Pictured below is a set of before and after pictures from a Noon Turf Care customer. The before was taking in early September of this year and shows a dried out lawn from the summertime. A month later, after picture, the lawn looks much more healthy and green.
Space Safety recently published an article discussing the many uses for satellite images. They featured Google Earth technology as used by Noon Turf Care for lawn measurement, but also discussed future use cases including measuring roofs for re-shingling, snow removal, or putting up seasonal lights.
You can read the full article on Space Safety, here: http://www.spacesafetymagazine.com/space-on-earth/everyday-life/creative-uses-satellite-images-proliferate-increased-access/
Fall is the perfect time to ensure your lawn is ready for the long winter ahead. There are several steps you need to take to prepare and lawn care experts like the pros at Noon Turf Care are happy to help.
You need to find a good winterizing fertilizer, which is high in potassium. This is a more balanced fertilizer than a turf builder and is your best bet if you only fertilize your lawn once a year. However, if you’ve been feeding your lawn all year, you’re less likely to need to worry about winterizing.
And, if you live in New England, you likely have a cool season grass like bluegrass, which has its peak growing season in the fall. This grass in particular benefits from a fall feeding as that’s when it, like you, is preparing itself for winter. This means top growth slows and it begins storing nutrients. Therefore, fertilizing can help a lawn shore up nutrients for the months ahead.
In addition to fertilizing, you should also consider aerating and mowing your lawn as part of the winterizing process. Just make sure you don’t mow your lawn too short as the weather cools. You also want to make sure to rake up any of those beautiful autumn leaves that fall as debris does not break down as quickly in the winter and can actually suffocate your lawn.
Noon Turf Care was recently featured in Landscape Management talking about our new approach to lawn tech compensation. We changed focus from compensation based on volume of lawns treated to one that results in more personal interaction with our customers. Now, lawn technicians have a dedicated route they are assigned to for the year. As a result, we’ve seen customer retention increase 7% — and expect it to only continue to rise.
You can read the full article at Landscape Management.
In case you missed the live chat yesterday, you can watch a replay of the discussion between Sarah E. Needleman, Wall Street Journal reporter; Orly Lobel, Professor of Law at University of San Diego; Carey Smith, CEO of Big Ass Fans; and our own Chris Noon, on whether or not the skills is gap real or if business owners are simply too picky—or even just too cheap—to train possible candidates.
At 2:30pm EST today, July 10, Chris Noon will be chatting with the editor of the Wall Street Journal about small businesses. The segment is titled, “Is the Skills Gap Real?” and discusses why many small-business owners say they’re struggling to find job candidate.
Peter Keough of the Boston Globe asks in his editorial piece, “Why are we obsessed with having a pretty lawn?”
Historically, it could have been seen as a sign of spiritual purity. These days, “lawns offer an escape from daily drudgery, freedom from iPhones, and reconnection with the grit and smell and ephemera of nature.”
Read the article here, then tell us below why you love your lawn.
Although red thread disease is most severe in the spring and fall, the pathogen can develop during any time of the year when the weather is cool and wet. The disease leaves irregular patches of tan/yellowing grass. From afar, however, affected areas tend to appear reddish in color due to the growth of stromata, thick red fibers of fungus stemming from infected leaves. After infecting the grass, the stromata can sustain in soil for two years. Once they are fully germinated, the stromata spreads by infecting neighboring grass leaf blades through their stomata, tiny openings typically located on the outer layer of the leaf’s skin. When humidity is high and leaves are wet, Mycelium, the vegetative part of a fungus, begins to grow as small, fuzzy pink clusters where the grass blades meet. After extended periods of time, red thread may develop further, and patches may merge to form large areas of diseased grass. If you think your grass may be victim to red thread, contact Noon Turf Care to have a specialist provide you with a personalized action plan. For more information on red thread, check out http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/diseases/Red_Thread.aspx.