2019 Fall Newsletter

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As we start the Fall Season, we hope that everyone enjoyed their Summer!

This Summer the weather was very rough on the lawns and landscapes. June had excessive rainfall and high humidity which promoted an abundance of turf disease and excessive weed and weed grass growth. This was followed by excessive heat, with temperatures in the high 90’s and very little rain in July and August. These conditions created an unhealthy environment for your lawn and landscape, causing damage to many of our lawns. We have seen some recovery with the cooler temperatures at the end of August.

With the Fall Service we will be correcting the damage caused by the Summer weather. Here are some suggestions for corrective measures you should consider for this Fall:

Caring for Your Lawn

Certain areas of your lawn may thin out each year because of annual grasses, summer stress, insects and diseases. It will be necessary to have these areas reseeded; this work will be performed with your Fall Treatment.

Prior to your Fall Service, we would like you to be aware of the following:

• This is an excellent time to give your lawn a good raking. As in the Spring, get your leaf rake or thatch rake and in any damaged or thin areas, rake out those dead grasses. When your reseeding is done, the seed will be able to make the soil contact needed to germinate.

• After raking you should fill in any thin, low areas, or holes in the turf by adding small amounts of topsoil. This can be done by lightly topdressing; spreading ½ to 1 inch of soil into the ground with a garden rake. This soil can be purchased in 40 lb. bags.

• Note: For those who want topdressing, but cannot do it yourselves, our company offers this service at an extra charge. The topdressing will be done at the time of your Fall Service.

The above-mentioned work should be completed before your Fall lawn service. Our joint efforts allow us to provide the best possible service.

Entire Lawn Core Aeration

Over time, the lawn becomes compacted by repeated foot traffic and weekly mowing. Soil compaction can lead to an increase in numerous issues, including thatch buildup, poor drainage and even increased insect and disease activity. With the use of larger and heavier mowers, compaction has become a greater problem on our lawns. Core aeration is the best non-chemical process that can be used to improve the health of the lawn and helps relieve the compaction.

Core Aeration offers the following benefits to the lawn.
• Reduced Soil Compaction
• Improved Fertilizer uptake and use
• Reduced Water run-off
• Enhanced soil water uptake
• Improved Root development
• Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
• Enhanced resistance to diseases and insects
• Improved resiliency and cushioning
• Enhanced thatch breakdown
• Improved air exchange between soil and atmosphere

During the Fall Service, we spot core aerate when we repair the damaged areas as part of the reseeding extra work. However, if you are interested in having the entire lawn core aerated this Fall, please contact us and we will email you the cost for your property.

We will be starting our Fall Service shortly. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on 302-792-2201 or at Finolawn@gmail.com.

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 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.

Finally, we presently have a few openings in our schedule for new customers. If you know anyone who may be interested in our service, we would appreciate your recommending us.

Have a wonderful Fall Season!

Gabriel L. Clouser, President
Eric M. Plummer, Vice President

2019 Summer Newsletter

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Dear Customer:

It is hard to believe that Summer is already here and so is the first round of hot weather. July and August are the worst time for your lawn and landscape. The above-average temperatures, high humidity, below-average rainfall and occasional drought, make for tough growing conditions. We will be sending emails to update you with our recommendations for the changing weather conditions, and what mowing and water practices you should be performing. We invite you to visit our website to read about proper mowing and watering instructions in detail.

Turf Disease

During the summer months, Turf Disease becomes active due to the high temperatures and high humidity. In June we saw 8″ of rainfall, well above normal, and with most of the storms taking place in the evening hours. This created the perfect environment for turf diseases to spread. All turf disease is soil-born, spreading from fungal spores in the soil up, the grass leaf, to infect the plant. Two of the most common diseases we see are Red Thread and Dollar Spot.

Red Thread creates reddish-pink patches throughout the lawn. In the early morning you can actually see the pink fibers of the fungus spreading between the grass blades, but they quickly dry out in the sun. Red Thread is a cosmetic disease which discolors the turf and makes it appear dead but does not actually damage the grass. High overnight temperatures and humidity, combined with low available nitrogen, can lead to the emergence of Red Thread. This commonly occurs during the periods of rapid continued growth caused by excessive rains like we had in June. Our company spot treats for Red Thread where the disease is actively growing, and uses a custom blended product to provide the extra nitrogen that the lawn needs to recover.

Dollar Spot appears as small circular straw colored spots in the lawn. With closer examination, you can see the brown lesion blight on the grass leaf. This disease damages the grass leaf but does not affect the roots or the crown of the plant. Dollar Spot thrives under high temperatures and humidity when the lawn does not have a chance to dry out. Another common cause is mowing the lawn too short. Short turf is more easily infected than turf cut at the correct height. Our company spot treats the areas around the disease with a curative fungicide to reduce the
spread of the disease.

Through use of Proper Watering and Mowing techniques the home owner can reduce the disease pressure during the summer months which will also reduce the amount of disease control our company needs to apply to the lawn.
Lawn Mowing

Proper mowing is one of the “Best Cultural Practices” for the lawn. By mowing at 4″, the turf is better able to resist Turf Disease and other summer stresses. Only mow the lawn when it is needed during the summer, which may be once every 10 to 14 days depending on how fast the turf is growing. 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.
Please note that most lawns are still mowed at less than 4 inches which is unhealthy for the grass.

Summer Watering
Proper Watering Techniques will help protect the lawn from Turf Disease and from drought and summer stress. Watering once a week in the morning after the sun is up allows the lawn to dry during the day. This helps prevent the spread of Turf Disease and also reduces the amount of evaporation, allowing more water to soak into the soil. Please follow our detailed watering instructions on the Summer Bulletin.

It is worth noting that watering regularly at 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.

Fall Extra Work
The Fall is the best time to upgrade and repair 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.

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 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

2019 Late Spring Newsletter

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Dear Customer:

While Spring was slow to start, everything is now in full bloom and beautiful. The constant rains in early March made for difficult working conditions but once we were clear of the wintery weather, everything moved along smoothly. We finished the Spring Service on time and will be starting our Late Spring Service in the next week to apply the grub and insect control to continue to protect your lawns. We want to take this opportunity to talk to you about a few of the invasive insects and pests that are appearing in our area.

Fleas & Ticks:

As the climate changes and our summers become longer and warmer, fleas and ticks are becoming more prevalent than ever throughout the state of Delaware. While these insects do not cause damage to the turf or landscape they can be harmful to our pets and families. Finocchiaro Lawn & Landscape, Inc. offers a program that greatly reduces and helps to control fleas and ticks, including the ones that can spread lime disease. Our Program uses a granular to control the fleas and ticks in the ground without harming the beneficial insects such as bees, butterflies and ladybugs in the landscape. If you are interested in our Flea & Tick Program please contact us for more details at finolawn@gmail.com or at 302-792-2201.

Spotted Lantern Fly:
The spotted lantern fly is an invasive plant-hopper insect native to China, India and Vietnam. The insect has a large number of host plants in the landscape and in agriculture where it can cause significant damage. Pennsylvania has issued a quarantine for the insect in all of the counties where it has been found and is asking for the help of both residents and businesses to help control the spread of the insect. Please visit www.agriculture.pa.gov to learn more about the Spotted Lantern Fly and about how you can help.

Emerald Ash Borer:
The Emerald Ash Borer is another invasive insect from Asia that is causing severe damage throughout the landscape. The beetle lays its eggs in the bark of the Ash Tree and the larva feed beneath the bark, killing the tree. The beetle has caused the death of hundreds of millions of trees across 35 states and parts of Canada. Ash Trees can be treated to help protect the tree from an infestation, however many communities have decided to remove and replace the trees to limit the upkeep cost and possible future damage. Please visit www.emeraldashborer.info for more information about the Emerald Ash Borer or contact your local arborist.
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
Erik M. Plummer, Vice President

2019 Spring Startup Letter

February 2019 – Print (PDF)

Dear Customer:

Eric and I wanted to wish you a belated Happy New Year, and we hope that you are successfully navigating this winter weather so far this year.

In reviewing the weather from last year, I am sure you remember how unpredictable it could be. We started the year with late March snows and moved quickly into the heat and drought of the summer. Then the season turned from hot and dry to one of the wettest Fall Seasons we have seen. As it turns out we received over 20 inches above normal rainfall in the last few months of the year. This excessive amount of rain and the overcast skies caused unhealthy growing conditions for parts of your lawn and landscape, which we will be correcting this year.

Unless we hear from you otherwise before March 1st, your lawn is on our schedule for lawn care service this 2019 season. If you need to hire a new grass cutter, landscaper or sprinkler system company, please feel free to contact us. We work with a variety of quality companies that we would be happy to recommend. If you no longer want us to continue our lawn care service at your property, please let us know on or before March 1st for scheduling reasons. We would ask that if you have any changes in your information, whether changes in your property or your personal information, please let us know so that we may update your account. In addition, if you have any questions or concerns about your lawn, please contact us as soon as possible on 302-792-2201 or at Finolawn@gmail.com.

As we enter into the 2019 Season please remember that, weather permitting, Spring Services will be performed for half of our customers in late February and March and the other half in April. If you have any questions concerning the timing of your lawn service, please call. Listed below are some suggestions to follow before your receive your Spring lawn service this year.
1. Check over your lawn mower completely. Make sure that all wheels on the mower are set at the same height. Be sure to get the mower blade sharpened. If your mower needs to be serviced, do so in January or February before the Spring rush. If you need to purchase a new lawn mower, act now and take advantage of the pre-season sales. If you want any advice on a mower, please feel free to give us a call. We have a special bulletin available on our website entitled, “Servicing Your Lawn Mower or Purchasing a New Mower.”

2. Check over your outside faucets and hoses. Do they leak and need to be replaced? Do you need to replace your old or broken lawn sprinklers? Please go to our website under “Manual Watering Procedures” and check out our recommended sprinklers that will water large and small areas more efficiently, and water timers that will conserve water by not allowing overwatering.

3. For our customers who have an underground sprinkler system, we ask that you have your sprinkler company come out to do a Spring startup for which they would check over your entire system. If you have not converted your old controller to the new Smart controller, we would recommend that you have this done at the time of the Spring startup. If you do not have a Smart controller, have your sprinkler system technician show you how to program your water budget or seasonal controls to reflect the changing weather conditions throughout the entire growing season. To help with this task, we have a more extensive “How To Prepare Your Sprinkler System” bulletin available on from our website. We would recommend that you have your system ready to water by the middle of May if not sooner.

4. Give your lawn a good raking, where needed, using a leaf rake and making sure to remove any embedded leaves, twigs, etc. Be careful in wet areas so that you do not pull up good turf. If you need any assistance in this task, please call our office soon so that we can make arrangements to have your yard cleaned.

5. Cut your lawn at 3 inches, picking up the grasses and other debris with a grass catcher for the first few lawn mowings after which you may begin to mulch your clippings. The proper height at this time of the year is 4 inches for regular lawns and 4-1/2 inches for larger lawns. Please perform this necessary Spring cleanup as soon as the weather permits. As we both know, the weather in the Spring is usually very unpredictable and we do not want to delay your Spring service.

We would like to thank you for your continued cooperation and patronage as well as for recommending our company to your friends and neighbors, especially since we do not advertise. We do have some openings for new customers this year. We would like to assure you that our first priority is and has always been to you, our present customers. Therefore, we never take on more jobs than those the company can properly handle.

If you have changed your email address or if you have not yet provided an email address for our records, we would like to ask that you contact us as soon as possible with that information so we may update your account. It is a great way for us to send out weather alerts or notifications.

Sincerely,

Finocchiaro Lawn & Landscape, Inc.
Gabriel L. Clouser, President
Eric. M. Plummer, Vice President

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

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.

 

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

Spring News Letter

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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