How to Get the Lawn of Your Dreams

Are you green with envy… of your neighbor’s lawn?  Rest assured, it didn’t get that way overnight. Having a beautiful, lush and weed-free lawn takes time.

Beautiful lawns share several of the same characteristics. They are mowed correctly and fertilizer and weed control have been applied at the appropriate times. A picture-perfect lawn also receives the right amount of moisture and is aerated annually to relieve soil compaction and give it a breath of fresh air.

Since all lawns eventually tire out, your neighbor’s envy-worthy lawn has likely been overseeded a few times – that is, has grass seed applied – and even had an unsightly bare spot or two thanks to visits from hungry rodents and other pests but those spots have long been patched.

Don’t fret if your neighbor won’t share secrets with you. Lawn care experts will gladly share their expertise and experience. They’ve been trained to identify and eradicate insects and diseases, install and maintain irrigation systems to ensure your lawn receives the moisture it needs and test your soil to determine what nutrients may be lacking.

They know when to mow and how much of the grass blade should be removed at one time, and they understand weed control. The best way to control weeds is to have a healthy, lush lawn, but getting there may require assistance from the application of pre- and post-emergent controls.

Healthy lawns often need some “little extras” to give them a boost. Aeration not only relieves compaction, but it opens up the soils’ pores so moisture and air easily reaches plant roots. Overseeding directly after aeration protects seeds and gives them a better opportunity to germinate.

If your neighbor has a mature lawn, there have likely been some other and possibly more dramatic moves to keep it beautiful. Landscapes evolve, meaning trees and shrubs grow. Lawn grass may now be competing with tall trees and sprawling shrubs for nutrients, water, and even sunshine.  This may require overseeding areas with a shade-tolerant grass, applying more fertilizer, or even reconfiguring the irrigation system to apply water in different.

The key to a beautiful is keeping it in balance with nature. This requires:

  • Mowing at the right time and right height with sharp blades.
  • Applying a fertilizer that supplies nutrients your lawn may be lacking.
  • Keeping weeds, insects, and diseases in check.
  • Aerating to allow air and moisture to penetrate the soil.
  • Overseeding to give tired lawns a boost and fill in bare areas.
  • Making sure your lawn evolves with your landscape.

If you’re dreaming about a beautiful lawn, but can’t seem to make it a reality, it may be time to bring in a pro. Lawn care experts have been known to turn dreams into reality on a daily basis.

The Great American Lawn

The great American lawn. An idyllic symbol of home ownership. A place for children to play, pets to explore and friends and families to gather. Most of us desire a lush, healthy lawn that invites regular enjoyment and bare-footed fun.

Not only are yards places where memories are made, they offer tremendous environmental benefits as well. That’s right. A lawn acts like a natural air conditioner, cooling the air around it; it filters dust, absorbs pollutants, and reduces erosion; and provides oxygen. In fact, a 50-foot by 50-foot yard provides enough oxygen to sustain a family of four for one year!

All the benefits of a healthy lawn are best experienced with the investment of proper care and maintenance.

How to download a copy of Facebook data about you

Facebook stores almost every single interaction you’ve had with the social network since you joined, including every time you’ve logged in, ads you’ve clicked, events you’ve been invited to, a list of the people you follow, your friends, your hometown, every time you’ve sent or received a message, every single status update and more.

It’s basically the history of everything you’ve done on Facebook. It’s also the data that Facebook can use to learn more about you. When others get unauthorized access to this data, they can learn a lot about you as well, as we learned from the Cambridge Analytica scandal that’s currently unfolding.

Here’s how to see everything Facebook knows about you and how to download your own archive of that information. It might be useful, especially if you’re planning to quit and take some of those memories with you.

What Facebook knows

To learn what Facebook has on you, check out this page titled “Accessing Your Facebook Data.” The above image is just a sample of what’s there.

It’s kind of surprising how much data is there, but it includes everything from check-ins to chat conversations, credit card numbers you’ve saved, phone numbers, photos and more.

When I did this, I found conversations with individuals I had years ago, photos from my timeline, ads that I had clicked throughout the time I’ve been using Facebook, groups I’m in, posts to my timeline dating back to 2005 and more. It even had events that I was invited to or attended back in college in 2006.

How to download your Facebook archive

Source: How to download a copy of Facebook data about you

Introducing Joe DeSena – New Branch Manager

We’d like to introduce Joe DeSena to our Branch Manager Team!

Joe’s passion for landscaping comes from his family’s landscaping business.  Growing up he spent many summers, starting from the age of twelve, in the thick of landscaping. After serving our country in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, he went on to earn his Associates degree in business management. With that under his belt, it was time to return to his roots and passion for landscaping.  Joe managed irrigation landscape wholesale suppliers and spent some time in landscape construction maintenance.  He’s been in the industry for over 20 years. When he’s not knee-deep in the landscape trenches, Joe enjoys sports and coaching and spending time with his family.

Welcome to Cleary Bros, Joe!

Fundraiser : David’s Medical Expenses

David Becerra Cleary Bros

GoFundMe Link:

As friends, family and coworkers, we are greatly saddened to hear that our beloved friend, David Becerra, was recently diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. He and his wife Margarita are deciding on the next steps they feel are best for them, however, in the interim, David has taken a leave of absence from work to focus on his health and his family.

For those that know David, you know what a wonderful person he is. Always courteous, always happy, always willing to help, always with a bright smile and a joke.  For those that don’t know him well, David has unwavering faith in those who struggle and is always there to provide guidance and encouragement. He takes great pride and ownership in his work and life and is an absolute pleasure to be around. David is truly an excellent example of a man.

As David is the only source of income for his household we have started this GoFundMe page to help him and his wife with living expenses and medical bills. Please help any way you feel you are led to do so. Anything you are able to provide will be appreciated.

Most importantly, please keep David and his family
in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Source: Fundraiser by Dan Franke : David’s Medical Expenses