Precision Lawn Care, Inc. November 2012
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder! The clocks are turning back - don't forget to fall back this weekend! The holidays are creeping up. We have a tendency to forget about landscapes this time of year. But, there are always things that need to be done, even this time of year! Taking the time to do certain things now will help ensure your landscape leaps forward next spring.
This is the perfect time to give your landscape a good clean up. Many pests spend the winter sheltering in old leaves and debris left from the previous season. Cleaning up now will prevent, or at least delay, pest onset next season. Leaves that fall from healthy plants can be used as mulch or collected and composted. But, If there are plants in your landscape that have had disease or insect problems this year, clean up their fallen leaves and debris and remove them from your yard
You also want to keep the leaves cleaned up. Leaves lying on the grass can kill the lawn and leave bare spots in the spring. If you don't have too many leaves you can mulch them regularly. Otherwise keep them raked off the grass. A continuous mulching of the leaves turns the soil acidic. It might become necessary to add more lime than you wanted to.
Now is a good time to check the grading around your homes foundation. Make sure water drains away from the house. Rainfall and snow can erode soil or cause it to settle. Water can build up in these indentations and seep through to your basement or crawl space. Not good! Refilling or regrading will direct water runoff away from your home's foundation.
This is also the time for aeration. Aeration can relieve soil compaction and allow water, air, and nutrients to reach the root zone of the grass. For cool season grasses, this makes great lawns now! For warm season grasses, aeration makes great lawns in the spring.
While it is preferable to have bulbs in the ground by now, fall bulbs can still be planted! Bulbs will still come up by spring and provide your lawn and landscape a splash of color. And you can still plant Fescue grass if you are in a pinch and have nothing but mud around. As it gets later in the year and you need something other than mud you can plant Perennial or Annual Rye Grass. Both will germinate in temps down to the 40's. It's not a permanent lawn for the south, but it gives you something green and gets rid of mud, then in the spring or next fall you can work on getting a permanent lawn.
Precision customers are having most of these early winter services done right now. We are removing leaves off your lawn. We are applying a balanced fertilizer and post emergent weed control to maintain optimum appearance. We are fertilizing trees and shrubs and scouting for various insects and diseases and treating the affected areas. We are applying a dormant oil spray control overwintering eggs and other insects.
If you are not one of our valued clients, give us a call today and let's get started. As always, if you are on our rotation and you have a neighbor who is not, we offer a $25.00 gift card for all referrals who sign up! Pass this newsletter along to you friends!