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Lewis and I would like to thank everyone that came out to the Home and Garden Expo at the Fair Barn Mar 6th-9th, that was put on by the Moore County Home Builders Association.
We had a great turnout. The weather was a little chilly on Saturday but it turned out to be gorgeous on Sunday.

Brian Russell, one of our Install technicians recently became ICPI certified. We are so happy and proud to have another ICPI certified installer on the crew! If you would like to know more about ICPI you can learn about it at Our esteemed leader Lewis Bennett is certified as a residential paver installer, advanced paver installer, and PICP certified.

$2495.00 with a fire pit. Belgard Dublin Cobble patio 10 x 10, with a Rockwood Necessories round fire pit. Some restrictions apply. Give us a call and Lewis will come out and discuss with you your options.

In recent days we have had several customers ask about pre emergent. The raised concerns have been about pre emergent and its application in the early part of February. I thought an email would help to explain our stand on pre emergent. First off pre emergent application should not be a calendar event as in “On February 1st we begin our pre emergent program”. It should be a weather timed event. As in when the soil temperature approaches 45 to 50 degrees we need to start our pre emergent program. The reason for this is two fold, first pre emergent is only at its best for the first six to eight weeks after application. Second is spring summer weeds, particularly crabgrass and goose grass (the two main weeds that we are trying to prevent with pre emergent in the first place), don’t germinate until the 24 hr mean soil temp is around 53-55 degrees for a few days straight. So if we had put out pre emergent on Feb 1 almost five weeks have passed and the soil temps still are in the 40’s you would now only have one to three weeks of high efficacy left. I would also like to point out that we spray our herbicide rather than use a granular product, because spraying gives a more even application and also does not require as much rain or irrigation to be washed into the soil. We strive to make sure our customers are getting the most bang for their buck. If there are any questions please feel free to email me and I will do my best to get you an answer. I have also included an article that I got in my email box a week or so ago about the extreme winter and its effect on pre emergent this year.

I assume that everyone that lives here knows that we have an Agricultural Extension office in Carthage. The head of the AG Extension is Taylor Williams. Taylor recently taught a class at Sandhills Community College (01/27/15) on the Principles of Pruning. He talked about why it is not beneficial to a crape myrtle to prune it back but more detrimental to its health and shape. NC State teaches that about the 3D’s, which stands for dead, diseased and damaged, we call this “Selective Pruning”. While we adhere to what NC State teaches and follow the selective pruning practices, we still follow what our customer’s wishes are. If you want your Crape Myrtles severely pruned back I need to know (because obviously we have not done this unless you told me previously) immediately so that we can get it done prior to them leafing out. ☺ Thank you for your cooperation on this!

Contact Sheet
Last month we included a contact sheet with the newsletter and invoice. PLEASE FILL THIS OUT SEND IT BACK WITH YOUR PAYMENT,. This has the section on what to do with the debris on it. If I am not sure what we are doing with the debris and we are carrying it away there is a $3.00 per service trip charge. If you live in an area where the town picks up, like me in Pinebluff, let me know where to put the debris and there will not be a charge. Help me save you money if we can, by filling it out.

If you have not sent in your contract please do so. I need those. I had an insurance audit last week and part of what we got busted on was not having signed contracts for all of our customers.

We will be starting to put out Fertilizer and Post-Emergent within the next couple of weeks. When we put these out we will put a door hanger on your door to let you know that we have been there. If you do not want us to leave a door hanger please let us know. If you do not get these services and want them or would like a quote for them please call the office and Dana will get you on the schedule.

We are working in cooperation with Kenny Love at John Deere Landscapes on doing a Community project so for the months of February, March and April our Charity of the Month will be going towards that community project. We will let you know more about this project as it gets further under way!!!!

Thank you for being the great customer that you are! May the luck of the Irish be with you this month☺
Dana, Lewis, Robert & Your Little Miss Mow It All Team!