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                          Hewson Landscape, Inc.
JUNE 2014

 

  
                            
Hello Summer !!
  
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Greetings!
    
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
We are still busier than ever this June, and when I talk to other contractor's, they are saying the same. The pulse of the industry is humming and that's a good thing. We just landed some work mowing solar fields in North and South jersey, so we are gearing up for that job. We also have some additional right of way mowing on the schedule, so our schedule is filling in at a rapid pace. Next month I'm off to Indiana for the National LICA summer conference. Since we are going to Indianapolis, each state is responsible for making a pinewood derby car that we will enter into a race. There are specific guidelines as to what can be done to the car (which I will not go  into detail). All I can say is TEAM JERSEY is so competitive, that we are bringing in all the stops. We asked if a rocket booster was allowed, and of course we got shot down. Hey, we're from Jersey! I'll let you know the outcome. Summer is quickly approaching, so keep hydrated-plants included. Talk to you in July.
  
All the best,
Shelly Hewson
President, Hewson Landscape Inc. 
  
Field News
  

All of our preparations for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Tournament were a success! We only had 30 days to seed, water, fertilize and grow grass. It's a pretty tall order to fill, especially since there is no irrigation on the fields. We also had to cut the grass every four days. This was not enough time to get great results, especially since it was our first time prepping for this event. In the fall, we will definitely look to renovate the park in preparation for the following spring. Our client told us it was the BEST polo match they have had, and the turf was a big improvement over last year (we were not the contractor then!) The aftermath, surprisingly was not bad at all. The picture on the right is post polo. The turf was not badly damaged, and it is healthy, strong and very green. (We had a lot of help with the rain!) Clean up took our crews about 2 days.  The spectators made more of a mess than the horses.  We walked away with some souvenirs that only we can probably appreciate - horse manure!   It will be recycled and put to good use in our gardens.
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 2009 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Extended Cab
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New amusement park opened in New Jersey...  DIGGERLAND!  
Summer is almost here.  Kids are out of school and parents and grandparents are in charge of entertaining the barrels of energy for a few months.  DIGGERLAND is a new theme park that just opened on June 14th in W. Berlin, NJ, located behind Sahara Sam's Oasis.

Diggerland is the first and only theme park in the country that features HEAVY EQUIPMENT as their attractions.  The kids (or you) can drive, ride and operate skid steers, backhoes, excavators and trucks.  All the machinery is staged to be operated by anyone in a safe and fun environment.  They have even converted some of the machines into amusement park rides.  
  
This place looks awesome!  Check out their website for more information!  Diggerland USA!
Snakes in the grass?

Snakes have been around for over 100,000,000 years.  As creepy as snakes can be, they are very important to the ecosystem.  They help control rodents and insects and then they themselves become food for other wild animals, like raccoons, black bears, coyotes and bobcats, to name a few. 
  
In New Jersey, 23 different species existed.  The queen snake is now locally extinct.  Although 22 different species are still slithering around, luckily only 2 types are venomous to humans.  There is the Timber Rattlesnake which is the only native rattlesnake to NJ and a member of the endangered species list.  The timber rattler can be found in the northern region of the state along Kittatinny Ridge and in the Highlands region and also within the Pine Barrens.  They prefer rocky wooded areas, but will also inhabit swamps and forests.  The rattle is the biggest indicator of which snake this one is.  This snake changes color, going through a yellow phase and a black phase, so while it could appear there are two different kinds of rattlesnakes, they are just different colors at different times of the summer.  
  
 
 
Venomous snake #2, would be the Northern Copperhead, a special concern species, not quite on the endangered list, this snake can be found in the northern region extending as far south as the Sourlands in Hunterdon and Somerset County and into western Bergen County.  The Copperhead likes rocky fields, berry thickets, woodlands, farmlands and even old mulch piles.  Named after their copper coloring, their head is solid copper and their body  has dark hourglass shaped markings.  Fortunately, neither of these snakes are responsible for any deaths in our state.  You have a better chance at being struck by lightening!  Or winning the lottery :)
 
If you ever happen to cross paths with any snake, keep your distance.  Most snakes will avoid humans unless provoked.  If you think you have spotted a venomous one, it should be reported to the Endangered and Nongame Species program.  Do not attempt to catch any snake on your own.  It is illegal to keep a venomous snake in captivity. 
  
  
Garter snake  
  
Different snakes obviously prefer different territories.  Snakes prefer it warm, which is why we see them during the summer months.  The most common snake in the country is the garter snake.  They can be found all over NJ in woods, fields, and near water.  They will sometimes hibernate under the siding of a home.  They can be seen beginning as early as March if it is warm enough, and then through the whole summer.  They are harmless, and will happily eat whatever they can over power.  Like any other snake though, or animal with teeth, they are capable of biting if provoked.  The result would be a puncture wound, they close quickly and will not bleed a lot.  But since the wound closes quickly, there is always the chance of a bacterial infection.  So if you are concerned, see a doctor.  Otherwise, just be sure to wash the area thoroughly.  
 
For a pictorial of snakes in NJ, visit the Division of Fish and Wildlife website: Snakes of New Jersey
  Quote of the Month 
 
  
 
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns;
the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.
  
Kahlil Gibran
Lebanese Writer & Philospher
(1883-1931)

  

June Solstice  Saturday June 21st

 

A solstice occurs when the sun's zenith is at its furthest point from the equator. During the June solstice it reaches its northernmost point and the Earth's North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.5 degrees. It is also known as the northern solstice because it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere. If the Earth's rotation was at right angles to the plane of its orbit around the sun, there would be no solstice days and no seasons.

The June solstice day has the longest hours of daylight for those living north of the equator. Those living or travelling to the north of the Arctic Circle are able to see the "midnight sun", where the sun remains visible throughout the night, while those living or travelling south of the Antarctic Circle will not see sun during this time of the year. For those living near the equator, the sun does not shift up and down in the sky as much compared with other geographical locations away from the equator during this time of the year. This means that the length of day temperature does not vary as much.

The June solstice marks the first day of the summer season in the northern hemisphere. The word solstice is from the Latin word "solstitium", meaning "sun-stopping", because the point at which the sun appears to rise and set stops and reverses direction after this day. On this day, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west allowing it to be in the sky for a longer period of time. In the southern hemisphere, the June solstice is known as the shortest day of the year. It is when the sun has reached its furthest point from the equator and marks the first day of winter.

  

  
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