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It’s time. There is only 40 days until first applications start and 45-50 days til spring cleanups and sod repair. It seems like winter will never end, but I know better. I’ve been working on a gantt chart to prepare the companies for spring, and thought I’d share it with my contractor friends. It’s not [...]

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Steve – I was responsible for researching and selecting the GPS system we currently use, which, as Christy mentioned, is provided by a company called “Discreet Wireless.”  We have been happy with the performance of this company and their system, and I would recommend it to others. What follows may be more information than you [...]

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Inside our company, we’ve been discussing mother nature’s effect on our lawns. It’s no surprise that it’s been a strange season for weather. Honestly, every season seems strange. This one started out with over 400 funnel clouds early in the season, followed by plenty of rainfall, and an extended period of hot, humid weather. The item that’s caught our attention is the bumper crop of weeds. We expect a lot of weeds during hot, dry weather, but not in a season with plentiful rainfall.

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All ash trees are susceptible to EAB and millions of ash trees have been killed in infested areas already. It’s estimated that townhome associations may have as many as 40% of their trees as ash trees. Minnesota has one of the highest volumes of ash on forestland in the U.S. with an estimated 867 million forestland ash trees and ash is a prominent component of our urban forests as well.

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The original blog I created to honor the memory of my dear friend, Mark Wirkus is being changed to a new system in May, 2010. There is no way to save it, so I’ve created a new blog that cannot be changed, so Mark’s information will be available to anyone who might want to remember [...]

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Top traits of Great Property Managers – CAI seminar I attended CAI’s “The Top Traits of Great Property Managers”. It was held for townhouse association managers and property managers. CAI did a good job of organizing and presenting the program even though Julie Adamen, the presenter was unable to get here because of snow. It [...]

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<p>Da Garden” If you have a personal garden, ‘tis the season to till it up. Consider doing a soil test yourself for best results. Here’s a little secret: Why does Miracle Grow grow 700 pound pumpkins? I know you don’t actually want a 700 pound pumpkin this fall, but if you want to give your [...]

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