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FEBRUARY-MARCH 2013

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FEBRUARY-MARCH 2013 NEWSLETTER
HOPE EVERYONE SURVIVED THE HISTORICAL SNOWSTORM OF FEBRUARY 9, 2013!
RENEWAL SAMPLE 
2013 SERVICE RENEWALS


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR SERVICE RENEWAL!!!!

 

     You should have received your 2013 SERVICE RENEWAL.  If you have not, call our office for a copy.  It can not be emphasized enough how important it is to return them ASAP.  Even if your services are not scheduled until later in the season.  Early returns allow us to process and set up routing and scheduling efficiently.

  Prepayment of services is NOT required!  It is  an option to save a little and avoid invoices and postage.    DON'T DELAY, sign and return your renewal today.  Please call if you have any questions.

FEB 9, 2013 HOLYOKE    
HISTORIC SNOWFALL -
FEBRUARY 9, 2013. 
  
Over 20 inches of snowfall, along with the clean up and snow removal, is certain to have caused some type of damage to your lawn, landscape or sprinkler system.  Be on the look out for the obvious: disturbed or dug up lawn; broken sprinkler parts; damaged shrubs, etc.  The lawn is fairly easy to repair.  If discovered early enough, before the damaged piece(s) dry out, the turf can be reinstalled, and compacted, allowing it to re-root.  In other cases, topsoil might be needed, along with replacing the turf piece(s), or possible new sod or seed, to restore the damage.  Shrubs and ornamentals will need to be treated on a case by case evaluation.  Most of the time, unless ripped up or damaged by equipment, the plants might need a little pruning and should straighten themselves without incident.  Damaged sprinkler heads, however, will need to be replaced.  If you do discover any damages, be sure to call us early to schedule the repair(s) as soon as spring breaks and the weather allows.  If you already have a "Spring Start-Up" service scheduled for your sprinkler system, minor repairs can be done at that time, however, an additional labor fee may apply if the damage is extensive.  The labor for a simple head replacement would be included in your Start-up" fee, plus the cost of the parts.  If you do not already have this service scheduled, call for a price quote!
 
LATE WINTER PRUNING TIPS
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Now is the time to cut back those overgrown non-evergreen (deciduous) plants and ornamental trees.  Late winter-early spring pruning allows you to cut back, removing overgrown branches and shrubs with minimal appearance disruption.  In the spring, the foliage will fill in, almost as if you never pruned or cut back.  Be sure your pruners are sharp! Pruning now will not cause damage to plants.
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Crockpot Reuben Dip

 This is an excellent choice for Reuben lovers and to serve around St. Patrick's Day.

 

Ingredients:
1/2 pound of deli corned beef or leftover corned beef, coarsely chopped
1 cup sauerkraut, rinsed, very well drained, and coarsely chopped
1 8-oz. size cream cheese (low fat is fine), softened
2 cups shredded(regular or low fat) Swiss cheese
1/2 cup Thousand Island salad dressing(regular or low fat)

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in 1-1/2 - 3 quart crockpot. Cover crockpot and cook on LOW for 4 hours. Stir to combine and scrape down sides. Dip will hold for 2 hours on LOW. Serve with party rye bread slices, pretzels, toasted beer bread, or French bread cubes.

Make it a Gift:One of my favorite ways to bring a prepared warm dip to a gathering is in a mini crock pot. They can easily be found at your local Walmart, Target, etc. A very nice way to thank you to the hostess is to leave the crockpot and a copy of this recipe or another mini crock pot recipe.

 

 SERVICE CHANGE STARTING 2013!!!
        
TECHNISEAL CERT  
BRICK PAVER AND WALL CLEANING AND SEALING SERVICE PROGRAM WILL BE MODIFIED STARTING THIS SEASON!
 
Due to the changing technology and products available in today's industry for brick paver and hardscape maintenance, we feel it is necessary to make changes as recommended by the manufacturer.  Our recent training and certification through "TECHNISEAL", has prompted us to make these important changes!  "TECHNISEAL" has provided "excellence and innovation" in the paver maintenance market since 1984, and offer a complete line of professional grade products.
     
OUTLINE OF BRICK PAVER/WALL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM:
 
     > NEWLY INSTALLED PRODUCTS (brick pavers and/or walls):
     *  A waiting period of at least 60 days is recommended prior to the initial
        cleaning and sealing. 
     *  thorough cleaning and washing; remove stains, rust, tire marks, etc.; 
        minor touch up of jointing sand
     *  application of protective sealer ("Natural Look") (Optional "Semi-Gloss"
        or "Wet Look" sealers available on request; these sealers will cause the
        pavers to be more slippery, especially in wet areas like pool decks or after
        rain; not recommend for walls.)
 
    > ANNUAL CLEANING-MAINTENANCE PROGRAM:
        (recommended for previously sealed and maintained pavers/walls)
     * yearly cleaning/washing of pavers and/or walls
     * cleaning of stains, grease, rust spots as allowable
     * application of protective sealer every two (2) years ("Natural Look")
       (Optional "Semi-Gloss" or "Wet Look" sealers available on request; these
       sealers will cause the pavers to be more slippery, especially in wet areas
       like pool decks or after rain; not recommend for walls.)
     * jointing sand is not included as part of the maintenance program;
       sand should be extracted and new sand installed when needed
       (additional fee to apply)
     * moving of furniture off patio will be limited to five (5) pieces, additional
       pieces and re-installing furniture will be charged at time and effort and
       is not part of the maintenance agreement
 

All pricing for clients that have been cleaning and sealing regularly will be sent out later in March.  Pricing for areas which have not been maintained will vary based on condition and needs. 

Call us today to receive your quote to restore your walk, patio, driveway or wall!

CLOSING COMMENTS...
 
I now question if the Groundhog really was paying attention.  It didn't seem so, while we were plowing and shoveling the aftermath of February 9th's snowfall.  I would like to commend the Governor for closing down the roadways.  It certainly made a difference for the safety of everyone in the state, as well as allowing the hard working plowing crews to be able to do their job.  Some of us can remember the chaos in 1978.  I guess paying attention to history does pay off.  Today, however, the February storm is a memory.  The days are getting longer, and the grass will be greening up!  Can't wait.
  
     HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY
 
     Please forward this newsletter to family and friends.
 
Sincerely,

Gary Courchesne
G & H Landscaping, Inc.
413-532-4888 Ext. 113
G&H LANDSCAPING'S MANAGEMENT TEAM, AT YOUR SERVICE
Gary L. Courchesne, Owner, Mgr.
Landscape/Hardscape/Lighting Design and Installation
413-532-4888 Ext. 113
Bill Golaski, General Mgr.
Lawn Sprinklers and Mowing & Maintenance
413-532-4888 Ext. 115
Chris Courchesne, Mgr.
Lawn Care/Fertilizer Programs/Shrub Care Programs/Lawn Installations
413-532-4888 Ext. 114
Donna M. Courchesne, Office Mgr.
Office
413-532-4888 Ext. 118
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