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Some Things You May Want To Think About For The Fall Season

October 2011

Cooler and eventually colder weather will be here before we know it. With the cooler weather, comes the perfect opportunity to address any problem areas you may have in your landscape or, to just add a fresh touch!

Mulch Installation:

$40.00 PER CUBIC YARD SUPPLIED AND INSTALLED (MINIMUM FIVE (5) CUBIC YARDS).

We have just received a huge new shipment of mulch and we are reinstating OUR WEB SITE ONLY SPECTACULAR MULCH SPECIAL until the end of October or until this shipment is sold out.

Not only does mulch look nice it also provides many benefits to the landscape! It conserves moisture for plants; it helps to control weeds and helps to moderate soil temperatures in extreme weather, hot or cold! For those of you who like to do it yourself, we can deliver mulch to you. There may be a small charge for delivery.

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Welcome Signs of Fall

October 2011

*Earth’s Orbit and the Seasons – Image Credits NASA

*Earth’s Orbit and the Seasons – Image Credits NASA

Friday September 23 was the official beginning of fall for the year 2011 and how fantastic to actually get some cooler temperatures to go along with the change of seasons.

However the four seasons are determined by changing sunlight (not heat)—which is determined by how our planet orbits the Sun and the tilt of its axis. Fall begins at the autumn equinox. Day and night are about 12 hours long and the Sun is at the midpoint in the sky. The North Pole moves away from the Sun. The Autumnal Equinox for the year 2011 was September 23, at 5:05 A.M. EDT.

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Facebook Prize Giveaway

August 2011

For our established customers, including landscaping customers and anyone who signs up for landscaping or maintenance services during this period.

You could win $25 in JLC Outdoors “Mad Money” just for Liking Us on Facebook

For 16 weeks, starting September 9, 2011 through December 23, 2011, we will randomly select one name each week, from our customers who become Fans of JLC Outdoors on Facebook, to receive a JLC Outdoors Mad Money certificate in the amount of $25.00. This certificate can be used toward any landscaping service that JLC Outdoors offers or as a credit towards your monthly service. Winners will be posted on Facebook each week starting Friday Sept 9, 2011.

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Cooling in Earlier Times, by Design

August 2011

I never knew the full value of trees. Under them I breakfast, dine, write, read, and receive my company.” –Thomas Jefferson

One of the first articles I wrote for our newsletters was titled ‘FLORIDA’S MAJESTIC OAKS: A SOURCE OF BEAUTY, RELAXATION AND NATURAL COOLING’. It was written after running across the above quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson.

It was springtime and with everything being in bloom the old allergies were acting up and I was growling about the high pollen count. The gist of the article is that even with my allergies and suffering I still have a deep appreciation for our majestic oaks, as well as the azaleas and other shrubs and plants that adorn our Florida landscapes. Mr. Jefferson’s statement brought back memories of my early childhood in Orlando and the importance of trees and shrubs in our local environment.

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Mulch Special – EXTENDED

July 2011

WEB SITE ONLY SPECIAL
SPECTACULAR MULCH SPECIAL FOR ONE (1) WEEK ONLY

Mulch

We recently had an increase in the wholesale purchase price of our PINE BARK MULCH. HOWEVER, to encourage visits to our web site, we are going to absorb that cost ourselves and offer a per cubic yard installation price that is our all-time lowest price ever.

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The Sylvester Date Palm

July 2011

Scientific name: Phoenix sylvestris

Sylvester Date Palm

The Sylvester Date Palm is also known as Sugar Date Palm, India Date Palm, and Wild Date Palm. This tree was the Florida Nursery Growers & Landscapers Association 2006 Plant of the Year. With its bright green, slightly curving fronds and bumpy trunk, it is fast becoming the central trophy plant in many landscapes.

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Landscaping for Shading Effects

July 2011

This is the last article in our summer series, THE HEAT IS ON. Our intention has been to maybe make you more aware of some of the benefits of landscaping with energy efficiency in mind and suggesting ways that this can be accomplished. We have talked about the significant value of trees in cooling the perimeter of your home and have discussed how ground covers, hedges, and trellises with vines can add to the accumulative cooling effect of your landscape. By combining these different types of plants in your design, and, by giving some thought to placement and future growth patterns, you can make a significant difference in the amount of heat that is reflected and absorbed into your home. And that can save you money on energy and cooling costs overall.

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‘The Heat Is On’

June 2011

Part 2

For the summer months we are continuing our articles regarding landscaping with energy efficiency in mind. As I prepare this article, here in the last weeks of June, our afternoon temperatures are already in the mid to high nineties with a daily heat index in the 100’s. We still have at least three months of these temperatures ahead of us. So now is the time to consider some options for making your home’s exterior environment cooler and more livable. As we discussed last month this can also help to cut the costs for cooling your home’s interior.

For June we featured a beautiful shade tree that also provided some exceptional fall color when cooler weather begins. The Florida Flame Red Maple is still available in 30 gallon (12 to14 ft.) and 100 gallon (18 to 20 ft.) sizes.

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Asiatic Jasmine

June 2011

Ground covers are an important part of any landscape design where energy efficiency and conservation is a consideration. With proper selection for specific areas, they can be very efficient in cutting down on heat build up and transference around the exterior of your home and therefore help reduce the amount of heat absorbed into your home.

There are some ground covers that do not need a lot of sun and will grow in shady areas of your yard where sod does not do well. Certain ground covers can be used on slopes to provide erosion control. They can be planted next to a driveway or walkway to provide a barrier or to discourage traffic patterns and will again help absorb heat from concrete or blacktop. And ground covers, if selected properly for the area, will use much less water than most turfs, once established.

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‘The Heat is On’

June 2011

Glenn Frey’s version of this song rocks. The extreme heat of Florida’s summers, not so much. And June is only the beginning. We are still experiencing some nice comfortable temperatures in the evenings and for a couple of hours in the mornings. But as we head further into the summer it seems the heat keeps building and accumulating until there is no relief at any time of day. And as the temperatures rise, so do our energy costs as we try to keep our homes cool and comfortable.

A well-designed landscape not only can add beauty to your home but it also can reduce your heating and cooling costs. As the sun beats down, solar heat is absorbed through windows and rooftops and your air conditioning usage increases proportionately. By incorporating some trees and other shading concepts into your landscape design, you can reduce this solar heat gain, reducing your cooling costs for inside and making your homes exterior more relaxing and enjoyable for the summer months.

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