Weather Update – Change to Code Yellow

July 1, 2018

Dear Customer:

We are experiencing above-average temperatures and infrequent measurable rainfall. For this reason, we are updating our “Current Mowing and Watering Conditions” from Code Green to Code Yellow. Below is the explanation for Code Yellow and what our company is recommending that you do under these conditions.

Code Yellow:  No measurable rainfall for a week or more regardless of the temperature range.

For customers who manually water their lawn and landscape, start your watering program by watering the large areas for at least 1 hour or 1 inch of water once a week.  For more detailed information on manually watering your lawn, go to our “Watering Your Lawn and Landscape” bulletin.

For customers with sprinkler systems without a Smart Controller, you should have your controller set to water the large zones 3 times a week at 20 minutes per zone, for a total watering time of 1 hour or 1 inch per week.  For more detailed information on watering your lawn, go to our  “How to Prepare Your Sprinkler System” bulletin.

Set mowing height to 4 inches for regular size lawn and 4 to 4-1/2 inches for larger lawns.  Mowing at this height will reduce weeds, weed grasses and turf diseases.  Recycling or mulching clippings returns moisture and nutrients back to the soil, which will require less fertilizer and water.  If you have a professional mowing service, instruct the grass cutter to mow at the heights recommended above.  For more information, go to the “Mulching Mower Guidelines” on the website.

Finocchiaro Lawn & Landscape, Inc.

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Summer Newsletter

 

Our Summer Newsletter

Dear Customer:

It is hard to believe that it is the end of June and we will be starting our Summer Service soon.   Before we start the service, there are some things we would like you to be aware of. July and August normally are the worst time for your lawn and landscape. The above-average temperatures, high humidity, normally below-average rainfall and sometime drought conditions make for tough growing conditions. To help you navigate this period, we have developed a code system for proper maintenance practices. Please visit our website, www.finolandco.com, and tap on the current watering and mowing conditions to learn more about what you need to be doing. In addition, we will be sending and posting emails on our updates concerning the changing growing conditions and what cultural practices you should be performing. We invite you to also visit our website to learn more about the proper mowing and watering instructions in detail.

 

Lawn Mowing

Please follow our mowing instructions on the Summer Bulletin which the men leave at your home at the time of your service and is posted on our website. Proper mowing will reduce stress on your lawn. Please note that most lawns are still mowed at less than 4 inches which is unhealthy for the grass.

Vacation Mowing: For our customers who do not have a professional mowing service, please be advised that if you need to have your lawn mowed, feel free to contact us and we will make arrangements to have your lawn cut while you are away.

Summer Watering

Please follow our watering instructions on the Summer Bulletin. Proper watering will reduce the stress to your lawn and landscape which enables the plants to naturally protect itself from insects, diseases and drought damage. It is worth noting that watering regularly this time of year may eliminate the need to reseed a lawn or replace a plant in the Fall, which would require extra water and is an additional expense.

 

Trees and Shrubs

Spring flowering trees and shrubs should be pruned after they lose their flowers usually before June 15. Pruning after the plants form their buds for next season will cause them to lose next year’s blossoms.

For your evergreens, such as junipers and yews, please note that if you didn’t have an opportunity to prune them in late March or early April before the new growth started, the pruning may be performed in late June and early July. Please avoid Fall pruning so that the bush has a chance to fill in before it goes dormant.

Please note that it is not too late to properly mulch your trees and shrubs if you have not already done so. By applying a thin layer of mulch you protect the roots from drying out and it helps them to retain moisture during the hot, dry summer months.

Insects and diseases are the most active this time of year. If you see a problem on your landscapes, please feel free to contact us on 302-792-2201 or at Finolawn@gmail.com. We will be happy to come out and evaluate the problem.

 

Fall Extra Work

The Fall is the best time to upgrade your lawn and landscape. If you have a project in mind, please contact us now in July or August so that you don’t miss this prime planting window.   Our company can handle your lawn concerns. For your landscape needs, we work side by side with the best companies in this area and would be happy to recommend the right contractor for any size project. If you know someone who is looking for lawn and landscape work, we would appreciate your recommending our company and we will handle the rest.

Please note that the company’s new mailing address is:

Finocchiaro Lawn & Landscape, Inc
PO. Box 9524
Wilmington DE 19809

For those who pay for our service through their bank’s online pay site, please be sure to go in and correct our name and mailing address to this new one.

We hope that you have a fun-filled Summer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on 302-792-2201 or at Finolawn@gmail.com.

Gabriel L. Clouser, President

Eric M. Plummer, Vice President

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