2019 Spring Letter

Spring is almost here and we’re ready to roll! As soon as the weather allows, we’ll be scheduling early spring services.

We anticipate the 2019 season will be busy as usual, so I ask that you please fill out and send back your contract/season request form as soon as possible.

We are offering a once a month “walk-thru” which includes picking up trash, weeding beds etc. There is an option to stay within a pre-determined amount of time/money, please let us know if this is something you’re interested in. If we have mulched beds in the past, we can do chemical weed control in beds, driveway or along curbs etc. (Chemical weed control can only be offered to fertilizer contract customers) as well as properties regularly mulched by Jimmy’s. Please contact us if interested.

Unfortunately, we may be reinstating the fuel surcharge. We will notify if the prices of gas/fuel continue to rise.

As always, our billing is done once a month. We mail you a bill with an addressed return envelope or we can email you a bill for your convenience. There is an option on the contract to request email billing.
Cash or check customers receive a discounted price, as long as bill is paid within the billing cycle.

I always welcome any suggestions or comments you may have.

Thank you for your patronage and continued loyalty.

Regards,

Jim

Hairy bittercress: A weed to watch out for

Hairy bittercress is an annual weed that can spread quickly. It often enters landscapes as a contaminant in container plants.

April 21, 2016 – Author: Diane Brown, Michigan State University Extension

Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) is an annual weed in the mustard family. It often makes its way into landscapes as a “gift with purchase.” A few plants or seeds of bittercress tucked into a container-grown plant are all it needs to get started. Just a plant or two can make a substantial stand of plants in a year or so.

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Watering newly seeded areas

GRASS SEED NEEDS TO BE WARM AND MOIST TO GERMINATE

Water is the most important part of seed germination that the homeowner can control. Watering should be done every day, early in the morning, and if at all possible, early in the afternoon to keep the seeds damp. The more faithful, the better the outcome will be.

Keep grounds damp, or if covered with straw, the straw damp. This is done best with a hand nozzle or a wand (oscillating) type sprinkler. A lot of water is not necessary and caution should be taken of not making puddles.

When seeds have sprouted up, watering needs to continue. This is the most important time to water. The easiest way to measure your watering practices is by using coffee cans. Set up a couple of cans in an area where the sprinkler will be operating. Water until approximately 1/4 inch of water is in the can. Now move can and sprinkler to another area and repeat making sure to empty can on each move.

When grass reaches approximately 4″ to 5″ tall it should be cut with sharp blades. Use caution when turning mower around so you don’t tear up the grass. You should increase your watering to approximately 1″ to 2″ of water per week.

When grass has been cut at least four times, it can be fertilized with a quality fertilizer and should now be strong enough to subject to weed killers. (When in doubt, wait a few more cuttings).

Please note in the event of no rain or no watering, your grass will be the first to die. The older established grass will become dormant and normally recover.