Drought

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We have had a very mild dry Winter here in Denver/Parker CO. But now it has escalated into a severe drought here in Denver/Parker CO. It is taking its toll on the lawn care industry here in Denver/Parker CO. The lawns are normally greening up already by this time in Denver/Parker CO. We are experiencing extreme fire danger in Denver/Parker CO. and have already had numerous wildfires burning out of control in Golden CO. as well as 2 fires here in Parker CO. There are bans on fires in the Boulder CO. area and will probably have bans in Denver/Parker CO. as well. Wiens Lawncare is finishing up the last of our Deep Root Winter Watering of trees and shrubs and we will begin doing lawn care next week in Denver/Parker CO. Please pray for rain in Denver/Parker CO. and surrounding areas of the Denver CO. metro area as we are experiencing a severe drought. For LAWN TIPS please visit http://www.wienslawncare.com/LawnTips.html.

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SPECIAL OFFER! 10% DISCOUNT

Spring is here, honestly, according to the calendar anyway. We have had an unbelievable amount of Winter weather here in the Denver/Parker CO. area so far this month. As a result, the lawns are slower than usual to green up. April is usually our busiest month of the year at Wiens Lawn and Tree Care getting all of the Spring lawn problems taken care of and getting them up and running. It has been very difficult this year getting Spring aerations done and we have had to just put down a granular slow release fertilizer only on the lawns because no one has their sprinklers on yet and watering. I am offering a 10% discount for new clients that schedule at least 4 fertilizer applications and 2 aerations. Offer expires 6/21/13. I truly hope that the cold and snow is over for this year. But the good news is that it has helped us with the drought conditions we have experienced over the last 3 years. For more help with your lawns please visit my website at http://www.wienslawncare.com.

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Wiens Lawncare receives award

Wiens Lawncare receives award.

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Wiens Lawncare receives award

 

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wiens Lawncare Receives 2012 Best of Parker Award

Parker Award Program Honors the Achievement

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 4, 2012 — Wiens Lawncare has been selected for the 2012 Best of Parker Award in the Retail Landscaping category by the Parker Award Program.

Each year, the Parker Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Parker area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Parker Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Parker Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Parker Award Program

The Parker Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Parker area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Parker Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Parker Award Program

CONTACT:
Parker Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardprogram.org
URL: http://www.awardprogram.org

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How is the sprinkler coverage on your lawn?

With the heat and drought stress we are experiencing right now in the Denver/Parker CO. area and water restrictions in place, you need to be getting utmost benefit from the water you are putting down on your lawn. You need to be getting the most “bang” for your water buck! If you see water running down the street while your sprinklers are on or you have brown spots in your lawn and you are putting tons of water on your lawn, most likely you are not getting good COVERAGE with your sprinkler heads. With the extreme heat and drought conditions here in Denver/Parker CO. any slight flaw in the coverage will show up as a brown spot in your lawn. Plus you could get a fine from your water company for wasting water by letting it run down the streets instead of going on your lawn, besides the fact that you are paying for it! Two people can effectively check the coverage of your sprinklers. One of you run the clock and just go through each zone for a minute or two while the other one watches what is happening with the sprinkler heads while it is on. You should be getting head to head double coverage over the whole lawn. What this means is one sprinkler head should reach all the way to the next closest head to it and vice versa so they are crossing over each other and meeting in the middle and thus giving you double coverage of the whole lawn edge to edge. The rotor type heads that pop up then oscillate back and forth need to be putting out a fan type spray reaching from the farthest point out and getting even coverage all the way back to the head. Not a pencil stream that shoots out and over and misses in between. If you do this check and it looks like they are covering good and you are watering at least three times a week for thirty minutes each in the early a.m. like you should be right now and you still have brown spots in your lawn, you should get a professional sprinkler expert to check them as they can see things you can’t and make adjustments and recommendations to fix it if it’s a coverage issue. You can also just dig your finger down into your lawn to check the coverage. First dig your finger down deep into a nice green area and notice how wet it feels. Then dig your finger down into a brown spot and take note of the difference. If you live in Parker CO. the Parker water department will do a free sprinkler coverage check, so give them a call. If a brown spot doesn’t get better with added water and actually gets worse, you may have a disease or fungus issue. If you live in the Denver/Parker CO. area and need help with your lawn call 303-358-0041 for a free estimate. Or if you live outside our service area of Denver/Parker CO. go to http://www.wienslawncare.com/lawntips.html for more help with your lawn problems. Also http://www.wienslawncare.com/products.html for videos on these subjects. Or you can see them at http://www.youtube.com and go to Kent Wiens channel.

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Heat/Drought Stress

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With the temperatures soaring above the ninety degree mark, the lawns here in Denver/Parker CO. that have been looking so nice and green all Spring are suddenly turning brown. They need more water! When the temps are above eighty degrees consistently, you need to increase your watering times on your lawn. Right now you need to be watering three times a week in the early a.m. for thirty minutes. Or more if your lawn doesn’t recover and green back up. Don’t water at night because that contributes to disease problems such as Dollar Spot (see lawn tips video Dollar Spot Disease) at http://www.wienslawncare.com/products.html Not only is it getting very hot here in Denver/Parker CO. but it’s also very dry. We haven’t had alot of consistent rain. We had a huge thunderstorm with flash flooding and hail that caused damage (4 inches of rain in 1 hour). We have 2 fires burning out of control right now destroying hundreds of homes, killing 1 person and destroying thousands of acres of trees. Be sure you are mowing weekly at 3 inches with a razor sharp blade. For help with your lawn here in Denver/Parker CO. for fertilizing, aeration, mowing, weeds, control, seeding call 303-358-0041 for a free estimate.

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Dollar Spot Disease is going crazy!

Dollar Spot disease is going crazy on the lawns in the Denver/Parker CO. area right now. I have seen it on virtually every lawn I have been on this past week. It usually happens in the late Spring when the temps get into the 90’s the first week of June. Both diseases and insects are active in the Spring and Fall. The symptoms are “wicking” or a pinched off straw colored tip on the ends of the leaf blades. Also purplish colored leaf blades and straw colored bands on the leaf blades. It needs to be treated with 2 applications of fungicide 2 weeks apart combined with good cultural practices. Then the damage will need to be repaired by either seeding or sodding. This disease can do damage or even kill your lawn. It is important to water in the early morning, not at night because this contributes to diseases and mow weekly at 3″ with a very sharp blade. Even though you are following these good cultural practices however your lawn can still get this disease just from the atmospheric conditions of the moisture in the lawn combined with the heat creates humidity on the surface of the lawn creating conditions favorable for the fungus to grow that causes the disease. Also going from extremely dry conditons to extremely wet conditions can trigger this disease. Such as when you wait too late in the Spring to start watering and then try to “catch up” by pouring the water to it to get it to green up like your neighbor’s lawn that’s so nice and green already. You should wrap your backflow or get a permanent insulated cover for it and foam tubing for the pipes to prevent feezing and watch for the lawn to start greening up on it’s own. That’s the time to start watering but start slowly and gradually increase the amount you put on the lawn until it greens up fully and comes out of dormancy and starts to grow. Mowing too short with a dull blade contributes to this disease because it shreds instead of making a clean cut and gives more surface area for the fungus to enter the leaf blades. That’s what you are seeing with the “wicking” is the fungus moving down the leaf blade and when it gets to the crown of the plant that’s when it does the damage and thins or kills the lawn. Please see the pictures of this disease on my website at: http://www.wienslawncare.com/lawntips.html

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Spring Lawn Problems

Both insects and diseases are active in the Spring and Fall. I’m seeing mite activity, Dollar Spot Disease and weeds such as Dandelion, thistle and a few others. Crabgrass typically doesn’t emerge until late May or early June. Dollar Spot can be caused by poor cultural practices such as waiting too late to start watering in the Spring and the lawn goes from extremely dry to extremely wet as the homeowner tries to “catch up” with heavy watering and get it to green up because their neighbor’s lawn is so nice and green already. Also the heat tends to cause atmospheric conditions favorable for this disease. If you are watering good like you should and mowing properly; weekly at 3″ with a sharp blade you are doing everything right as far as cultural practices go and your lawn STILL gets this disease it’s because the heat combined with the moisture in the lawn creates humidity on the surface and is a condition favorable for the fungus to grow that causes the disease. Then there’s good old Necrotic Ring Spot that’s active in Spring and Fall and that’s when it spreads the most. For more information on lawn insects and diseases please go to http://www.wienslawncare.com/lawntips.html or http://www.wienslawncare.com/products.html as I have videos on all these lawn insects and diseases that you can watch.

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