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NEW COVID-19 Update 4-14-20

Important:

Do to the Covid-19 Stay at home Executive Order We have not been able to work and haven’t received any support from the Governor or the federal Govt., through the SBA or bank.

We have some announcements
to make as we prepare for the upcoming season.
We are living in unprecedented times and there are still many questions that should be
asked but it appears we will have to wait for more courageous people to do that.
My point is to inform you of our plans and how we hope they will play out. The current Executive Order was extended until 4-30-20.
That means we should be able to start work on 5-1-20.
That is our plan and intention. We are aware of other municipalities not enforcing the Executive Order but Troy has made a statement that they will enforce the EO and any company caught working at this time will face steep penalties, fines, criminal charges and loss of license.
So

  1. We are preparing to start on 5-1-20 unless there is a change in designation.
  2. We will use protocols provided by the CDC plus we will require crews to bring their own food so to not have to stop at a store or drive thru.
  3. Each member will be tested daily for fever.
  4. Trucks will be cleaned daily with approved materials.
  5. Crews will be given Masks and gloves to wear while in trucks and traveling from site to site.
  6. Some crews may travel individually in separate trucks when possible
  7. Each person in each crew will be assigned their tools based on the tools serial number. They will use the same tool for task needed or as required and not switch them between team members to protect other crews or members of other teams. This will be the policy going forward for equipment maintenance protection.
  8. Once we begin, We will be working 7 days until we can get caught up and systems
    running smoothly. The Executive Order has not only cost us tens of thousands of dollars every week But has made it difficult to make any purchasing decisions.
  9. We will also be requiring payment immediately after service. If we don’t have your email address, please get it to us. We will be sending a pre-notification email, a post notification email and we will leave behind a note to ensure you know we were there and we can ensure quick payment. I have never had to do this before but it’s necessary. We need you support. It will take some time to get things back to some kind normal.
  10. We are also reviewing other options available to us to have a smooth start to the season.
New Leave Behind Postit.
  •  This is the note we will post on your door. We will mark the service we performed, date it and at the bottom it explains that you must pay by the next visit or we wont’ be back. The reason for this is that we cannot operate for weeks because of the losses we have already sustained and our system is now setup up so if payment isn’t made it won’t show up on our work schedules. This will be the new norm going forward. This will help get us through this difficult time as we provide your services and we need you support for this. Heather will be calling to help get your account setup before the 30th or you can email us so we can send you a portal link and you can setup your account or call Heather at the office to get your account setup.

COVID-19 Update

We, like many others, are not considered essential and therefore are unable to be out performing any of our normal tasks we are usually doing like, Spring Cleanups and Areations, even mowing now, at this time at your property. We hope this will change soon. We appreciate the patience and support of our customers at this time and as soon as we are able, we will be out and get the work done. We will be doing Cleanups probably at the same time we need to be mowing. So if we arrive to mow but haven’t done your cleanup yet and you paid we will still be there soon after to get the cleanups done.

Be safe, Follow the Guidelines and remember “this to shall pass”.
We are in this together.

Thank You!
Have a Great Day!
Harry Mazei
Great Lawns
www.GreatLawns.net
Office 248-797-1494
“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man/woman”

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Brick Pavers                       Patios/Walkways            Tree and Shrub installation
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European Crane Fly In Your Lawn

A relatively new, pest has found its way to North America, and has now found a home in the mid-west.  Both species of European Crane Fly (T. Paludosa) and (T. Olecera) were detected in Michigan in 2005.  The larvae is called a leather jacket and can be problematic in any turf.  The larvae are dependent upon moist soil conditions, mild winter sand wet cool summers to survive.  They are favored in areas of the lawn that have heavy thatch build up and poor drainage.  The difference between the two species, T. paludosa has a one year life cycle and T. Oleracea has a two year life cycle.

What will I see?

You will see yellow spots on the grass blades, bare patches, and direct injury to the lawn.  The injury is because of the disruption of the root zone, caused by the leather jackets, the adults feed on the crown and grass blades.  Most damage occurs from early to late spring and again in early to late fall.

How did European Crane Fly end up in my yard?

Both species of Crane Fly originated from Europe, and were first detected in North America {Canada}, several years ago, and now have migrated to the United States and have now found a home in Michigan.

How can I control the problem?

The best method of treating European Crane Fly is with a dual insecticide that treats both surface and sub-surface insects.  The European Crane fly’s life cycle is similar to that of a grub, this is why a dual insecticide is necessary, to control both the surface feeding adults, and the root feeding larvae; two treatments a year (one in spring and again in the fall), for 2 years is needed to control this exotic pest.

Note:

It is difficult to distinguish between the two species of European Crane Fly, and our own species of crane fly indigenous to North America. This is why a two year treatment plan is recommended, so that both the one year and two year cycles of each species are controlled.

Call if you think you might have them in your lawn.

Organic Gardening Tips You Can Try Out Today

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When you actually take the time to break down gardening, it is actually an intricate and complex hobby. Once you have decided to garden organically, you need to learn about your soil’s pH balance, as well as things like natural pesticides. If you are inexperienced with gardening, making the switch to organic methods may be a challenge for you. Be successful by using the following tips.

To prevent shocking your plants, you must gradually introduce new temperatures and other conditions to them. At first, only leave them outside for a brief period of time. Over a period of several days, slowly increase the time they are allowed to stay outside. The plants should be prepared to move outside permanently at the end of this week.

If you see mildew that is powdery, stay away from expensive chemicals to treat it. Plain water with a bit of liquid soap and baking soda will do the trick. Spray the mixture on the plants once every seven days or so until you no longer see the mildew. Baking soda treats the mildew effectively and gently and it won’t damage your plants.

For the right results, get the right type of soil. Fertilizer can enrich the soil to make it more viable. You may also cultivate an artificial area comprised of just one type of soil.

Plants need CO2 grow well. When exposed to high levels of CO2, most types of plants will grow better. Greenhouses provide the best levels of CO2 for plants. To achieve optimal growing conditions, keep the levels of carbon dioxide high in your plants’ environment.

Try and maintain daily aerated and dried plants. Parasites and pests are attracted to excess moisture on the plants. Fungi are a very common and irritating pest in the world of gardening. It is possible to control fungi with sprays, but the key is to treat your garden before any problems arise.

There are several all-natural ways to keep pests out of your garden, including certain plants. Onions and marigolds can help to deter slugs. Using wood ash as mulch around the base of trees and shrub seedlings will also help keep away insect pests. By utilizing these methods, you will not have to apply chemical pesticides on your vegetation.

You should think about planting evergreens that yield berries in your garden. This will keep your garden colorful, even during those months when other plants are not growing. These plants can help you get some color during the winter months: Winterberry, Common Snowberry, American Holly, and American Cranberrybush.

Keep your garden free from broad-spectrum pesticides. These strong pesticides are non-selective, killing beneficial insects as well as pests. Many times good bugs will be more sensitive to harmful pesticides than the ones you are trying to get rid of. If your good bug population goes down, your problem will only get worse. This will cause a cycle to start where you will need to keep increasing the amount of pesticide you are using.

Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.

How To Have A Healthy And Happy Garden

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When fruits and vegetables are organic, they taste great and are more rich in nutrients than the standard produce you’ll find at your grocery store. Why not save your money and grown your own veggies? Read the following article to find out more about organic gardening.

Keep your plants thriving through the winter by bringing them inside. This is especially useful if you have a particular plant that you love or was expensive. Carefully dig around the rootball and replant in an appropriate pot.

Instead of leaving clumps of irises intact, divide them so that your flowers can grow in a more healthy manner. If you split up clumps of them, you will eventually have more of this flower. When foliage is dead, lift bulbous irises. The bulbs should split up normally in the hand, and should flower when replanted for the next year. You should split up rhizomes by utilizing a blade. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the old center. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. Plant immediately.

An easy, inexpensive way to give them nutrients is to pour the leftover water from your steamed vegetables into the soil. Try adding used coffee grounds to the soil around plants that grow in acidic soil. Chamomile tea can be an effective treatment against fungus attacking plants.

Irrigate your garden efficiently. Take advantage of a soaker hose so that you don’t need to water every single plant individually, or have to keep filling up your watering can. To protect your plants, keep the flow on the soaker down. This allows you to leave the hose running as you go about your business.

Plant strawberries for your children. Children enjoy picking fresh fruit, especially if they can eat it right away.

If you are gardening with a cut, make sure that you adequately protect it from dirt and chemicals. The dirt and grime you come into contact with while gardening can cause even a small cut to become seriously infected. Bandage all cuts completely, using bandages that cover and seal cuts.

Keep the temperature in your home between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, if you are keeping or growing any kind of plant in your house. In order to encourage proper growth, they will need that warmth. If you don’t like keeping your home that temperature in the winter, you may wish to consider getting a heat lamp, instead, to keep your organic plants the correct temperature.

If you want to start a small organic garden indoors, evaluate the amount of natural light that is present. If the garden will receive little sunlight, find plants that can grow in medium or low-light environments. If you simply must have a plant that has higher requirements for sunlight, you can use indoor UV lamps.

Do not rush when planting seeds. Start first by moisturizing your soil. Then you want to spread your seeds evenly while making sure that they have enough room to grow. Typically, seeds should be planted at a depth that is equal to three times their size. Some seeds should not be buried at all as they need light to grow.

You no longer need to buy inferior produce. Use what you learn from this article in order to grow your own vegetables and fruits.