Fall is Here!!
We hope you are enjoying the change of seasons as much as we are!
This is a wonderful time of year to take advantage of the beautiful weather by hiking, biking, or simply enjoying a book in the comfort of your back yard. Wherever you find yourself this autumn, we hope it's outside!
The Crew Column
Our featured employee this month is Alex Segovia. He's been with us for 8 years, and yes, his personality is as infectious as his smile! When he's not working (or playing soccer), Alex enjoys exploring the countless attractions DC has to offer. When asked about his long term goals, Alex said he hopes to some day retire in his home country of El Salvador and own a home down there.
Your Lawn in October
A monthly guide of what to expect...
As the weather starts to grow colder, this month we'll start to see Zoysia grasses turning brown. Perennial grasses and weeds will also start to die out, and we'll see some of the cool season grasses (i.e. fescue, rye, bluegrass, etc...) make a final growth push before the arrival of winter. The combination of sunny days and cooler nights create a welcome environment for these late season grasses.
October is also when core aeration and over-seeding season comes to an end. The leaves will start to blanket the lawn this month; too many leaves on the lawn can smother the new baby grass, so keeping that layer of leaves from building up is important.
What does your lawn need this winter?
It's easy to forget about the lawn and landscaping in the dead of winter, when most of our time is spent indoors.The solution: Let us worry about it!
There are two maintenance services we're offering this January/February:
1. Winter Clean Up - The lawn can get messy with leftover leaves, sticks and debris that litter the lawn after snow, or ice storms. We can also clean up the garden beds of any weeds still taking a stand, or any winter perennials weeds that make a late appearance.
2. Winter Trimming and Pruning - There are certain trees and shrubs that do best when pruned over the winter. These include: Crepe Myrtles, Knockout Roses, Arborvitae, Junipers and more. Getting these pruned at the right time of year will mean a much healthier plant all year long.
To sign up or inquire about these services, call or email Rob:
703-532-4911 (ext 1)
Items of Intrigue
Once Upon an October: In 1582, the Gregorian Calendar took effect (in Catholic countries), as Pope Gregory XIII issued a decree stating the day following Thursday, October 4, 1582, would be Friday, October 15, 1582. This corrected a 10-day error accumulated by the Julian Calendar. Britain and the American colonies didn't adopt the Gregorian Calendar until 1752, 170 years later.
Atoms, Atoms, Everywhere: Did you know, there are 8 times as many atoms in a teaspoonful of water as there are teaspoonfuls of water in the Atlantic ocean! That's 3 atoms (2 hydrogen, 1 oxygen) per water molecule...and a trillion trillion water molecules per teaspoon. How many molecules is that, exactly? Written out it would be 1 followed by 24 zeros!
Flower Power: The Sunflower gets it's name from the way the buds turn to face the sun as it travels east to west across the sky. This process is known as heliotropism. Along with their ability to track the sun, Sunflowers can also be used to remove or extract toxic elements from soil, such as arsenic, lead and uranium. After the Chernobyl disaster, they were used to remove toxins from a nearby pond.
Hambleton Lawn & Landscape
2818 Juniper Street
Fairfax, VA 22031
Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am-4:00pm ET
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VA Class A Lic #2705097772A
and VA pesticide bus Lic. #6583