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.
But I know an awesome bird when I see one.
Jon's Lawns of Annapolis was working in Bay Highlands, Annapolis today when this guy swooped about 5 feet over my head and then landed in this tree. Did a bird search and it looks like he is a broad-winged hawk. Very impressive animal.
UPDATE: The neighborhood broad-winged hawk was spotted again. This time lounging on a client's hardscape patio.
Professional Fertilizer Applicator license arrived at Jon's Lawns of Annapolis today.
Maryland instituted new laws starting October 1, 2013 to ensure that anybody applying fertilizer in the state of Maryland does so in a way that is both healthy for the lawn and healthy for surrounding waterways including the Chesapeake Bay. http://mda.maryland.gov/Pages/fertilizer.aspx
More on this to come but rest assured that Jon's Lawns of Annapolis is legal and ready to "green-up" this spring!
A tale of two yards! Wow. After so many leaves pile up you may forget how nice your grass looks under there. Don't neglect your yard at this time of year and be sure to get the leaves up before heavy snow falls. Keep your grass healthy and happy.
It is easy for your backyard to get out of hand and sometimes it seems to have a mind of its own. Here are before and after pictures of an untamed yard that got shaped up with some trimming, weeding and fresh pine bark mulch.
There is no question that the Chesapeake Bay is a beautiful resource requiring protection. This is a picture that I took at my favorite, secret crabbing location. It is a handsome, 7 inch male crab.
The new Maryland fertilizer laws are in place to allow you to have a healthy lawn, while making sure the nutrients stay where they belong and out of our precious waterways.
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