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Weed and Seed in Norfolk County

Well, it's summer time and it's so very very hot.  This has been one of the hottest summers we've had in a long time.  It's normal for grass to thrive and grow during the early and late spring.  And it's at those times when we cannot keep up with it's thick luscious growth.  Everybody wants a nice thick, lush, green lawn.  But what happens when summer hits, and temperatures rise?  Grass settles down and sometimes goes dormant.  Growing only a little week by week and heaven forbid it goes brown if we don't water.  This summer has been extremely stressful on our lawns.  They have been experiencing a great amount of stress while the heat is relentless and the sun fires down on it.  I'm glad for all the famers of Norfolk County and across Ontario, that we have had a few breaks in the heat and we'vefelt a few rains in the past ten days.  And I am very happy that lawns are greening up and growing a bit better now for JLC.  I see that rain is in the forcast again for this weekend, so fingers crossed that mother nature gives it to us! 

Jody and I have had a project all our own this summer.  We recently moved and creating and growing our lawn and gardens FROM SCRATCH! That's right, the entire lawn of 14,000sq ft is brand spankin' new!!  It hasn't been easy, thats for sure.  We always tell our customers to water the seed.  "keep it moist", "if it dries out, it dies out" etc....But most people don't seed an entire lawn of this size from scratch.  Our spring and summer has been spent growing tiny baby grasslings.  How do we do it you ask? We water. and water. and water. We do not have an irrigation system, so hours and hours a day and for weeks on endwe are pulling weeds and watering the grass.  The grass is too young for weed spray and the summer has been so hot, that the grass (like everyone elses) is under stress.  Patience, I tell mysef. With time and attention, our lawns are like children.  We need to watch them, care for, and nuture them.  Soon I will write again and let you know when our new lawn seed will enjoy it's very first cut! 

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Sunshine in Cambridge, ON

Photo: Evening sunset in Cambridge, ON....

 

After such a long week of rain and clouds, I am so happy to finally look outside and see the sun.  Not mention that it's warm out too.  My teenage kids tell me this morning that there are only three 'Mondays' left of school.  Really??? Three weeks until summer.  Ahhhh the freedom of summer.  Evening strolls, ice cream cones, beach days, bike rides, blueberry picking, and Canada's Wonderland

This will be our first summer fully living in Cambridge so I am pretty excited about trying out some new summer adventures.   We've spent many summer days at the beaches of Port Dover and Turkey Point, but now we'll get to try Puslinch Lake and the Grand River.  We just had our first experience at the Cambridge farmers market last weekend.  What a neat little place to visit on a Saturday morning. 

 

Being in the lawn care business in a small county like Norfolk, there are fewer companies that we can compare ourselves to.  However, here in Cambridge, there are many different companies we can check out to see how others run their businesses.  From small 'fly by nighters' to larger well known companies, it's very interesting to watch and learn from.  I personally always look to see what kinds of uniforms the crews are wearing and find a sense of reassurance that other companies are just like ours in many ways.  One thing for sure that is different is that in the city, there are large medians and wide boulevards that need mowing.  The land structure is set on a much smaller scale in Simcoe.  It's fun to compare.  Definitely a learning curve as we grow our business in the region of Waterloo.  But hey, it's all a fun experience...new places, new people just in time for summer. 

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