Tag Archive | fall

Don’t Forget The Anti-Desiccant

When checking your fall to-do list, be sure anti-desiccant is on it. This wax-like spray-on material is the most economical, effective protection for winter vulnerable evergreens. If you’re not familiar with anti-desiccant and the way it protects your evergreen trees and shrubs, here’s a quick introduction. Deciduous trees and shrubs (those that drop their leaves […]

Fallen Leaves Make Great Compost

Who rakes fallen leaves in a forest? The answer: Nobody. They just fall to the forest floor and decompose. This decomposing organic material is called humus or duff. As they decompose, the fallen leaves return organic matter to the soil to be used by the plants. This is nature’s compost. Letting leaves decompose naturally in […]

Tree Risks: Real or Fake?

Owning trees can be compared to owning pets. They are both enjoyable to have and life wouldn’t be the same without them. But with the pleasure they provide comes risks and responsibilities. We’re all familiar with pet risks like dog bites and cat scratches but do you know the risks trees present? The most obvious […]

The Importance Of Fall Cleanup

Has fall cleanup become a scheduled part of your annual landscape activity, or is it hit and miss – you go out and do what needs to be done when you feel like doing it? Fall can be a beautiful season or it can be a depressing season as you look forward to winter. However, […]

Keep Mowing Until Grass Goes Dormant

After Labor Day, we begin thinking that it’s fall already. But, the calendar says autumn doesn’t officially arrive until later in the month. Even after that, summer-like weather can linger, so don’t put the lawn mower away too quickly. Your grass is enjoying our typical fall weather with its warm days and cool nights. At […]

Fall Is For Planting

The unofficial start of autumn will soon be upon us. If you’ve been thinking about planting any new trees and shrubs in your landscape, this is when you should finalize your design decisions. This will give you plenty of time to shop the nurseries and garden centers for your plant material. Fall planting has a […]

Survey Your Domain

With the fall planting season just around the corner, this would be a good time to take stock of your landscape. An inventory will help you determine if there are any bare spots in your landscape that should be taken care of this fall. Check your landscape from every angle possible to see where new […]

Winter Mulching

We advocate mulching around the base of your plants all year round but it’s even more important in the winter. Mulch moderates soil temperatures, reducing the impact of temperature swings on plant roots. These swings are year round considerations. In spring, summer and fall, however, temperature swings aren’t as significant as they are in winter. […]

Fall Clean-Up

Spring clean-up is a traditional transition from winter into spring but we seldom think about fall clean-up. We do the tasks that need to be done but don’t label them. Perhaps that’s because, in spring, we’re anxious to get outdoors and begin doing things in the yard but we aren’t anxious for what follows fall. […]

What Frost Means For Your Landscape

Meteorologists are talking about frost. That means winter can’t be far off. But what is frost and what does it mean for your landscape? Frost is ice crystals that form when the temperature dips down near freezing. When it’s warmer, we call this moisture dew. The official frost temperature is 36°F. When the temperature reaches […]