My father, Eugene J. Moore, peacefully passed away on May 27th, 2022, one month before his 90th birthday. He is the reason I am in the Lawn Care Industry. He and my brother, David, started in the lawn business in 1983, the year I turned twelve. The office occupied a bedroom in our home for many years. Dad was there early in the morning and late at night. We purchased a computer to help keep track of our customers early in its inception. Being a teenage boy, I loved using and learning about the computer and helped program our database to serve our needs. Dad let me do it and trusted in me.[Read more…] about In Memory of Gene Moore
Is Brown the New Green?
With watering restrictions in place from the beginning of the growing season, all of us have concerns on what this means for our lawns. First off, I’d like to applaud the efforts that customers, cities, and businesses are making to conserve our precious resource.
Holding off on turning on the secondary water until mid-May was a wise decision. Roots grow in moist soil, therefore with infrequent moisture entering the soil from above, the roots must follow the water being pulled downward. This results in a deeper root system, which is crucial to success in the summer months. The best time for allowing our lawns to dry out is while temperatures, especially at night, are cooler.[Read more…] about Is Brown the New Green?
Tools for Combating Drought
In the lawn business, we use tools such as wetting agents, moisture managers, and polymers to help combat drought and its effects. To an outsider, it can be confusing to know what each of them do.
|Soil Wetting Agents||Moisture Managers||Polymers|
|What they do:||Reduces surface tension of water, allowing water to easily penetrate soil||Pushes, pulls, and attracts water in the soil, making it available to plants||Absorbs water and holds it more tightly than soil particles|
|When to use them:||When soil compaction prevents water from entering soil profile or after drought stress has occurred||Before drought situations occur to prevent drought dormancy||Polymers need to be placed INTO the soil, so usually prior to planting seed or after a core aeration|
|Notes/Comments||Wetting agents are temporary, lasting anywhere from 1 week to 1 month||Lasts up to 3 months. Requires moisture. If there is no water or humidity, nothing happens||As they absorb water, the pellets expand. With constant growing and shrinking, eventually they get pushed out of the soil.|
Tree Boring Insect Concerns
Tree Boring Insect Concerns
Finding borer holes in the trunks of your trees can be cause for concern. And rightly so; they weaken the tree and introduce disease. While the holes are from when the insect exits the tree, prevention is key to protecting your trees. If you have these trees in your landscape, a Preventitive Borer Treatment is highly recommended:
Lawn care Takes Patience
Quote: “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience” Ralph Waldo Emerson
A gardener’s best attribute isn’t their ability to work long hours or their knowledge of the plant kingdom, but their aptitude to be patient. Large, beautiful trees don’t get there overnight; botanical gardens can take years to become the places of solace they are.[Read more…] about Lawn care Takes Patience