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Winter, 2014

Here is what we will be tackling over the next weeks:

Putting down lime and fertilizer this month and the first application of pre-emergent weed control
Cleaning up the crepe myrtles and pruning. We will not be topping them.

Trimming your liriope this month.

liriope

Now is the time to think about:

Mulch or pine needles
Planting new bushes, trees, or plants
Installing new gardens, retaining walls,or pathways
French drains
Sod or reseeding

Give us a call and we can discuss and give a quote.

Refer us: If you referral to a friend to us, residential property or commercial property and if they sign a yearly contract our thanks to you will be a flat of flowers, or a bag of bulbs, or a seasonal surprise!

Gift Cards: Have you ever been bothered by what to give the in-laws, your husband or your parents. An answer can be a Gift Card from Samson Grounds Management, LLC. You can get the card for any amount and can be used for trimming bushes, mowing grass, installation of gardens, mulching, pine needles, etc. You will have one year to redeem the card. Give us a call for details.

Suggestions: If you have a suggestion for Samson Grounds Management, please let us know at info@samsongroundsmgmt.com. We always welcome your comments on how we can serve you better.

Job openings: If you know of anyone, or yourself, who has a green thumb or is looking for part time work doing gardening or grounds care, please contact us at info@samsongroundsmgmt.com. Please send a brief resume and work history. We are currently accepting applications for driver position. Must have valid NC drivers license and experience in commercial grounds maintenance.

 

November/December, 2013

Leaves!

We are in the peak season for leaves to be dropping. The crews are working hard trying to stay ahead but it looks like we are taking second place to the leaves. If you see a pile of leaves in the street, don't worry, they will be picked up by our leaf truck. If there are not many, we will be bagging the leaves and leaving the bags on the curb line.

Irrigation

We will start to winterize the irrigation system starting in December. If you would like to get yours winterized, send an e-mail to info@samsongroundsmgmt.com and we will get it on the schedule.
Holidays

Samson Grounds Management, LLC will be closed the following days in observance of the holidays. Please try to understand that we will try to service everyone as best we can on the shorter work week. If you have any special request for the holidays, please send an e-mail to info@samsongroundsmgmt.com.

- Thanksgiving Day / Day After Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve / Christmas Day
- New Years Eve / New Years Day
Holiday Decorations

If you have any outside holiday decorations that you would like us to hang or install, please give us a call. We would be happy to help spread the cheer!
Planning Ahead

We are not in winter yet but now is the time to plan for those winter projects. If you have any ideas on patios, walks, gardens, (flower or vegetable), lighting etc., give us a call and we would be happy to come out and discuss the options with you.
Where does the pollination come into play in the winter time?

According to Kerry Barringer, curator of the Herbarium at The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens "Many of the plants we see blooming at this time of year do not get pollinated”.

What? Well, it turns out that just a few warm days bring out enough bugs to help but many winter flowers have adapted and are pollinated by wind and some plants like the skunk cabbage actually have heated flowers (so warm they can melt snow and ice) that protect flies and entice them to pollinate.

Refer us: If you referral to a friend to us, residential property or commercial property and if they sign a yearly contract our thanks to you will be a flat of flowers, or a bag of bulbs, or a seasonal surprise!

Gift Cards: Have you ever been bothered by what to give the in-laws, your husband or your parents. An answer can be a Gift Card from Samson Grounds Management, LLC. You can get the card for any amount and can be used for trimming bushes, mowing grass, installation of gardens, mulching, pine needles, etc. You will have one year to redeem the card. Give us a call for details.

Suggestions: If you have a suggestion for Samson Grounds Management, please let us know at info@samsongroundsmgmt.com. You can be eligible for a gift card if we use your suggestion!

Job openings: If you know of anyone, or yourself, who has a green thumb or is looking for part time work doing gardening or grounds care, please contact us at info@samsongroundsmgmt.com. Please send a brief resume and work history.

 

September, 2013

Aeration, Seeding and Fertilizing



Aeration time is fast approaching. We will begin aeration starting the week of 9/16/2013.

As a precaution, all irrigation and sprinkler heads need to be marked with a flag to prevent damage from the aerator. We will e-mail you prior to your aeration date so all heads can be flagged. If you would like us to flag the heads, there will be a $35.00 minimum charge to cover materials and labor. Let us know by calling 704-362-3617 or info@samsongroundsmgmt.com.

Do to the lack of rain, the soil is very hard. For optimal core penetration we recommend that you water your yard for at least 30 minutes per day until ground is soft.  After aeration, the turf will need to be watered on a regular basis to ensure proper germination of the seed. Once the seed is germinated, watering can be backed off as the grass grows.



Sunset Books Top 5 bulbs to plant in the fall:


Dutch Iris



Intense deep blue, purple and yellow. 2 feet in height. Favorites: Professor Blaauw (Blue), Purple Sensation (Purple/Magenta), and Royal Yellow (Yellow). They are beautiful mixed with ornamental grasses or a pot of yellow Violas.

Tulips



Slender & Lovely, Lady or Candy are pale yellow or white on inside and red to magenta on outside. 6”-9” tall and normally come back year after year. Favorites: the blossoms of Tulipa Clusiana are rose carmine on the outside, bright yellow on the inside. Or for yellow star shaped flowers with white tips try T. Tarda.

Darwin Hybrid Tulips



Tallest, largest tulips. Cup shaped bloom, scarlet orange to red, pink, yellow and white. 2 foot stems. Chill bulbs for 6 weeks before planting. Favorites: Pink Impression (best pink), Beauty of Apeldoorn (flame colored), and Daydream (opens yellow, matures orange).

Parrot Tulip



Brilliant hues (some striped and flamed in various colors) Petals are big and ruffled and feathered. Pretty behind white or purple Violas. Chill bulbs for 6 weeks before planting. Favorites: Blue Parrot ( Mauve – blue flowers 18” stem), Estella Rjinveld (red and white flamboyant flowers 20” stems), and Rococo (red with splashes of green 20” stem).

Apricot Daffodils



Stand up to cold and are easy to grow. Pretty combined with apricot or blue Violas. Favorites: Apricot Lace (white outer petals with apricot colored corona, 14” stem) and Lorikeet (yellow petals with salmon trumpet 18”).


Gift Cards: We are going to offer gift cards for the holidays. More information will be available soon.

Suggestions: If you have a suggestion for Samson Grounds Management, please let us know at info@samsongroundsmgmt.com. You can be eligible for a gift card if we use your suggestion!

Job openings: If you know of anyone, or yourself, who has a green thumb or is looking for part time work doing gardening or grounds care, please contact us at info@samsongroundsmgmt.com. Please send a brief resume and work history.

 

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Summer, 2013

Brown Patches. Yikes!

The beauty of a lawn can be quickly destroyed by brown patch or large patch, which are serious fungal diseases that can affect many different lawn grasses. Disease can develop rapidly when daytime temperatures are warm (75 to 90 °F) and humid, nighttime temperatures are above 60 ºF, and there is an extended period of leaf wetness.

brown patches

Symptoms of brown and large patch diseases may vary greatly with the type of grass and soil conditions. The diseases usually cause thinned patches of light brown grass that are roughly circular in shape. These areas range in diameter from a few inches to several feet. Often the center of the patch will recover, resulting in a doughnut-shaped pattern.

Close inspection of cool-season grass blades reveals small, irregular, tan leaf spots with dark-brown borders. Bentgrass may not show individual lesions, but leaves will turn brown and shrivel. Infected warm-season grasses rarely have leaf spots but instead have rotted leaf sheaths near the soil surface.

The good news is:

Fungicides are effective for brown patch control, and can be applied on a preventative or curative basis. Curative applications may not be effective during periods of hot weather because the cool-season grasses are growing slowly and are unable to recover from the damage under these conditions. Consider a preventive fungicide program for tall fescue and creeping bentgrass when conditions favor disease development. For best results, preventative applications should be initiated in the late spring or early summer when night temperatures consistently exceed 60°F.

Call today to see how Samson Grounds Management, LLC can save your lawn from Brown Patch.

Trimming Bushes

The shrubs and bushes are growing faster than we can keep up with! The rain and temperature are making ideal conditions for their growth. We are trying our best to get to everyone in a timely manner and trim the bushes down.