Winter and Water…a costly combination for irrigation systems

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We all know that water and cold temperatures in late Fall and early Winter season can result in an adverse combination! Protecting your irrigation system via proper ‘winterization’ when the air temperature begins to drop below freezing is critical. Winterizing your system in a timely manner can help secure its operational capabilities for the next spring season, while avoiding costly repairs.

When is the optimal time to winterize? Well, every year is slightly different due to variables and fluctuations in our weather. As a good rule of thumb for the Middle TN region, the best timing is late October or early November, depending on when hard frosts become routine. However, there is a balancing act with the Winterization timing. You don’t want to winterize too early in order to utilize the supplemental water for newly sewn grass seed as well as to establish newly planted Fall flowers. If you winterize too late, freezing temperatures can wreak havoc and result in repair needs. So, the timing of winterization must be strategic in nature, while taking several variables into consideration.

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The goal of Winterization is to remove all the water in the associated piping without damaging the mechanical parts in the process, prior to it freezing. Utilizing a professionally certified service provider can insure your system has been winterized properly and with the upmost care to protect your investment.

Another benefit of the winterization process is that it becomes an opportunity to diagnose deficiencies and problems within the system, while your contractor winterizes each zone. Typically, this is an optimal time to make necessary repairs or upgrades to the system so that it is ready to operate efficiently next Spring. Irrigation systems can be a valuable asset as they help protect your landscape investment, while promoting your landscape to mature gracefully over time.

 

Written by: 

Scott Oldham - Business Development Manager with LSI. www.LandscapeServicesInc.com

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Investing in Professional Development Through Association Involvement

Ghertner & Company supports the growth of its Community Association Managers by encouraging membership and attendance in local organizations.  Few associations do as much to address relevant topics as the Tennessee Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.  This organization is dedicated to the enhancing the quality of community association living through education, legal advocacy, professional development and networking opportunities.

  The September meeting featured Tom Jurkovich, Vice President of Strategic Communications, with the Nashville International Airport shared about airport’s current status and future growth plan. Many pictured Ghertner and Company associates are pictured along with some vendor members.

The September meeting featured Tom Jurkovich, Vice President of Strategic Communications, with the Nashville International Airport shared about airport’s current status and future growth plan. Many pictured Ghertner and Company associates are pictured along with some vendor members.

Pest Prevention Tips for Fall

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There are 3 pest prevention tips for Fall that are very important to keep your home pest free. Because the weather is getting colder, bugs and critters want to avoid the changing weather too. Most of all, to continue blocking unwanted Fall visitors (aka pests), we have come up with 3 simple and easy tips that will help you.

 

 

 

What to Do:

  1. Examine- Take some time to thoroughly examine the outside of your home. This includes all windows, doors, seals, crawl space entries, vents, etc. If there are any broken screens, now is a good time to replace them. Cracks should be sealed with new caulking and door gaps should be closed with quality weather-stripping. It is important to remove old caulking, scraping well to remove any debris while not making any larger spaces. Adding a rubber seal under the garage doors can keep water and pests out.

  2. Seal Openings- Any place that you have an opening for utilities can be a super highway for rodents. Mice can squeeze through an opening as small as 1/4 inch. Spiders can get through openings as small as 1/32 inch. Those are tiny spaces. Take a flashlight (even in daytime) to full a full examination. To block those holes or cracks effectively we recommend using wire mesh, expandable foam or concrete.

  3. Chimney Cap- Do you have a chimney in your home? They are amazing for beautiful fires during cold weather however they can be an open door for unwanted pests. Birds, bats, raccoons, squirrels and other critters can wreck havoc on your home via the chimney. By installing a chimney cap, you will be stopping their point of entry. Don’t forget any attic vents while you are on the roof. Use wire mesh to block rodents from entering your attic through your vents.

Partner Post by:  Absolute Pest Control, http://www.absolutepestco.com/

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Golf for a Good Cause

The 2018 John D. Floyd Charitable Foundation Invitational Golf Tournament raised over $90,000 to support many local organizations and agencies, improving the opportunities and quality of life for many Rutherford County and Middle Tennessee individuals and families.   Ghertner & Company participated in the tournament held September 19-20 at Indian Hills Golf Club in Murfreesboro. 

 Representing Ghertner & Company were Stacy Adams, Human Resources Director, and Community Association Managers Bob Welborn, John Knouff, and Jeff Campbell.

Representing Ghertner & Company were Stacy Adams, Human Resources Director, and Community Association Managers Bob Welborn, John Knouff, and Jeff Campbell.

A Clothier of Hope

Since personal appearance is one of the main factors in the hiring decision, it is unfortunate that many qualified women cannot afford appropriate clothing for a job interview.  Amelia’s Closet provides professional apparel and hope to deserving women in making a great first impression in the hiring process.  Whether the client is an ex-offender or a veteran transitioning to civilian life, Amelia’s Closet empowers women towards financial security and emotional strength by one on one coaching.  Learn more at ameliascloset.org.

Each month, Ghertner & Company makes a $500 donation to non-profit organizations that are making a difference in our Middle Tennessee community. 

 Pictured at the check presentation are Ghertner & Company associates Michael Ryckeley, Jaye Kloss and Bob Welborn with Amelia’s Closet founder Jody Powers and treasurer Gwen Turner.

Pictured at the check presentation are Ghertner & Company associates Michael Ryckeley, Jaye Kloss and Bob Welborn with Amelia’s Closet founder Jody Powers and treasurer Gwen Turner.

National Night Out Promotes Community

 Harbour Town Condominium’s National Night Out event on August 7th proved to be a success and a fun time for all who participated. The neighborhood residents had a chance to meet the law enforcement that support our community, receive a few safety tips, chat with neighbors and enjoy some good food. Special guests included police officers and detectives from the local Metro Nashville Police Department and fire fighters from Fire Department Station #33. Thanks to all who joined, brought a dish and made it a great time!  National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Learn more at www.natw.org.

Harbour Town Condominium’s National Night Out event on August 7th proved to be a success and a fun time for all who participated. The neighborhood residents had a chance to meet the law enforcement that support our community, receive a few safety tips, chat with neighbors and enjoy some good food. Special guests included police officers and detectives from the local Metro Nashville Police Department and fire fighters from Fire Department Station #33. Thanks to all who joined, brought a dish and made it a great time!

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Learn more at www.natw.org.

Don’t Over-Spend when Over-Seeding

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We all desire a great looking lawn! But after a summer like this one, even the best of lawns tend to struggle from hot & dry conditions. Due to the many variables that affect turf quality, there is no single remedy to get your grass back in the shape you expect, but rather a series of steps and treatments that can help revive your lawn. One option to consider is Aeration & Over-Seeding (A&O). Here are a few tips regarding the A&O process:

The early Fall season (Sept/Oct) is the optimal time to perform this task, as cooler temperatures promote germination and growth of fescue seed. As a result, the new grass is well established prior to the harsh summer months, which gives it a better chance for long term success. The Spring season is NOT the recommended time to perform A&O because any tender newly germinated grass will not have time to develop a mature root system to sustain itself thru our hot and dry summers. 

We recommend only performing the A&O process 1 time per year during the Fall, allowing you to focus on weed control and fertilization of your lawn throughout the balance of the growing season. Those who perform A&O in the Spring, will limit their ability to successfully control weeds while the new seedlings are germinating.

Applying too much grass seed can cause more harm than good, due to added competition for light and nutrients within the established lawn. Lawns that are over-crowded may result in fungal issues due to restricted air circulation and moisture retention. When conducting A&O, the recommended fescue seed application rate is 4-6 lbs. per 1,000 square feet. If your lawn is already full and lush, you may not want to A&O each year to minimize competition within your lawn, which saves you money!

If your lawn is predominately bermuda turf, the A&O process may be a waste of funds. Bermuda will typically out-compete fescue in full sun exposures. In addition, bermuda is a spreading type turf which fills gaps and bare areas naturally. I recommend that you consult a qualified service provider to help identify your turf type(s) (fescue vs bermuda) and determine the percentage of each, prior to engaging in the A&O process.

Most Middle TN lawns include a healthy mix of fescue and bermuda grass. When budget is a concern, we would recommend only ‘spot’ seeding in areas in need such as bare or thin areas, instead of blanket seeding the whole site. To save money, consider only seeding high traffic areas, thin partially shaded patches, or select focal areas. Being strategic regarding where to perform A&O on your property will help you realize real value while not overspending. A qualified professional service provider can help guide you through the process of spending your money wisely while protecting your image and investment.

Partner Post Written by: 

Scott Oldham - Business Development Manager with LSI.  www.LandscapeServicesInc.com

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Supporting Autism Speaks

 In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, Ghertner & Company’s “Giving Back to our Community” effort supports non-profit organizations within Middle Tennessee who are making a difference in the lives of those they serve.   Autism Speaks  was the recipient of the August donation and emphasis.  Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.  Representatives from Autism Speaks shared with and fielded questions by Ghertner & Company associates on Friday, August 24th.   Learn more at AutismSpeaks.org.  

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, Ghertner & Company’s “Giving Back to our Community” effort supports non-profit organizations within Middle Tennessee who are making a difference in the lives of those they serve.  Autism Speaks was the recipient of the August donation and emphasis.  Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.  Representatives from Autism Speaks shared with and fielded questions by Ghertner & Company associates on Friday, August 24th.  Learn more at AutismSpeaks.org. 

The Termite 411

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Although spring is considered “Termite Season”, we find these pests all year around. This is often when swarms and infestations are seen in Middle, Tennessee. Now is the time to have your home inspected to get peace of mind or to get a termite problem service. Termites can be silently destroying your home without you even knowing. Your landscaping can be attracting and feeding these pests without your knowledge. Even your HVAC can be supplying them with water.

What Attracts Termites

Termites and pests feed on dead plants or wood like your home’s foundation, wooden floors, shelves, carpets, and even your untreated furniture. Another surprising food source for termites is mulch. An HVAC unit has the water tube draining next to your foundation can also be a problem.

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Ways to Keep Termites Away

Here are a few ways that you can prevent the termites in your home.

§  Make sure to eliminate any moisture problem.

§  Keep your AC drain pointed away from the house.

§  Remove all food sources; dead wood, rotting tree stumps, scrap wood, and even an untreated fence post.

§  Wood should not contact the soil. It’s also best that you place screens outside the vents.

§  Use quality mulch.

§  Fix any improper gutter drainage.

 

Time For Help

If you suspect termites are in your home, it is best to do something about it immediately. Always get an annual inspection; the termite specialist will know and reveal the extent of damage in your home, if any. There are other pest control company’s that offer termite treatment. We are one of the few that offer complete satisfaction.

 

Ask Questions

Never rush decisions when dealing with a termite problem. There are lots of questions to ask your specialist, how much of your home is damaged? How much does it cost for this kind of work? What are they going to use to exterminate the termites? For those homeowners who want to permanently eliminate termites in their homes, we offer long-term solutions. With our help your home will be a termite-free. Don’t let these termites destroy what you’ve invested and worked for.

Partner Post by:  Absolute Pest Control, http://www.absolutepestco.com/

 

Lunch & Learn Seminar Road Trip

The first remote Lunch & Learn seminar was recently held at the Kennesaw Farms clubhouse in Gallatin, TN.  There was a good attendance with many board members present from nearby Home Owner Associations to hear and discuss the topic of “Board Member Roles and Responsibilities”.  Industry leader, Kathleen Sutherland, presents a variety of topical seminars at Ghertner & Company’s Learning Center each month.  This remote site seminar is provided in different areas of Middle Tennessee for the convenience of our HOA board members who may find it difficult to attend the Nashville location.

 

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Celebrating 2018 Top Workplace Award

Ghertner & Company has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplace in the small business category by the Tennessean, in partnership with the Philadelphia-based employee research firm, Energage.  Based solely on employee survey feedback covering 24 factors in seven areas: alignment, effectiveness, connection, management, engagement, leadership and “the basics”, Ghertner & Company once again was recognized as a leading company to be employed with in Middle Tennessee.

  On hand to accept the award are Scott Ghertner, Co-President of Ghertner & Company along with Jaye Kloss, Director of Compliance and Training, and Stacy Adams, Director of Human Resources.

On hand to accept the award are Scott Ghertner, Co-President of Ghertner & Company along with Jaye Kloss, Director of Compliance and Training, and Stacy Adams, Director of Human Resources.

Freedom Rings at July 4th Celebrations!

July 4th was a wonderful day for community members to come together to celebrate the freedom enjoyed in the USA.  Parades and cookouts were held at many of the Homeowner Associations that Ghertner & Company manages. 

In Williamson County, the Brookfield Homeowner’s Association sponsored its Annual 4th of July parade! Over 100 families participated with the Brentwood Fire Department leading the way in Engine #4.  The community located off Sunset Road and Concord Pass Road in Brentwood is comprised of 464 homes. The HOA celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. Barbara Rotnofsky, Board Member, was the Chair of the July 4th Festivities.

On the other side of the county, The Arbors at Autumn Ridge also had a parade with seventy-five families participating. Burger Republic's Food Truck was there to serve the homeowners after the parade.  The community located in Spring Hill is comprised of 287 homes. The HOA celebrates its 7th Anniversary this year.  Alisia Deblois, Board President, and Joe Noga, Board VP, were the Chairs of the July 4th Festivities. 

Elecia Lewis Beard with Ghertner & Company is the Community Association Manager for both properties. 

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Training Volunteers in Disaster Response

As a leading non-profit organization dedicated to disaster response, Hope Force International is comprised of individuals who are committed to utilizing their expertise to inspire, equip and mobilize thousands of trained volunteers into areas of crisis around the world.  HFI specializes in training volunteers in disaster response so they are prepared and allowed to respond, often in restricted areas, when disaster strikes. People are seldom adequately prepared to meaningfully come alongside others who are suffering. Hope Force provides a pathway of service for caring individuals, allowing them to become willing, capable responders.  In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Ghertner & Company is “Giving Back” with a $500 donation to Hope Force in support of their work.  To learn more visit www.HopeForce.org.

  Hope Force International founders Jack and Cherie Minton receive the donation from Scott Ghertner, Co-President of Ghertner & Company.  Also present are Ghertner & Company associates John Knouff, Elecia Beard and Jaye Kloss.    

Hope Force International founders Jack and Cherie Minton receive the donation from Scott Ghertner, Co-President of Ghertner & Company.  Also present are Ghertner & Company associates John Knouff, Elecia Beard and Jaye Kloss.    

Renewal House Restores Lives

In community with addicted women and their children, Renewal House fosters healing, resiliency and continuing recovery to enhance family health. Founded in 1996, this Nashville non-profit organization provides specialized addiction treatment and recovery programs for women and their children. They address the unique needs and specific issues that trigger and affect a woman’s addiction.  They believe that when you treat and heal the whole person, you restore a life that can leave a positive lasting legacy.  As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Ghertner & Company presented Renewal House with a $500 donation to support their work in our Middle Tennessee community.  To learn more about this organization visit www.RenewalHouse.org.

  Receiving the check on behalf of Renewal House is   Pamela Sessions (center)   from Scott Ghertner, Co-President of Ghertner & Company and Jaye Kloss, Director of Compliance and Training at Ghertner & Company.    

Receiving the check on behalf of Renewal House is Pamela Sessions (center) from Scott Ghertner, Co-President of Ghertner & Company and Jaye Kloss, Director of Compliance and Training at Ghertner & Company.    

Dealing with Rodents Squirrels and Pest

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Are Mice, Rats, Squirrels, Flying Squirrels and other rodents and pest a concern?

What can you do to keep them from coming into your home?

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Check out these tips to prevent a rodent infestation.

1. Clean up spilled food immediately.
2. Put away all food at night, including pet food and bird feeders.
3. Keep food, including pet food and bird seed, in sealed, airtight containers.
4. Keep garbage can lids tightly sealed.
5. Declutter your attic and basement, especially anything made of cardboard.
6. Store any items you can on shelves rather than in the floor.
7. Keep your yard clear of debris.
8. Keep grass and shrubs cut short.
9. Trim shrubs and trees away from the sides of your home.
10. Store firewood off the ground and a safe distance from your home.
11. Repair holes in your foundation, garage, and interior walls and any gaps in your roof.
12. Seal any openings larger than 1/4″.
13. Use rubber seals under garage doors.
14. Use door sweeps on exterior doors.
15. Use weather stripping around windows and doors.
16. Use screens that are in good repair on doors and windows.
17. Seal around pipes, drains, and vents.
18. Use chimney caps.
19. If you suspect you have a rodent problem, contact a pest control professional.

Partner Post by:  By Chuck Negas of Northwest Exterminating, www.callnorthwest.com

Metro Codes Q&A Equips Managers

As part of the ongoing professional manager training, a representative of the Davidson County/Metro Codes department participated in the weekly managers meeting on Friday, June 8.  Bill Penn, Assistant Director, Property Standards division, gave an overview presentation and fielded questions on a wide variety of topics from building permits and inspections, sheds and outbuildings, abandoned vehicles, fencing and yard maintenance, occupancy requirements and regulations for operation of home-based businesses.  More resources are available at http://www.nashville.gov/Codes.

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