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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.


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.


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.

KathyEmployee Spotlight

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.

About the Authors

Mike Rosenbleeth is the President & General Manager of Grass Roots Lawn & Landscape, Inc. After retiring from the Air Force and again from the private sector in Aerospace Engineering, he decided to start his own business. Starting with nothing more than a pickup truck and a push mower in 2002, he has built a premier Lawn & Landscaping company on the Emerald Coast. Mike is a Certified Pest Control Operator in Termite, Lawn & Ornamental and General Household Pest & Rodent Control. He studied Pest Control Technology at the University of Florida and is also a Licensed Irrigator.

Doug Simpson, LIC is the Lawn Care Manager and Certified Pest Control Operator in Charge of our Niceville branch. He studied entomology and served for 6 years in the Air Force as a Pest Management Supervisor. He is a Certified Pest Control Operator in Lawn & Ornamental and General Household Pest & Rodent Control. Doug studied Turfgrass Management at Purdue University and the University of Georgia and is also a Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Manager through the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

Between the two of them, they have over 25 years of experience in the Pest Control and Landscape Industries. They spend over 40 hours a year in Continuing Education to keep their certifications current and up to date with industry standards. Both have been trained under the Green Industries Best Management Practices through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Additionally, they are both board members for the Okaloosa County Extension Advisory Committee.


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