By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: February 2011
The service team of Fairway Lawns includes (L to R): Mike Lane, Keith Ross, John Ketchum, Kathy Wilder, Branch Manager James Parker, John Robinson and Ross Harrell.
The roots of Fairway Lawns run deep, back to 1979 when the company began doing business. More than 30 years later, Fairway is well established in Little Rock, Conway, and Springdale, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee, which also serves some areas in Mississippi; Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
According to James Parker, Tulsa Branch Manager of Fairways Lawns, “Fairway’s growth has been steady and strong. We expanded our business last year and moved operations to a new location in July.” Fairway purchased the building at 1848 N. 105th E. Ave., with a physical expansion from 4,000 to 12,000 square feet. Serving Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby, Coweta, Owasso, Collinsville, and Glenpool for several years, Fairway Lawns has added services to Verdigris, Catoosa, Bartlesville, Sand Springs, and Sapulpa.
Fairway services include lawn care, tree and shrub care, pest control, Sup-R-Soil aeration, and over-seeding. Estimates for services are free, and you don’t have to be home when a representative performs the estimate. Information is left on your door, or you can set a time to meet and discuss services.
This past year was a great year for leafhoppers, but bad for lawns. Leafhoppers are the tiny little green critters you see flying from the grass when you walk through or mow your lawn. They hop from leaf to leaf, wreaking havoc when they invade a lawn. Leafhoppers feed by sucking valuable nutrients from individual blades of grass while injecting the blade with its toxic saliva. They can affect all grass types. Fairway Lawns can successfully treat your lawn for leafhoppers.
Effective lawn maintenance almost always requires attentive weed control. “One of the most effective ways to control weeds is to apply pre-emergent herbicide, a chemical that prevents unwanted growth from appearing,” advises Parker, “and right now is the time to contact Fairway and schedule treatments.” Contrary to popular belief, pre-emergent weed killers don’t destroy weeds and their seeds; they simply stop them from growing. Some seeds are actually known to last as long as 50 years. If an herbicide isn’t applied each year, weeds will grow.
Winterkill, also called winter damage or winter injury, usually occurs in Bermuda grass, St. Augustine, and sometimes very slightly in zoysia. It shows up as areas that simply do not green up in the spring. Damage may be caused by three different weather conditions, either separately or in combination. They include extremely cold temperatures; very dry, high speed winds, usually from the north or northwest, combined with temperatures of less than 20 degrees; or by snow piling up either by shoveling or wind and not melting for several weeks. Intermittent thaw and freeze cycles compound the damage. If your lawn suffers from winterkill, consult with Fairway Lawns for a successful remedy to bring it back to health.
Fairway Lawns’ office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and in the spring, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fairway Lawns has been under the same family ownership since inception in 1979. Looking forward to continued success in the Tulsa metropolitan area, Fairway provides their trademark of legendary service, safety, fair treatment, and a professional image. Plus, they take really good care of your lawn, trees and shrubs. Call or visit their website, which is constantly adding frequently asked questions and answers for picture-perfect lawn care.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.