Landscaping season is picking up, but so are concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic. Weybridge recently received the following message from our BrightView account manager, addressing how their landscaping teams are taking precautions to protect our residents. If you have any questions about BrightView’s services, feel free to contact our Landscape Officer Brent Kliehauer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As the COVID-19 situation continues to progress and evolve, we at BrightView continue to take the necessary precautions to keep all crews, residents and employees safe.
- We have staggered our crew start times in the morning to limit the amount of interaction between crew members to a minimum
- Daily symptom screenings before crews are sent out for the day
- All trucks are sanitized at the end of the day
- No crew member is allowed to set foot in any indoor facility on the property
Not only is this at the forefront of our continued maintenance services, we also look to keep your property’s safe as well during this difficult time.
I’ve attached a letter released by the National Association of Landscape Professionals explaining why landscape maintenance is considered an essential service. “We provide a service that is necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses.” I hope this can begin to ease your mind during this pandemic. Please reach out with any questions and we look forward to providing next level service this 2020 season.
Thanks and stay safe,
BrightView Landscape Services
BrightView will be in Weybridge this week to apply lawn fertilizer and chemicals designed to prevent the growth of crabgrass and broadleaf weeds. They expect to be here Wednesday and Thursday, April 1 and 2.
NOTES ON FERTILIZER AND WEED SPRAYING
If you have areas of your lawn you do not want fertilized or sprayed, you can place lawn flags to mark areas that are off-limits. If you need flags, they are available on Brent Kleihauer’s front stoop.
For areas that are sprayed and fertilized, homeowners with pets or children are advised to keep them off the lawn for at least 24 hours after the chemicals are applied.
Effective immediately the Weybridge Men’s Monday morning breakfast at Hella’s is canceled, due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We hope to bring back the breakfast in the future.
For now, stay safe, and enjoy life!
Many Blue Spruce, are showing infestations of bagworm. Bagworms tend to blend in with other parts of the tree. At first, it may look like a spruce or fir cone. However, on close inspection, multiple bags may begin to appear, holding many eggs that will hatch in the spring and infest the tree the following spring. Other evergreen showing symptoms of bagworms were Arborvitae,
Now is a great time to get out and scout for bagworm. As mentioned, if only a couple of bags are observed, just remove them and burn them, unless the tree is too tall. The best way to remove the bags is to cut them off with pruning shears. Pulling the bags off by hand can damage the cambium tissue on the stem since the silk from the bagworm is very strong.
Fairly late in the spring, late May into early June, the eggs hatch and the tiny larvae emerge through a hole in the bottom of the bag. Insecticides applied in mid- to late June are the most effective.
Colorado blue spruce in Ohio seem to be encountering more issues in the landscape. Bagworms can be found on Arborvitaes, deciduous and evergreens, although damage on evergreens can be more lethal since they defoliate the tree and they will not grow needles until the next year. Several years of defoliation can kill the tree.
Please contact any Weybridge Board member and report any sightings so we can let Brightview Landscaping know so action can be taken.
UPDATE: The City of Dublin has canceled the formal bridge opening event, as well as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, over concerns generated by risks of spreading the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
It’s finally here! The City of Dublin is proud and excited to announce the opening of the new pedestrian bridge over the Scioto River. The bridge will open with a community celebration and dedication event on March 13, 2020. It will be part of an exciting weekend in Dublin, which will include the Greenest, Grandest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, March 13th:
- 7 PM: DJ/music in two designated viewing locations (Bridge Park Avenue between Riverside Dr. and Longshore Street and North Riverview Street)
- 8 PM: Grand Illumination (bridge illumination, special effects, and light show)
- 8:30 PM: Bridge is open to the public
- 8-11 PM: Choreographed light shows on the bridge
Saturday, March 14th:
- All Day: Bridge open to the public
- 7-11 PM: Choreographed light shows on the bridge
*Free parking in the public garage next to the library and Bridge Park garages.
Weybridge Ladies… a bit of bad news. Lunch organizer Sharon Foster let us know today the February lunch has, unfortunately, been canceled. The lunch was originally set for Feb 20, but it looks like we’ll be waiting until March for the next gathering.
Sharon reports a variety of attendees have reported they are recovering from illnesses, have conflicting appointments, are out on vacations, and so forth.
The next run of the Weybridge Ladies Lunch is scheduled for Thu, Mar 19 at 11:30am over at the Bob Evans in Powell. Check out the complete list of lunches for 2020 on our Calendar page anytime.
The first official day of spring will be March 19 this year, and surprise: that’s less than 40 days away. So, while we’ve seen snow over the past few days, the truth is it’s been a fairly mild winter up to now, and we might see more unusually mild days in the weeks ahead. Given the milder-than-usual winter, our landscaping firm — BrightView — is thinking they’d like to get started with some “spring” cleanup, possibly as soon as the next 2-3 weeks (yes, in February!).
What might we expect in Weybridge in the next 2-3 weeks (weather permitting)?
- Edging around trees and landscape beds (edging might also be touched up again before mulching comes later in the spring)
- Mulching and/or pickup of any remaining leaves from the fall
- Blowing off hard surfaces and beds
Part of the goal of starting earlier is to get a jump on the spring season so we’re lined up for a more timely delivery of mulch this year.
Questions about landscaping matters? Please contact our Weybridge Landscape Chairman, Brent Kliehauer, at email@example.com.