Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sun and Fuel

What a difference a month makes! The past two weeks have been filled with sunshine and pleasant temperatures. Have you seen the Narcissus popping up and blooming? The hope of Spring is everywhere. We have pre-emerged all but one of our customers' turfs. Here's to seeing less Henbit and Deadnettle in our turfgrasses this Spring.

Fuel costs are fast approaching $4.00 per gallon again. High fuel costs take a bigger bite out of our disposable income. High fuel costs drive [no pun intended] up the price of everything that is delivered by truck. At CDL, we have no other choice than to adjust our prices also. Diesel prices are higher than gasoline. Refueling our cars, trucks and equipment in the morning saves a bit due to fuel density changes at the coolest part of the day.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


What can we say about this time of year? Cold. Damp. Snow. Ice. There have been far too few sunny days and we are 52% into the season. Did the ground hog see his shadow? Are we in for more cold weather? No and yes. It is supposed to be an early spring. We will keep our fingers crossed on that one.

It is now time to cut back those Crepe Myrtles if you haven't already. Also, if you have Knockout Roses, now is a good time to cut them back too. Last year I cut ours down to 12 inches above the ground. This year I am leaving them high so I can compare the growt and health of the blooms.

Leriope [monkey grass] can be mowed down with the mower on its' highest level. This will produce a very healthy blade in the Spring.