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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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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:31

Winter is the Perfect Time to Prune!

  • Pruning during dormancy causes less stress for shrubs and allows healthy growth
  • Thinning an ornamental tree allows more sunlight to filter through
  • Removing weak and damaged limbs help trees and shrubs withstand the winter
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Thursday, 07 April 2016 08:56

April is National Lawn Care Month

Survey Says: American Love their Yards and they are Important to a Home's Resale Value

April is National Lawn Care Month so it is a great time to think about what your lawn and landscape do for you. Even in the age of the smartphone and T.V. show binge watching, the love affair with the American yard is not over. 

According to an online survey commissioned by the National Association of Landscape Professional and conducted by Harris Poll in May 2015, eighty-three percent of Americans think having a yard is important. Here are a few insights about the value of our lawns and backyards.

Your Neighborhood's landscaping is important. Americans (91%) want to live in an area where they can see or walk to nice landscaping. So if you want the best chance of increasing the home prices in your neighborhood, make sure the landscaping looks good.

Nice landscaping helps to sell your house. Eighty-four percent say that the quality of a home's landscaping would affect their decision about whether or not to buy. Great neighborhood landscaping helps, but it isn't enough; yours needs to look good too.

Your neighbors care what your yard looks like. Seventy-one percent think it is important that their neighbors have well-maintained yards. Perhaps "good landscaping makes good neighbors" should be the new adage.

We want to enjoy our yards. Seventy-five percent of people feel that it is important to spend time outside in their yards.

Despite common misperceptions, even Millennials want to spend time in their yards. Seventy-five person of Millennials (18-34 year olds) think spending time outside in their yards is important.

People want help with their landscape. A large majority of Americans (67%) agree that professional landscape help would allow them to have a nicer yard.

So, this April, don't take your yard for granted: make the most of it and it will return many financial and emotional benefits.

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Friday, 18 December 2015 11:21

Lean Management for the Green Industry

James Martin Associates Is Lean and Green

Jim Martin, owner of James Martin Associates, not only believes in finding ways to reduce his industry’s carbon footprint, he wrote the book on it. In Lean Management for the Green Industry, Martin establishes the case for using lean management processes in the landscape industry to reduce waste – and, in the process, save money. 

Lean management is the process of driving out waste in operations in order to become more efficient and effective. The environment naturally reaps rewards when a company – particularly a company in the business of green – is lean. “As you drive out waste, you become more energy efficient,” says Martin, who is a past president of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET, currently known as NALP). At a time when corporate consciousness and public awareness about environmental sustainability is high, that’s a business advantage.

James Martin Associates and the firm’s customers have realized measurable, significant gains in the eleven years since the company began adopting the lean management processes that Martin describes in his book. The company estimates that it has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by over 2 million pounds over the last eleven years. That huge reduction came from initiatives such as: cutting the company’s service area, using high-efficiency mowers and biodiesel fuel, reducing equipment use, creating local, organic mulch and using brine for ice management:

“It’s good for everybody,” says Martin, “For our clients, for our company, and for the environment.”

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