SLIGHTLY BEATEN
2/3 CUPS OF MILK
1 CUP OF FRESH OR FROZEN BLUEBERRIES
PUT MIX IN BOWL, ADD BAKING POWDER AND SODA, STIR. ADD EGG, MILK AND BLUEBERRIES, STIRRING AFTER EACH ADDITION. BAKE IN GREASED MUFFIN TINS AT 400 DEGREES FOR 20 MINUTES. (YOU CAN ALSO US CUPCAKE PAPERS)