Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
"It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled 'til his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more."
- Dr. Seuss
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Crew Column
This month we bring you Edward Hambleton. As you've probably guessed, Ed is part of the Hambleton family that owns and operates the company. Ed has been with us for 4 years, and enjoys working for the family business along side his brothers. When he's not playing ice hockey, or cheering on his beloved Capitals, Ed loves experimenting with grilling, smoking meats and deep frying a variety of foods. Ed is eager to learn more about the lawn and landscape industry and to continue growing in the family business. He also hopes to have the opportunity to travel someday, both stateside and internationally.
Your Lawn in December
A monthly guide of what to expect...
This month the lawn will go into full dormancy, appearing to be dead, but rising from its icy grave come spring. It's not too late to fertilize, and this can act as a natural anti-freeze for better tolerance to the cold.
In an effort to minimize damage to the lawn over the winter months, be sure to keep off any late falling leaves. These can smother the grass, cutting off oxygen and sunlight. If the lawn freezes, avoid walking on it if possible. The crown of the plant is more sensitive to being crushed when it is frozen.
If you have any potted plants or herbs that you're hoping will make it through the winter, be sure to bring them indoors. Situating them in a window that gets ample sun will help them to grow indoors, even when it's freezing outside.
Items of Intrigue
If Spiderman Had a Pet: Researchers have found a way to incorporate the spider silk gene into goats! The result? Spider silk protein can then be harvested from the goat's milk. Spider silk has long been coveted due to it's strength and elasticity. In the medical field it's uses range from making artificial ligaments and tendons, to eye sutures and jaw repairs. It could also have applications in bulletproof vests and improved car airbags. The problem has always been that when spider farms are established to harvest enough silk for these applications, the spiders (being territorial) killed each other off.
The Bract Fact: The Poinsettia is known for being the plant that adorns everything in December. However these popular holiday decorators don't even have flowers, they have bracts (also known as modified leaves.) In Mexico, Poinsettias are perennial shrubs that will grow 10-15 feet tall. Poinsettias get their name from Joel Roberts Poinsett who introduced them to the U.S. back in 1828. Poinsett was a botanist, physician and the first United States Ambassador to Mexico.
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2818 Juniper Street
Fairfax, VA 22031
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