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2016 Winter Newsletter

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” I think that statement is quite appropriate as it pertains to weed management this year in North Texas lawns. If we don’t plan accordingly, the problems we experienced this past year could lead to even greater problems in 2016.

2015 Fall Newsletter

For the past month I have heard story after story of people complaining about their high water bills. Some people are saying that their water bill is rivaling their mortgage payment in terms of cost this summer. I have heard all the municipal answers as to why people’s water bill is higher, but no one is telling how to use less water and still have a green…except for Spriggs Brothers Organics!

2015 Summer Newsletter

My Dad often said, “Be careful what you pray for.” We prayed for rain and then we started praying for the rain to stop. All of this continual rain has had its positive effects and negative effects. Someone once said, “Water is a good servant, but it is a cruel master.” A little rain dispersed once or twice a week is good, but to have our ground water logged for days and weeks on end causes disease, soil compaction, root rot and pest issues.

2015 Winter Newsletter

We started the year off with rain the first two or three days of the year. One of our sons, John, had a former college class mate visiting him for the New Year holidays. He complained that it rained the whole time his friend visited. The name of his friend? He is appropriately named “Noah.” I told John to invite Noah for a rainy visit at least once a month, preferably on the weekends so it wouldn’t interfere with our work in your lawn & landscapes.

2014 Fall Newsletter

This summer we have become keenly aware of the need to add minerals and trace nutrients on both ends of the thermometer, and the desire to push our trees and plants to be “green”, “blooming”, or “fruitful” during this period has caused us to use and deplete the minerals and nutrients in the best of organically supplemented soils. We have seen several signs of depleted soils over the last few years.

2014 Summer Newsletter

We are now in our third year of critical drought conditions in North Texas. As far as I know, every municipality in the DFW Metroplex is under water restrictions for outdoor use on lawns, trees and landscapes. Most of us have been under watering restrictions for the past couple of years, but now even the Dallas County cities are restricting their outdoor watering use. Some of us can water our lawns twice a week, others, once a week, and for those of us in the North Texas Water District, we can only water once every two weeks.

2014 Winter Newsletter

The local weather headlines are either are about “Drought and Record Heat Waves” or “Record Freezes, Ice and Snowfall.” North Texas weather seems to go from one extreme to another. For instance, this week it was in the 70 degree range on Tuesday, but two days later, Thursday, it was barely 30 degrees!

2013 Fall Newsletter

We have been in drought conditions for the past three years. Our lakes are continually below normal levels and many of us are on stage 2 or stage 3 watering restrictions. As I have analyzed several lawns throughout the metroplex this summer and fall, I have seen several trends emerging as they relate to the health and vitality of our trees, lawns and landscaping.

2013 Summer Newsletter

I grew up repeating the rhyme “April showers bring May flowers.” I’m not so sure the rain brought flowers in April and May with the unseasonably cool weather we had in March, April and early May. Believe me, I’m not asking for triple digit heat and I am enjoying the cool to mild temperatures we have had this spring. It’s kept the electric bill low and we have avoided those usual spring thunderstorms, hail, and tornado damage.

2013 Winter Newsletter

The last two summers have played havoc on our lawns. We have experienced moderate to severe drought conditions and our lawns have had to compete for adequate moisture. Add to the fact that the last two summers rank as the hottest North Texas temperatures in over a decade, and you can understand why it is so important to give your lawn added attention and nutrients this spring as we approach another “drought like” season.

2012 Fall Newsletter

The last two years have been tough on our lawns and landscape in North Texas. Even though we had a surplus of rain this past spring, from May through September we had moderate to severe drought conditions during the summer. Add to the fact that it was reported that the past two summers rank as the hottest North Texas summer temperatures that we have had in over a decade, and you can understand why it is so important to give your lawn, landscape and trees the continual care that they require.

2012 April Newsletter

During the spring months I spend a lot of time consulting homeowners about why their grass is not healthy and growing. Our company does a lot of lawn renovation work and I am often asked the question, “What is the best grass for my lawn?” or “Why do I have weeds growing here and not grass?” The answers to those 2 questions are not easily resolved without looking at your lawn and knowing a little bit about the history of the feeding and care provided for your lawn.

2012 Winter Newsletter

We are in the midst of an historic drought in Texas. The ferocious Texas drought and last summer’s heat has devastated crops, thinned out cattle herds, decimated wildlife, dried up streams, reservoirs, and aquifers and damaged trees in our state forests.

2011 Fall Newsletter

Because of the drought this year, armadillos, possums, and other animals have come out of the green belts and creeks looking for food. They are rummaging through our flowerbeds and destroying the lawn. What can you do? Frequently we receive calls for treating lawns for grub worms, fleas, fire ants, and other soil boring pests. Again, we are asked, “What can you do?”

2011 Summer Newsletter

The quickest way to improve your soil is to use a compost foliart tea on a regular basis. Many of those in the bioremedial (repairing soils) business will apply it several times a season (think monthly) to soils that require assistance. Gardeners know that compost is terrific stuff. But there’s something even better than plain old compost, and that’s compost foliar tea.

2011 February Newsletter

It’s that time of the year when our lawns are still dormant, but cool seasonal weeds are beginning to pop up in the lawn and landscape. The 14th century reformer, Martin Luther, once said, “You can’t stop a bird from flying over (or landing on) your head, but you can stop it from building a nest in your hair.” While no lawn or garden will ever be 100% weed free, we can keep the weeds from taking over your lawn. Organic weed control involves a multitude of gardening techniques and it is quite possible to have a weed free lawn & garden and not use toxic synthetic chemicals.

2010 September Newsletter

Just about every February and March I will have inquiries with perspective customers who will say, “I want my lawn to be green like my neighbor’s lawn.” Nine times out of ten, the neighbor has planted a winter rye lawn that looks “fantastic” in the late winter and early spring months while their lawn is struggling to come out of brown dormancy. Many people think that having a green lawn year-round is beneficial. There are pluses and minuses to just about every decision we make, and this seems to be especially true with the decision to overseed your lawn with winter rye grass.

2010 July Newsletter

One thing about the landscaping business, it never gets boring! It seems the weather conditions go from one extreme to another. I visited with one customer who literally had lakes of water standing on his 1 acre lawn this past March. Three years ago, I walked this same property and there were 4 -6 inch wide fissures in the ground because it was so parched and dry. I joked with the customer that we ought to dig out 2 or 3 more feet and stock his natural ponds with bass so we could go fishing this summer! During May and June, our weather has flip–flopped from cool and wet … to hot and dry. These extreme weather conditions are creating new and different challenges for us as we seek to maintain a green, healthy lawn.

2010 February Newsletter

It is the last few days of 2009, as I prepare this newsletter for print and distribution. Already I’ve had two phone calls today that remind me how tough 2009 has been on all of us economically. Some of our customers have lost their jobs and others have had their hours or pay cut in order to keep their job. Our savings and retirement portfolios declined in size. We have had to tighten our belts financially and make some tough financial decisions. If you are like me, you are hoping and praying that 2010 brings a reversal of all the bad fortune we faced last year.

2009 November Newsletter

Record Rain Fall Causes Lawn Problems – I know many of you are just as confused as we are about the constant rain we have had so far this fall. Currently, we are on pace to have the highest recorded rainfalls in North Texas. While this has been good for

2009 Fall Newsletter

The most important thing you can do to improve your lawn this fall is to begin building the organic matter and nutrients in your lawns soil. Unfortunately, the high nitrogen synthetic chemical fertilizers that most of us use do the exact opposite. Synthetic fertilizers often strip the soil of its nutrients and kill beneficial microorganisms and macro organisms that live in the soil. The result is sterile, lifeless dirt that just holds up plants, rather than a living ecosystem teeming with beneficial life and nutrients for your lawn.

2009 Summer Newsletter

As we come to the close of spring, there are a couple of things you need to do as you transition your lawn from winter to summer. This is particularly important for those of you who planted a winter rye lawn, or nature planted a partial winter lawn with annual bluegrass (Poa). Annual Bluegrass is that weed that has the little white seed heads and usually takes up habitat in the shady areas of your lawn before spreading to other areas of your lawn.

2009 March Newsletter

On behalf of my family and the families of the men and women who work for Spriggs Brothers, we want to “thank you” for your loyal patronage of our services. During these tough financial times we know that you are having to make tough financial decisions about where to cut costs and expenses. Because we value you, our customer, we have frozen the prices for the services that we perform, even though our company cost of doing business continues to increase…

2009 Spring Newsletter

Let’s face it, we love our lawns and we want them to be thick, lush and green. Our yard is where we play ball with our kids, frolic with pets and host our weekend barbecue. Unfortunately, many of the synthetic chemicals we add to keep our lawns lush are not good for our families, or the environment. Many chemical weed and feeds contain herbicides that have been linked to increased rates of cancer in people and pets. The use of chemical fertilizers and herbicides by residential homeowners is one of the leading causes of deteriorating water quality we have in North Texas, as well as a host of other environmental and health issues…