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!