Autumn meant serious business this year. As soon as summer officially ended, chilly weather was upon us. Luckily, we've returned to the early fall season weather we all know and love best described as, "sweaters in the morning and sweating by the afternoon"! But that early spurt of 50-degree weather was a good reminder to make the most of these beautiful mild fall days while we can. Alongside fun outdoor activities, some crucial turf and landscape maintenance can be completed before the weather gets too rough. The Pros team has certainly been busy with end-of-season maintenance, as well as breaking ground on projects, creating new design plans, and even traveling 300 miles to source stone for upcoming projects! Between our busy to-do list, our teams are making time for catching football games and enjoying bonfires, pumpkin picking, and tasty Halloween treats with friends and family! We hope you can enjoy the outdoors for weeks to come, sitting by a warm fire or grilling up some good food to enjoy during halftime of your favorite football game. Pivoting your outdoor areas to extend well into fall is easy with some extra lighting for shorter days and cozy accents like blankets, pillows, and maybe some delicious, warm treats. And if the end of the season has reminded you that your outdoor hangout space could use a facelift for next year? Give us a call. We're always here to help bring your outdoor dream to reality.
Did you recently complete an outdoor design project but forwent lighting? Whether you were saving on the budget at the time or were planning to get around to it later, it's the perfect time of year to schedule outdoor lighting installation for pathways and home accents. Outdoor lighting positioned towards the home can highlight your home's architecture, enhance your landscape design, and showcase holiday decor throughout the year, as well as deter intruders. Plus, lighting your pathways can ensure safety for those out at night on your property, from kids trick-or-treating out front to friends and family hanging around a fire out back.
The official end of summer doesn't mean outdoor maintenance duties are over yet. Staying on top of your landscape's needs as the seasons change will ensure your yard is prepped and ready to withstand cold weather and come back healthier than ever. Keep these maintenance items in mind as you plan ahead:
Turf Management
If your lawn received aeration and overseed treatments, it is crucial to care for your turf over the next few weeks. Check out our watering and care instructions below if you need a refresher.
Fall Clean-Ups
It's our last call to schedule your fall clean-up! Leaves are just starting to turn, and that means it's time to start thinking about how you will tackle your fall landscape maintenance. As the colder months approach, the Pros are here to help trim and prune plants, rake leaves, and maintain garden beds as needed. Schedule services with us today!
Tree and Plant Care
Take note of the health of the trees and plants to ensure they are getting the attention they need. Whether you've had a tree on your property that you've had freshly installed or enjoy one that has been there since you acquired the property, an annual treatment plan for your trees, shrubs, and plants can help you protect your investment as the seasons pass. 
For instance, winter treatments before the first freeze can protect a tree against drought, extreme temperatures, wind, and sunscald--which is especially important for evergreens used in privacy panels. One such treatment for this purpose is Aqualock, a unique wax treatment that forms a thin water-repellent layer on plant surfaces, protecting them from drought. Our teams can help with a specialized treatment plan for your plants based on the weather they've experienced this year.  
This outdoor oasis tucks neatly into the architecture of this home, creating a large outdoor entertaining area with an intimate vibe. With lighting dotting the finished project, adding ambiance and cozy nooks built into the design for hanging, this cozy outdoor alcove is perfect for outdoor entertaining throughout the year.
Project features include:
  • Paver patio
  • Composite deck with 2-entry points  
  • Gas fire pit
  • Country-modern style pergola with electricity 
  • Outdoor lighting 
  • Fiberglass pool with sun-shelf and bubblers
  • Under-deck storage area
Congratulations to our Employee of the Month, Kyle Compton!
We are thrilled to give our October Employee of the Month designation to Kyle Compton! He is always willing to step up and complete new tasks, even if they are initially out of his comfort zone. Highlighting Kyle's willingness to take on new responsibilities and hard work is his recent promotion to Crew Leader! He also helped out our turf management program by spearheading our aeration and overseed treatments this past month. Thanks to his positive attitude, clear communication skills, and eagerness to learn, he is a fantastic asset to our team! Thank you for all you do for Property Pros Kyle!
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Spider Cookies
A twist on your traditional peanut butter kiss cookies, have some fun making these chocolate, peanut-butter, spider cookie recipe, perfect for entertaining the kids or bringing to a Halloween party. 
Supplies Needed
  • Plastic sandwich bag or piping bag (for melted chocolate)

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate candy melts or semi-sweet chocolate, melted
  • 24 mini candy eyeballs
  • 24 mini peanut butter cups

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350Β° F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Peel open 24 peanut butter cups and set aside.
  4. In an electric mixer bowl, beat peanut butter and butter on medium speed until smooth. Add white and brown sugars and beat until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and beat again until well-blended. Add flour mixture and mix on low-medium speed just until blended, stopping once to scrape sides and bottom of mixing bowl to incorporate all ingredients.
  5. Drop the dough by level tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 11-13 minutes or just until golden in color (be careful not to overcook to ensure chewy cookie results).
  7. While the cookies bake, melt the chocolate or chocolate candies in a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth and melty. Transfer the chocolate to a piping bag or plastic sandwich bag with a tiny bit of the end snipped off.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for about 30 seconds, then immediately gently press a peanut butter cup onto the center of each cookie. (The bottoms of peanut butter cups will slightly melt because of the warmth of the cookies, and will adhere after the cookies cool.) Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and allow to cool slightly.
  9. Using the piping bag, create 8 β€œlegs” with the chocolate, 4 on each side. Repeat with remaining cookies.
  10. Use a bit of the melted chocolate on the front of the peanut butter cup and place 2 mini candy eye balls on top, pressing them on.
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