Newsletter |  June 2017
Around Town - Plymouth & Northville
Community Events
Plymouth Community Band Concerts in the Park
June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29: 7:30-9:00pm
Kellogg Park

Northville Farmer's Market
June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29
For more information  click here.

Friday Night Music in the Air Summer Concert Series
June 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30: 7:00-10:00pm
Kellogg Park
Click here to view the printable concert schedule.

Friday Night Summer Concert Series
June 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30: 7:00-9:00pm
Town Square Downtown Northville
Click here to view this season's schedule.

Maybury's Farm Fest
June 3: 10:00am-5:00pm
Come to Maybury Farm in Northville for the "Biggest Event of Summer" - Family fun for all ages. For more details  click here.

Plymouth Farmer's Market
June 3, 10, 17, & 24: 7:30am-12:30pm
Visit the Farmer's Market in front of the downtown Gathering Hall.

Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Pops Concert
June 6: 7:00-8:00pm
Kellogg Park

Wednesday Night Workouts
June 7, 14, 21, & 28: 6:30-8:00pm
Free community workouts at Kellogg Park.
For more information  click here.

Teen Summer Reading Kick-Off Party
June 16: 11:00am-3:00pm
This program is through the Plymouth Library. For more information  click here.

Plymouth Father's Day YMCA Run
June 18: 6:00am-12:00pm
For more information  click here.

Arts and Acts Festival
June 16, 17, & 18:  Click here for daily times.
Come visit downtown Northville and enjoy the 29th annual art festival, which includes visual art, music, and food.

Tunes for Tuesday Kids Concert Series
June 20 & 27: 10:30-11:30am
Continues all summer on Tuesday.  Click here for details.

Music in the Park
June 21 & 28: 12:00-1:00pm
Click here to view the children's concert series complete schedule.

Northville Craft Beer Festival - Tapped in the Ville
June 24: 12:00-6:00pm
Click here to view details about this new event.
Dual Purpose Fire Pits
Creative Project Idea

Whether you have an installed fire pit or you want to install one this season, we have some fun design ideas. Your fire pit is already a warm and cozy gathering place at night, but during the day it can be a functional table top. There are countless design ideas trending right now on Pinterest and social media. Some fire pit owners cut custom table tops out of specialty and reclaimed wood while others use tiles to create colorful mosaics and decorative tops. One homeowner painted a large checker board creating a game table top.

No matter how simple or complex the project, the end result is another outdoor living space to enjoy.
Summer Grilling - Professional Installation
Grilling outdoors takes on a whole new level of satisfaction when it is done in your own custom outdoor kitchen.  From complete kitchens to single gas grill installation, there are so many options.  

Installing a permanent counter top around a grill makes food preparation and clean-up easy. Many homeowners with custom grills admit to using their grill daily during the summer. Also, some continue to use it throughout the winter because it is so convenient.  Although many assume an outdoor professionally installed grill is a luxury addition, many who have an outdoor kitchen disagree and instead explain it is a valuable extension to the home. Instead of standing around the kitchen island indoors on a beautiful day, with a custom outdoor grill or kitchen, everyone can enjoy the weather and landscape outside.  

If you are interested in installing a custom grill or outdoor kitchen, please call us today.  Our designers will create a finished space that you will use season after season. 
Watering Guidelines for Turf - Lawn

All lawns in Michigan require 0.5 to 1.5 inches of water per week. That means only a 10-15 minute watering during dry weather for many home sprinkling systems.

Water lightly and frequently. Grass roots are short (often less than 4" long) and can't absorb the excess water. Light, frequent watering also reduces the stress to the grass plant, which reduces the potential for disease and insect damage.

During the most dry parts of the season turf should be watered 2-3 times on each watering day starting around 10 am and no later than 5 pm. Each turf zone should be watered between 5 and 7 minutes per cycle. During drought or high heat seasons, turf should be watered from 4-7 days weekly. Watering too early in the morning can result in the turf becoming dried out by 4 pm, the warmest part of our summer days. Turf that becomes too dry may result in weaker root systems, and invites pests such as grubs and some diseases. Watering too late in the evenings can allow water to sit for too long without being absorbed or evaporating, which can cause a variety of fungi to appear, as well as weakening the root system. Watering should be cut back during the fall and spring months due to less evaporation from the turf’s base soil and thatch layer, and increased natural rainfall.

Most of our clients’ home sites are built on clay. Clay only absorbs about 10-20% of the moisture that normal soil does. This means that watering lightly and frequently is that much more important. Water evaporates at a faster rate during daytime hours and can “sit” on the clay in the evening. Watering too much is equally dangerous with clay-based turf. Heavy watering cycles, even during warm weather seasons, can actually wash nutrients from the soil (including applied fertilizers and pest control products) before they can take effect.

A good visual example is along curbs throughout subdivisions that have a “rusty” stain along the edges. This indicates watering has been too heavy per cycle and most water, natural nutrients, and possibly any applied products have washed out from under the turf and above the clay. This practiced over a period of a season greatly increases the chance for weeds, die back, disease and significantly increases water bills unnecessarily.

Watering cycle times should vary through-out the season, depending on weather and sub-surface conditions. We may ask clients to alter watering times, cycle times and days depending on issues such as diseases through the season.

Turf should never be “soggy” or dry. Healthy turf should have a moderate level of moisture from the thatch layer to around 4 inches in depth. This is also true of newly seeded areas and areas of new sod. Because roots have not been fully established with seed and new sod, it may take heavier watering due to the more porous nature of the soil. 

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