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JUNE 2013 

 

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JUNE 2013 NEWSLETTER

"Rain, rain, go away, come again another day..."  What can I say except my feet are wet, lawns are soggy and diseases, mushrooms and alike are thriving.  Too much of a good thing can be a problem!  No rain in April and May, record rainfall in June!  Things should normalize soon.  However, mushrooms are normal and will not harm your lawn. Lawn diseases can be an issue.  Right now, "red thread" disease is thriving. See "Lawn Disease Alert" below.  Keep smiling, soon we will be complaining about the heat.

Red Thread Disease  

LAWN DISEASE ALERT!!

 

 

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP REDUCE THE SPREAD OF THESE DISEASES?

 

  WATER YOUR LAWN LESS FREQUENTLY, BUT FOR LONGER PERIODS OF TIME. (45 MINS +/- PER ZONE EVERY OTHER DAY DEPENDING ON SOIL CONDITIONS, WEATHER CONDITIONS, ETC... WATERING SHOULD ALWAYS BE DONE IN THE EARLY MORNING, IF ALLOWABLE)

  TURN SPRINKLER OFF WHEN PROLONGED PERIODS OF RAINFALL.

  RAISE CUTTING HEIGHT TO 3 -3 " +/-. CUT OFTEN WITH A SHARP BLADE. PICK UP CLIPPINGS IF ALLOWABLE.

   AVOID MOWING WHEN LAWN IS WET.

 

WHAT CAN G&H LANDSCAPING DO TO HELP FIGHT SUMMER DISEASES?

 

       G & H LANDSCAPING OFFERS A CUSTOM DISEASE CONTROL PROGRAM TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF LAWN DAMAGING DISEASES. THE PROGRAM CONSISTS OF TWO FUNGICIDE APPLICATIONS THAT WILL BE APPLIED 7-21 DAYS APART.  PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A DISEASE STARTING AND WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A QUOTE FOR THIS VALUABLE TREATMENT.

THE RECENT WEATHER PATTERN AND MODERATE HUMIDITY HAS PRODUCED IDEAL CONDITIONS FOR LAWN DISEASES TO THRIVE. TURF GRASS DISEASES USUALLY APPEAR AS IRREGULAR RED OR BROWN SPOTS RANGING FROM 2" TO LARGE BROWN PATCHES. THE GOOD NEWS IS...MOST OF THESE DISEASES WILL NOT TOTALLY DESTROY YOUR LAWN IF TREATED PROPERLY. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND OUR CUSTOM DISEASE CONTROL APPLICATIONS (SEE BELOW). IF THESE DISEASES ARE NOT TREATED PROPERLY, FURTHER LAWN DAMAGE AND COSTLY REPAIRS ARE LIKELY.

                     

POISON IVY, OAK AND SUMAC!

 

Nice weather encourages many of us to spend our days doing yard work, hiking, or many other outdoor activities.  Poison ivy, oak, and sumac are some outdoor plants that can cause a nasty skin rash.  When the oil of the plants, including the leaves, stems, flowers, berries, and roots touch your skin, red, uncomfortable, itchy fluid filled bumps or blisters may appear.  The oil is called "urushiol" and is an allergen and which means you are having an allergic reaction to the oil in the plants.  Wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, vinyl gloves, and applying barrier creams and lotions may help protect you. Indirect contact to the plants can also provoke a reaction, so it is important to clean garden tools, outdoor gear, pet fur, and clothing that may have come in contact with one of these plants.

 The rash begins one to fourteen days after contact.  It will continue to develop in new areas for several days, but only on the parts of the skin that had contact with the urushiol or those parts where the urushoil was spread by touching.  The rash is not contagious and the more contact you had with the plants, the more severe the reaction may be.  Remember to bag infected clothing into garbage bags as quickly as you can to help prevent more spreading.  Showering with cool water within 30 minutes of contact will help the allergic reaction.  Using a soap free of oils, and scrubbing under your fingernails with a toothbrush or nail brush will help with the spread of the oils that may be deposited beneath the nails.  Remember to throw the toothbrush away after you're done.  It is good for nothing now!!!!! Antihistamines and calamine lotion may help to relieve symptoms.

Most poison ivy rashes can be treated at home, however, if your case is moderate or severe treatment by a doctor may be required.  Some people never get a reaction and some people get poison ivy reactions some years but not other years.

   
LAWN MOWING TIPS:
These tips will help keep your lawn looking great!

 

 

 

 

Due to the recent rain, it is almost impossible to stay on a routine mowing schedule.  If you are unable to mow the lawn as usual, and it becomes longer than normal between mowings, an easier way to tackle the mowing is to raise mowing height to the maximum, then re-cut lowering the mower blade gradually to your regular mowing height.  This may have to be done a couple of times, but it is still easier on you, the mower and your lawn!

 

...DON'T CUT WET GRASS:  Wet grass will clog your machine and leave clumps of grass all over the yard.  Wet grass tears and rips and won't cut easily.  (good luck lately!)

 

...DON'T MOW IN THE SAME DIRECTION:  Cutting your lawn from north to south one time and east to west the following time will prevent ruts and will allow the grass to grow thicker.

 

...USE A GRASS CATCHER:  For the first and last mowing of the season use a grass catcher to pick-up the clippings.  Using the mulching feature will reduce your yard waste and put valuable nutrients back into the soil.

 

...GRASS MOWING HEIGHT:  The ideal mowing height is between 2 to 3 inches tall in the Spring, and 3 to 3 1/2 inches in the Summer.  Keeping your mowing height high during the summer will help fight stress, diseases and drought!

 

...KEEP MOWER BLADE SHARP:  It is recommended to sharpen your blade(s) monthly for

best results, and to keep your lawn from being ripped and torn by a dull mower blade! 

 

  Don't always assume the numbers on your mower represent an accurate height measurements.  To obtain a height measurement, simply mow a small sample area, then measure the height.  Adjust up or down to obtain the proper mowing height.  Remember to record these settings for future use during seasonal mowing height changes. 
 TIP- raising your mowing height will help eliminate the stress caused by diseases.

  

A BRICK PAVER PATIO IS A GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO A WOOD DECK!

   
Many homeowners want low maintenance and are opting for brick paver patios instead of decks.  The cost of a wood deck can cost as much as 1/3 more than a paver patio.  Paver patios are built at either ground level, or an be elevated creating an easier transition from the patio to the yard allowing a better flow for entertaining.  There are no deck rails to deal with. The installation of decks require city or town permits because they are attached to the house. Paver patios are very low maintenance and will only need to be cleaned and sealed every couple years.  Wood decks are very high in maintenance and need continual power washing, painting, staining, or clear coating.  A paver patio can be walked on with barefoot, but a wood deck ages and there can be issues with wood splinters, nails popping up, or rotting.  Contrary, the newer polymer decking can become so hot, they can cause major burns on bare feet!  Ultimately, it's a personal preference combined with the factors of yore lifestyle.  Many homes have both wood decks and a patio area.  Bottom line, if you are thinking of going with pavers for all, or any of your outdoor living areas, you can't go wrong for its ease of use, mobility and low maintenance.

 

For more information check out: our photo gallery - www.ghlandscaping.shutterfly.com or go to the Techo-Bloc website: www.techo-bloc.com .  We can design, customize and install  your beautiful walk, patio or outdoor kitchen/grill area.

  
 TIME TO SCHEDULE YOUR SHRUB TRIMMING....
  
Now it the time to get your shrub trimming and ornamental tree pruning scheduled.  Shrubs will stop pushing out new growth within the next two to three weeks.  Trimming should take place anytime after that.  However, if your shrubs are trimmed in June, it is likely that another trimming will be needed this season.  Due to the heavy amount of rain this year, and the lack of heat, plants may continue to push new growth in July.  Call us today for a quote for our professional shrub trimming & pruning services!
 
BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR DAMAGE TO YOUR SHRUBS AND TREES!
Summer is usually the time when damaging insects begin to feed on your valuable trees and shrubs.  Although damage may not be visible immediately, your plants might be infested with mites, aphids or similar insects!  Call today for a free inspection and program pricing.
CHECK OUT OUR PHOTO WEBSITE!
  
    
We have posted hundreds of photos of projects we have completed over the years.  In addition, there is an album with photos of shrubs and trees.  Maybe you can add some to you landscape!
  
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SPRINKLER SYSTEM SERVICES....
  

Does your sprinkler system have a rain sensor, or is your current sensor not working?

 This valuable, water and money saving device is an important part of your sprinkler system.  Call us today to find out just how cost effective it is!

 

Be sure your sprinkler system is in good working order.  Our "summer check up" is recommended to be assured your system is in good working order for the hot summer ahead.  Although it has been rainy, summer is surely on the way!

 

 

SPRINKLER MID-SUMMER CHECK-UP SERVICE... 

 

 

THIS PREVENTATIVE, COST EFFECTIVE SERVICE WILL KEEP YOUR SPRINKLER SYSTEM IN PEAK RUNNING CONDITION.

NOT ONLY WILL IT SAVE WATER AND MONEY, BUT IT WILL HELP PROLONG THE LIFE OF YOUR VALUABLE IRRIGATION SYSTEM.  JUST LIKE A CAR, PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE TO YOUR SPRINKLER SYSTEM IS CRUCIAL TO HELPING IT TO CONTINUE TO WORK EFFICIENTLY AND KEEP YOUR LAWN AND LANDSCAPE BEAUTIFUL FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON.  DURING THE MID-SUMMER CHECK-UP, YOUR ENTIRE SYSTEM WILL HAVE A HEAD BY HEAD INSPECTION.  THIS WILL INSURE PROPER COVERAGE, AND THAT EACH HEAD IS TURNING AND SPRAYING PROPERLY.  WE WILL RUN EACH ZONE TO MAKE SURE THE VALVES ARE OPERATING CORRECTLY. A PRESSURE CHECK WILL BE DONE TO INSURE THERE ARE NO LEAKS IN THE ZONE LINES. INSPECTION OF WIRE CONNECTIONS, RAIN SENSOR, AND BACKFLOW PREVENTER AS WELL.  ANY AND ALL ADJUSTMENTS
AND REPAIRS WILL BE MADE AT THE TIME OF THIS SERVICE.

 

 

 

CALL US TODAY FOR A QUOTE!!!!

 

   RECIPE OF THE MONTH...

Please help me in welcoming our "FIRST" customer recipe contributor.  Sandra from Westfield has provided us with two very tasty, and easy recipes for our June newsletter.  If you would like to join Sandra in sharing your favorite recipe or recipes with our newsletter recipients, please feel free to e-mail them to [email protected] and I will include ALL of them in our future newsletters.  Thank you again, Sandra!

  

Baked Chicken by Sandra from Westfield

 

Chicken Legs or Thighs or combination

 Flour

Spices of choice (parsley, salt, pepper or one from favorite spice bottle)

  

Shake chicken in a plastic bag containing enough flour and to coat dampened chicken pieces.

  

Place chicken in pan and sprinkle on spices of choice (I use a bottle of mild combination spices).

Cover tightly with foil.

Bake 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

 

Remove foil.

Bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes or until browned.

 

This recipe is good hot or cold as a picnic chicken!

 

 

Mystery Cookies- From Sandra from Westfield

 

24 graham crackers (fit on a cookie sheet with rim)

2 sticks margarine or butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup chopped nuts

 

Melt butter in saucepan and add sugar.

Boil and stir for 3 minutes.

Add nuts.

Pour over crackers.

Bake 8 min. at 350 degrees.

Remove from oven.

Cut in bars (total of 48)

Remove to wax papered surface before stick to pan.

 

Thanks Sandra!!

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. 110
Julie Godin, Office Mgr.
Office
413-532-4888 Ext. 110
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