Saturday, June 30, 2012

What’s Growing On?

New & Noteworthy 
Business is growing! To accommodate new routes, Jefferson Landscaping has added a new truck.

And when you see some new faces among our crews, be sure to welcome our newest team members.

We wouldn’t be where we are today without our amazing crews. Most of your irrigation systems have been manually turned on already. Please be sure to turn the clock.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Water Saving Tips

Water early in the morning when the air is cool. If you water during the warm part of the day, your water will evaporate before the soil absorbs it.

1. Applying mulch can help save water by cooling the soil and helping to prevent evaporation.

2. Since lawns are one of the biggest consumers of water, reducing the size of the lawn can save water.

3. Check your sprinklers and hoses for timers and shut-off valves.

4. Invest in a rainwater collection system to recycle rain to feed your plants.

What’s Growing On?

New & Noteworthy

We are really excited to be a garden creator for one of the elaborate gardens at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden show, Feb. 20-24. This year’s theme is “The Silver Screen Takes Root… Gardens Go Hollywood.” We’re starting the design process now.

This month we are raising our lawn mowers. We cut the grass higher to allow it to stay green longer. Higher grass won’t go dormant as quickly.

We do outdoor lighting! If you’re hosting a summer party, give us a call for a free demonstration. We will leave the lights with you for up to a week.

Midsummer Dreams:

Celebrating longer, warmer days in your garden

June 20 marks Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere: the longest day of the year. The word solstice is made up of sol, the Latin word for “sun,” and stice, the Latin word for “to stand still.” For thousands of years, people have been celebrating the beginning of summer with gratitude for a bountiful harvest, longer days, and warmer weather. In the Northwest, where plentiful rains have fed our planted seeds and bulbs, n ow is the time to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Lawns need the most water in July, as this is the time of year with the least rain. In order to keep lawns green, an inch of water per week is needed. If you want to conserve water, cut this amount in half. The lawn will fade to a light brown; this is summer dormancy, and the lawn will spring back to its lush color when the rains and shorter days return. One great way we help to postpone dormancy is to mow the lawn higher. Higher grass in the summer will remain green longer.
There is still time to plant vegetables for a harvest this year. Make sure you choose veggies (as well as any other flowers and plants) that are suited to the climate this time of year.
Some pests will make their appearance in your garden this month. Be on the lookout for crawling bugs like cockroaches and ants, as well as aphids, mites, and other insects. Pay special attention to fruit trees, which can attract a greater volume of bugs. Look into organic methods of pest control for greater protection to yourself, your loved ones, and the environment.
As always, keep an eye out for weeds, pulling them before they get out of hand. Pull spent blooms on flowers to keep them healthy and keep away pests and disease. Now’s the time to enjoy your garden in the sunshine and celebrate the life growing all around us.