Newsletter

November/December Newsletter

Happy Holidays! As we come to the end of another year at Grass Roots we are thankful for all our customers and look forward to another great year in 2016! Please know that with the upcoming holiday season your service day may shift during the week leading up to, or just after, a scheduled holiday. Grass Roots will be closed December 23rd – January 2nd so our employees can spend the holidays with their families. Hope you and your loved ones have a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

Lawn Maintenance

As the grass begins to go dormant your lawn maintenance crew will continue to focus on removal of all those falling leaves and keeping your turf free of debris. With your November invoice, you also should have received a note about Crape Myrtle Pruning and its detrimental effects to the tree. If you still want your Crape Myrtle pruned, please notify us prior to the end of January so we have your request on file.

Irrigation

If you are an irrigation program customer, we will be coming out soon to shut down your irrigation system and winterize it. Our technician will put a tag on your system to let you know that it has been shut down. Those customers taking care of their own systems will want to make sure to shut down the system prior to the first hard freeze we experience.

Lawn Care and Shrub Care

Your lawn has received its last application for the year, a pre-emergent to help keep winter weeds from germinating, along with liquid Potassium to help prepare your lawn for dormancy. It is still the time of year when your turf is susceptible to a fungus called brown patch, especially if your grass is getting too much water. Please notify the office if you suspect that you have brown patch in your lawn.

Landscaping

As the growing season has ended, our landscaping operations are on “pause” until springtime. If you are interested in having landscaping done in 2016, you are welcome to call the office to set up a time to meet with our landscape designer to plan and discuss projects in early spring.

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Merry Christmas from Kathy and Angelle (and Harley, too) at the Grass Roots business office! Please call or email us with any of your questions. We can be reached by phone Monday-Friday from 8:30 – 5:00. If we are on the other line and you have to leave a message, please be assured it will be returned as soon as possible.

September/October Newsletter

 

Interested in mosquito control? Grass Roots is happy to match competitor’s pricing of mosquito applications for our current customers.  Call today for more information!

Lawn Maintenance

Mid-October is the time when our crews begin servicing your yard every other week due to the slowing of plant and turf growth.  With increased leaf fall during these months your maintenance crew will be working to remove those leaves during your service visits. Please know that with upcoming holiday seasons your service day may shift during the week leading up to, or just after, a scheduled holiday.

Irrigation

Grass will begin to go dormant as we see extended periods of temps in the low 80’s.  If you are an irrigation program customer, we will be adjusting your watering to prevent fungus (brown patch) which is common this time of year.  Those customers adjusting their own systems will want to decrease their watering from now until winter.

Lawn Care and Shrub Care

As the temperature cools, turf fungus called Brown Patch can occur, particularly if watering is not decreased. Our technicians will be on the lookout for this condition when applying your last scheduled application for the season.  This last application is a Pre-emergent herbicide to help keep winter weeds from germinating, along with liquid Potassium to help prepare your lawn for dormancy.

Landscaping

There is a limited amount of time left in this year’s growing season to complete landscaping projects.  Please contact us ASAP if you want work done prior to Spring 2016.  This is also a great time of year to install mulch to help moderate the soil temperature for your plants during the winter months.  Please call the office to schedule mulch installation.

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Meet the Grass Roots Maintenance team: Front center, left side: Emigdio Back left (left to right): James, Donzell, Cesar, Roberto, Shaddi. Right side (left to right): Michael, Eugenio, Antonio, Victor, Martin.  They work hard to make sure your landscape looks its best.

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(850) 897-3073 (Niceville)

(850) 832-4212 (Panama City Beach)

July/August Newsletter

Have you heard about the new services we are now offering? Our licensed pest control operators can now apply treatments to your yard to help control mosquitoes and fire ants. Call for a free estimate today!

Lawn Maintenance

As we are in the hottest part of the year, major cutbacks of shrubs are generally not recommended. The combined stress of a cut back and the heat can be too much for shrubs. However, the hot weather makes it a great time for treatment of the weeds in your beds, and your lawn maintenance crew will be applying chemicals to take care of these. Also please make sure to return the completed storm letter which you should have recieved by email. If you need another copy, please let us know- it is important that we have your preference for storm cleanup on file prior to any work being done.

Irrigation

During the hottest part of the year hot spots may occur in your turf if your coverage is inadequate. Often, there is a difference between your irrigation simply “working” and working properly to ensure appropriate coverage. If you aren’t currently a Grass Roots irrigation customer, call for an irrigation check/adjustment if your lawn shows signs that your system isn’t functioning effectively.

Lawn Care and Shrub Care

Your lawn care team’s goal this time of year is to strengthen your lawn so that it can out-compete weeds. At the same time, extreme temperatures prevent application of post-emergent weed control. Your lawn care team is aware of the issues in your lawn and will treat them as soon as it is safe to do so. Tropical sod webworms are prevelant this time of year. Feel free to notify the office if you see the tell-tale patches of dull green turf. Upon closer inspection you will see notching along the side of the leaf blade, or dramatically shorter blades of grass. You may even see the worms out feeding on the grass in the early morning. Webworms can do damage quickly so it is important to treat them as soon as possible.

Landscaping

Call the office now to reserve your spot on our landscaping schedule before the end of the season. Our team is happy to do the hard work of making improvements to your yard. Check out our “Employee Spotlight” to see our landscaping team.

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Meet the Grass Roots Landscape Team: Jason, Daniel, Arturo, Francisco, Gerardo, Jorge and Marco.

Whether you need new sod, a landscape design or just sprucing-up, they can make the yard of your dreams a reality.

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(850) 897-3073 (Niceville)

(850) 832-4212 (Panama City Beach)

May/June Newsletter

Want more in-depth information about proper watering techniques and lawn care practices? Check out our blog Grass Roots Blog. Interested in finding out more about our new fire ant and mosquito applications? Visit our website grassrootslawn.com. If you have a specific topic you would like to see addressed on the blog, send us an email and let us know. If you have a lawn or landscape-related question please use our Q & A Facebook Page Ask Turf Pro.

Lawn Maintenance

Is it hot enough for you?  Extreme heat is stressful for your turf. To combat this you might notice that your maintenance crew is mowing your turf higher than usual during periods of drought. This is also the time of year we also experience periods of excessive rain, so please be aware that your service day may change due to severe weather or if your yard is so wet as to prevent mowing.  The health of your turf is always our first concern when determining how we service your yard.

Irrigation

Proper irrigation is of the utmost importance during this time of year.  The best way to determine if your lawn needs water is to use the “footprinting” technique.  If your footprint is still visible a few seconds after stepping off, your lawn needs water.  If you notice that the blades of your grass are folding in half, or that your lawn has taken on a bluish-grey color, it is time to irrigate.

Lawn Care and Shrub Care

For the health of your lawn, our lawn care technician will be applying more granular fertilizer to your turf for the next few months.  We continue to monitor and spray as necessary for mole crickets, chinch bugs and weeds.  Our shrub care technician is spraying a preventative insecticide for scale and other ornamental insects along with monitoring for fungus and diseases.

Landscaping

If you haven’t already installed a fresh layer of mulch this year, now is a good time.  A 2- 3 inch layer of mulch helps to moderate soil temperature and retain moisture in the soil for the health of surrounding plants. This is also a good time of year to meet with our landscape designer to create a plan to redesign your landscape or enhance existing plant beds before the end of the season.

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Meet the Grass Roots Irrigation Team: Clayton and Arturo. They perform irrigation checks and adjustments for our irrigation   program customers. They are skilled at installing new systems, modifying existing systems,and troubleshooting and making any necessary repairs.

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(850) 897-3073 (Niceville)

(850) 832-4212 (Panama City Beach)

 

March/April Newsletter

After an unusually long winter, we hope you are able to spend time in your yard enjoying this nice spring weather! The weather is warmer, things are growing, and there is a lot of work to do! Of course, with spring weather comes spring showers. We make every effort to stick to our schedule, but occassionally, due to weather, our schedule may temporarily change.

Lawn Maintenance

Our crews are back to servicing your property on a weekly basis. You may notice that your crew is still “bagging” your lawn due to a large amount of leaf debris. Temperatures are right for weed control chemicals to be effective on weeds you may have in your bed areas; if you are a full service customer your crew will be treating your beds during their weekly service visits.

Irrigation

All irrigation customers’ systems are back up and running for the growing season. The recommended watering for this time of year is 1-2 times a week. It is best to water your lawn in the early morning hours so that you lose a minimal amount of water to evaporation, but also give the lawn a chance to dry out between waterings to prevent fungus.

Lawn Care and Shrub Care

Our lawn care technician will be spot-treating for seasonal weeds in addition to applying your scheduled applications. Upcoming applications for lawn and shrubs will focus on fertilization. Turf insects and fungus should not be a problem this time of year.

Landscaping

Spring is all about improving your landscape so that you can enjoy it throughout the year. It is a great time of year to install new plants, put down a fresh layer of mulch or pine straw, or even replace an old lawn. Empire Zoysia is our landscaper’s turf grass of choice when resodding. It’s benefits include: density- which helps to outcompete weeds and maintain a full appearance and resilience- which helps it recover from turf-damaging insects and diseases once treated, and also makes it a good choice for a wide range of environments.

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Employee Spotlight

James Billings is our Lawn Maintenance Account Manager and has extensive experience in providing lawn maintenance services. He   joined the Grass Roots Team in 2010. He is responsible for the supervising and scheduling of our lawn maintenance crews and the     quality control of lawn maintenance services. James can answer any lawn maintenance questions you have and provide estimates for additional services.

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(850) 897-3073 (Niceville)

(850) 832-4212 (Panama City Beach)

January/February Newsletter

Hope you and your family are having a wonderful New Year so far. Our New Year’s resolution is to send our customers a bimonthly newsletter with helpful tips for your outdoor spaces and any news and updates you might need to know. If there is something you think should be added to this newsletter, please send us an email!

Lawn Maintenance

We are currently servicing our customers on a biweekly basis. Since turf grass is not active this time of year, your crew will focus mainly on leaf cleanup, removing debris, and seasonal cutbacks. If you are not a full service annual customer, now is the time to call the office to schedule an estimate for a cleanup to get your yard in shape!

Irrigation

To prevent damage due to freezing temperatures, your irrigation system should be winterized (controller off, backflow and pumps shut off and drained). As we move into February, it will be time to start up your system again. If you are currently on our irrigation program, we will take care of this for you!

Lawn Care and Shrub Care

Our first round of pre-emergent herbicide begins in January. This application helps to prevent weed germination during the spring season. As we leave behind the cold winter months fungus can become a problem. If you are a current lawn care customer, your lawn care tech will be checking for this during his applications.

Landscaping

Do you have a dream for your yard? Now is the time to call our office to schedule an estimate before the schedule fills up. Whether you need new sod, some sprucing up, or a full-scale design and install our in-house landscape designer can work with you to create an outside space you will enjoy.

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Employee Spotlight

Doug Simpson is our Lawn Care Manager and one of our state-certified Pest Control Operators. He has been with our company since 2011. Before coming to Grass Roots, Doug studied entomology and served for 6 years in the Air Force as a pest management supervisor. Now, Doug is in charge of managing and overseeing the lawn care operations at our Niceville branch. Doug holds many industry certifications and participates in continuing education that allows him to keep current on all the new products and techniques that can be used to maintain the health of your lawn and shrubs.

Get a Quote Today

(850) 897-3073 (Niceville)

(850) 832-4212 (Panama City Beach)

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