Once again, it is hard to believe we are already halfway through the year. We are wrapping up mulching and getting ready for our next round of pruning. This has been a bit of a crazy year for us so far. As I am sure you are aware, this is the wettest first six months of the year in 124 years. Our crews have been working long hours between the raindrops to try to keep servicing your properties. As I write this month’s newsletter, we are only 24 hours away from our first 5 straight day work week of 2019. As many of you know, we made the decision to pull the mowers off their routes the week of June 17th. With over eight inches of rain that week we decided it was not worth trying to mow the lawns since we would most likely end up tearing them up instead.
You may notice that we are mowing lawns a little bit higher than we usually do. This is for a couple of reasons. The first is as we move into the drier (maybe?) Summer months, the longer grass will take longer to go dormant. It will also be the first to recover when the rains and cooler temperatures show back up. The other reason is with the amount of rain we had this year the grass has not had to work to find water. Because of this, the roots have not had to go deep to find water to stay green and growing. Now that Summer has shown up quickly, the grass’s roots will struggle with finding water since they are so shallow. By leaving the grass a little higher, we are helping to conserve any moisture in the ground we can.
As we look ahead to the Fall, we may be seeing a lot more lawns than usual in need of overseeding. Keep an eye on your lawn and if you see it start to struggle to come back from being dormant, don’t hesitate to call us. We can come take a look at it for you and see if it will need any overseeding. Also, this would be a good year to get your lawn aerated. With the wet Spring and dry Summer, the best thing you can do is alleviate the compaction that occurs. If you have any questions on either aeration or overseeding, just let us know. We usually go into more depth about those services in the September newsletter. We will be performing those services during the end of September and beginning of October.
We hope you and your family enjoy a happy and safe 4th of July. Thank you for letting us service your property.