Seasonal - SummerWell March is here. I guess all in all it came in like a lamb around the Moore county area. I really want to believe that spring is close and that the warmer temperatures are here to stay. Typically we will still get a frost before or around Easter though. Anything is better than the ice and 8 degree temperatures though!

There are so many interesting things that are happening with Green Dreams this month.

We are moving our offices from unit M to unit B. It will still be located in the same complex just 2 buildings over. Our phone numbers will remain the same.

We started putting door hangers on the doors when we come and do a chemical service. Of course, if you do not live here full time we do not leave the door hangers. These door hangers will tell you what we have done and any specific instructions that need to be done, if needed.

Lime, grub and pre-emergent have been put out or are being finished this week.

We are waiting on fertilization for shrubs and for turf due to a recommendation by NC State. With the temperatures that we have had and are projected to have, if we put it out and the fertilizer causes the turf or plants to start to green up and grow and a hard freeze comes it will damage the new green growth and can cause winter injury.

We have noticed that the Pyracantha, Azaleas, Osmanthus and Loropetalum have been the hardest hit with the severe weather that we have had. It is our intention to let the temperatures rise and allow bud break and new growth to occur then remove the dead and any damage. This is the recommendation that is being made by the Moore County Agricultural Extension office. For more information on this you can go to: www.ncagr.gov

Dana and Lewis will be on vacation the week of the 16th of March and will return on the 24th of March. If you need anything please contact the office or one of the following directly:

Jeff Burleson
Division Maintenance Manager 910-695-5976

Tim Sessoms
Sales Manager 910-695-5950

Vince Newville
Construction Manager -910-695-5961 Anna Gunter: Office Manager 910-944-9412

We have Spring Fertilization for turf and shrubs on sale. If you are interested in having this service and do not currently have it please give us a call and we can quote it for you. If you order prior to April 15th you get a 5% discount.

Did something eat your Spring Bulbs? Are your tulips not showing up? It could be a Vole….I thought this was an interesting article on
http://landscaping.about.com/od/pestcontrol/f/mole_vole_difference.htm

Mole

Mole – drawing by Petra Brown

What’s the Difference Between a Mole and a Vole? (By David Beaulieu)

Question: What’s the Difference Between a Mole and a Vole?
A mole is a mouse-like garden pest that causes subterranean damage. But so is a vole. So what’s the difference between a mole and a vole? And why is it important to know the difference between a mole and a vole…?

Answer:
The preferred diet of the mole is a carnivorous one. The mole will eat worms, grubs and adult insects. Neither the eastern mole nor the star-nosed mole is a rodent, so any gnawing damage you find on plants is unlikely to have been perpetrated by a mole. But rodents do exploit mole tunnels to wage subterranean war on plants, thereby making the mole an accessory to the crime!

The vole, by contrast, is a rodent. A vole will gnaw at the base of a tree or shrub, especially in winter; thus the metal guards sold to prevent such vole damage. A vole may also damage flower bulbs and potatoes in the garden. But mainly, the vole will eat the stems and blades of lawn grass. And the runways they leave behind in the process make for an unsightly lawn. Voles can also inadvertently damage plants by burrowing into the root systems of trees and shrubs, causing young specimens to experience dieback or to begin to lean.

Why is it important to know the difference between a mole and a vole? Well, here’s one reason:

If you realize that the mole is mainly a carnivore, whereas the vole is a primarily a vegetarian, you’ll know that they won’t necessarily be attracted to the same baits (should you decide to try to catch one of these garden pests). A vole may be attracted to peanut butter as a bait; a mole most likely will not.

Thank you always for letting us service you! Dana, Lewis & all of the Green Dreams Team

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