Saturday, April 25, 2009

Large Mulching Job

Ceillo, Fabio, Rich and I went to a property located in Wellesley Hills, to mulch today. We are using a dark brown, pine mulch.

While, the guys started the mulching, I had a few things to work on before they mulched certain beds.

First, I had to trim back some roses, in the rose garden out back. It was not done, during the spring cleanup, as Rob, wanted to talk to the nursery, where he purchased them, to make sure we trimmed them correctly.

Next, I had to go to the perennial rock garden and do some weeding before I sprayed "Round up" to kill off the small emerging weeds. This area was problematic last year and we wanted to get a good start this year at controlling them. It is to the left, of the beautiful weeping cherry, that you see in the picture on the left.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Wellesley Spring Clean ups

Rich, Rodrigo and I went to do 2 more cleanups in Wellesley, today. On this road we have 4 customers. Last year we had 6 but due to the economic conditions of today, 2 have decided to do the work themselves this year.

The picture on the left, is a home where we redid the complete front yard about 10 years ago and I made the brick patio in the back yard twice. Sometime I will show a picture of it. The reason it was done twice is that, there was a concrete wall holding up the back hill and it was getting old and falling down. The owner decide she wanted to have a New England field stone wall, built in it's place. When the wall was made, the patio had to be taken up, in order for the equipment to get up on the hill to build the wall. I also made the front brick walkway as you can see.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Spring Cleanups continue

Rodrigo, Rich and I went to continue with spring cleanups and mulching in Wellesley. The first property we went to was new for me and was not sure what to expect. The owner met us as we arrived and he walked me around to show me what he wanted done.

He was very nice and even made us coffee and some egg and cheese sandwich's for our morning break. It is always a welcomed treat when a customer does that for us. We work a bit harder for them. It is a small property with a lot of beds to be cleaned out and edged before we mulch it with "red" pine mulch. After we are finished here around 2 PM, we are off to clean up 2 more properties in Wellesley.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Magnolia Tree and Mulching

Rich and Rodrigo and Wagner, came with me today to mulch the property, that is used by the President of Olin College. It will take us all day to mulch, as it has a large amount of mulched beds. We used over 2 dump trucks full of "brown pine mulch"

The President's wife, had purchased a new "Virginia" Dogwood tree that she wanted us to plant. You can see Rich and Rodrigo digging the hole for it in the picture on the left.
The Healthy Start Fertilizer, is in the orange bucket and organic "blue mussel" compost is in the white bag next to it. She wants the tree to get off to a good start. She chose this particular variety because of it's late season blooming characteristic.

The President's wife is a sweetheart and always gets us coffee and something to eat from Dunkin Donuts. We reeally appreciate a treat like this on a very cool spring day. We were able to complete the whole job before it started to rain again.

I was glad to be going home a bit early today because it allowed me the time to go hame and shower, and change clothes. I had to go to a Network Marketing workshop in Marlboro, at 7 PM. It was given by Tom "Big Al" Scheiter. He is the Chairman of the Network Marketing Company, I work for.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rain Day.......home biz work

Today, it just poured outside and we did not have any Landscape work. So I was very glad to have a day to work on my new home business. Network Marketing is new to me and this day was welcome, because it allowed me to sign up with and start working with Facebook. I need to get my son or daughter to take some better pictures of me. You have to "brand" yourself with a picture of you, when using Facebook.

Facebook is a social networking website where you have a chance to meet new people to introduce to your business. Very interesting to me so far. Social networking is the "new wave" of marketing and even the larger companies are trying to figure out how to use it.

So now along with my blogging, I am now working with Facebook. Can't wait to see how it goes.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Finishing the Fertilization Route

I am finishing up the Fertilization route today. Besides the Pre-Emergent herbicide plus fertilizer we, are also applying a new fertilizer to bushes, and flowers this year.

It is called "Healthy Start" and has beneficial Rhizosphere bacteria in it to boos Biological Soil Fertility. It also has 3% Nitrogen, 4% Phosphate and 3% Soluble Potash in it. We will have to wait a few weeks to see the results of this new product.

Because of the continueing cool weather we are having this spring, my back muscles started to ache, so I was glad to have brought my SUNJING with me. I just rolled it on my lower back and within minutes the pain was gone. Truly remarkable stuff.

Rich and I also finished the day out by doing 2 small clean ups in Framingham and in Sherborn.