These pictures are of the various colors of the Rhododendron's that are all around the property. I really like these bushes and the are a very popular here in New England.
Today, I went with Rich to the home used by the President of Babson College. We had to weed all of the beds, as this home, has to always look "Presidential", for all of it's visitors.
Nick, the guy in charge of the grounds for the campus had, called Rob, and wanted us to put down a fungicide, on the lawn because it had "red thread". This usually goes away by itself if you lighten up on the water you are applying to the lawn. Red Thread, is caused by a lack of Nitrogen and because it has more moisture than it needs. We have been in a rainy stretch here and that is more than likely what caused it. We will be doing our second application of fertilizer next week.
Rich and I spent the morning weeding and in the afternoon, Rich put down 20 pounds of Holly Tone on a bed that has pachysandra, that had a hard time recovering from this past winter. The Holly Tone will bring it back to life and will get it to fill out the bed.
After, that I put down the fungicide and sprayed the weeds in the lawn with SPEED ZONE. As I was doing this, Rich was going around with a bag of grass seed and throwing some down in any weak parts of the lawn. When we had everything packed up and we were not going to be on the lawn any more I went around to the walks and patio and sprayed Round up on the weeds in the cracks.
I had a Doctor's appointment this morning and it was just as well, because it was pouring rain again this morning. I called Rob and at first he said to come in and go and put some fungicide down at the home used by the President of Babson college, but then he changed his mind and told me to come in on Saturday and we would do it then.
So it was back home to work to have some CRAVE energy drink and get going on my home biz some more. Did a lot on Facebook and Entrecard again.
Today it is threatening rain and it is very foggy and very dark almost like it is late in the evening, also very humid. Rich, Guillerme and I are going to the home in Wellesley (next to the turkey house) that we worked at last week and will meet Rob there later in the morning.
Rich and Guillerme went over and removed all of the stumps from the forsythia, that we cut back last week, the homeowners daughter did not like the stumps. While the guys were doing that I went over to a bed, next to the home and dug up about 15 Hosta's, of different varieties and saved them, to be transplanted later.
Rob showed up with about 25 new bushes, trees and flowers for us to plant. that is why I had to remove the Hosta's, so he would have a clean palette to work with when he arrived. The main focal point of the design was a beautiful Red Maple. There were 2 varieties of Astilbe's, 3 Pinxterbloom Rhododendron's and even, 3 "Brunnera named "Mr. Morse", made me laugh as that is my last name.
Once Rob, had it all arranged, we had to wait to plant, because the home owner, has to OK, the design layout. While we were waiting Rich and Guillerme, planted some new Forsythia bushes out in the bed, we just removed the "old" forsythia from. It was now, getting close to lunch, so I sent Rich, back to our shop, to get a load of dark brown mulch, for us to use, after we did our planting.
We finished up the day planting and mulching the property. Rob and I went and looked at next week's project at the same property where we will remove about 40 old Canadian Hemlock's that are growing next to the driveway and replant the area with new Arborvitae's.
When I got up in the Morning it was pouring rain out and the forecast was for continued rain for the day, so I called and left Rob a message that I would not be in. We can't do much when it rains, sometimes we work on equipment or go to nurseries for supplies, but today there was none of that that needed to be done.
So I took some CRAVE energy Drink to get me going and then took advantage of the time off by spend time working on Facebook and spent a lot of time on Entrecard, dropping on other people's blogs and commenting on the ones I enjoy. I also got to finish up reading, the book I just bought " The Secret" really enjoyed it. See what the CRAVE will do for you, lots of energy to get stuff done.
I just had to show the Turkey Mm again, hopefully you can see the 2 chicks beside her, she is sitting on the other 6.
Today, was a very confusing day at work and we are off to a home that I have not visited in more than 7 years. I have been trying to remember what we did on my last visit and can only remember planting bushes, doing a clean up and mulching.
Rich, Guillerme and I went to Wrentham, Massachusetts today to do put some loam down in some low spots in the lawn and also to slice seed (lawn renovation), and airate the whole yard. The family has a large family of young boys and the yard is there playground and is tired and worn out from them playing on it. The lawn is also very compacted from this and rain just runs off of the lawn instead of being absorbed. That is why we are airating it, to open the lawn up for air, water and fertilizer to get into the root system of the grass. The slice seeding will also "dethatch" the lawn as we go along.
We used 160 pounds of lime, 100 pounds of starter fertilizer (18-6-8), 100 pounds of regular fertilizer ( 25-0-5 with 1% iron), 100 pounds of Lovell's New England grass seed and 100 pounds of Lovells Shade grass seed. We use the fertilizer with the iron it to "green up" the existing lawn and give a kick start to the new seed. This took us most of the day to finish, which was a good thing because the rest of the week is calling for rain.
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