Sunday, December 19, 2010

Happy Holidays!

As Christmas and the New Years Holiday fast approach, it is a time for all to remember family and friends. The holidays serve as a foundation for family to get together where meals and gifts are shared. Society has made Christmas a commercial holiday, but in many minds, as that Christmas song reminds us, "it is the most wonderful time of the year." In my area we are assured of a white Christmas thanks to the cold temperatures and lake effect snow that has hit us with regularity. Shoppers are in panic mode this week as they try to finish the shopping they need to do before Santa's trip around the world. Some never even start shopping until the day before and wander through the stores to get that one special gift for a loved one. It seems like store decorations have been up since Halloween, they did not get an early start now did they? Reports suggest that this holiday season spending has seen a 3% increase. Perhaps that is a sign of an improved economy. I look forward to Christmas morning, when all the children are snuggled up in their beds, waiting for old saint Nick to bring his gifts. Stockings are hung by the chimney with care, waiting to be filled with things other than coal. Most kids feel they are good all year and anxiously await the morning with Cheer. In our house, it is customary to hide the stockings and wait as the children look through the house for their stocking. The gifts under the tree must wait until all the stockings are found. My camera is set ready to take pictures of the smiles that morning and give thanks for what I truly have. A wonderful family is all that anyone can hope for, but best of all are the friends that are dear. Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New year!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The weary days of winter

Now that winter has taken hold of our region of Western New York, it was a refreshing break in the lake effect snow that seemed to settle down into the southern tier regions of our area. Some spots around me received 40" of the white stuff last week and are still in the process of getting rid of all that snow. Dump trucks and pay loaders by the dozens are hard at work to move snow out of every ones way. Thankfully my town was one of the lesser hit towns with just about a foot of snow. Never fear though, in my area if you wait just a minute the weather will change. Can't wait for lake Erie to freeze over, that shuts off our lake effect snow machine. Now that the off season has arrived for our business, we look at other ways to market ourselves to potential new customers. We spend time making campaigns for the upcoming new year. I will keep you all updated on upcoming industry items that we will be focusing on this year. Specials that we may be running etc.. If anyone has any items they need information about in the way of lawn care or landscaping questions feel free to drop us comment below. Check out our website for all our information at:

Till next time

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Just Gotta Love Lake Effect Snow

Apparently mother nature must not have a sense of humor, while there are several motorist still stuck on the thruway from the snow storm, many have been stuck since the middle of the night around 2:00am and its now about 2PM, that's a solid 24 hours stuck. Ouch, that's a long time to go with no lavatory, food or beverages. Hopefully no one is freezing in their cars. No relief until later tonight they are saying. My prayers are with all of those stranded. Along with the multiple driving bans and state of emergencies currently in place, it's gonna be a bit of a dig out for many in the squall areas of western New York. The band of snow is going to shift to the southern tier later but the damage is already done. Many communities are reporting in excess of two feet of snow so far. To make matters worse, they expect more next week. Welcome to western new york... Looks like my general area will have it's white Christmas after all.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday

Some lake effect snow is expected today in our area. Can't say that I like hearing about that, but it's the price we have to pay living in Western New York. Hearing some really crazy stories about havoc at some stores today. One man was trampled when a store opened this morning in the Northtowns. He has been hospitalized, hopefully he will be OK. A lot of great deals out there, but is it really worth hurting yourself or someone else? Online shopping may be a better alternative. As always, if you venture out please be safe!

With the impending snow coming our way, I hope everyone has had a chance to get all the leaves up, if they remain all winter long, come spring you will notice that the grass has turned brown underneath them. We did our fair share of leaf cleanups this year and no doubt we will have more to do in the spring.

But now that the holiday season has arrived, outdoor & indoor decorations are going up all over town, getting in the holiday spirit is every where. The Santa Clause trailer is set up in the village plaza for all the kids to get to sit on Santa's lap and let him know what they wish to receive for Christmas. A real treasure for parents to take pictures of for very special memories.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

With the holidays fast approaching and Thanksgiving being tomorrow, let me wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

This holiday first began in 1621, a long long time ago. The pilgrims and the Indians shared a hearty meal that today is referred to the first Thanksgiving celebration in our great nations history, then being the colonies. While the days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states for more than two centuries, it wasn't until 1863 during the civil war that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national holiday called Thanksgiving Day and declared that it would be held each November, but it wasn't until November 26, 1941 that Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

As we all know, the Mayflower which set sail in September 1620 leaving Plymouth England, to find new land, carried 102 passengers all looking for a land they could call their own to freely practice their faith. Others went to pursue prosperity and land ownership in the new world. The journey last 66 days, they arrived at Cape Cod, well north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. A month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay where the Pilgrims began to establish a village at Plymouth, which would later be known as Plymouth Rock. During that treacherous first winter in their new land, the ship became home to many of the colonists. Most were suffering from exposure to scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Half of the original crew members lived to see Spring in the new land. As March arrived, the remaining settlers moved onto land when they were visited by an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. The Indians taught the settlers how to harvest corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. It is believed that the first Thanksgiving dinner was made with Deer meat. It featured no deserts like pie or cakes.

There you have it a small history of Thanksgiving. So lets remember to give thanks for all that we have today. If it wasn't for the first settlers, where would we be today?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Winterize Your Lawn

Now that your lawn has become dormant for the winter, now is the perfect time of the year to do things like overseed and aeration of the soil. Soil compaction is a leading reason that grass becomes spotty and thin looking. Aeration when done properly, pokes little holes an inch or so deep into the soil to provide a means for more water and nutrients to reach below the surface where the roots need their benefits to grow deeper and stronger. This also helps to prevent water runoff when it rains so more of the water reaches where it needs to get to. Overseeding should be done after aeration so that some of the seedlings fall into the newly made holes. These seedlings will be an inch or so lower that the rest of your lawn so they will have a stronger root system. Remember the deeper the roots, the stronger and better your lawn will be. Aeration and overseeding can also be done in the Spring in early April so that the seedlings have about a month to begin to germinate before its time to start mowing again. After doing overseeding, remember to water the area about 30 minutes a day for 10 days. After 10 days water the area for 20 minutes every other day for the next week. Depending on Spring rainfall of course. You should begin to see the new grass starting to come up and you will be well on your way to a healthy looking lawn in no time. Please visit our website for information on what we can do for your lawn!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Time to think about your lawn care

It's almost time for you to decide who you want to do your lawn maintenance this year. It's never too early to get things set up so you can go about doing the things you love once the good weather arrives. When choosing a lawn care company, cheapest doesn't always equate to the best job on your property. Some companies will offer a discount for early sign ups such as a 10% discount on services. It's popular to also get a senior discount of 10% off as well. Seniors that sign up early can get 20% off the total price. Some companies will charge extra for additional things like edging, weed whacking etc. So you should know exactly what you need done and get estimates for that work. We include trimming of the sidewalk and driveway edges with each property estimate. You will find that the larger businesses will charge you a higher price becuase they already have alot of business and can get away with the higher charge. So when your looking to have your lawn taken care of this year, look for personality as well as commitment. You will find our services to be both professional and affordable. For more information, see our website at: