November
2015

Fall Into Spring! 

 
Fall Check List
  • Pick up leaves.  A fall cleanup at the end of the season will save time for gardening come spring, and clearing your lawn of leaves and sticks will prevent the heavy, wet foliage from suffocating the turf.  Dark, moist environments are breeding grounds for disease.
  • Mow low.   Make the last mowing of the season a shorter cut. This will also help to reduce winter damage and late winter disease occurrence.
  • Stay off the grass!  Do not walk on a frosted lawn as this will kill the grass leaving dead imprints of your shoes. Also, to reduce the chance of winter kill - do not walk or park on your frozen lawn.  Ice melting salts can do extensive damage to your lawn - be careful when applying salts to your driveway, so that chemicals do land on your turf, or use a more environmentally-friendly product. 
  • Divide plants.  If your perennials are overcrowded, fall is an ideal time to divide the root ball and replant. Cutting back the plants prior to transplanting can help reduce shock.
  • Plant fall bulbs.  Plant in the fall to enjoy spring's first blooms - crocus, daffodil, tulip. The best time to plant is after the first frost.
  • Protect your landscape. Install snow stakes at the edge of the road to let the plow drivers know where your property begins and maybe the will avoid ripping up your grass.
 

 
Ornamental Tree and Shrub Pruning Trees and shrubs positioned close to the house need routine pruning to keep them attractive and functional in your landscape. Overgrown plants could be allowing excess moisture to collect - causing wood rot and mildew problems.  Overgrown shrubs are also more susceptible to snow and ice damage. Fall and early winter are a good time to evaluate the need for pruning.

 
Cleaning your gutters .  Clogged gutters can cause all kinds of issues with your home - water overflowing the gutter may cause moisture to build up against the foundation and ice dams backing up at your roof line may leak into your home.       
                                                                                                                                                                       
                                   

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                                           FYI

Fall Browning: If your conifer (pine, spruce, fir, or juniper) is dropping needles this fall, it may be a perfectly normal and healthy occurrence. If the interior needles are brown but the needles toward the ends of the branches are still flexible, green, and firmly attached, then your tree is going through a process called "needle casting." This process is similar to deciduous trees casting off their leaves every fall - the needles deepest inside the tree no longer receive much in the way of sunlight as they are shaded by the newer exterior needles, so the tree drops them. This is totally normal and you should not be alarmed.




   

 
 



Lawn Sense

            Recently, local media addressed the problem of contamination to our groundwater system by fertilizers (chemicals) used by many homeowners, golf courses and landscapers.
            For over 25 years, Hoxie Landscape Services, Inc. has not only understood the specific growing conditions of our coastal community, but we have been committed to your family's safety and the protection of our fragile eco-system.
            Our lawn and plant care division - Nature Guard uses natural-organic and bio-nutrients made from natural components.  These products focus on the improvement of soil health through the introduction and amplification of soil biology, as well as, improving soil structure and chemistry.  We utilize new science when control measures are required by choosing EPA exempt, EPA reduced Risk or certified organic pesticides.  All of our lawn programs are compliant with new varying fertilizer restrictions.
 
NOT CURRENTLY A NATURE GUARD CUSTOMER?

            Make the switch to organic!  Contact us today! - We will evaluate your lawn and plant care needs, provide a customized plan and a price estimate.  See why Nature Guard is the natural choice for a beautiful, safe and eco-friendly landscape.



 

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