Sometimes husbands and wives find faults with little things.  These teeny foibles are both tough to find in my wife and tough to talk about with her.  Occasionally there is a lovely blush of spring in her cheeks and an “oops a daisy” in the end.  This is my favourite look of hers.

Last spring among the cute baby plants from the nursery was a “Jack O Lantern”.  ”Do not put that in my bed” I say in my best still in control deep bass voice.  

I expect her to trust and listen to me; to care about how I feel.  This did not happen.  She already knows I feel nothing and have no idea what goes on in either my head or heart and that my voice is cracking.  In they go.  

There is no revenge taken. I ignore for the season and move on. The best I manage to express myself is a stupid haiku.  

toe nails                                                                                         and coarse bone meal                                                                    in her bed


So.  Anyway.  It is next spring now.  I had to strip this bed and clean things up.  Let me quantify without feelings or judgements, as if you were a customer who needed a quote.  It took 2 plus hours to ferret out the roots.  One cedar shrub was infected.  The roots needed to be burned at 1300 degrees. (kiddimg about the fire)  This is only the first round.  A new shrub will have to be picked up, delivered and installed.  It will likely not match the existing one.

Nothing can grow there while I wait a couple of weeks to certify there are no roots left. I had to dig deep besides so it will take that long for the soil to settle back down anyway.  The edge of the deck will need to be monitored closely.  Some boards may have to be lifted to get underneath if we find a little pumpkin patch hiding there.

I really liked the job.  (not kidding)  Often I wonder if my calling was not an archeologist.  This work is very soothing to me and even Sandra recognizes this.  “That’s why I did it.  You can thank me later”

lol.  “Thanks dear”

The plow is still on our trucks but we are definitely in spring mode. The bamboo rake is going in the truck today. Sure it is too early to try to remake your garden and there is no attempt on our part to make your grass green yet. We will not wake a sleeping bear from hibernation. There is nothing to stop us from cleaning up and dead heading on his doorstep however. Likely he will be in a better mood if he is not stepping on dog feces and litter when he finally awakes. The activity of plowing took place on his doorstep all year afterall.

What are we doing now. Yes, dog feces is one of the chores. “Pile Picking”, where we use a small rake to fling the litter that shows it’s face as the snow piles thaw. There is a lot of litter to get. We also are going to be on top of parking lot sweeping by starting niggling at the sand in the corners. Raking late fallen and wind blown leaves off lawns with that gentle bamboo rake is also a chore. Looking at the long range forecast makes us hopefull for a week outside doing what we enjoy.

This post is about getting new customers. Schepers Property Maintenance is sticking to its key principles and that is limiting the number of customers for lawn care or for garden make overs. We are not going to do any more than three days of lawn this year. We like the makeover projects. We like the help we give people for minor repairs for decks and interlock and even interior repairs such as drywall. We like the lawn repair jobs and really enjoy working on just the gardens of many homes. We are busy enough and are even going to be hiring this year. Over the next few weeks we will explain our services in brief blogs in the hopes of getting information to these potential customers we are hoping to attract. Please note. There is advice for you in everything written. One hint. The services being described are due to be done in the next week, that is why we are explaining first.Boulevard Sweeping

Boulevard Sweeping. The gentle bambo rake and the metal poo flinging rake do not deal with the sand left by the city. This sand is full of crab grass and is best to remove. The machine we use for this is very effective. It is rubber and will not damage lawn. We suggest doing it now before the rains drive the seeds in and because it is very inexpensive to do this work if it is done before the city sweeps the streets. This job is one of those jobs that is easy on the customer/ company relationship. It is inexpensive, important and done on time. Orders can be taken over the phone. Scheduling is a breeze as it does not take us long to do it and yet it saves the customers an amazing amount of time. This job is included in our lawn contracts and, where applicable, our garden maintenance jobs. It is one of the services that is easily done as a one up job and is a great service to hire us for so that you get to meet our staff.

The other service I am pushing for now for Schepers Property Maintenance is Garden Consulting. Now afterall is a perfect time to sip a coffee or tea and plan. We are far cheaper than landscape architects and frankly are very very good at making your garden look great. There are elements of this consultation that are unique to Schepers Property Maintenance. We take the time to listen and are very careful to include the maintenance needs into the conversation. As a maintenance company we are designing for winter, allowing for snow removal duties. We are careful to tell you the approximate hours of yearly maintenance and let you know how to properly care for the garden to make it last. We are advocates and experts of staging a garden. Consider the following points.

  1. A wise gardener sticks to budgets. They budget…
    1. Space. We do not temporarily do not overplant.  This is an expensive way to garden.
    2. Costs. Schepers Property Maintenance works to a clear budget and plan plan.  There are no surprises.
  2. An avid gardener will move a garden and touch it up regularly. We help plan for changes. Our coaching helps teach our customers key concepts that help make change.  We expect you to grow with your garden.
  3. We are garden sharers. If we thin a plant from one garden we love to share. We have developed a cost effective way of doing this that is quite neat.
  4. Are work is completed on time and we do it with the least disturbance to your home.

Garden coaching saves you money. Garden coaching and our garden makeovers can cost up to a third of what a “designer” garden would cost. Garden maintenance is cheaper than lawn care as odd as that sounds to people. One of the things we run into and have to overcome is the strange concept people have about gardens. It costs almost half as much to garden an established garden as it does for a lawn of the same size.  We give free estimates and would love to talk about your garden.

20150626_125531For pricing on Crab GRass Control or general lawn repairs (Guelph, Ontario and Surrounding Area.)

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Fall Lawn Seeding

Chemicals/ Treatments

Crab Grass, even when there were effective chemicals available, was one of those weeds that slipped through the cracks. Pre-emergents would give some control before the crab grass germinated but there was nothing to treat it after it germinated.

Corn Meal Gluten is effective if applied at just the right time. The principle is that it creates a barrier that the weeds do not grow through. It lasts for about thirty days from time of application. The problem is in timing the weather perfectly and being diligent with your application.

About Crab Grass

  1. It is an annual. It will not grow back next year.
  2. It is a prolific seed producer. If you let it turn to seed those seeds will be there for the next season just waiting. (plus more)
  3. It is brought to your yard mostly by sand used for winter maintenance and brought in for landscaping (screening, top dirt).
    1. I can tell if some one has “re-pointed” or repaired their interlock drive by the pattern of crab grass growth along the boarders of these areas.
  4. It is transferred from such areas as the boulevards or lawn adjacent to walks and drives to the middle of your yard by mowing practices and foot traffic.
  5. It grows rapidly and will destroy the lawn quickly.
  6. It may not grow back next season but if left unchecked it will be very stocky and will make repairing the lawn more difficult. It will be harder to trim down. There will be seeds and a worse outbreak (depending on the weather.

Crab Grass Control

If the Crab Grass has already emerged there are some easy ways to control how much damage it creates.

  1. Cut it back right to the ground so there is no green showing
    1. wear safety equipment as there will be flying rocks and grit.
    2. This WILL wreck the other grasses where this work is done.
      1. It will look messy
    3. It is far easier to keep up when the new growth is young.
  2. Where there are single plants (middle of lawn) you can cut just below the surface with a sharp knife or pull
    1. yes you can also hand pull them all
  3. Wait until second or third week of August or the beginning of September and reseed lawn (when the weather will not trigger the Crab Grass growth.)
    1. please read blog on grass seed
  4. When having landscape construction work done around your home be neat with materials
  5. When mowing your lawn always cut the crab grass area last if you can and immediately clean your lawn mower after use. (or before you transfer to an unaffected lawn)
  6. If you use Round Up or an equivalent product as a homeowner you will still damage the lawn around the outbreak and, depending on when it is done, the crab grass may still turn to seed.
    1. If you use this product you should still consider trimming and clean up
    2. consider that Round Up will kill the perennial grasses in the infected area whereas the technique above will not. Round Up is not advised!!