Uncategorized

KW… Mother’s Day Weekend….🙎💗💐

*|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|*

View this email in your browser (*|ARCHIVE|*)

** It’s Mother’s Day Weekend…
————————————————————
Make sure to take care of Mom… I am sure she did plenty to take care of you… I know mine did, even though we had our moments. She expected so much of me and taught me how to be a gentleman (even making me get out of the stroller to hold the door open for her)… Her high expectations pushed me to reach the success I enjoy today. In my younger years, I thought her expectations where too high, but I realize now the lessons she was instilling in me and for that, I am forever grateful… June will be four years since she left us and as much as I miss her, I know that she lived her life to the fullest not taking any day for granted… I love ya Ma….
The sights of this week in Team KW Land…
This European Hornet (https://extension.psu.edu/european-hornet) made it’s way into the house… safely relocated to this Green Mountain Boxwood… (https://www.monrovia.com/green-mountain-boxwood.html) which is a great pyramidal boxwood…
The May Apples (https://hort.extension.wisc.edu/articles/mayapple-podophyllum-peltatum/) have sprung up and are carefully hiding their creamy white blooms… later in the season, the fruits produced are a delicious indigenous treat for the eastern box turtle… (https://www.butlerswcd.org/single-post/mayapples-box-turtles)
Another Clematis brightening up this garden…
This Native gem, Camassia is planted as a bulb and
adds some striking blue to the garden…
Wait.. What??? a WHITE Lilac??? (https://www.monrovia.com/angel-white-lilac.html)
This NATIVE Black Cherry Tree (https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=prse2) is starting to show its own white flowers…
and another white bloomer, the NATIVE Black Locust is a winner… (https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2018/01/black-locust/)

this tree is a legume (related to peas), (https://www.permaculturenews.org/2008/09/29/nitrogen-fixing-trees-the-multipurpose-pioneers/) it GRABS nitrogen from the air and delivers it to the soil, a trait that few plants own…

The wood of the Black Locust is HIGHLY dense,
making it very rot resistant naturally…
Last of the white flowers for the week… another NATIVE… the Fetterbush… (https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=1445)
Whoops… I missed one… and this is the WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER… (http://www.onthefelt.com/2014/03/28/myth-debunked-winner-winner-chicken-dinner/)

The NATIVE White Fringe Tree (https://www.southernliving.com/garden/grumpy-gardener/fringe-tree-the-best-native-nobody-grows) … such a soft bloom…
The towering NATIVE Cinnamon Fern (http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=i570) showing it’s fiddleheads…
Wrapping this week up with a NATIVE vine that enjoys wrapping itself around things… Trumpet Honeysuckle… (https://www.monrovia.com/trumpet-honeysuckle.html)
My daughter Amaya shared this and feel it really puts things in prospective…
Let’s see what was happening this week in Team KW Land…
ok… once again… over and over again…
TEAM KW earned another Free Lunch Friday
for hitting our set efficiency rating… and I LOVE IT…
keep it up Team KW…
Team KW has a passion statement, not a vision or mission statement…

“Team KW believes in taking care of others so they can live a fulfilled life…”

well the team delivered on those words this week… Edi and Emerson jumped a client’s car which had a dead battery…

So proud to be apart of this team…
Sadly, late in the afternoon last Friday, Israel fell off a truck and broke his wrist… Today he had surgery to get the bones back in alignment… the team was challenged this week, being a member down as we sprint to get things done before memorial day weekend…and they have answered by working later in the day to stay on schedule… here Fernando is helping out with the landscape management team to fill Israel’s spot…
Kevin also stepped up and helped Cesar complete this week’s landscape management route… Kevin proudly sent me this picture to show his straight lines while mowing… he had never operated a mower before this week, Cesar took the time to teach him the Team KW way…
Here Kevin and Luis are getting this sparse grass stripped for a native perennial planting, which included Christmas Ferns and Blue Sedge…
As you can see Kevin is very camera shy
while Luis is like “another picture Jeffe???”
Here Brock is chopping the roots of these cherry trees, two were removed, barely alive… which brings me to the Team KW Treemendous Response update… the team has cut down a total of 12 trees this year and has planted 14 native trees and 25 non-native trees to offset… this year I pledged that for every tree that Team KW removes, we will plant a new native tree to offset its removal… Trees are EXTREMELY important in keeping Mother Earth healthy and Team KW is dedicated to doing our part…
Fernando and Martinez replanting where those cherry trees were removed… 18 NATIVE Clethra and 18 Hicks Yews were added to this landscape…
The dual hedge all planted and mulched…
The team pouring some concrete… here Martinez is drilling into the existing slab to place rebar, this rebar will create a mechanical connection between the two pours…
Jeronimo and Luis getting the forms set… checking the level and squareness… inside the forms, separation fabric is laid and covered by #57 gravel to give a stable base for the concrete…
The concrete was poured with broom finish for texture… the following day the forms were removed, sod and plants were added and the site given a shower with a pressure washer to clean things up…
and again today, all hands on deck for more MULCH MADDNESS… the teams are spreading over 65 yards of mulch before the rain shows up…
and more Team KW swag showed up this week
to keep the teams looking great in red…
Lastly, Team KW is responsible when it comes to our waste… here are old tracks from one of our machines that needed to be disposed of…
Jeff spent hours and over $400 to find a place to recycle them…
which is the right thing to do…
Team KW loves giving back to our community…
That’s what I have to share from Team KW Land this week…

Thanks for taking some time to read, click on a few links and check out some pictures…

Have a great Mother’s Day Weekend…

Team KW believes in taking care of others so they can live a fulfilled life… how ELSE can the team take care of you???

be Positive be Grateful be Happy…

============================================================
** Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/)
** Facebook (http://www.facebook.com)
** Website (http://mailchimp.com)
Copyright © *|CURRENT_YEAR|* *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved.
*|IFNOT:ARCHIVE_PAGE|* *|LIST:DESCRIPTION|*

Our mailing address is:
*|LIST_ADDRESS|* *|END:IF|*

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can ** update your preferences (*|UPDATE_PROFILE|*)
or ** unsubscribe from this list (*|UNSUB|*)
.

*|IF:REWARDS|* *|REWARDS_TEXT|* *|END:IF|*

Uncategorized

KW… the draft… 🏈

*|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|*

View this email in your browser (*|ARCHIVE|*)

** The 2021 NFL Draft…
————————————————————
Last night, the NFL opened their doors and allowed their teams to pick the missing links to make a super bowl team… The amount of analytics on each draftee is absolutely amazing but often leads to a dead end road… Names like Heath Shuler (3rd pick in 1994), Ryan Leaf (2nd pick in 1998) and JaMarcus Russel (1st pick in 2007) make you ponder how could they be so wrong … BUT then you have a guy picked #199 overall in the 2000 draft and he develops into the GOAT (Tom Brady of course)…

For the first time in many years, Team KW had to DRAFT new team members… in growing the team, what has stuck in my head is from the movie “Miracle” about the 1980 USA Hockey team… At the initial tryouts, Coach Brooks talks about not selecting the “Best/Most Talented Players” but THE RIGHT ONES… ones that will FIT the system and culture he was trying to build to create a successful team… and from what I recall, IT WORKED…

Team KW has a specific system and a culture where only the RIGHT ONES stay… I’ll admit I have made some mistakes in drafting including what I thought was a super star… but was actually draft day BUST, only lasting 2 weeks… the recent new faces that have joined Team KW are embracing the Team KW culture and system… Martinez, Luis, Brock and Fernando are settling in nicely and are on the path to grow and strive to do better each day they are part of the team, which is what I ask of ALL Team KW members…
Another Free Lunch Friday was earned from the teams exceeding the efficiency rating that I set forth… I love acknowledging their efforts …
And even though it takes away from today’s efficiency rating, the teams took an hour this morning to organize their trucks and trailers, take inventory of tools and give the inside a quick clean… this effort insures the teams have what they need moving forward to keep them on the path of high efficiency…
and speaking of efficiency… I ask the teams all the time what tools can we get to make us better, faster or save our bodies… Brock this week quickly spoke up and mentioned this special curved blade for weeding… it’s on its way for a tryout… and maybe soon to be another tool in the Team KW tool box…
The sights of the week… in Team KW Land…
Let’s start off with a beautiful flowering NATIVE…
the Red Chokeberry… (https://www.monrovia.com/brilliant-red-chokeberry.html) The name “chokeberry” comes from the astringency of the fruits, which create the sensation of making one’s mouth pucker.
The huggable… NOPE… White Blooming Hardy Orange… (https://www.phillyorchards.org/2019/11/01/plant-spotlight-trifoliate-orange/)
those are some serious thorns…
and how about this NATIVE Pinxter Flower… (pink azalea) (https://mdflora.org/resources/publications/wildflowerinfocus/pim_pinxter_flower.pdf)
or even better… this NATIVE azalea… the Flame Azalea… (https://vnps.org/wildflowers-of-the-year__trashed/2000-flame-azalea-rhododendron-calendulaceum/)
the yellow is very striking… also comes in orange or red…
Back to grandmas with another plant from the old fashioned garden…
the Common Lilac… (https://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-plant-descriptions/common-lilac)
Keeping the purple going… This Purple Clematis is KICKING with color… (https://donahuesclematis.com/product-category/purple-varieties/)
More Purple… BUT DO NOT PLANT THIS ONE…
Chinese Wisteria (http://mdinvasives.org/iotm/march-2016/) … very invasive…
Rounding out the purple of this week is a delicate NATIVE gem…
Dwarf Crested Iris. (https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ircr) .. I love this plant…
The team planted more today for a client…
Here is a towering NATIVE shrub… The Blackhaw Viburnum… (https://www.monrovia.com/blackhaw-viburnum.html)
and the NATIVE Trillium… (https://nativeplantherald.prairienursery.com/2015/02/ten-things-to-know-about-trilliums/) many colors… my garden has white and maroon… but they also sport flower colors of yellow, pink, and purple…
Gonna wrap this up with these stunning NATIVE Foam Flowers (https://www.plantdelights.com/blogs/articles/tiarella-foam-flower) …
what a display…
They are coming… (https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/04/01/cicadas-come-out-2021-brood-x/) emergence could happen at any time now… the magic begins when soil temperatures reach 64degrees… some places could see 1,000,000 per acre… that’s 25-30 per square foot… buckle up folks… this picture was snapped when the team removed some sod in Severna Park…
Mulch Madness continues…
and The GREAT GREEN WALL… 130′ of 8-10′ tall Evergreens…
The teams were busy as usual…
Mulch Mulch and more Mulch…
Here is what the client faced… a view of the golf course… he sadly suffers from Agrostistolonphobia, the fear of creeping bent grass… so Team KW was brought in to calm his fears… and the team delivered…
Of the 33 trees planted… some NATIVES were selected… and anchored the project… Eight 9-10′ Miss Helen American Hollies (https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=249128&isprofile=0&) were selected from a field on the eastern shore… this cultivar was discovered in Anne Arundel County back in 1936… that’s a really cool fact that I just learned…
These trees were HEAVY, weighing 1500lbs…
but our Dingo made easy work of the heavy lifting…
The rest of the trees showed up…
again from our great supplier Stadler Nursery… Norway Spruce, Nellie Stevens Holly, Cryptomeria and Green Giant Arborvitaes rounded out the planting plan…
Let the planting begin… it was a team effort to get these trees in place… Luis, Brock, Martinez and Jeronimo are carefully getting the Miss Helen’s in their new home…
The Dingo to carry the trees… plywood to project the yard… and the team discussing how to work around the irrigation lines…
and the Great Green Wall is planted… what a difference…
and the parting words from the client… “It’s Like It’s Always Been There”…
this is what the team loves to hear…
Here is a special thanks to two members of Team KW, who are often working alone making sure your lawns, plants, trees & flowers are fed and healthy… Obdulio (pictured) and Dimas put in long hours to keep it all GREEN…
Team KW’s replacements… NEVER… we’ll never say never again 007….
and shit happens, just this afternoon while I was typing the newsletter… fortunately everyone was safe…
this branch just broke and fell out of the tree while the team was spreading mulch… CRAZY…
That’s this week in Team KW Land…

Thanks for taking the time to read a bit and look at some pictures… let me know your favorite one…

Team KW believes in taking care of others so they can live a fulfilled life… how ELSE can the team take care of you???

Team KW is very grateful for all of you, our faithful clients… we wouldn’t be successful without you…

Have a great weekend and keep an eye out for the protein snacks appearing from the soil…

be Positive be Grateful be Happy…

============================================================
** Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/)
** Facebook (http://www.facebook.com)
** Website (http://mailchimp.com)
Copyright © *|CURRENT_YEAR|* *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved.
*|IFNOT:ARCHIVE_PAGE|* *|LIST:DESCRIPTION|*

Our mailing address is:
*|LIST_ADDRESS|* *|END:IF|*

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can ** update your preferences (*|UPDATE_PROFILE|*)
or ** unsubscribe from this list (*|UNSUB|*)
.

*|IF:REWARDS|* *|REWARDS_TEXT|* *|END:IF|*

Uncategorized

9-1-17… How about this Gem for a late summer/fall blooming native perennial… Boneset… Eupatorium perfoliatum

This is one of a few very important flowering plants for the bees and other pollinators at this time of year… so please think twice about cutting it down or removing it as it definitely serves a purpose… this native gets about 3-5’ tall and loves full sun to part shade. The pure white slightly…

Uncategorized

7-21-17… Native Plant To Highlight… Short Toothed Mountain Mint… Pycnanthemum muticum

This is one of my summer flowering favorites that brings a mountain of pollinators and beneficial insects to your garden… This plant spreads at a slow rate unlike other mints, so don’t be afraid that it will take over your garden. This gem gets about 30” tall and supports itself nicely sporting silvery green leaves…

Uncategorized

Mulch Much?

KW Landscaping is currently in the process of renewing all of our landscape management agreements for our clients. The services vary depending on the individual client’s desires and needs however, the application of organic mulch is an important service to consider adding to your annual agreement. The best time-saving measure a gardener can take is…