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                          Hewson Landscape, Inc.
MAY 2014


May Day!
In This Issue
Our lawn maintenance crew is now on a normal cutting routine. It was a late start, due to the winter snow that lasted longer than usual. I'm now conducting two NJ LICA meetings a month in the spring and fall. The Association is developing the southern portion of the state and trying hard to increase membership. Numerous benefits are negotiated only for the LICA contractor member, with tremendous cost savings, which flow straight to your bottom line. June's southern meeting will be a field day, hosted by Rubble Master. More details to follow next month on this event.
All the best,
Shelly Hewson
President, Hewson Landscape Inc. 
Happy Birthday to all the Gemini's out there! I am one of them. Time just keeps slipping, slipping, into the future.

I believe the business model that Hewson Landscape employs represents the epitome of quality for customer service and satisfaction. Their attention to detail and level of responsiveness is unprecedented. I have been in business for more than 30 years and currently manage over 900 people, many of whom are tasked with customer service. When directing and training my managers, I often use Hewson Landscape as an example of the business model one should strive to achieve. Their approach to service makes the difference between just being good and being great-exceeding the customer's expectations.

Anthony Cracchiolo

President/CEO - Fortune 500 Company 


Lots of spring time action is happening at Hewson Landscape! Our crews are  hard at work and things are shaping up.  We have been working at Liberty State Park doing turf restorations preparing for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Tournament.  Special event preparations are always exciting.  Cannot wait to see what the turf looks like AFTER the tournament!  We will post pictures.  
 A New Addition to our Fleet
 1998 International Flat Bed Truck-Original color was red, but we painted it white to match the remaining fleet. Excellent paint job done in house by Rodolfo!
Get back to DRIVING 
With all the upcoming holidays and nice weather, we will all be on the road with places to go.  As New Jersey drivers we are all familiar with people speeding past us on the highways.  They can go right ahead, because speeding is expensive!  On our roads the traffic is usually stop and go, therefore speeding wastes fuel...  Not to mention IF you get caught, there are the points on your license, fines to be paid, and insurance rates go up.  Here is a breakdown of how speeding really gets you no where fast...
  • A 5 mile trip takes only 1.6 minutes longer at 55 mph than it would at 80 mph
  • A 10 mile trip takes only 1.4 minutes longer at 60 mph than at 70 mph
  • A 20 mile trip takes only 2.7 minutes longer at 65 mph than at 80 mph
A minute or 2 of saved time is not worth risking your life or anyone else's!  So buckle up, put down the phone and enjoy the ride and the rest of your life!!  

Safe travels everybody :)
It's not easy being green...Famous words of Kermit the Frog.  But when it comes to making "GREEN" changes around your home, there are some simple and easy ways.  You can cut down on chemical exposure and reduce air pollution in your home by switching to plant based cleaning products whenever possible, just check the ingredients to be sure.  Do you take your shoes off when you enter your home?  Taking your shoes off before traipsing through the house prevents tracking outdoor pollutants and dirt in general all over your carpets and floors.  Keep a basket by the door to remind you to take off your shoes and cut down on cleaning time and additional pollutants in your home.  Did you know what you eat also helps the environment?  Having one MEAT-FREE meal a week is said to do as much good for the environment as driving a Hybrid!  The United Nations recently determined that livestock is one of the top contributors to the world's most serious environmental problems.  By eliminating meat from at least one meal a week you are helping to reduce your carbon footprint.  When buying meats though, try to buy "sustainable products".  Sustainably raised animals are allowed to roam around and are not treated with hormones or antibiotics.  The labels will usually say "Free Range" "Organic" or hormone and/or antibiotic free.
Another green move,donating used clothing.  Every item of clothing that is donated as opposed to tossed in the trash reduces carbon emissions and keeps usable items out of landfills.   
glove-flag.jpg A taste of history...  Victory Gardens
Way back in the 1940's there were transportation shortages due to war.  Between WWI and WWII, food shortages were common.  Between sending food to the Armed Forces serving our country and trying to sustain food supplies for civilians with limited means of transportation, the Government asked the American people to plant their own fruit and vegetable gardens.  

The results made history.  The goal was to produce enough fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs through the summer to provide for your family and people in your neighborhood.  Any excess was canned and preserved for use through the winter and early spring.  Everyone did it!  People used their yards, empty lots, commandeered ball fields, used roof tops and window boxes to plant their "Victory" Gardens.  Gardening was now a civil morale booster and a symbol of pride for those countryside and or with loved ones at war.  There was a lot of pride put into these gardens, and the fruit of all the labor dedicated to helping one another was and still is priceless.  

These days, gardening is more of a leisurely activity.  We have farmers markets and grocery stores with bountiful selections of fruits and veggies at our fingertips.  Where is the pride in that?  Plant a garden! Share the fruit of your labor and enjoy the profits year round.  
                           Quote of the Month 
"The moment one gives close attention to any thing; even a blade of grass - it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."

Attributed to Henry Miller
Remembering Memorial Day 
memorial_day6.jpgMemorial day is a day set aside to remember all those men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. It was formerly known as Decoration Day, which originated after the Civil War. Dinner on the ground, also known as "potluck" came about when families gathered together at the graveyard to visit those relatives that had fallen, bringing food to share at this meeting place. Thank you to all those who fought for our freedom.
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