First Quarter News Letter 2017

Valued Customers,
We would like to take the opportunity to thank ALL our valued customers. Whether you have been with us for 30 years or are new to the family this year, we couldn’t do it without all of you and we greatly appreciate all the positive feedback and constructive criticism. These newsletters will be the start of a great new tradition at Countryside. We are always needing new ways to communicate with the customer and help educate everyone as to what is going on in our world. We are hoping this is the start to a great new way for us to reach out to all of you!

Yes, we moved! Countryside had been at our old location for 32 years. The move has been bitter sweet, but the new location has more space and a much nicer building. Some of you may have noticed we did not do our customary Christmas calls this year. The reason behind that is we were all hard at work moving the company. We will get back to that tradition next year.

Our new address is:

3039 N Broadway
Wichita, KS 67219

2016 was the year of the monsoon in Wichita. We average 32.00” on a normal year and got 50.60”, an increase of 18.60”!! As much as we love the rain in our industry there were some negative side effects. We saw a large increase in fungus in fescue lawns, as well as quite a bit of soil compaction. If you didn’t call in and receive a fungicide last year but noticed brown spots in the lawn that are normally not there, please keep an eye out in 2017. Fungus can stay in the soil from year to year. Soil compaction can be taken care of with a core aeration. If you haven’t received that service lately feel free to give us a call!

Blues Atlas Cedars, or “charlie brown” trees, are a Hardiness zone 6-9. The minimum temperature in these zones are between 0 and -5 degrees Fahrenheit. Although our winter in Wichita has been fairly mild, we reached -10 degrees Fahrenheit in December. This, we believe, has caused winter damage on a lot of the Blue Atlas Cedars. Some of the trees that we have looked at have significant damage. If the tree looks severely damaged then getting water to the roots and deep root feeding in early spring are recommended to help the plant to recover. Deep root feeding is a controlled fertilization process that supplies immediate beneficial nutrients directly to the root system to give it a boost.

As we mentioned in the first column last year was beyond wet, and we would like to thank you for your patience. Considering the amount of rain fall we received, we had great weed control but we are always striving for better. We are in the process of developing a new plan to get the best control we can get on your lawn! For new customers the main thing we preach is give it time. Signing up for a lawn program is a marathon, not a sprint. Each application during the year has a specific goal and in some cases targets a specific weed. Only doing one or two applications will not get you the results you desire. Our goal is for all our customers to have a healthy lawn which requires our programs, patience and proper water practices.

Don’t forget our refer a friend program! Each time someone signs up for a full lawn program and gives us your name as a reference we will send you a $40 coupon. EACH TIME!
Thanks for your business!