Preparing for Spring! We can help with your landscaping needs, fertilizing, retaining walls, lawn rolling and so much more!! Give us a call for all of your outdoor projects, 269-558-8122.
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MAEDA celebrates New Horizon Property Management
The Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance (MAEDA) celebrated New Horizon Property Management as new Chamber members on October 25.
Owners, Chad and Stephanie Bischoff offer a vast number of diverse services through both of their businesses, New Horizon Property Management and Gutters R Us, for residential and commercial customers. Gutters R Us offers installation of seamless eavestrough and screens or covers, cleaning and repair. Estimates typically occur within 24 hours of contact. New Horizon Property Management offers professional landscaping, lawn maintenance, fertilization, tree and shrub care, snow removal and delivery of topsoil and mulch. Other popular services include flea, tick and ant control, mosquito suppressant and mole control. “We are proud to offer organic pest control and pesticide options,” stated Chad and Stephanie Bischoff. “Our dedicated team of professionals is ready to service your needs in a fashion that will astound you with our commitment to excellence and the professionalism that our team possesses.”
To schedule an estimate or for more information contact New Horizon Property Management at 269.558.8122 or Gutters R Us at 269.781.5935 or find them at 112 South Fountain Street in Marshall.
Pictured from left are MAEDA staff and Ambassadors Amy Crisp, Theresa Chaney-Huggett, Ashley Iovieno, co-owner Stephanie Bischoff, co-owner Chad Bischoff, Diane Peters and Nancy Stulberg.
Over the past several months, Zika virus has held a prominent place in the news, and it remains top of mind when it comes to health concerns in our country. At New Horizon Property Management, we feel the effect of these headlines directly. While no cases reported to date have originated from mosquitoes in the U.S., we’ve experienced the increase in public concern first hand as customers have reached out with questions.
While we aren’t experts in the medical field, or the virus itself, we are experts in mosquito control and strive to educate our customers and partners on both Zika virus and how to reduce mosquito activity. Like other mosquito-borne illnesses, the best defense against Zika transmission is avoiding mosquito bites. This year, mosquito control will be in higher demand than ever. We hope to become the solution our community needs by providing a service that will help you enjoy your backyard and also enjoy greater peace of mind knowing that you are taking steps to protect your family.
Call today for help in controlling your mosquito population to make outside fun again!
4. Don’t water unless your lawn needs to be watered!
Line ten lawn guys up and ask them how to water the lawn and you will get at least seven different answers. Just remember this, if it hasn’t rained in a long time you should water the lawn. If you have an irrigation system don’t just automatically crank it up because the grass is growing. Your lawn needs water when your footprint stays matted down in the grass and doesn’t spring back up right away. But even that is an experiment that isn’t really necessary beyond watching the weather. If your lawn needs water, water it. Water it deeply for more than an hour per zone. But the point here is that it is April and usually pretty rainy. If your lawn doesn’t need water, don’t water it.
5. Get Your Mower Blade Sharpened. Mowing the lawn is a violent process and you need to make it as clean and pain free as possible. A common theme that you will hear us promote over the year is that you need to create as stress free an environment as possible with your lawn, especially when taking an organic lawn care approach. Mowing the lawn improperly is often the one thing that creates the most negative issues in terms of cosmetics when it comes to appearance. A sharp blade makes a quick, clean, easy cut across the blades of grass allowing the tissue on top to heal immediately. A dull blade shreds the top of the grass creating all kinds of trouble with your lawn. First off, the tops will turn a light colored brown as the blade of grass is damaged from the dull blade. The normally dark green spring color of your lawn will become yellowish or light green. The next thing that happens is that spring diseases like leaf spot will infiltrate your turf and be very difficult to get rid of with springtime weather. You can bring your mower to a small engine shop to have the blade sharpened or you can do it yourself with any sharpening device. If it’s been a few years you may want to have the blade replaced altogether.
6. Have a Soil Test Done. Whether you take advantage of a full laboratory test and report, have your local cooperative extension do a test or just perform a cheap pH test (those cheap kits at the garden store are not very accurate). Knowing some of the vital information about your soil can make a HUGE difference throughout the year. If your soil is too acidic or too alkaline the grass will struggle to thrive and weeds will be a greater issue. Often times we will hear a homeowner say that no matter what they do to their lawn the grass just doesn’t respond! When we do a soil test we find that the pH is in the low fives, which is extremely acidic. (Closer to seven is where you want to be.) A good soil test will also give you surpluses or deficiencies in macro and micronutrients. Our organic program will cover most of the bases but you never know if something could be really out of whack!
New Horizon Property Management was fortunate to have Gary Wyman attend the Michigan State University Turf School Dec. 14-17, 2015.
The course was designed to teach turfgrass science as well as the practical techniques of managing turfgrass. The school was “team taught” by MSU turfgrass faculty and staff. The curriculum delivered a wide range of turfgrass management topics including basic soils and soil management, turfgrass species identification, selection and physiology, turf establishment and renovation, fertilization, proper pesticide use and environmental stewardship. A significant portion of the school was dedicated to weed, insect and disease identification and management. The pest management section was delivered in lecture and laboratory settings with hands-on learning emphasized. The strength of the school lies within the depth of the turfgrass faculty at MSU. This provided an excellent opportunity for one-on-one interaction between participants and the MSU turfgrass faculty.
What was covered?
All things turf were covered. Topics included turfgrass species and cultivars including a hands-on identification lab, establishment and renovation, nutrition and fertilizers. Weed, insect and disease management including hands-on identification labs, turfgrass soils, cultivation, compaction and thatch including a hands-on soils lab.
The New Horizon Property Management team is available to assist you in all your lawn care needs. Give us a call today for a free lawn analysis and quote, 269-781-5935.
We’re all looking for a few great tips on how to get the lawn looking really nice. Here are the first three of your top springtime organic lawn care tips.
1. Just Slow Down.
There is no need to jump the gun with anything when it comes to organic lawn care. We know you’re excited, and so are we, but it’s okay to give your lawn a little time to wake up.
2. Do NOT DETHATCH the lawn.
As your lawn is coming out of dormancy and soil temperatures are on the rise it’s a little bit vulnerable. It isn’t as strong as it will be in about six weeks and the root system isn’t thriving through the cold soil. Don’t forget, it was recently frozen. Running a large machine over it with cutting blades that extract the thatch layer can do nothing but stress out the lawn.
3. Decide whether you want to over seed or apply our “Spray and Play.” You really can’t do both because the pre-emergent qualities in our “Spray and Play” are designed to PREVENT weed seeds from germinating. By the very nature and intention of the product it will also prevent grass seed from germinating. The best time to seed actually is the very late summer but many times you really want to give it a shot in the springtime. Getting thin areas to fill in will help crowd out weeds and keep soil temperatures down, but if the summer gets to be too hot the new grass may not make it through and the weeds will take over. Just keep your expectations in line as you move forward. By the way, make sure you choose the right type of seed for the conditions in your yard. Is it sunny? Is it shady? We can help you pick the right seed and NEVER buy the cheap stuff… it will be filled with weed seeds.
Look for more upcoming tips coming soon!
The BeeSafe® Lawn Care Program creates healthy lawns without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides as control products. BeeSafe® found that if we fertilize appropriately, improve the soil and use natural products that minimize stress we can create beautiful, healthy lawns without all of those harsh products that tend to sterilize the soil from which your grass grows.
The early treatments we do are designed to help control crabgrass, feed the root system, thicken and green up the lawn and, weather permitting, control broadleaf weeds.