October 2018 Newsletter
Fall is here and it's truly a beautiful time of year. The air is brisk, the leaves are crisp and the foliage is breathtaking. School is in full swing, football games are plentiful and the kids are starting to anticipate Halloween. Fall offers a full range of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Here are some of our favorite ones to share with you. Also, read below to learn about why fall pruning is so important and what other fall services you should consider.
Family Fun Ideas for the Fall Season
Take a Nature Walk:
Make a list of things for your kids or grandchildren to find, such as: a yellow leaf, a feather, pinecones, etc... Next, head to a nearby park, nature reserve or
woods to get some fresh air, exercise, and collect your items .
Jump in Leaves:
Come on, who doesn't love a good jump into a big pile of leaves? Grab your rake and start piling up those leaves. Find your inner child by encouraging the whole family to take a running leap into a big pile of newly raked leaves. There will be plenty of laughs and a perfect photo opportunity.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch:
Everyone loves the pumpkin patch and it's easy to find one. While you're there, visit the corn maze and go on a hay ride. Then head out to the field to find yourself the perfect pumpkin to carve. Marini's Farm in Ipswich has a new and exciting corn maze each year. 
Pick Apples:
This is the ideal time to find a local apple orchard and take the family apple picking. Apples are plentiful and at their best at this time of year. This activity is sure to create lasting family memories. When you get home, try your hand at making a few batches of appleauce to have on hand for winter. Homemade applesauce is very simple to make and your kids will love helping out.
Make a Scarecrow:
Have the family head to the backyard for some wholesome family fun by making your own scarecrow. You'll be amazed at how much everyone will enjoy creating the family scarecrow. Find some old jeans and a shirt, then stuff them full of leaves or hay. Add a pumpkin for the head and place a straw hat on top.
Bake your Favorite Fall Foods :
Now is the perfect time to gather in the kitchen over a cup of hot chocolate and whip up an apple crisp or apple pie from the orchard. Families love to gather in the kitchen over food - it is the heart of most homes!
DID YOU KNOW:
N ext year's flower buds have already formed on plants like Rhododendron, Azalea, and Lilac?
Japanese beetles are out and feeding? Try looking for them on roses, Hibiscus and other garden plants.
FALL SERVICES TO CONSIDER
  • Fall Pruning: Get those flowering trees and shrubs in shape for the upcoming winter. This also allows for better flowering next year.
  • Fall Cleanup: Insect and disease pests, including ticks, over-winter in leafy debris. Getting this cleaned up now will help you keep your plants healthy next year.
  • Fall Color: Nothing says fall like mums, asters, pansies, perennials, pumpkins, cornstalks and straw bales do!
  • Fall Bulbs: Think Spring! Tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths are just a few of the many types of spring flowering bulbs that you would want to plant now.
  • Perennial Plantings: Boost your late season color with an infusion of fresh new fall flowering perennials that you can enjoy season after season.
  • Deep Root Feeding: Keep your trees, shrubs and the soil they grow in healthy with a deep root injection of an organic fertilizer fortified with beneficial microorganisms.
  • Horticultural Oil: This treatment helps reduce over-wintering populations of pests such as lacebug, scale, woolly adelgid and mites.
  • Core Aeration: This is one of the most important practices to maintain a healthy lawn. The process involves the use of a machine to remove cores of soil from your lawn. It also allows for improved infiltration of water, fertilizer, and oxygen down into the root zone where it can be properly utilized to help improve the growth and vigor of the turf. Since this process disturbs the soil and open areas where the seed can come into good soil contact, it is recommended to overseed at the same time.  

Our Client Services would be happy to discuss your landscaping requests and needs, reachable Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

AMBER LACHAPPELLE
CLIENT SERVICE MANAGER OF ND LANDSCAPE
(978) 352 - 5400 | customerservice@ndlandscape.com
COURTNEY MITCHELL
BRANCH ADMINISTRATOR AT GRASSMASTER PLUS