"Don't Give Up the Ship" is a well-known mantra of our US Navy. We were reminded of it today while passing this hydrangea. While most blooms were well past their prime for the season, one beautiful bloom simply will not give up.
Pulling out onto Forest Drive this morning we were greeted by and driving towards a spectacular rainbow. Jon's Lawns is always interested in finding the lawn at the end of the rainbow. From the looks of it, we are heading to Eastport, Annapolis.
It was a tough summer for Annapolis grass this year. From extreme moisture in June to extreme dryness in July and August, lawns were really put through the wringer. That makes us even more thankful for the fall season when cooler temperatures and adequate rain allow lawns to heal and grow stronger. At Jon's Lawns we value this time of year and take the time to get everyone's lawns looking their best.
One of the great perks of being in the lawn care business here in Annapolis is the phenomenal animals you see outdoors, both wild and domestic.
Jon's Lawns works hard to make Annapolis lawns and properties look their best. We encourage you to enjoy the outdoors and go outside of your property lines to take in all that Annapolis has to offer. On this Sunday in July we took the opportunity to row out through our local waterway to the Bay and were amazed by the wildlife we saw. Osprey were flying high, crabs were beginning to run the sand bars (caught and released), deer were foraging and heron were stalking their next meal. A sight to see.
In 2014 Jon's Lawn took a half day to watch the Blue Angels in action. It was AWEsome in the definition of the word. This year we had too much work to take time off. But when these guys fly over our yards while we work we pause to snap a pic. GO NAVY!
Jon's Lawns is happy to be servicing the Keyes Farm community starting this year. The mulch install is complete and mowing starts this week. Keyes Farms is in good hands with Jon's Lawns in 2015.
The growing season is underway in Annapolis so it is time to get outside and enjoy your yard!
The lawn pictured belongs to our newest and most excited customer. After admiring her neighbor’s lawn serviced by Jon’s Lawns last year she decided to do something about her own and spoke with Jon about getting on the 2015 service calendar. With its first fertilizer treatment, weed control application, and mow, this lawn is ready for some admirers of its own!
With spring finally upon us many Annapolitans are thinking about putting their houses up for sale. This is bittersweet for Jon's Lawns as many have been great customers; while we will be sad to see them leave, we are happy to make their homes as attractive as possible prior to sale. We believe the enhanced appearance is very important and can give your home that boost necessary to convince buyers to submit that offer.
Ready for market!
After the coldest February in 81 years, Annapolis is thrilled with the thaw that mid-March has brought. There is always a mess hiding beneath the winter's snow and now is the time to get that cleaned up, refresh your mulch and apply your initial fertilizer application including a crabgrass pre-emergent control.
Jon took to the air above Annapolis with Jon's Lawns associate and pilot, Liam. Clear skies provided a great overhead view of Annapolis, the Naval Academy, the Bay Bridge and many of our lawns.
Now the leaf removal will have the lawn looking great for Thanksgiving.
This is the time to schedule a leaf removal to keep YOUR Annapolis lawn looking great through the Holidays.
This is the time of year to repair your lawn. Temperatures are ideal, there is adequate rain and the majority of weeds are on their way out. A typical case is seen above. Jon's Lawns transformed a lawn that was overridden with crabgrass into lush, tall-fescue lawn and the owners are very happy. Some keys to the rejuvenation were using the highest quality seed, applying the best starter fertilizer, adding compost and employing a proper watering schedule.
Annapolis townhouses tend to have smaller yards than other homes, but a small yard is nothing to neglect because there is no place to hide. You can see every square inch! Today Jon's Lawns of Annapolis transformed the townhouse yard seen below.
Last night there was a Supermoon over Annapolis. This occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon's orbit being closest to the Earth. It looks exceptionally large with a pink and orange hue. What a sight and what a night! This picture was taken from Bay Ridge, Annapolis.
If you have ever questioned whether the effort that goes into keeping your lawn in great shape is worth it, watch as Max makes his case.
The Blue Angels are in town for the Naval Academy Commissioning Week. Jon's Lawns was able to take brief hiatus to catch the action.
Fall is the traditional time to rejuvenate your lawn. However, if you didn't have a chance last year, with the right process, a rejuvenation can take place in the Spring. Shown above are pictures from last week's power raking to de-thatch a customer's lawn. This process "combs" the lawn at and beneath the soils surface to pull up dead material that can build up and begin to suffocate the lawn. De-thatching will allow more water, nutrients and oxygen to reach the roots of your lawn. You would be amazed how much comes up!
Here in Annapolis we have finally been able to string consecutive nice days together. Spring Clean-Ups are the first step in yearly lawn care and they are now underway. There's no better way to give your yard a boost this time of year!
Pesticide Business License - sound too scary? OK, Let's call it "Permission to Control Weeds". Whatever you prefer to call it, the new license came in the mail. Jon's Lawns is very pleased with the Maryland banner in the background; Much snazzier than the plain fertilizer license. Jon's Lawns is prepared for the season, checking soil temperatures and will strike weeds at their most vulnerable stages.
Annapolis weather is making a slow but definite shift towards Spring. Snow is melting, temperatures are rising (slowly) and if you listen carefully you will hear birds in the morning. That is all good news! Spring brings blooms, time outdoors, and crab season but also a lot of work; Mulch installations, fertilizer, pre-emergent weed control and mowing are all on the horizon.
In the coming weeks Jon's Lawns of Annapolis will be advertising around Annapolis neighborhoods and filling the 2014 service calendar. Our advertisement will have a link to the exclusive Jon's Lawns VIP page. Keep an eye out for us and if you would like to get a jump start on the season, take a look at our Lawn Care Specials page and become a Jon's Lawns VIP today.
Day #1 of the 2014 Maryland Turfgrass Conference at the University of Maryland was a focus on fertilizers. Some great information was presented on advances with polymer-coated sulfur-coated urea (PCSCU) slow release fertilizers which provide a slow, constant supply of nitrogen to grasses after the initial green-up response. Leaders in the field presented new research results regarding timing of applications and it's relevance in the "transition zone" which Maryland is a part of. Later on in the technology portion, things got futuristic with the topic of aerial drone use in the workplace. You never know when the first Jon's Lawns of Annapolis drone may fly into your neighborhood!
Day #2 showed a high of 20 degrees and our Maryland grasses were NOT growing. That made it great timing for a conference. Much was presented on new products in the herbicide field with research results showing the most effective product combinations and strategies for pre-emergent weed suppression and year long control. That being said, the very best weed controller out there is a healthy, dense lawn to crowd out the weeds.
The Lawn Blog
We will use the space to periodically share season-specific lawn care techniques, anecdotes and pictures!