April 2014
Vol. 4, Issue #4
In This Newsletter
Aeration-Be Proactive
April is Lawn Care Month
The Beauty of Ornamental Grasses
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April Priorities
Weekly Mowing
Irrigation Maintenance
Post Emergent Herbicide Applications
Annual Flower Rotation
Tree & Shrub Fertilization

 

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For all of you who read our March Newsletter, we want to congratulate Tina Montgomery from Codding Construction for  winning our Splash Car Wash gift certificate. She correctly responded to our first newsletter contest and Tina was also kind enough to let us know she enjoyed our monthly newsletter and we hope you do as well. Please feel free to provide any feedback or requests for information that we can include in our monthly newsletters. We are open to your input and always look forward to hearing from our clients.

Signs of spring are all over Sonoma County. We feel it in the air and see it on the ground. Flowers and plants are blooming and grass is growing. April is Lawn Care Month and we have provided some good information, so please read on.

Here's to warmer weather and beautiful landscaping! All the best for a wonderful April.

John and Denise Fitzgerald
Landesign C&M, Founders

 

Aeration...A Must for Your Lawn

This year, more than ever, with reduced rainfall and the need to conserve water, aerating now through early summer is an important step in the care of your lawn. With aeration, the soil is opened up to allow water to enter more easily. In addition, proper aeration avoids run-off which in turn, improves the effectiveness of watering. Aeration pays for itself through your savings in water. It will last 3 to 4 months, so now is the time to get it done - while everything is beginning to dry out.

Although aeration does not last more than 3 or 4 months, it is the best method for managing thatch, soil compaction and...we can't say it enough...SAVING WATER!

April -National Lawn Care Month    
 
A healthy lawn is of utmost importance to our environment. It not only produces oxygen but it also cools the atmosphere. Healthy dense grass
slows water run-off, removing contaminants and trapping soil. Yet, during drought years, many of us wonder whether we should replace our lawns. Before doing so, consider this.  Many lawns in California are overwatered.  As your landscape professional we can help you "drought-proof" your lawn. Here are some of the ways:
  • Deep tine Aeration NOW!
  • Tune-up of your irrigation
  • Switch up irrigation cycles
  • Recognize signs of  visual stress
If you're thinking about tearing out or replacing your lawn, talk to us first. Drought tolerant varieties and ways to care for your lawn may require less water than you think. We're here to help and only a phone call away.
The Beauty of Ornamental Grasses
Fescue - A cool season grass with blue foliage

Ornamental grasses come in a variety of sizes, shapes and textures. Many of these grasses tend to be taller and bushier than other plants making them able to "catch the wind" and provide movement in your landscape. The true upside of these plants is that many of them are able to endure a wide variety of heat, extreme cold and drought conditions with low maintenance. In addition, many grasses are resistant to insects. So when you're looking for some ideas of what to plant...consider these:
Fountain Grass
- Warm season

Horsetail - A low-water plant ideal for xeriscaping
Landesign Construction & Maintenance, Inc.
P. O. Box 2326
Santa Rosa, California  95403
707-578-2657
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