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Jans Lawn Care & LandscapingPO Box 214 North Liberty, IA 52317 (319) 541-1920
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Mike & Joan Hazell Write:"When I walked the dogs earlier this morning, I was amazed to see our yard had been aerated! Thank you so much for your timely application. I want you to know that we are most pleased that we switched from our old service to your Lawn Care service. Our lawn has never looked this good!"
Hello everyone and welcome to the “Fall Clean Up” edition of our newsletter. Now that summer is done and the drought has let up, there’s many thing that you can do for your lawn and yard to help keep it fit, and prepare it for next year.
Aeration and Overseeding
Many lawns develop thatch over the course of a summer. This leads to a dense, compacted layer that can then keep water, air, and nutrients from reaching your lawns root system and cause thinness and bald spots to show up the following year. A combination of aeration and overseeding will help alleviate that. Aerating pokes holes in your lawn that allow for new flow to be established with the root system of the lawn while overseeding will put new seed in to help maintain a thick, lush effect. These are best done when the soil is semi moist (thankfully we’ve had some good rain recently) and when the lawn has been cut and has had the thatch raked (to allow the seed to get close to the soil).
Tree and Shrub Fertilization
Fall is also a great time to fertilize shrubs and trees. In my opinion, all trees and shrubs need fertilizer, because most of them are located in mulch beds that use up nitrogen as they decompose. In addition, every fall we rake leaves off these beds, depriving plants of the nutrients that decomposing leaves would traditionally release. And finally, on top of this, we’ve just come out of a long drought, so promoting root growth is essential to your trees and shrubs for the coming year.
In addition to preparing your lawn and your trees and shrubs for a long winter’s rest, we will be having to do a fall clean-up to remove unwanted waste and damage from the previous year. Pruning, raking, and stick/limb removal are all important elements to a well maintained property.
Edging and Snow Removal
Edging your walks, driveways, and patios is a great way to prepare for winter snow removal! This helps make a distinct line that is easier for the worker to follow and for the snow thrower to “feel” along when running. Not only that, but it puts a nice “frame” to your lawn for people to see.
And finally for our Fall preparedness, have you scheduled snow removal with us yet? If not, the best way to do so is to go to www.janslawncare.com, got to the Quotes and Contact page, and put in your information. We’ll either put you on the list, or email back a quote on pricing.
If you’ve been living in Eastern Iowa this past two months, you’ve most likely noticed something lacking. Rain. According to the National Climatic Data Center, nearly three quarters of our yearly rainfall is received thru the months of April thru September. This means that is essential that you water your lawn on a regular basis to keep it from drying up and going dormant for the year.
Luckily, entering into mid-September, it looks like the heat of summer has finally turned and we’ll be getting some much needed relief from the sun baked parchness that we’ve been receiving. And with the rains will bring fall treatments. Expect to see us about performing lawn aeration, over seeding and slit seeding to help get rid of the bald patches and damage brought on from the past drought. If you haven’t already booked these treatments with us, either call or visit the website to find out if your property could use any of these treatments.
Also with the heat of summer you can expect a visit from the Two-spotted spider mites. One way to see if you have mites is to hold a white sheet of paper underneath plant leaves and tap the foliage sharply. This will cause mites to fall onto the white paper, where you can examine them more easily. Since these pests remove plant sap from foliage, the leaves of infested plants often appear yellow or brown and they may develop leaf spots. Eventually, heavy infestations of spider mites will cause plants to become completely defoliated and they may die. All species of spider mites place a silky web on infested plants, making this a tell-tale sign of their presence. This webbing makes it easier for mites to move from plant-to-plant.
If you suspect that you have plants suffering from infestation, please don’t hesitate to contact us so we may deal with the problem. Your plants and your neighbors will thank you.
I am sure you noticed all the rain we received last week. North Liberty got 8 inches in a 28 hr period! These rains have delayed our lawn applications, we didn’t want to do more damage than good on our customers lawns. The good news is that ground temps are still extremely low for this time of year so there is no rush to get the first application or seeding done. Look for us in the next few weeks.
Things are warming up outside and at Jans Lawn Care and landscaping. We have started our lawn and tree applications. Lets hope mother nature cooperates with some rain this spring.
Our bulk mulch is in , call or visit us to schedule delivery or installation.
At Jans Lawn care and Landscaping, we strive to provide the best service possible. In the unlikely event that you are unsatisfied with our service, just contact us, and we will quickly address the problem. We stand behind all our work, as 100% satisfaction is our goal.