“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” - George Washinton Carver
I read that quote this morning and it really “hit home”. I have a customer who is about 75 years YOUNG. She is loyal, respectful, pays on time, and understanding of “The Gardener’s Shadow,LLC’s” hectic schedule.
The Gardener’s Shadow maintains Irrigation and/or Turf in a great deal of the people who live in this particular cove.
She has an Irrigation System, but I noticed a water hose in the front yard. While it was late and was NOT there to work on her Irrigation, but to price a new customer. This sweet, old lady came over to greet me with a hug. There was NO mention of her water hose.
I later asked, “why are you watering with your hose?”. Her response was “it has been so hot, I did not want to bother you with my broken Irrigation head….. I know you have a family, it is late and you need to go be with your wife and kids”.
This is NOT always the process with which problems are presented to me. It turned out to be a “nozzle”, which had come loose and making a geyser. The situation was fixed in about 2 minutes and $1.79 later.
What is my point? My point is that owning a Service Business can have some REAL advantages, like helping someone in need, where the $$’s are not on the forefront, but the experience, perspective, and peace of mind pays BIG dividends. Yall have a good one, Wilson Horrell The Gardener’s Shadow, LLC. www.thegardenersshadow.com
Something eating at your plants? Or even Tree leaves?… This can be bothersome, especially when you do not know what is actually causing the “Damage”.
The Gardener’s Shadow, LLC. is Chartered, Licensed, and Bonded to apply “Pesticides” to Horticulture, Lawn/turf areas. HOWEVER, we do not particularly want to do this if unnecessary. There are far more beneficial insects or “pests” (if you will), than there are damaging ones. Biological Control is often an easy FREE way to maintain a beautiful Landscape. Just because something is eating at the leaves of your Hydrangea, it does not mean it should DIE. If the “Pest” is treated, there is a distinct possibility that other beneficial insects will be destroyed along with the “Target Pest”.
Make sure whomever looks at your Landscape can identify the “Target Pest”. Otherwise, you could be doing more harm than good.
I realize this is ironic coming from a Pesticide Company, but “whats good for the Goose is good for the Gander”. The Gardener’s Shadow wants your business. We are not very good at hitting “Home Runs”’ but a solid Business Model can sure “Bunt” the bases loaded. The Gardener’s Shadow, LLC. Is here for YOU!! Yall hang in there- The Gardener’s Shadow, LLC Wilson Horrell (901)921-3757 www.thegardenersshadow.com
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.– Zig Zigler
Looking for a great, FREE “app” with good info on Grasses, Insects, and Weeds?? Try “Turfgrass Management-Lite”. If you are really into your yard, you can buy the subscription for $20. It gives a LOT of detailed information, as well as different ways to solve your yard issues. Their “Support”….. Unbelievable!! I have emailed Dr. Patrick McCullough of U of Georgia about 4 times with questions. He has responded to ALL 4 + 2 follow up emails. Wilson Horrell The Gardener’s Shadow, LLC www.thegardenersshadow.com
STRANGE YEAR in the Mid-South. Cold, wet Winter with snow, about 10 days of rainy Spring…. and then came Summer. If your grass or shrubs are not doing well AND you are watering, the problem is most likely NOT more water or fertilizer. Feel free to give us a call!! We will see if we can help (I said HELP not SELL). The Sale will come with a trusting relationship. The Gardener’s Shadow wants to earn your trust. The rest will take care of itself. (901) 921-3757
That was a note to myself. NOT INTENDED to tell anyone how to think. It just pertains both to myself and “The Gardener’s Shadow,LLC”.
The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.– Theodore Rubin
You might be noticing an abundance of 1”-2” greenish worms in your yard. You can pour a 5 Gallon bucket of Soapy water in your turf, during late afternoon and see if they come to the surface. They eat late at night and can destroy your grass (they like healthy maintained grass). You can buy Pesticides such as sprayable “Sevin” at Home Depot or local nursery. This Might take several applications. Good idea to speak with neighbors because they will migrate from one yard to the next yard. Spray Pesticide early in the evening and BEST OF LUCK. Let me know if The Gardener’s Shadow can be of any assistance. Yall be Good (especially to the neighbor with the same Armyworm problem)!! Wilson Horrell The Gardener’s Shadow
****I see a lot of people who have wilting flowers even though they have an irrigation system. The biggest complaint is, “the sprinkler head shoots OVER the flowers”. That is because there should be another head spraying towards the original one. This is called “HEAD TO HEAD COVERAGE”. Making water spray out of pipes, EASY. Water spraying with uniform coverage with a design that helps insure longevity of parts, DIFFICULT and involves a great deal of Mathematics.
Don’t be afraidnto ask questions regarding the design of the system. It is NOT unusual to have a variation in price of 100%.. It is less unusual to spend about 15-20% a year in maintenance on a poorly installed system.
Yall be Good
I pulled off the road because off a heavy thunderstorm in the Memphis area. I passed the time by…. WATCHING THE IRRIGATION SYSTEM RUN!!! I am not the World’s biggest environmentalist, but I do give a damn whether or not my children are going to have clean drinking water, many years from now.
I have always been taught “Talk is Cheap” ( thats why I talk so much). That being said, here is my Call to Action:
1. If you have an irrigation system, in the Greater Memphis Area, The Gardener’s Shadow, LLC. would like to help you become acquainted with how to use it efficiently FOR FREE!!!****Within Reason.
2. I, Wilson Horrell of “The Gardener’s Shadow, llc.”, would like you to visit me on our FaceBook page (The Gardener’s Shadow, LLC.), or visit our website at www.thegardenersshadow.com and I will be happy to walk you through using your irrigation clock. There are MANY ways we can do this and it will be fun.
****Food For Thought- A typical residential irrigation system has 12 “Zones” running about 4 X’s per week. ASSUMING it was designed correctly (probably not), and you reduced the time of each zone 2 MINUTES. You will be saving yourself 1,152 GALLONS PER WEEK. This is approx. 30,000 GALLONS PER YEAR, this does NOT include what you would save by turning it off during rainfall.
Yall be good
Pass this on to anyone