Lawn Care

Rebuilding the retaining wall at Lake Wyola, in Shutesbury MA

Here are some before and after shots of the retaining wall that was long overdue to be rebuilt. I certainly enjoy this project but it is not easy to build a flat wall with round stones.

 The before shots.

 



 The after shots.



 

Got creative with some Trap Rock Gravel.

Two more stones and the job will be complete

Finally took the time to rebuild the front walk at the house and in the process realized that I was about two stones short of a completed job. Other than the space left for the two stones, I think the walkway came out pretty nice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A balance of rain and sun.

It has been a very interesting Spring, for the weather, and it has led to some beautiful flowers in full bloom. The rain has been plentiful and the sun has made its presence felt as well. There really haven’t been any days that are in between and simply just cloudy. Typically a yard/garden/lawn will need about 2 inches of water per week to be healthy. Water and of course the sunlight helps the process. Since we have had several days of heavy rain, and then several days of heavy sun, the yards/lawns have grown at accelerated paces. Instead of having a cycle of 10-14 days between mows, it has been closer to 7-11 days between mows. I personally don’t mind it because I enjoy a healthy green yard over a dried out brown yard any day. These beautiful green lawns make the pioneer valley very enjoyable to live in.

 

Keep the rain coming, and keep the sun coming too!

Well… which is it? Spring, Summer or Winter?

Are we out of the Winter yet? Are we in the Summer? Neither, this is just Spring in New England!

I think it is funny that we can have a week of 75-80 degree weather, surrounded by weeks of 50-70 degree weather, only to have a week of 20-40 degree weather. In that order, one would think it was the fall and we were heading towards Winter. Nope, not the case, it is Spring time in New England. Poor students had 80 degree weather heading into Spring break, where the probably went somewhere where there was 80 degree weather so they left their winter clothes at home when they returned to school. Oh boy were they in for a rude awakening.

Well, truth be told, this is the actual temperature that we are supposed to have this time of year. On the down side, we have normal, cold, New England weather. On the up side, we have beautiful green yards again, it will soon be time to start grooming them again because areas have received nice warm days and plenty of moisture. If anyone was excited about the weather, they probably got out there and started doing some Spring cleaning. I know I did.  Now we have the opportunity to clean-up from the storms that have knocked down any weak branches that might have been in the air. We also have nice warm days to move the debris we didn’t get too.

Oh, and baseball season is right around the corner, CHEERS!!!

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This is what it looked like after we arranged where the plants were going to go. It would do more Justice to see what it looked like before the plants arrived.This is what it looked like after we finished working. I think it looks much better don't you?

This is what it looked like after we finished working. I think it looks much better don't you?

You call that SNOW!? I am already thinking Spring.

So mother nature brought a little bit of snow our way, and when I say, “a little bit”, I really mean it. The flurries we saw barely made a presence on the ground, and even less of it made it passed lunch time. I am not worried though because I am already thinking Spring. I have already pulled out the Softball glove and have been gearing up for Adult softball, and been checking up on my beloved Red Sox.

 

This past week has been warm enough that I even started to put some mulch down on my property in North Amherst. The tenants told me it looks great and I didn’t even ask for their opinion. I certainly do enjoy making them happy. I was even able to finish up the chainsaw work that I missed. Some people don’t realize if you leave broken limbs the way they are, you leave the tree exposed to bugs and disease to have an easy entry to potentially harm the entire tree. By cutting the broken limbs off and all the way back you can ad life to the tree, and you can potentially see some new sprouts grow in.

 

Mulching plus some fertilizer is good too. This provides a good amount of nitrogen to the soil enabling the bushes, plants or trees the opportunity for additional nurishment to grow healthy after a rough New England winter.

 

Finally, on another note, I have posted a few more properties in the Amherst Area for people to take a look at. I am hoping to have these rented by the end of March so I can focus my energy on maintenance. Since making properties look better is what I enjoy doing most, and Spring Clean-up should be pretty interesting this year.

 

-Tom-

Getting ready for the spring, already!

This winter was very mild, or at least it has been so far. I can’t forget last winter, where we had six weeks of punishment from halfway thru January to the end of February. Mother Nature certainly pounded us with snow in the Pioneer Valley which led to lots of water/flooding in the spring. La Nina really has had something different to say this year, and I am ok with that. My friends/colleagues are telling me that we have another storm or two coming our way, and I cautiously agree, we will see some more snow. I just don’t see anything that we can’t handle.

 

I am wondering, when we got hit with flooding, a hurricane, a tornado, and then an early snow storm did we make national news? I obviously can’t tell because I am here in Amherst, but does anyone know if we did or not?

 

Whatever the case, I am about ready to put this “winter” behind me, and I am ready and excited for the spring. Am I being premature? Maybe, but I am OK with that. I was born and raised in New England so I think it comes natural that I “suffer” thru these winters and appreciate the spring and summer that much more. I am always up for getting back out there, and getting dirty with work. I have been putting some estimates out there already, for stuff that will be started in two months. I have always tried to stay ahead, because it seems like every day brings a new and exciting challenge and if I don’t take care of what I know I have to do, then how am I going to take care of what I don’t know I have to do?

 

Sincerely, “rooting for spring”!

Winter time.

This has been quite the experience with La Nina and her effects. WHERE IS THE SNOW!!! I don’t mind too much because I am a summer guy anyway, but I always tell people that I enjoy the summer that much more because I have to tolerate the winters in New England. In the mean time I have been filling up rooms and I am actually going to start to list properties for June 1st. By getting started with the rentals 5-6 months in advance, it will allow me the ability to focus my energy on other things when the weather allows it. Things like:

I also like to take on other projects like staining, painting, or maintaining a property.

Either way, this winter has been peaceful and I can’t wait for it to leave so I can get out there and get my hands dirty again!

-Tom Crossman-

Welcome back students!

What a week! Well the kids are back, the roads are finished, and now we wrap up summer and prepare for the fall. Fortunately we haven’t had the cold nights yet, but they are around the corner. Work will be shifting from tenant search and placement to final mowing’s and fall clean-up. This time of year is always fun and interesting because of the changes that we see all around us. Those of us in the North East are very lucky to experience the change of season. One of the things that I always tell people in my travels is that I love the changing of the seasons, because without the cold weather that we have here, we would not be able to appreciate the summer as much when it comes.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  ~Albert Camus

Wow, what a last few weeks it has been!

Crunch time! September is just around the corner, and owners have been scurrying to get things done in time for the arrival of the students. This means that I have been getting phone calls at all hours of the day, and working from sun up to sun down! For those of you who know me best, you know that this is the way it has always been for me. I am just surprised how quickly it took to get to this point. I do realize that after September 1st comes and goes that things will slow down again, but man, what a ride it has been. I have been doing chainsaw work, landscaping, tenant screening, apartment showing, painting, and launching this new website. One of my assignments this week called for me to drive all the way out to Harwichport, in the cape, and prepare a home for sale. Hopefully everything goes smooth for the homeowners because I think it is a great house only 200 yards from the water.  Some days have been 10 hours, while other days are 13-15 hours, and I love every minute of it! I have been able to hit my monthly quota’s already and now I think it might be time to raise the bar a little bit. We shall see…

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