Late Spring Newsletter

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 Dear Customer:

We are pleased to say we have finally completed the Spring Service last week. Because of the late snows, the rain and the below-average temperatures in March, we started out the service three weeks behind schedule. But with hard work and long days, we were able to complete the Spring Service just three days behind our normal completions date which is April 30th. We would like to thank Bob and Kathleen for their assistance in the office and the field, which also helped us to finish on time. Hopefully, they will now be able to retire for the second time.

Our Late Spring Service

One of the main elements of the Late Spring Service that usually goes unnoticed is the “grub proofing”. Unlike the other lawn services, we feel that grub treatment is a necessary element in order to have a consistently healthy lawn and landscape. That is why we include it in our regular program and do not charge extra for it. The chart below shows how applying grub proofing product not only protects your lawn but also your trees, bushes and flowers.

The product we use was developed by the DuPont Company a few years ago and targets the grubs along with other insects in the soil so that they can be controlled there in order to avoid above-ground application that may harm the beneficial insects, such as bees, ladybugs, etc.

The Life Cycle of the Beetle/Grub

Mowing Height

The single most important thing you can do for a healthy lawn is to mow it at

4 inches or 4-1/2 inches for larger lawns. The higher mowing height encourages a deep root system plus deters weeds and fungus. We recommend returning your clippings on the lawn, which will require less fertilizer and less watering, since the clippings are composed of 90% water and 10% nitrogen. Please refer to our Mulching Mower Bulletin on our website, www.finolandco.com.

Bushes and Small Trees

With the extremely cold December we had last year and the late cold, snowy weather this March, you will need to start to look for any permanent damage you may have, especially with your evergreens, boxwoods and English ivy. If your English ivy is not growing back as it normally does, we would suggest raking out or blowing out the debris. To help encourage growth on your evergreens, now is the time to prune out the dead so the plant can fill in the rest of the season with the only exceptions being the flowering evergreens, such as azaleas, rhododendrons, etc.   Please note you will need to wait until after they flower. If you have any questions about your plants, please feel free to ask any of your technicians. They are trained in landscape plants as well as being certified lawn care applicators. If they don’t immediately know the answer, they can find out the information for you. In addition, if you need a spot application of insect or fungus control, they are prepared to apply it.

 

Finally, please be advised that we will be using the Late Spring Service to get your lawn back on schedule; so, you may see us a little sooner than normal because of the late start we had this Spring.

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

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

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

We hope that you enjoy the remainder of this lovely Spring and 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 Presidenty

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Spring News Letter

OUR SPRING NEWSLETTER                                                               Print

Dear Customer:

This week, weather permitting, we will be starting our Spring Service. As you know, we perform the Spring Service for half of our customers in March and the other half in April. But if you need to know when your particular service will be done, you can contact us on 302-792-2201 or at Finolawn@gmail.com. Therefore, please think about your Spring Cleanup before we come; if you do it yourself. If you have someone that does it for you, please contact them to see when they are coming so that we may coordinate our Spring treatment with them. Additional details are on the back page of the Spring Startup Letter that we sent out in January. If you need any help in doing your Spring Cleanup, please contact us.

Alex League, the youngest member of our team, passed the State of Delaware Division of Agriculture’s Certification for applying plant protection material. It is a hard test; so, if you see him on the job, please congratulate him.

Finocchiaro Lawn & Landscape requires that all of our employees be certified even though the State does not make that mandatory. Presently, the law only requires one person per company be certified.   The companies then are able to send out crews who are not certified to do the applications on customers’ lawns.

That is what makes our company different from our competition. Every employee is certified.

Bushes and Small Trees

Please complete the following jobs.

  1. Clean beds of all winter debris.  Turn up old mulch.  We recommend using a Garden Weasel, as seen in the picture.  http://www.gardenweasel.com/
  2. Add new mulch- no more than 2 to 3 inches, if needed.
  3. Trim out winter dead from winter damage to bushes and small trees.
  4. Check health of bushes and your ground cover
  5. If you have any concerns about the health of any of your trees and shrubs, please contact us.

Some special issues to look for:

Lesser Celandine: It has fleshy dark green, heart-shaped leaves and distinctive flowers with bright yellow, glossy petals. It is now introduced in North America, where it is known by the common name fig buttercup or marsh marigold and considered an invasive species. This invasive weed may require multiple application of weed control. More information can be found at: https://www.invasiveplantatlas.org/subject.html?sub=3069 Poa Trivialis: is a light green grass that creates thick mats of stems, choking out areas of lawn. Because of the off color and rapid growth, it is aesthetically unappealing, as are the thin areas it can leave when it goes dormant in summer. The timing and appearance of the dormancy can look like a fungal infection and is often mistakenly treated as such.  At this time, there is no selective control for Poa Trivialis. For more information: http://oak.ppws.vt.edu/~flessner/weedguide/poatr.htm            Finally, we presently have a few openings.  If you know anyone who may be interested in our service, we would appreciate your recommending us.

Star of Bethlehem:  The flowers are typically bright, waxy and white yet occasionally bluish. They are present April through June on branched, open clusters that reach to about 30 cm high. They consist of 6 petals with a characteristic green stripe on the underside. The leaves are succulent and pale to dark green with a whitish grooved midrib on this cool-season perennial herb. Following this, plants die back to the ground.  This invasive weed may require multiple applications of weed control. For more information: https://oak.ppws.vt.edu/~flessner/weedguide/otgum.htm

 

Poa Trivialis: is a light green grass that creates thick mats of stems, choking out areas of lawn. Because of the off color and rapid growth, it is aesthetically unappealing, as are the thin areas it can leave when it goes dormant in summer. The timing and appearance of the dormancy can look like a fungal infection and is often mistakenly treated as such.  At this time, there is no selective control for Poa Trivialis. For more information: http://oak.ppws.vt.edu/~flessner/weedguide/poatr.htm

 

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