Community News

Edward T. Schroeder, President

Russ Plante, V.P.

Andrew Baron, Sect.

Scott Webb, Treasure

Jonathan Abramson, Director

Lawn Care

 

Keeping our entire community beautiful starts with The Board of Directors maintaining our community property and then with each home owner, one house at a time. Residents may have noticed that several months ago our community lawns had become over time a disgrace, in many areas the community lawns were dead or dying. Until our community lawns were maintained properly, the Board of Directors concluded that it would be hypocritical to send violation letters to members with poor lawns.

We are sure that every resident has noticed the impressive improvement of our properties appearance over that past few months. At this time we ask that every member allocate a small amount of time to examine their own property and take appropriate measures necessary to bring their property up to community standards.

The lawn care instructions listed in this newsletter were reprinted from Scotts. Com.

Beautiful lawns donít just happen, but growing them can be as easy as doing a few right things at the right time. There are just a handful of lawn care "fundamentals" you need to know about:

Watering

How much to water?As a general rule, most lawns require about one inch of water per week from rain or sprinkling. This can usually be achieved by leaving your sprinkler at each setting (zone) for approximately twelve to twenty four minutes, depending on your type of lawn sprinkler system.

When to water?Water early in the day, rather than evenings, as late watering can encourage the spread of fungus disease.

Look for these lack-of-water stress signs

_ Grass turns a silvery blue in areas and, if not watered soon, will turn brown.

_ Footprints in lawn. Grass beginning to need water does not spring back after being stepped on. Footprints remain clearly in the lawn, which indicates that watering is needed.

Coping with watering restrictionsRemember that a little water is better than none. So water whenever allowed. Following a good season-long fertilizing program helps grass develop a sturdy root system, so the grass can take full advantage of whatever water is available.

Mowing

How high to mow?

Grass generally performs best when mowed at one of the higher settings on your mower -- especially in hot summer weather.

 

Blade sharpnessKeep mower blade sharp. Mowing with a dull blade tears the ends of grass blades, leaving ragged ends which later turn brown, giving the lawn a dried-out look. Such grass blade damage also encourages the spread of fungus disease.

How often to mow?Once a week is usually sufficient. In spring, when grass is growing more rapidly, mowing twice a week may sometimes be necessary to avoid removing more than 1/3 the length of the grass blades.

What about clippings?Ideally, clippings should be removed after mowing. However, they can be left on the lawn if they are not heavy enough to pile up on top of the grass. Heavy clippings can smother the grass. Using a mulching mower is recommended if you want to leave clippings on the lawn.

Fertilizing

How to select a lawn fertilizerOne major consideration in selecting a lawn fertilizer:

1. The analysis. This indicates the percentage (by weight) of the three major nutrients in a fertilizer: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The analysis is printed on the front of every fertilizer package, as shown here. It tells nothing, however, about the way the fertilizer will perform. Two fertilizers with the same analysis can produce dramatically different results.

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First number is NITROGEN (N). Nitrogen makes grass plants grow and become greener.

Second number is PHOSPHORUS (P). Phosphorus stimulates root and seedling development.

Third number is POTASSIUM (K). Potassium promotes disease and drought tolerance.

Southern Florida Lawns - Insect Control

As the weather gets hotter, be on the lookout for surface-feeding insects in your lawn. Pests such as sod webworms, armyworms, cutworms, and chinch bugs can devastate a lawn if left unattended - so if you find them on your lawn, now is the time to apply Scotts Diazinon Lawn Insect Control. (Always water in after application). It will also control nuisance insects such as fleas and ticks.

To feed your lawn and control insects at the same time, apply Turf Builder with Insect Control. (Always water in after application). Turf Builder with Insect Control should be applied approximately eight weeks after your last lawn feeding (June - August).

To spot-treat weeds that attack your lawn, use Ortho Weed-B-Gon ready-to-use products all season long. If you prefer, you can also use Weed-B-Gon concentrate and Ready-Spray® to make a broadcast application over your entire lawn. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the label carefully. Please note: if you do plan a broadcast application over your entire lawn, and you've recently made (or plan to make) an application of Scotts Turf Builder with Plus 2 Weed Control, you must allow a minimum of four weeks between these treatments.

Scotts recommends the following yearly fertilization

for South Florida Lawns:

Spread Scotts Bonus® S Weed and Feed in early spring to prevent germination of these annual weeds: crabgrass, bull paspalum, sedges (from seed), spotted spurge. Builds thick, green turf from the roots up without burning your lawn.

Spread Scotts Turf Builder® anytime in late spring. Builds thick, green turf from the roots up without burning your lawn.

Spread Scotts Turf Builder® with Insect Control. It provides special summer nutrition to help grass thrive in hot weather. Raise mower height and see that the lawn gets one inch of water per week, if possible. Grass will maintain its density and green color through summer without the thinning and browning caused by insects.

Spread Scotts Turf Builder® with Insect Control to control turfgrass insect problems and fertilize your lawn. Contains diazinon, the best all-purpose insecticide to control all major turfgrass insects.

Spread Scotts Turf Builder® Lawn Fertilizer anytime. Lawn will thicken, and the scars of summer damage will disappear as grass plants multiply themselves through rhizoming.

Spread Scotts WinterizerÔ Fall Lawn Fertilizer any day. Grass will stay green longer into winter and green up earlier next spring.

 

 

And after a days work on the lawns.........................................................

Enjoy a BBQ

 

This is a great recipe from Good Housekeeping.

 

BBQ Pork Sandwiches

Ingredients

1

tablespoon

Worcestershire sauce

3

tablespoons

catchup

2

whole pork tenderloins (3/4 pound each)

1

garlic clove, crushed with garlic press

1/2

teaspoon

grated lemon peel

3

tablespoons

light molasses

1

teaspoon

minced, peeled fresh ginger

12

small, soft dinner rolls

Preparation

Estimated cooking time: 25 to 30 minutes -

1

Preheat broiler if manufacturer directs. In medium bowl, combine molasses, catchup, Worcestershire, ginger, lemon peel, and garlic, add pork, turning to coat.

2

Place pork on rack in broiling pan. Spoon any remaining molasses mixture over pork tenderloins. With broiling pan 5 to 7 inches from source of heat, broil pork 15 to 20 minutes, turning pork once, until meat is browned on the outside and still slightly pink in the center (internal temperature of tenderloins should be 160 degrees F on meat thermometer).

3

To serve, thinly slice pork. Serve on dinner rolls with any juices from broiling pan.

Nutritional Analysis

Per Serving

calories

390

carbohydrate

35 g

cholesterol

70 mg

protein

32 g

sodium

360 mg

total fat (4 g saturated)

13 g