Summertime and the Living is Easy in Your Yard

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What’s going on in your lawn and landscaping in August?  Late summer in Ohio is known for hot, humid days.  As I write this, I am out enjoying a beautiful 80 degree, sunny morning with very low humidity out on my deck.  Rare for late July in my home town.

Blooms:  Many of your perennials like the Black Eyed Susan, Coneflower and Shasta Daisy will self-sow their seed.  If you leave the seed-heads on this will mean more beautiful blooms for next year and will provide food for your birds.  You should draw finches of all sort to Black Eyed Susan and Coneflowers.  A variety of Roses may get a second wind this month.  By late August you can think about planting landscape shrub roses.  Some of your annuals will continue to bloom in August while others will look worn and tired.  Fall will be here before you know it so it is a great time replace the  tired looking ones with annuals that are richer in color.  I tend to pick reds, oranges, and yellows so they will blend in nicely with my Harvest decorations and Mums later in the fall.

Bulbs:  Late August is the perfect time to move or divide bulbs that have become too crowded.  If the center clumps of your Iris look “woody” dig them up, separate the bulbs and replant all around your yard.

Lawns:  August lawns in Ohio are normally water deprived and brown.  As long as your lawn is not diseased, allowing the grass to go dormant will be better for the lawn and save water.  Put your sprinklers away unless we have had no rain for two weeks; then water deeply.  As soon as rainfall returns, the grass will green back up in a couple of days.  No fertilizer this month.

Shrubs and Trees:  There is not much to do except enjoy your shrubs and trees this month.  Nice shade trees are in demand in August in Ohio.  Take some time to retreat to them and relax in the cool shade that they provide.  Watch the birds and butterflies and listen to the buzzing bees and lonely sounding cicadas.

About the Author: Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Business Concierge/Personal Assistant service in the Dayton, Ohio area. Sheri helps small business owners save time and money by taking care of their day-to-day administrative tasks. Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business.              http://www.anotheryouerrands.com                      937-416-2207

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Lawn and Flower Garden: July in Ohio

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July is normally hot, dry, and humid here in Ohio. There is not much to do in your lawn/flower gardens now that summer is here.

It is a good time to have your mower blade sharpened again. Grass will begin to get stressed by now so do not aerate or fertilize your lawn this month.  You should set your mower at 3 inches and make sure that you water your lawn deeply; soak down 6-8 inches every 10-14 days.

Be sure to give your perennials (flowers that return each year) a good soak every 7-10 days (1-2 inches). There is not much else to do with your flowers in July other than keep them watered and weeded. Be sure to deadhead to encourage new blooms. Continue to pinch Mums back this month.

Japanese beetles appear in July. Pick them off your roses, shrubs and other plants and destroy them in a jar of soapy water. Remove any bagworms, caterpillars, and other pests from your shrubs and trees.

Watch out for poison ivy and oak this month. Remember “Leaves of 3–Let it Be”. Paint the stems and lower foliage with Roundup which will kill the roots.

After your Clematis blooms in June you can cut back the stems 1/2 way in July to stimulate a possible repeat bloom later in the summer.  Mine never re-bloom but I have read where some do!l!

Since there is not a lot to do in your yard this month, enjoy our summer and take some time to visit the pool, have cookouts with family and friends, and take long naps under your favorite shade tree.

headshotAbout the Author: Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Business Concierge/Personal Assistant service in the Dayton, Ohio area. Sheri helps small business owners save time and money by taking care of their day-to-day administrative tasks. Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business. http://www.anotheryouerrands.com 937-416-2207

In Loving Memory…

penThese past couple of weeks have been inundated with worry, tears, loss, and family. My sister in-law, Penny, passed away last week 3 days after a cancer diagnosis. Just turned 65, Penny was going to retire in July.  Her children, my nephews, have now suddenly lost both of their parents in the past 2 years…and they are in their early 40’s. I remember when my grandfather passed away, my mom saying that she was no longer anyone’s child. I never really thought of it that way. How devastating for them.  I watched as my husband, Bo, mourned the loss of yet another sibling.  I am reminded how fortunate that I am to still have both of my parents and my sisters.

Two days after Penny’s passing my mom had knee replacement surgery. As I sat in the hospital looking at my aging, worried dad, it reminded me how precious life is and how we never really know what the next few days will bring us.

I do my best to live my life with faith and positivity and do not wish to bring anyone down with this post. I do, however, think that it is important to be reminded that we do not know what tomorrow brings. As you read this, I would ask that you pick up the telephone and call your parents, children, siblings, family members and friends. Tell them you love them. Schedule a time to visit or take them to lunch. Hug them every time to see them.

My business is all about time. All of our lives are busy with our day-to-day responsibilities and most of us do not take…no make…the time for the ones that are truly the most important to us. Let’s all do something today to change that.

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.~Unknown

headshot2About the Author: Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Business Concierge/Personal Assistant service in the Dayton, Ohio area. Sheri helps small business owners save time and money by taking care of their day-to-day administrative tasks. Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business. http://www.anotheryouerrands.com 937-416-2207

Ohio Flower Gardening in June

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You can really beautify your yard this month with annuals (plants that only last 1 season). When it gets hot, those Pansies that you planted early in the season may start to look a little worn. Replace them with some showy annuals. The Poppies, Bleeding Heart and Virginia Bluebells will die all the way back and leave bare spaces. Fill those, and any other areas where you need color, with containers of long-lasting annuals. Your annuals have shallow roots, so they will need watered more regularly than your perennials (those plants that come back each year). In the hot, Ohio summer, your pots and containers made need daily watering. Just check the soil by poking your finger in it.  If it comes out clean-time to water! Make sure to deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms.

Grass should need less mowing in June due to the warmer temperatures. Make sure your lawn gets 1 inch of water per week. Move your mower blade to 2.5-3 inches so the grass will not brown out in the summer sun. Alternate your mowing pattern (vertical, horizontal, diagonal) each time you mow to minimize wear. So that beetle larvae will not feed on your lawn later in the summer, June is a good time to apply an environmentally friendly pesticide such as Merit or Mach ll.

If you fill your flower beds with perennials, you will save yourself time and money next season. Plant your perennials soon after purchase and be sure to read the plant markers. Pay attention to how much sun they need and any other care that may be necessary. If you did not divide your existing perennials last month you can do so early in June; just make sure they are well-watered for a couple of days after division. Mulching around your flowers will help with weeds and water retention. Established perennials need about 1 inch of water per week. Pinch back the stems of your Mums by 1/2 to encourage a more bushy plant with lots of blooms in the fall. Do this on a regular basis until mid-July so that your Mums do not bloom too early and you will have beautiful, fall color in October. To control other late summer or fall blooming plants such as Aster, Beebalm and Goldenrod, cut back the new stems about half way once they grow to 10-12 inches tall.

To prolong the life of cut Roses cut them in the early morning or at dusk. Cut only the flowers that are in the late bud stage. Use sharp pruners (and gloves!) and cut at a 45 degree angle. Immediately immerse the stems in fresh, tepid water and set them in a cool place for a few hours. Re-cut the ends and arrange them in a vase with water and preservative (I hear vodka works well).

Happy June Gardening!

About the Author: Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Business Concierge/Personal Assistant service in the Dayton, Ohio area. Sheri helps small business owners save time and money by taking care of their day-to-day administrative tasks. Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business. http://www.anotheryouerrands.com 937-416-2207

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Did I Spend Enough Time with my Son?

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According to the Pew Research Center, 61% of mothers work outside the home. The same review tells us that 42% of people feel that mothers should not work outside the home.

As Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself thinking back to when my son was little. I went back to work when he was 17 months old and except for one year while he was in Jr. High School, I held down a full time job. Working moms have it tough! While I was raising Aaron, I pretty much took care of the house, laundry, grocery and shopping…all while working 40 hours a week. It is no wonder, I sometimes ask myself, “Did I make enough time for my son?”

I’m afraid that we mothers often feel guilty. We feel guilty about leaving our children, not spending enough time with them, not giving our spouse or partner the attention they desire, about so many things. I know that I did the best that I could do raising Aaron and there are only a few things that I would change if I had it to do all over again.   Prioritizing my time is definitely one of the things that I would change.

My home has always been a source of pride for me. Today, it looks lived in and is mostly clean. I was more particular when I was a young mother. I thought that the house had to be clean at all times for me to be a good wife and parent. I thought that I had to do it all! I now know better. I think of all the time that I spent cleaning and picking up when I could have been sitting on the floor playing with Aaron. Did the toys have to be put away multiple times a day? Was dusting the furniture really all that important? Time with my baby and toddler is lost; it is something that I cannot get back.

Don’t get me wrong, I think keeping your house in order is important. I also think that spending time with your children, partner, family and friends is important and should be a priority for us all; mothers or not. Also, when we make time for ourselves it helps us to be more balanced and makes all of our relationships better. Life is busy; many things shout for our attention and many demands are placed on our lives. There are things that you can do to make your life easier and more manageable, like hiring a cleaning lady or having someone do your weekly grocery shopping and run your errands. Enlist your husband and children to help you out. Accepting help can save you time so that you can focus on the important things in your life . . . family, friends, work and pleasure

There are things that have to do, but be reminded that there are other things that can wait or that someone else can do for you. Did I make enough time for Aaron; probably not, but he turned into a wonderful, caring young man who loves his “Mom” very much. Enjoy Mother’s Day, I know I will; I have learned to make the time for those I love.

About the Author:   headshotSheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Personal and Business Concierge service in the Dayton, Ohio area. Sheri helps busy people. She provides support for both the individual and the small business owner.        http://www.anotheryouerrands.com         937-416-2207

No Need to Worry about Your Home While You are Away

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Spring and summer seem to be the busiest travel months here in the Dayton area. Getting away with family and friends is great fun but have you ever left your home for a week or so and felt uneasy about it?

When you are traveling for work or on vacation, you want assurance that your home is taken care of. If you are looking for peace of mind while you are away contact me  at Another You, LLC to set up house sitting services. You might be thinking about hiring the neighborhood teenager but there is an added bonus of hiring a professional who is not only trained, but insured as well.

Basic Services:
• Bringing the weekly trash/recycle to curb and back
• Watering and caring for indoor and outdoor plants
• Bringing in mail/newspapers/packages
• Rotating lights
• Adjusting window treatments
• Daily perimeter check,
• Restock the pantry the day before your return

Pet Care:
• Feed and Water
• Attention and Exercise
• Administer medication
• Watch for any changes in condition that might warrant a visit to the veterinarian.

Optional Services:
• Mail Management
• Running errands
• Getting your car serviced
• Getting carpets cleaned
• Coordinating home maintenance and repair contractors
• Overseeing home improvement projects
Hiring a house sitter is the ideal way to safeguard your home and property while you are out of town.
Enjoy yourself! No need to worry! I will keep an eye on your home while you are away.

 

About the Author: Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, a Personal and Business Concierge service in the Dayton, Ohio area. She is a wife and mother who loves to work in her flower gardens. Another You provides support for busy people and small business owners. http://www.anotheryouerrands.com 937-416-2207