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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 16:55

Autumn Annuals and Spring Bulbs

Cooler temperatures remind us it's time to update your decorative containers with more cold-tolerant plants. Adding a decorative fall planter to your porch or patio is an easy way to add a seasonal splash of color for a warm and welcoming entry to your home.

Fall is also the perfect time to get bulbs in the ground. From allium to daffodils, tulips to crocuses, spring bulbs are the first pops of color to signal that warm days are on the horizon again.

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:48

Flood-Proofing Your Home

Drainage and flooding have been prominent in the news during the past few weeks. Keeping your house dry begins with proper drainage around the outside, and reducing the amount of water at the base of the foundation. JMA offers several solutions that can solve your flooding/drainage problems, including:

- installing a discharge system

- installing basins and/or French drains

- planting rain gardens

Reducing water input into the storm sewers relieves stress on local streams and rivers, decreasing the chances of flooding to your property as well as your neighbors!

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Friday, 02 June 2017 16:45

Summer Patch and Turf Disease

As the weather in the Midwest begins its ascent into higher temperatures and humidity, there are two lawn diseases to be looking for:

1. Summer patch - As wet weather occurs and temperatures surpass 80 degrees, summer patch is a root disease.  It shows up as small patches (2-4") on bluegrass and fine fescue lawns, continues to grow in diameter (up to 10-12") and will take on a ringed appearance until turf death occurs.

2. Dollar spot - Usually developing just prior to summer patch, dollar spot begins when temperatures are between 70 and 80 degrees and humidity is high.  It begins as small spots on the lawn, about the size of a silver dollar, and may begin to blend together into patches.  Most noticeable on dewy mornings, the initial phase of dollar spot symptoms can look like small spider webs in the lawn.

Treatment - Proper irrigation along with improved drainage and air flow will increase disease resistance.  Irrigating deeply, infrequently, and in the morning will prove beneficial in the health of the turf.  Preventative chemical control is also an option.

If you notice anything that resembles these two diseases, please contact your account manager to help determine the best course of action for control.

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Monday, 10 April 2017 16:40

Spring Mulching and Turf Renovation

Spring Mulching

A 2-3" layer of mulch provides additional moisture and a cooling effect for plant material during the heat of the summer. In addition to improving the general appearance of planting beds, it also reduces weed growth. Organic compost increases the nutrient and microorganism levels in the root zone. It also improves the planting beds aesthetic value and is recommended for annuals, perennials and ground covers. Plants love compost since nitrogen is the key element for a plant's leaf growth and development.

Turf Renovation

With the temperatures warming and increased precipitation, spring is an excellent time to renovate turf. Core aeration is the use of mechanical means to create perforation in the turf.  This improves the movement of air, water and nutrients promoting root development in compact soils. Overseeding and slit seeding after core aeration can restore bare and troublesome turf areas.

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