IT MAY LOOK LIKE SUMMER BUT FALL IS HERE AND PRIORITIES ARE CHANGING
After a hot, dry August and early September, relief finally arrived last week with cooler weather and rain.  Despite the warm weather this week and forecast for mostly dry this coming week, the irrigation season is essentially over.  We have either cut back significantly or even shut down most systems.  Even with the heat forecast this week, we do not plan to resume watering on most sites as rains will return soon. A few dry spots in the meantime should be quickly erased when it rains again. As we are beginning to plant fall pansies, those valves will stay programmed to water. 
With the onset of fall, our priorities are changing and we are preparing for fall activities, including leaf removal, pansy plantings and fall wet weather mowing. The change in seasons keep us busy and hopefully the weather stays cool but does not complicate our early fall activities. 


LEAVES FALLING EARLY
With the windstorm two weeks ago, leaves are falling. As we get to the end of October, leaves will be our sole focus. We are preparing now to ensure we can collect leaves as quickly as possible.

PANSIES PLANTING BEGINS
We began planting pansies this past week as the rain and cooler weather is taking it’s toll on summer flowers. Our goal is to get all pansies planted by the end of October.


WET WEATHER MOWING
As the weather cools, the lawns will slow their growth and we will move toward a bi-weekly mowing schedule. Care will be taken to not allow wet conditions impact lawns and may delay mowing on significantly wet days.


PRUNING
Before the leaves begin to fall, our focus is to get as much pruning complete prior to winter. This is our major focus and what we use the extra time we get with the bi-weekly mowing.