Posted by & filed under Christmas Decor, Christmas Lights .

I think the heat must be taking a toll on us over here at LawnAmerica because all we can talk about lately is Christmas lights, wreaths and garland! I know you must be thinking that we’re totally off our rocker, but give me a chance to explain why.

The Christmas season is something our employees excitedly prep and train for each year. Due to the lack of lawn care work during cold winter months, many lawn care companies choose to temporarily lay off their employees from mid-November until just after the new year, but at LawnAmerica, we value our employees too much to do that. For the last 20 years, instead of a holiday season of unemployment, we’ve turned to Christmas lights to maintain a revenue stream during the cold winter months. By signing up for our Christmas Décor service, you’re helping make it possible for over 70 employees to remained employed full-time, year-round. We certainly know what we’re thankful for each year!

Many of our staff have begun their annual transformation into Christmas elves, and are busy planning beautiful Christmas Décor displays for our current smart customers on Santa’s “nice,” list. We decorate homes with LED bulbs and provide all the lights and materials, custom fitted to your home, install a digital timer so you don’t have to keep plugging and unplugging them each night, service the display through Christmas and then return after the new year to take everything down and store it safely in our warehouse until the following season. Everything is included in one up-front price, making it as easy as possible. I know when it comes to the hectic, holiday season, I welcome anything that can simplify my life!

LawnAmerica doesn’t just have a strict standard for excellence in lawn care, it carries over into Christmas Décor as well as everything else we do. Our team members receive specialized safety training in the proper use of LED lights, electricity and ladders in addition to learning the proper techniques for installing the perfect Christmas display for each unique property. Our team members welcome the short break from killing weeds and love the opportunity to bring the Christmas spirit to so many of our customers and their loved ones. We love our work!

Want to join Santa’s nice list? Guarantee your spot in this popular service schedule and save some money too! For being a good sport and humoring us for talking about Christmas in July, we’re offering a 7% discount for all customers who sign up by August 31st. By taking advantage of our early-installation discount now, your personalized Christmas display is guaranteed to be installed before the Thanksgiving weekend. So rather than wasting your time, or risking life and limb to do it yourself, give the experts a call at 1-866-567-5296. We would love to decorate for you. You can give us a call, or go online to request a free estimate. Once you sign up, all you’ll need to do is tell us the color of light you prefer. It really is that simple.

Now if we could just get some Christmas cookies to go along with all of this holiday spirit…

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I started out with all intentions of writing a moving blog full of historical facts and patriotism for the 4th of July.  But, sometimes the words have already been spoken and need no further elaboration.  Such is the case today.

Though not born at the time of the signing of The Declaration of Independence in 1776, Francis Scott Key still managed to pen the poem that would become the U.S. National Anthem as he watched a British assault on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.  As we celebrate our independence this week, I wanted to share the full version of his patriotic poem with you.

May you have a Safe and Happy Independence Day!

God Bless America!

 

The Star-Spangled Banner

Francis Scott Key

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight

O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep

Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,

‘Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion

A home and a Country should leave us no more?

Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand

Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land

Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Sources:

https://www.biography.com/people/francis-scott-key-9364165

https://amhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/pdf/ssb_lyrics.pdf

 

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Every year families across the country gather together to watch fireworks light up the night sky in recognition of our great country’s founding on July 4, 1776, the day the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation through the Declaration of Independence. Oklahoma has an incredible fireworks selection throughout the state, complimented with fun festivities for the whole family to enjoy. We picked out some of our favorite 4th of July activities to share with you. We hope you have a wonderful and safe Independence Day!

Rockets Over Rhema

When: July 1, 2018

Where: Rhema Bible Church – Broken Arrow, OK

Don’t miss out on the event that more than 50,000+ people attend each year at Rockets over Rhema. On July 1st enjoy the patriotic “Route 66: The Red, White and Blue Tour” musical, more than 10 varieties of food trucks, live music, car shows, and other activities for the whole family. Grab your blankets, lawn chairs and watch one of the largest firework displays in the area.

Grand Lake Fireworks 2017

When: July 3, 2017

Where: Disney, OK

This 7th annual celebration is known as one of the most water accessible fireworks show and wouldn’t happen without contributions throughout the community. Starting at 9 p.m. watch fireworks blast off on the water between the Spillways in Disney.

Folds of Honor Freedom Fest

When: July 4, 2018

Where: Veterans Park, River West Festival Park and along the Arkansas River

One of the largest firework displays in the U.S. takes place in the center of the Arkansas River. There will be activities for both the kids and the parents at Folds of Honor FreedomFest. From free inflatables, laser tag, pony rides, face-painting and more at the HollyFrontier Tulsa Refinery Kids Zone, to live music and food trucks for the parents. Look for a special aerial flyover by the 125th Fighter Wing Oklahoma Air National Guard – The Tulsa “Vipers” – 6:30 p.m.

Boom Fest at Riverwalk

When: July 4, 2018

Where: Los Cabos – Jenks, OK

Looking for the one of the largest firework display in Tulsa county? Grab the kids and enjoy a day full of fun events and music at Riverwalk’s annual Boom Fest before leading up the big show at 9:45pm. Live performances and activities start at 2 p.m.

Bricktown 4th Fest

When: July 4, 2018

Where: Oklahoma City

Enjoy the biggest fireworks show in OKC, where cars line the streets, and folding chairs dot the sidewalks as residents gather for miles to view Bricktown 4th Fest one of the most popular July Fourth fireworks displays in the city. Starting at 4 p.m. in the Boathouse District, enjoy food trucks, local bands, and lawn games such as cornhole, badminton, bocce, and volleyball. Live music at the Downtown 4th Fest kicks off the festival around 7 p.m. and the fireworks display begins around 9:45 p.m.

Gather the family and celebrate our independence!

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Mosquitoes are easily one of the most annoying and hated insects around. Worse than simply being annoying, they unfortunately kill more people than any other species in the world. The main mosquito transmitted diseases we deal with in the USA are zika virus, west nile virus, dog heartworms (dirofilaria immitis), and encephalitis.

They buzz around seeking out victims to feast on, especially later in the evening when everyone is trying to enjoy time outdoors, in the pool or around the grill, and it seems especially unfair that mosquitoes have figured out that young children and family pets tend to be easy victims of their bites.

There are three types of mosquitoes; culex, aedes, and anopheles. All three favor different environments, but all like to hang out in the shade. They are all a nuisance, but the most aggressive and intrusive kind is the Asian tiger mosquito of the Aedes variety. Females will feed on blood for 20 hours a day in order to lay eggs. A single female can lay thousands of eggs in something as small as the cap of a soda bottle.

While not every species of mosquito is a carrier of dangerous diseases, it’s practically impossible to know if the one swarming around your head at any given moment is a carrier, which tends to leave one’s stress level high. To give yourself peace of mind in keeping your loved ones safe we recommend our Buzz Off! Mosquito Control Program to help control those annoying pests along with a variety of other insects. With LawnAmerica’s Buzz Off! Mosquito Control program your property is treated using a combination of two proven insect control products. The combination of these products safely eliminates existing mosquito populations, while interrupting a mosquito’s reproductive cycle.

This application is applied with a special backpack power blower to apply a fine mist to your shrubs, trees, lawn and around the perimeter of your home. The products are very safe and effective for not only controlling mosquitoes, but also help with fleas, ticks, spiders, and other pests.

We’re bee friendly! We train our employees to consciously protect the food sources for bees and ensure flowering plants will not be treated with our mosquito control products.

In addition to our treatments, it’s very important to follow some basic tips to help eliminate breeding habitats for mosquitoes. Simple things like keeping your gutters free of debris, removing areas where standing water can accumulate, and replacing the water in bird baths every 3-5 days will also help to lesson populations.

If you’re curious about trying out this program, don’t wait any longer because there are only about 3 weeks left for first time customers to sign up in time to ensure they receive all the treatments needed to take back your yard from those pesky insects!

Click here for a free estimate or give us a call today!

 

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Shakespeare may have had nobler intentions for his famous line in Hamlet, but without proper watering techniques, you will find your lawn and landscape wondering if it is to be, or not be, especially during the summer heat.

Proper watering isn’t really a mystery, but it does require more effort than just throwing out the hose or setting and forgetting your irrigation system.

“How long should I let my sprinklers run?”

In a world where all things are equal, we would be able to give a blanket answer.  But since lawns are different, soil types vary, and different kinds of plants have different water needs, there really isn’t a one-size fits all answer.  There are however a few guidelines that can help.

  • Don’t rely on a set schedule. It doesn’t rain every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 4:30 in the morning (though it would be awesome if it did).  Instead, rain is sporadic, which is how your sprinkler should be.  The best method is to pay attention to your plants and turf, looking for signs of drought stress and only watering when those appear.  In turf, the grass blades will curl and have a blue-gray appearance.  The leaves on trees and shrubs will curl and start to lose some color.  When these signs begin to appear, it is time to water.
  • Water deeply and infrequently. When things turn hot, we tend to water more often, but usually, the amount of water applied is just enough to wet the top layer of soil.  The problem with light, frequent irrigation is that it trains the roots of the plant to stay closer to the surface of the ground.  The top layer of soil is the first layer to dry out as the moisture moves through the soil profile causing the plant to dry out faster even though you may be watering more often.  Watering deeply and on an irregular schedule will encourage root growth to go deeper and in turn help your plants survive in hot, dry conditions better.
  • Don’t assume all areas are getting the same amount of water. It is essential to evaluate your sprinkler system periodically.  Small rain gauges spaced out over the lawn are a great tool to see how much water is being delivered with each irrigation cycle.  As you move the gauges around you may find that you are delivering too much or not enough water and can adjust accordingly.
  • Group plants together that have similar moisture needs. Summer annuals will usually require more water than an established lawn or more mature shrubs.  Having annuals on a sprinkler zone of their own will allow you to water at a different rate without unnecessary watering occurring in areas that need less.  Also don’t be afraid of using the garden hose or a watering can for areas that might need a little extra attention between the rain or irrigation cycles.
  • Use mulch to maintain soil moisture. Bare dirt will dry out much faster than soil that is covered.  Mulch helps to provide that cover in beds.  The same benefit can be accomplished in turf by mowing taller in the summer.  The canopy of the taller grass will help to shade the soil and reduce the amount of moisture evaporating back into the atmosphere.
  • Schedule watering for the early morning. This is undoubtedly easier if you do have an irrigation system.  Even if you don’t, you can connect your manual sprinklers to a small timer that can be found at most home improvement stores. Watering early in the morning is beneficial because usually the temperatures are lower and there is less wind.  This keeps the water from blowing off target or evaporating before being absorbed, ensuring you get the best use of the moisture you provided.  If you do have to water later in the day, don’t do it during the hottest part of the afternoon, but you will want to water early enough in the evening to allow the grass to dry out before nightfall.  Wet grass overnight is the perfect breeding ground for fungus and will ultimately end up causing more damage than not watering at all.

Proper watering along with consistent mowing will help your lawn survive and even thrive in the heat of summer.  By following the techniques above, not only will your lawn perform well, but chances are you’ll actually reduce your water bill.  I don’t know about you, but I love it when I can save on my water bill, and my wife does too!