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AUGUST 2017

Irrigation Installation, Service & Repairs
We are performing the Sprinkler System Checks & Repair services. You should have your irrigation set to run 4-5 days per week, 10 minutes on pop-up zones and 20-25 minutes on rotating zones. Give us a call if you are ready to get on the schedule. If you are interested in having an irrigation system installed, please give the office a call at 913-829-6135.

Turf Maintenance
We are applying Round 5 of our 7 Round Turf Program. Round 5 is a liquid application targeting nutsedge, broadleaf, and grassy weeds in the lawn. Turf Managers will also assess lawns at this time to determine if and what is needed as far as a Fall Lawn Renovation. Aeration, verticutting and overseeding being the common items to be done in order to keep the lawn full and thick. If you are interested in starting your personalized turf health plan please give us a call.

Plant Health Care
We are currently applying Round 3 of our plant insecticide program for the 2017 season. Round 3 is a treatment to control primarily spider mites on spruce, junipers and burning bush. Please call to schedule a consultation with one of our certified Arborist today.

Mowing Service
The mowing season has begun and will run weekly from now until the end of October. Due to the rainy weather they may be behind a day or two but will work weekends to catch up. If you are interested in the weekly mowing service, please contact the office.

Getting Dirty is Good For You!

We know that productive garden soil contains between 100 million and 1 billion bacteria per gram (about a teaspoon full).  We also know that many of these bacteria have important roles to play in the Soil Food Web and are to a great degree orchestrated by plants through plant root exudates.  What we don't know is what roles many of the different bacteria play.  We know about a small fraction of them that help with nutrient cycling, disease suppression, and are important to water dynamics in the soil but the greater number by far and their related interaction with other organisms is currently beyond our understanding.  In 2007, Christopher Lowry, a neuroscientist now at the University of Colorado found that certain strains of soil-borne bacteria sharply stimulated the human immune system.  One bacteria, however, Mycobacterium vaccae, has been found to have amazing benefits to us directly.

    Mycobacterium vaccae, a bacteria that is common in soil, has been found to activate a specific group of neurons in our brains that produce serotonin.  Serotonin is found in the brain and the blood and is a very important neurotransmitter which helps regulate a whole host of functions including:

metabolism
appetite
sleep
aggression
anger
mood
anxiety
behavioral arousal
motor activity
coping responses to stress

 

Dave The Garden Guy 5/23/11

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