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Details of Health | Cryotherapy

“It’s a different cold than you’ve ever felt before,” offers Dr. Vince Hassel, a central Iowa chiropractor and owner of KryoVitality in Clive and Ankeny.

It’s a statement that could very easily go without saying, as the chamber that Matt Boelman is about to climb into is operating at 250-degrees below zero. That’s right - nearly 300-degrees below freezing. At the moment, that easily makes it the coldest place on planet Earth, more than twice as cold as dry ice, and roughly the same temperature as the dark side of the moon.

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The Culture Cure

In business circles, it has long been held that entrepreneurship is the driving force of progress. For young organizations, creating an entrepreneurial culture is essential for survival. Smart, agile young companies survive, while those that react slowly to the market fall to their competitors. For mature organizations, entrepreneurship is the engine that allows companies to continue to innovate and grow while avoiding decline, even decades into their existence.

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Hurry! Enroll in Our Spring Lawn Care & Tree Programs by May 1st!

Spring has sprung and the grass is greener, flowers are in bloom and trees are budding. Homeowners are ecstatic their lawns are coming back to life after the long winter months.

As a homeowner, you want your lawn to be lush and green, but that’s not always the easiest task. Did you know you can take steps now to ensure your lawn and trees look healthy through the remainder of the year?

At Perficut, we offer Spring Lawn Care & Tree Programs that will treat the lawn and trees in your yard and will keep your lawn the envy of the neighborhood.
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Six Spring Lawn Care Tips for New Homeowners to Celebrate National Lawn Care Month

Congratulations on becoming a homeowner! As you gear up for the first or second summertime in your house, you have a lot to look forward to as a homeowner. Washing cars in the driveway, sunbathing in the backyard and there might even be a barbecue or patio party already planned for the first nice weekend in spring. So, how does that lawn look?
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Winter Weather Alert – March 10

Special Precautions

Please use caution when you travel to your property as walkways and drives may be hazardous. If ice or snow is reported, our crews will be mobilizing. We ask that you please be mindful of your footing while walking.

Update Us on Your Needs

If current customers have any updates or special requests regarding your winter snow management plan, you are invited to reach out to our Quality Help Desk via the email alert. Our team is standing by to serve you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about our snow services visit our Snow and Ice Maintenance page.

Winter Weather Alert

The National Weather Service is predicting the following winter conditions for the locations below:

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The Queen Bee

STORY EMMA LOCKWOOD | PHOTOS PHILLIP HARDER

AFTER SEEING GRACE KELLY FOR THE FIRST TIME, the Prince of Monaco, Rainier III, is rumored to have remarked that she was “tangible proof of the existence of God.” After all, he reasoned, what other explanation could there be for something so beautiful and perfect to exist?

A walk through the many spectacular gardens of downtown Des Moines forces the same question. From the dramatic formal gardens at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and the modern design of Cowles Commons, to the ever-changing seasonal planters that fight for attention from the sculptures in the Western Gateway; what possible explanation could there be for such beauty and perfection? Continue reading "The Queen Bee"

Winter Predictions

El Niño officially came to an end in early June, ending a period of unusually warm climatic conditions across North America. But don’t put away your shovel just yet. As we look forward to the upcoming winter season, the experts at NOAA are anticipating heavy snowfall and periods of bitter cold as a new La Niña system develops in the Pacific.

La Niña is the cool counterpart to El Niño and is characterized by unusually low ocean temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific. La Niña puts emphasis on the northern jet stream while weakening the southern jet stream, keeping moisture in the northern tier of the country.

“La Niña will bring its full impacts to the U.S. throughout the winter season,” said AccuWeather winter weather expert Paul Pastelok. “Colder-than-normal conditions are predicted to grip the northern Rockies and Plains over the late fall and into the winter, with some harsh spells at times. During the coldest periods in the winter, nighttime temperatures could drop into the minus 30 to minus 40-degree range.”

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As moisture gets trapped in the north-central Midwest by La Niña, the cold conditions could result in a winter with record snowfall.

This could be a good time to tune up your skis and give Perficut a call to handle the rest.

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For more information about La Niña visit: AccuWeather.com

Japanese Beetle

July first marks the beginning of the emergence of the Japanese Beetle in our region. This service alert is designed to give you more information about this pest and a few tips on how to mitigate the damage.

Overview

The Japanese beetle is a serious pest of turf, trees and ornamental plants, and a difficult species to attack due to the complex nature of its lifecycle.

The Japanese beetle begins its destruction as a grub or larvae living 2-3 inches below the soil. Grubs feed on grass roots, reducing the ability of the grass plant to take up enough water and nutrients to withstand the stress of hot, dry weather. As a result, large dead patches of grass develop, which can be rolled back like a carpet to expose the destruction. Grub infestation may also be indicated where crows, moles, and skunks are found to be digging up the soil while feeding on grubs.

In early July, the grubs grow into adult Japanese beetles and begin to emerge from the soil to feed, mate and lay eggs. By the Fourth of July, adult beetles will begin to feed on trees, vines and other ornamental plants. This activity typically continues for 6-8 weeks, during which more than 60 eggs will be laid.

Japanese beetles feed in full sun at the top of plants, moving downward as the leaves are consumed. At dusk, the females fly to the turf to lay eggs, burrowing about 2-3 inches below the soil. Grubs hatch a few weeks later, growing quickly and eventually growing to about an inch by late September. Most beetles pass the winter about 2-6 inches below the surface, and then begin feeding in April or May when ground temperatures begin to rise.

Where You’ll Find Them

Around the Fourth of July, Japanese Beetles will begin emerging from the ground and feeding on the leaves of Linden, Birch, Maples and Crabapple trees, as well as rose bushes and other ornamental plants. The beetles will be found feeding between leaf veins, making the foliage look similar to lace. The insects prefer to feed on the outer portions of the foliage where the sun is strongest.

Control Methods

Treating Japanese beetles can be complex due to the nature of the pest’s life cycle and the distances travelled by adult beetles. An effective treatment program may require the application of insecticide to both the trees and turf.

Turf applications can be applied in the spring when the recently overwintered grubs start feeding. However, these grubs can be difficult to kill due to their large size and ground applications are generally more effective when applied in early fall.

If damage is found to trees and ornamental plants, treating adult Japanese beetles is recommended in July and August. The presence of beetles on a plant attracts more beetles. Therefore, by not allowing beetles to accumulate, the plants and trees will be less attractive to other beetles - benefitting the trees and ultimately the turf. In circumstances with advanced infestation, multiple treatments may be required.

Any tree treatment for Japanese beetles should be combined with a fall grub control program so that the life cycle does not repeat itself the following year.

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