Spring 2012!

It appears that this warm weather is going to last!  Even after a mild winter, it still is very nice to have spring here.  Our season is almost underway and you will be contacted shortly regarding the first round of treatments.  If you are web browsing and came across our website, please contact us and we will come out and meet with you on your property to discuss your lawn.  Our existing customers can expect to have their first application down within the next few weeks! 

There is always a chance for a late season storm, but it appears the winter is over!

Spring preparation

Temperatures in the teens, maybe warming up to mid 30’s this week.  No snow in the forecast, but certainly winter is here.  As long as there is no snow on the ground, try to get out there and keep the lawn clean.  That will mainly be fallen sticks, maybe some residual leaves left over, probably mostly toys, but keep the lawn clean of all these objects.  If they are left on the ground and then covered with snow, you may have some dead patches to deal with in the spring.  One great project for the winter is to tune up the mower.  Either empty the gas tank or use gas additive, change the oil and the spark plug, and get the blades sharpened.  Clean or replace the filters, clean the under carriage and the engine of grass and leaves, and store it to hibernate.  It will be ready to go when the weather starts to turn.  Thanks ~ Andy

Lingering red thread

Red thread has been a very common problem over the past several weeks and it may still be a problem on your lawn.  Although no real danger to your lawn, it does taint the color and may be discouraging to look at.  Check out the article posted to find out some great information on red thread. 

The basics are it is a fungus that establishes itself in prolonged wet weather.  Red thread appears in patches and has a light tan look to it.  Common around late May and early June.  It needs to be grown out, so consistent treatments and high nitrogen applications help.  For a few cuttings, bag the clippings and dump them off the property.  Removing the clippings off the lawn is not usually advised, but the fungus needs to be removed.  At this point in the season, however, if red thread is still in your lawn, a fungicide is probably needed to clear it up.

Ticks also remain a problem, even as the weather warms and dries.  Contact us to set up a fungicide or a tick treatment. 

Thanks for checking in! ~ Andy

Great Care Owners Blog

Hey folks!  As the first blog posted, I want to thank you for checking out our brand new website!!  We’re excited to bring it to you and hope that you check back often.  It will be updated often with new posts, new articles, and of course, new raffle winners! 

As this website goes live, it marks the beginning of our second year in business.  And as temps continue to dip into the 20s, we are eager for the season to fully begin, and are eager for more customers.  Most of us working class tend to be far more efficient with a full work load.  We believe the busier we are, the better we are, so aggressive expansion is the goal of 2011. 

The temps will warm up over the next week and cleaning the lawn, thatching, and the first crabgrass applications are all right around the corner.  You may still have some snow in your yard, but lets get some work scheduled and a plan in place for your property.  Thanks again for spending a few minutes with us on the web!  Register for your raffle number and check back in a few days!  ~ Andy