The BBC offers a few suggestions on how to protect your landscaping throughout the winter.
No, you didn’t wander into a Game of Thrones site. But Fall is here and it’s time to prepare. Check out these 6 Fall Lawn Care Steps to Take Right Now from Popular Mechanics. Popular Mechanics? Really? Yup. Here are the 6 tips:
1 Keep on Mowing; 2. Aerate the soil 3. Rake the leaves 4. Fertilize 5. Fill in Bald Spots and 6. Weed Control. For details on each of these visit PopularMechanics.com.
Meanwhile Roger Cook of This Old House says: With summer’s heat and dryness at an end, September is the best month to lay the groundwork for next year’s lush lawn. That means aerating the turf—to reduce compaction and make it easier for fertilizer and water to reach the roots—and reinvigorating thin areas with compost and seed. Before you start, get a soil test so that you know the type and amount of amendments to add. (Repeat the test in three to five years.) Then follow the steps posted on thisoldhouse.com.
HGTV discusses "Amazing Color for the Fall Landscape". Explore 31 ways to turn your fall landscape into a kaleidoscope of color with these spectacular perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees on the hgtv.com website. Then call us and we will put your vision into action!
And finally, HGTV shows you "How to Treat Your Lawn in the Fall" - Keep your lawn healthy in the fall, and learn how to repair your damaged turf with the step-by-step instructions on HGTV.com Rake Out Moss; Aerate the Soil; Apply Top Dressing; Brush in Dressing; and Feed and Sow;
Today’s Homeowner says: Ideally, trees and shrubs need about a month to establish roots before a heavy freeze, but it’s actually OK to plant them anytime the ground is workable, and many bare-root trees and shrubs are planted in very early spring while they’re still dormant.
Avoid stimulating growth: Don’t fertilize or overly amend the soil. You can add a little compost and bone meal (to stimulate root growth), but hold off on fertilizer until spring.
Don’t disturb the plant: Avoid pruning, and be very gentle with the roots while planting. The shrub won’t have time to recover from damage, and it’s going to be stressed enough as it is.
Keep plants watered: The worst part of cold damage is caused by desiccation, or drying out. Keep new shrubs watered every week or two until the ground freezes, and especially right before a heavy freeze. Watch out for frost heaving: Make sure the plants stay firmly plants when the ground freezes.
Apply Mulch: Add mulch to keep newly planted shrubs insulated. If you’re planting cold-sensitive trees or shrubs, you can add extra protection by wrapping or banking the plants with burlap or leaves on cold nights. Be sure to uncover in the morning.
Homeguides.com says: Wet areas in the lawn become muddy when walked on, and grass can also die after being submerged in water for too long. Subsurface drains, man-made ponds, landscape contouring and proper cleanup after floods can help fix wet areas in a yard. Water flows from high elevations to lower ones; it is possible to intentionally contour a lawn so that water flows into drains or ponds instead of creating wet and muddy areas in the grass.
Hardscaping is an attractive feature and offers many appealing options, from a rustic stacked wall to a fully developed outdoor living room and kitchen. Once you’ve decided to create an outdoor space, you must plan carefully to meet your hardscaping goals. Visit hgtv.com (link below) to read more. Then give us a call for your free consultation!
When it comes to creating a landscape plan, the most difficult thing is often the starting point. Better Homes and Gardens’ collection of plans and ideas makes it easy to fill your entire yard. Start by seeing the dramatic transformation of spaces in before-and-after. Visit bhg.com to read more. Then give us a call for your free consultation!
Check out the article "How to Illuminate Your Yard With Landscape Lighting" on HGTV.com. If it gives you some ideas for your own backyard, call us for a free estimate.