The Law Office of James R. Snell Jr. September 2018

Prepare Your Garden

Autumn Steps for a Better Spring Garden

their roots to grow deep enough to protect them from the biting winter weather. Among the flower bulbs you should plant soon are tulips, daffodils, irises, and hyacinths. CHICKEN WIRE After you’ve planted your bulbs, there’s a risk that uninvited guests will dig them up. There are a few ways you can ensure that your bulbs remain undisturbed throughout the fall. One way is to place chicken wire over your bulbs after they’ve been planted. This keeps rodents from digging them up and allows the plants to grow through the gaps in the wire. KEEP YOUR GARDEN TIDY Once you’ve harvested your best fruits and vegetables, go back through and harvest the rest, even if you don’t plan to eat them. Make sure your garden is clear of old vegetables, fallen leaves, and weeds. Leaving decaying plants in or on top of the ground can spread diseases into the soil and attract unwanted pests to your garden. HEALTHY SOIL Pulling up weeds and all of your vegetables can help keep the earth free from rotting plants, but there are other steps you can take to ensure that your soil stays full of nutrients. Pick up a kit to test the pH levels of your soil. Most gardens thrive in soil with a pH of 6.5. Add compost to your soil supply now to give it time to break down during the winter months.

With fall just ahead, it’s a good time to think about your spring garden. For a beautiful garden next year, begin preparing this fall. Here are a few ways to get a head start! PLANTING BULBS If you want beautiful flowers in April, you should start planting bulbs now. Many flower bulbs need to be in the ground before winter settles in; this helps activate the bulbs’ biochemical process that allows them to bloom. Getting the bulbs into the ground before it freezes allows

For many of our clients, Vicki Koutsogiannis needs no introduction. She’s been an attorney at the Law Office of James R. Snell Jr. since 2014, and it’s hard to imagine what our practice would be without her. Vicki is a dedicated attorney with experience overseeing a wide variety of case types. “It’s been an incredibly busy year so far,” Vicki says.“The caseload has been heavy, and I’ve even had a few cases end up in front of a jury. While trial is often the last recourse for our cases, as a trial attorney, I appreciate the process of preparing for and overseeing a trial. It’s nerve-wracking for sure, but I didn’t become an attorney to have a stress-free job.” What keeps Vicki excited about her work? “I would say first and foremost it’s the chance to help people,” she says.“To be able to have the chance to get the best result possible for somebody, especially when they are facing immense distress, is all the motivation I need.”

Additionally, Vicki is inspired by her coworkers.“I love the people I work with,” she adds.“Jim is the only mentor I’ve ever known. It’s a joy being able to learn about a broad range of cases from somebody with so much experience. I get to do everything a general practice attorney could dream of, from criminal defense to personal injury and more.” When she’s not helping our clients, Vicki enjoys spending time with her friends and family. While she hasn’t been able to take a long-term vacation this year — like we said, we’ve been busy— she did manage to sneak away for a long weekend in New York City. In the coming months, she’s hoping she can clear out her calendar for a vacation to somewhere far away. Given all she’s accomplished this year, she more than deserves it.

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