Lawn Care and Landscaping in Bucks County, PA
PO Box 32, Jamison, PA 18929
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17 Jul 2018

Why is My Grass Brown?

Tom Eckhardt

Tom Eckhardt

CEO, Jamison Lawn Care

You’re wondering why your grass went from a dark, beautiful green to a dead looking yellow brown?

Don’t worry! In our area, this is commonplace for this time of year. I’ll explain below. 

In our zone (7A), the most common turf type is a mix of Rye, Fescue, and Bluegrass. These are referred to as “Cool Season Grasses”, meaning they survive best in temperatures from 60 degrees to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a contrast from warm season grasses, such as St. Augustine, Zoysia, and Bermuda. Warm season grasses perform best in temperatures ranging from 80 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. 

 

Temperature is very important in cool season grasses. Once the temperature reaches out of the optimum range, the grass will go into dormancy. Dormancy is when the grass’ growing, development, and physical activities stop to preserve energy. Essentially, the grass goes into hibernation to get it through the heat. 

Irrigation is also a consideration in dormancy. If you have a irrigation system, the grass still has the possibility of going into dormancy. Your irrigation system cannot put out enough water to keep the grass totally green. The only thing that can shorten dormancy is good, consistent rainfall.

Dormancy is totally normal and should not be worried about. In fact, you should be happy that the grass is protecting itself through the heat so it can once again be beautiful once the temperatures drop. Usually dormancy happens in July and August. Once the temperatures start to drop in September, and rainfall starts to pick up, your grass will return to its original green. 

In regards to fertilizing, usually it is not recommended when the grass is in dormancy. You can get away with still building your soil with nutrients, but be wary of using high nitrogen fertilizers, which will push top growth in the heat, which will damage the turf and possibly introduce fungi.

If your lawn is a mixture of brown and green, you probably have a mixture of cool season and warm season grasses. This is normal as well, as it is common to sew both types to maintain green year round.   

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us. If I do not have the answer, I will consult with the Penn state extension and get the answer on your behalf. 

 

Tom

02 Oct 2017

Plant of the Day! Care Tips About This Fall Favorite

Have you been strolling through your local Bucks County, PA garden center this fall? If so, you probably spotted garden mums. Specifically, the plant, chrysanthemum!

Mums are a wonderful plant of the day selection because they are perfect for fall. The plant has bold autumn colors including red, yellow, orange, pink and more.

Read more below for care information!

Sun: For the most beautiful blooms the plant needs direct sunlight. If that is not possible, the National Chrysanthemum Society states that three hours of full sunlight daily will be sufficient enough. Be careful not to give them too much shade. This will cause less blooms and limping stems.

Soil: Make sure the soil does not become too dry. Mums cannot handle extreme drought conditions. The best way to see if your mums need water, is to reach and feel the dampness of the soil. If it feels dry, it needs water. If it feels damp, you can probably skip. Be sure to water the roots directly and not on the blooms. The soil should be well drained and not too clay-like. If your soil has too much clay you may have to amend the soil.

Watering: Generally one inch of water per week should do the trick. Depending on the weather. With more hot weather, water more. WIth more rain, water less. Once the ground becomes cool, you can stop watering.

Mulch: 2-3 inches of mulch should be added around the plant. The mulch will act as a insulator and retain moisture.

Overwintering: The mums need to be established to overwinter properly. If you install the plant in the spring, by the time to cold weather hits, the roots should be hardy enough to survive harsh weather. You will need to cut back the plant so that it is slightly off the ground.This will make sure that your plant grows healthy next year.

 

Got a favorite colored mum? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Fall Garden Mums

 

Written by: Melanie

09 Sep 2017

The Facts, Pro’s and Con’s of Zoysia Grass

Zoysia grass can make your lawn look full and beautiful. But if not properly maintained along with cool weather conditions problems can arise.  

Zoysia grass is a thicker grass that thrives in hotter temperatures but is commonly seen in lawns all across America. One of the benefits to having Zoysia on your lawn is the strong and thick root system that gives your lawn a fuller appearance. The unique green color it can reflect if properly maintained is also another benefit. Some problems that you can run into is thatch. Thatch build up with these types of thick grasses can be annoying but with the right equipment an experienced lawn care service can keep it green. The thatch (dead grass, roots and leaves) on

Zoysia builds up between the blades and makes the grass look tan. The biggest problem with this is the methods to remove the thatch build up. The easiest way is the most dangerous and illegal in some states and townships. Homeowners will burn the grass. It sounds crazy but it’s very common in places where it is allowed. The thatch is burned away and the ash goes into the soil and promotes new growth. The roots are resilient enough to come back and give life to new beautiful looking grass. The best time to burn the grass is in early spring before the grass leaves dormancy.

Zoysia grass doesn’t require as much water as other grass types which is good if you live in a dryer area where rainfall is a hot commodity. Zoysia is commonly seen down south where the grass goes dormant rather than dying when harsh weather conditions occur. When this dormancy happens it will turn Brown or tan until it leaves dormancy. There are many different species of Zoysia and it can be found mainly across Asia as it is native to Asia and also Australia. I hope this brief article expanded your knowledge about Zoysia grass.

Written by:

Joe Wackes

Team Leader

 

 

 

02 Sep 2017

Is It Risky to Choose a Small Company?

Is It Risky to Choose a Small Company?

  • You will not be risking more by going with us than a bigger company instead

    • We are fully insured like all the big companies
    • If you are not pleased you just give us a call and we will come back and fix it. We offer a 100% guarantee
    • We also value our clients opinions.
    • We may be small but we are mighty
    • Not only are our employees fully trained
      • Since we are a smaller company our employees get more hand on experience this way since they have more opportunities
    • You do not have to worry about us not being able to make the date we agreed on
      • Our equipment is maintained weekly and if for some reason something breaks down we’ll find away to finish the project.

Our promise is to make time for every client’s need and treat all of our clients equal

  • We do not pick favorites!!
    • Our clients are more to us than just a paycheck.
    • We all share the same goal and that’s to make your dream landscape come true
    • We like to get to know our customers and what they would like us to change for next time.
    • If you ever have a problem with a job that we did then just give us a call or shot us an email and we’ll answer the same day.
    • A lot of big companies don’t really care about their clients unless they are a big paycheck for them
    • We treat our clients yards just like their our own.
      • By that I mean we make sure we clean up our trash and leave your property cleaner than how we found it.
    • We also write blogs to help our customers understand why we do some things the way we do them.
      • Not only that but to help them understand what’s best for their landscape and the best way to take care of it.

Josh Denner

Team Leader

29 Aug 2017

Why Jamison Lawn Care Wears Purple

We wear purple to build our brand

and its not because we want to look like an eggplant!

We want to stand out!

At Jamison Lawn Care, we put plenty of work into revamping out brand and trying to figure out how to stand apart from other companies. We started to think small how Bucks County, PA homeowners can start to recognize us. The great idea crossed by us to have a distinct t-shirt color and logo. After doing research of the not only the psychology behind colors we chose purple, and here’s why:

 

  1. When do you ever see a landscaper wearing a purple uniform?
    1. Never! That’s exactly why we chose it. People can recognize our company from driving by 35 miles per hour past us. It just takes a glance of an eye to see that we are wearing purple.
      1. It begins to make a connection with people once they see our purple brand multiple times. They will just know its us.
  2. The color is associated with royalty and luxury
    1. At Jamison Lawn Care, that is exactly what we want our customers to feel like they’re being treated like!
      1. We are here to serve you because we are a service oriented business. You should absolutely be treated with the best customer service experience.
  3. The color is also associated with creativity
    1. There is so much creativity to be had with a landscaping company.
      1. We want to encourage creative thoughts because it will help us create a beautiful landscape for you.
        1. Not only will it help us achieve a pretty landscape, creativity will help give us a clear idea if you have some new thoughts for your property.
  4. It’s unique!
    1. Admit it, the purple is a one of a kind brand color you can instantly recognize.
      1. It creates a friendly atmosphere because it is not a harsh color.
        1. Neighbors feel confident walking up to our crew members because the purple color instantly makes them feel welcome!
  5. It doesn’t just stop with the t-shirts and logo.
    1. We have a top secret plan how to begin taking over with our purple brand!

 

Written by:

Melanie Hartsell

Owner

 

 

16 Mar 2017

Why Doesn’t My Landscaper Show Up?

You’re not the only one. We hear this all the time in Bucks and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania

 

You hired a landscaper and you can’t wait to see the results! You went through the whole process of researching, evaluating, meeting, and finally picking a company to work on your precious property.

Then, they don’t show up!

Landscaping Is a Very Competitive Industry

We admit it, landscaping is a lucrative business that requires little capital. (or so we thought)

Anyone with a small push mower can enter this business and start advertising to the masses. They may do a great job, and they may not. Typically, these start up “companies” also charge so much less than reputable ones.

Reason number one why they don’t show up: they went out of business!

Landscaping is not cheap to run and operate. Yes, a couple hundred dollars of equipment will get you started. However, these beginners do not account for insurance, taxes, personnel cost, equipment cost and repair, accountant fees, postage cost, paper cost, gas cost, state registration fees, advertising, website cost and maintenance, printer ink cost, and the list goes on and on. The owners of Jamison Lawn Care learned this lesson when they invested over $40,000 in their first year. The reasons behind this will be a little later in this blog.

Back to reason one, the beginners simply do not charge enough. All their savings soon diminish  and they have to close up shop. Most likely, you’ll never hear from them again and you’re left wondering where they went!

Reason number two: they have problems within their company

It takes a lot to run a successful company. That also means there is a lot of room for errors. It may be under pricing, low efficiency, bad debt, employee issues, or any other of the million possibilities. A single issue within a company can take an tremendous toll on itself and it’s customers.  That also means that you, as a customer, come after fixing the company issues.

What Do You Do When They Don’t Show Up?

 

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A reputable company would have already contacted you about their absence and you wouldn’t be reading this. Simply put, fire your current company and hire a landscaper that will not put you through the stress that you have been through already. YOU, THE CUSTOMER, SHOULD ALWAYS COME FIRST! Learn from your mistakes, and apply that to hiring a new company.

The Jamison Promise:

  1. We will always be there when we say
    1. If there is an issue, you will get a call or email as soon as possible.
  2. We will show professionalism
    1. Custom uniforms, well trained employees, and well maintained equipment will be on your property.
  3. You are our number one priority!

 

 

Written by Tom, Owner