News & Notes
Hewson Landscape, Inc.
September 2015
In This Issue
The summer flew by! We are still in need of rain, the ground is so dry and the reservoirs are low.  We are booked with work until the end of the season and are racing against the clock to fit everything in. With the sun at a different point in fall, make sure you wear high viz clothing when bike riding or walking the dog, as we tend to blend into the landscape this time of year. We'll talk again in October!
All the best,
Shelly Hewson
President, Hewson Landscape Inc.

Fall Annual Ideas
Hmmm what to plant in the can always go with the usual's such as Pansies, Mums, Marigolds or Asters.

kale white

Or you can try adding some more color with ornamental Kales, Celosia, Dianthus or Russian Sage. These plants will do well when planted anytime during the growing season and in some zones, can be grown as perennials (however, not here in zone 6).

ornamental pepper
Ornamental peppers are another choice. Here is a new trend that enhances your garden with a burst of color. You can expect fruit from spring until fall. They sport bushy, shiny green foliage with colorful fruit that stand in upright clusters. The fruit comes in shades of red, purple, yellow, orange, black or white, and the peppers change color as they ripen. The peppers are safe to eat, but are mostly grown for their ornamental properties.
You can mix and match some of the old favorites with some new choices and enjoy the beautiful fall collection in your garden.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)                                               

The Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis or EAB) is responsible for the destruction of tens of millions of ash trees in 25 states in the Midwest and Northeast. Damage occurs in infested trees due to larval feeding. The serpentine feeding galleries of the larvae disrupt the flow of nutrients and water effectively girdling the tree.
   Larva                     Adult Ash Borer exit hole
Native to Asia, it likely arrived in the United States hidden in wood packing materials. The first U.S. identification of Emerald Ash Borer was in southeastern Michigan in 2002. Most trees die within 2 to 4 years of becoming infested. The emerald ash borer is responsible for the destruction of over 50 million ash trees in the U.S. since its discovery in Michigan. It is especially dangerous because there is no known treatment for EAB infestations - trees must be felled and the wood disposed of by a licensed arborist/tree service. It is advised  not to remove it from the area, to avoid spreading the EAB to other areas. If you are in an affected area, there may already be quarantine restrictions in place. The wood can be utilized locally; it can be made into outdoor furniture by the home owner or used as firewood. If the tree is in a wooded area, it can be left standing because dead trees contribute to the ecosystem as habitats for many animals. Always speak to your local municipality or state office if you have any questions or for information on the regulations in your area.
The beetle is currently found in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. If you see an infestation in your area, it would be wise to contact your local county extension office.
Current jobs we are working on at Liberty State Park
There have been several private activities taking place at Liberty State Park and we have been involved in the task as the clean up crew, to restore the damaged turf areas, if necessary.
 A few examples are:
1. The world largest hammock was built and entered into the Guiness Book of World Records. Two cranes were used to set this up, and because we have had no rain, very little damage was done to the turf, so the restoration was a simple fertilization.
2. The boy scouts are having a camp out with over 5000 attendees. We are in charge of the restoration after this future sleep over takes place.
3. Tough mudders is coming into town, and we might also be involved in the set up and clean up of this project.
Interesting facts you didn't know about Hummingbirds
  • Hummingbirds are New World birds found only in the Americas, mainly South America.
  • They can see and hear better than humans. They see ultraviolet light. But they have little or no sense of smell.
  • The hummingbird can hover; fly forwards, backwards and even upside down.
  • Hummingbirds cannot walk, the can scoot sideways on a branch if needed.
  • The bright radiant color on hummingbirds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap bubble or prism.
  • They are called hummingbirds due to the sound created by their rapidly beating wings.
  • Depending on the species, a hummingbird's wings can flap on average around 50 times per second, and can reach as high as 200 times per second. This allows them to fly faster than 34 mph.
  • Hummingbirds drink the nectar of flowers which gives them a good source of glucose energy. They will catch insects every now and again for a protein boost.
  • Most have a fairly long, thin bill that allows them to reach down to the nectar of a flower. With the bill slightly open, they use their grooved tongue (shaped like a W) to quickly lap up the nectar inside.
  • Apart from insects, hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of all animals due to the need to keep their wings rapidly beating. Because of this, the hummingbird visits hundreds of flowers each day and consuming more than their own weight in nectar each day.
  • Because they need to conserve energy, hummingbirds do not spend all day flying, they spend the majority of their time perched digesting their food.
  • Depending on the species, hummingbirds live on average 3 to 5 years, but have been known to live as long as 12 years.
  • Most hummingbirds of the United States and Canada migrate over 1865 miles south in fall to spend winter in Mexico or Central America.
  • Before migrating, the hummingbird will store up a layer of fat equal to half its body weight in order to slowly use up this energy source while flying.

September Fun Facts 
  • It is National Apple, Rice, Chicken & Potato month.
  • US Army was created September 29, 1789.
  • Birthstone-Sapphire, Zodiac-Virgo & Libra, flowers-Morning Glory, Forget-Me-Not & Aster
  • Grand Parent's Day - First Sunday after Labor Day
  • Sept. 5th - National Hummingbird Day
  • Sept. 1, 1939, World War II began in Europe because the German troops invaded Poland.
  • Sept. 3, 1783, the Revolutionary War in America ended after Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris.
  • Sept. 13 - Uncle Sam Day (his image was first used in 1813)
  • Sept. 16 - Mexican Independence Day
  • Sept. 22nd or 23rd - Autumn Equinox and Fall begins
  • The Continental Congress changed the name of the United Colonies to the United States on September 9, 1776.
  • Band-Aids were invented in the month of September.
  • The very first comic strip was printed in an American newspaper on September 11th, 1875.
  • The 4th week of September is National Dog Week.
   People say that money isn't the key to happiness,
but I always figured if you have enough money,
you can have a key made.
Joan Rivers

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