Landscaping Newsletter and Garden Tips
October, 2016   Volume 143

A Personal Message

Nothing better than a beautiful autumn day.  And, October is usually full of them.

The view across the river is stunning.   
And, how about the mirror image in the water?

Without a doubt, fall is our busiest time of year.  We're a landscaping company, offering all of the traditional services such as weeding, mulching, trimming and more.  We also have some specialized programs, such as organic lawn care and tick and deer repellent services.

Those specialized services are what keeps us hopping.  My lawn care program is 80% natural and organic.  Take a look at the organic fertilizer delivery we received last month.

Kyle walks along the top of the truck to unstrap this huge load of fertilizer.   

Tick repellent treatments also keep us busy as we spray properties for the second time this year. 

I treated over 400 properties this spring and returned to only eight of them for touch-ups.  I'm very proud of this record!

Jake sprays the lawn and landscape beds to create a barrier against ticks. 

Hope you'll have a wonderful autumn.  Please contact us if we can assist you with any outdoor projects this fall.

October Garden Tips

*  Remember the feeling you got as you went into your garden last spring, and there it was...

Here's a beautiful photo of spring flowering bulbs clustered together.

Who doesn't love tulips?

With a little effort at fall planting time, you can have that same feeling again next spring. 

After soil temperatures drop below 60°F., you can easily plant bulbs for spring flowers.  Plants such as Daffodils, Hyacinth and Crocus should be planted in October, if at all possible.  Tulips may still be installed into the month of November.

*  Speaking of planting, now is the time to plant container grown shrubs , trees , fruit bushes and perennials.  We say this all the time.

Warm days and cool nights make for ideal planting conditions.  Container grown plants can be badly shocked if they're ripped from their protected home and thrust into the blazing sunlight of summer.  Cooler fall weather makes the transition easier and healthier for plants.
Here's a wheelbarrow full of small trees we planted for a client last year.  This project was done in late September.    
We wanted to show you how the proper size hole should appear.  It shouldn't be too deep, but definitely wide enough to accommodate the root ball.

I found a link which discusses the proper way to plant a tree.  It's from the North Carolina State University's Extension Agency.

I really like the information they offer.  If you're a do-it-yourselfer, take a peek at what they offer:  
Or, you can always call me for assistance!

*  And to finish us up for the month, here are a couple of other good ideas for the fall garden...

*  Prune climbing roses and rambling roses once they've finished flowering.  Tie the stems before cold weather causes damage.

*  Cut back perennial plants that have died down or leave the dead foliage in place for over-wintering birds.

*   Scatter a few pumpkins - large or small - around your outdoor living space.  They brighten any yard!  

I found this over the top idea on "Pinterest."  What a beautiful entrance!

Fall Tick Repellent 

First, you should know that ticks are active year round.  You can suffer from a tick bite just as easily in the middle of winter as you can on a hot summer day.

(Left) Adult female deer tick; (Center- top to bottom) Adult male and nymph deer ticks; (R) Adult female American dog tick.
(Photo: James Occi, MA, MS)
With that in mind, you should know that my second tick treatment of the year helps to disrupt the entire life cycle of ticks. 

By fall, most ticks have reached the adult stage.  This means they can lay eggs which will hatch in the spring.  It's critical to eliminate as many ticks as possible in the fall, so that the local population doesn't continue unprecedented growth. 

This chart from the Center for Disease Control show the four life stages of a tick.  Although risk for a bite is less in the fall and winter, we need the second spray to eliminate the egg stage next spring.

The Center for Disease Control has excellent information about ticks and the problems a bite may cause.  It's even better and more factual than expected from this lifesaving organization.  It was my first look at their website and it is wonderful!

Click on this link for more information:  http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html. 

And, please consider using my company to do this second treatment of the year to eliminate the threat of a tick bite.  I believe in my program so much  that I've enclosed a $25.00 off coupon at the end of this newsletter.

Inspections and estimates are always at no cost.  We come to your property in person to evaluate your individual situation.  Always in person and always no charge.