THE OLD SIGN PHILOSOPHER, THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

DON'T FORGET MOTHERS DAY......SHE WON'T FORGET.........
IF YOU FORGET

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

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The garden center has just experienced 2 incredible busy days. The website is just as busy as the garden center. The website has now been visited more than 40,xxx times with over 1200 visits this week alone. We now are proud to claim over 153,xxx website visits since we started 15 months ago and this week we had more than 6,xxx web pages viewed.

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PROPER MOWING MAINTENANCE

Although often overlooked, mowing has a major impact on lawn appearance and health. Follow a few simple guidelines to assure lawns are mowed properly:

• Don't make the common mistake of mowing too short. A mowing height between two and three inches is suggested; with the upper range best for summer. Lawns mowed at higher heights tend to have deeper roots, less weed problems, and look much better. Mowing too close invites problems such as weed invasions. Simply raising the mowing height can have a major impact on the quality of many home lawns. A mowing height of two inches would be fine when grasses are rapidly growing, but the height should be raised as growth slows, stress increases, and when the lawn is in the shade.
• Base mowing frequency on the rate your lawn is growing. Do not remove more than one-third of the grass leaf in any one cutting. Mowing on a regular basis as the lawn needs it is essential. Don't mow when the grass is wet.
• As long as the lawn is mowed on a regular basis and the clippings readily filter back down into the lawn, clippings do not need to be collected. Returned in this manner, clippings readily decompose (contain 75 - 80 percent water) and do not cause thatch. Clippings also recycle nutrients, in particular nitrogen, so less fertilizer is needed.
• Selecting a mower can involve a number of factors, many being personal preference. Mower blades need to be kept sharp.
• Mow in the direction that is safest. Periodically change directions if desired, although mowing the same direction each time should not be a problem on taller grass of home lawns.