Summer is the time of year that almost all Canadians look forward to most. Unfortunately, we’ve had a wet start to it this year but on a positive note – the plants love it.
As some of you may know, we’ve taken on an exciting project to improve our customer service and the overall experience that you, as property managers, have with us. We recognize that most property managers are extremely busy, and are looking for feedback in regards to the properties they manage.
So, we’ve undertaken a project this season where we’ll be visiting your site(s) and looking for areas that can be improved aesthetically, or more importantly, from a safety standpoint. Then you’ll receive an enhancement evaluation report with all of our suggestions. Are you ready to schedule a site meeting or request a quote?
In this issue of the MPS 2017 Summer newsletter we’ve included articles on:
- The Astonishing Rain statistics for 2017
- Specific Summer Lawn Care for 2017
- Seasonal Irrigation Services
- New Backyard Technology for Bird Lovers
- The continued Devastation of the Emerald Ash Borer
If you’ve felt that this spring and summer has been unusually rainy, you’re not wrong! We’ve put together these graphs to compare the amount of rain we’ve received this year in the GTA compared to 2016. As you can see, we received 2x the amount of rain in May and June, and 3x the amount of rain in April compared to the previous year. Here’s hoping for a dry August!
Lawn care in the spring is all about getting your lawn healthy and green, and this year, it has been great to actually have experienced the first “real” spring we’ve had in quite a few years. The prolonged wet weather and cooler temperatures have done their bit in creating healthy turf, and now that the weather has warmed and dried out (hopefully), summer lawn care is all about keeping it that way!
Summer weather can often bring about quite a lot of stress to your grass. Hot temperatures and drought conditions can damage your lawn, as can the slower natural growth of the grass and even lots of activity on high traffic areas. That is why it is important to take the following steps to best care for your lawn during the summer months.
The summer is also a great time to make adjustments to your irrigation system settings if an automatic system is being used. The ability to “fine tune” the amount of water being used, at the optimal time of day is of utmost importance to increase the health of your turf.
MPS Property Services can offer additional services for clients with automatic irrigation systems in place to best maximize their effectiveness, and also minimize the costs of watering your turf.
Throughout the year, MPS offers the following irrigation system maintenance services…
The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a highly destructive insect (originally from Asia) that feeds on ash trees, usually killing them within 2-3 years.
The EAB was first discovered in the GTA around 2005 and has continued to devastate the ash tree population ever since. It is estimated that the City of Toronto will eventually lose almost all of its 860,000 ash trees and the outlook for York region is not much brighter…