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Lawn Care Maintenance Monthly Tips: Caring for your Lawn and Landscape

Autumn is in its full brillance, take advantage of the cool temperatures to catch up on these tips.

October

  • 1. Trim shrubs and hedges to maintain their shape and appearance.

  • 2. Plant available seasonal color that will tolerate mild heat until cool season flowers become available.

    Special note: Bulbs of many varieties become available in November. Plant them the day after Thanksgiving for a splash of color and amazement during January and February.

  • 3. Decorate your garden’s appearance with pumpkins and other items that have a fall season motif.

  • 4. Leaf maintenance season is just around the corner. Roofs and gutters will need to be maintained every 4-6 weeks through January. Remember to clear out the gutter downspouts with a garden hose!

  • 5. Irrigation can be reduced to every other day.

  • 6. Mowing of the lawn can be changed to bi-weekly and the blade lowered to 3 inches. It is best to collect the leaves with a gas-powered blower and bagging them before mowing. These can be disposed of or composted for your vegetable garden. If you have lots of beautiful, fresh pine needles, these are awesome for insulating azalea plants at their base.

  • 7. Take a break from the garden chores and visit the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville, Texas. Don’t forget to see The Mud Show, a hilarious comedy troupe! Take your digital camera as there is a fabulous botanical display garden arranged with bromeliads and many other colorful blooming plants! The Texas Renaissance Festival runs every weekend in October and November. It’s a great family event!

  • 8. Check on the progress of your vegetable garden to ensure what plants are going to be a good choice for the next season. Take notes of your findings for future reference. Educate yourself on the insects and bacteria that will affect your success in producing bountiful yields from your plantings.

  • 9. Important Flower Purchasing Tip: Visit a local plant nursery and order and pay for your cool season flowers ahead of time. This will ensure that the nursery does not experience a run on their deliveries and you are left without your planting material. Some commercial nurseries sell to the public. They are the ones with better nursery stock.

November

  • 1. Use a broadcast spreader to fertilize your lawn with a premium, slow-release 15-5-10 fertilizer to winterize your lawn. This is a non-burning fertilizer that does not require watering but, of course, works best when watered in. Purchase a spreader that has a dispersal guard, to keep granules from going unnecessarily onto streets, sidewalks, driveways, and patios. Be especially careful with the inside of the pool for the iron granules will cause rust marks to appear all over the paint job of the pool’s floor. The pool may need to be drained and repainted in the worst case scenario. After the application, be sure and use a powered blower on all paved areas to prevent oxidation marks from fertilizer granules. These granules can be blown into the lawn or garden areas.

  • 2. Use a broadcast spreader to apply a turf fungicide if your lawn appears to be yellowing from brown patch. Brown patch is a fungal bacterium in the soil that lays dormant in the hot summer months and becomes active in the cooling weather. It will appear as circular rings and the rings usually have a tendency to grow and expand. This fungal bacterium breeds in the soil from a combination of over-watering and poor drainage, which cause stagnation of the soil’s balanced nutrients. A good product to purchase is Turfcide, a granular treatment available in a 50-pound bag. Apply at the recommended rate and repeat the treatment as suggested on the product label until your grass regains its normal, healthy green color. If your lawn has developed a fungal condition for the first time, this is a good reminder to check your sprinkler system’s operating time and reduce the run time.

  • 3. Purchase bulbs to create pockets of color in select areas of your flower beds. Bulbs of many varieties become available in November. Plant them the day after Thanksgiving for a splash of color and amazement during January and February. Your neighbors will wonder where you get all your ideas.

  • 4. Finish your seasonal flower planting the second week of November so the flowers will be all set for your Thanksgiving family friends who arrive for the annual gathering. Remember to broadcast Color Star blooming fertilizer and snail bait!

  • 5. Install your Christmas d├ęcor and lighting the weekend after thanksgiving. The lawn should be tidied of all leaves and then mowed. The selected decoration areas will be left un-mowed until the first week of the New Year, when all the decorations are back in storage. You can hire a professional for high places, or do it all yourself. Be creative. You may just find a sign on your lawn saying “Neighborhood Grand Prize Winner!”

  • 6. Purchase a good book to read on the medicinal value of the plants and berries growing in your landscape. You will be amazed! The black berries on Indian hawthorn are used to treat hypertension. Rolled up geranium leaves are a styptic to stop nosebleeds; just roll into a ball, tilt your head back, and squeeze a drop or two of the sap into your nosebleed. Pansies are a diaphoretic, a diuretic, an expectorant, laxative, and more! I do believe you will develop a taste to discover the hidden wonders of God’s awesome creation!

  • 7. If you are looking for extra work and, in your estimation, your lawn could or should look greener through the winter season, plant some perennial rye grass, which needs cutting every 2-3 weeks and your lawn will look like a golf course fairway all winter! Do not purchase annual rye grass! Annual rye grass will have you mowing every week! The seeds from rye grass will die out with the next season’s heat but a few seeds might even survive for the next winter season.

  • 8. Tip for Thanksgiving turkey: Before seasoning your turkey, consider using fresh rosemary leaves finely ground in a food processor, along with some fresh garlic and a little kosher salt. Mix in a small pan of melted butter and use as a rub inside and out of the turkey. Add a couple of sticks of butter inside the turkey and place in the oven. When the turkey is done, use the flavorful drippings combined with some fresh water and set to boil. Next add the seasoning from a package of Pork flavored Stove Top Stuffing. Put the stuffing bread crumbs in a Pyrex baking pan; pour in the seasoned mixture over the crumbs. Bake to a desired golden finish and add shredded mozzarella. And voila! There you have it! The main course! Sweet potatoes baked whole in aluminum, until they become caramelized, served open-face and drizzled with honey on top, will really get you going into holiday zeal. Of a certainty, a loved one brought some other goodies to combine! Enjoy your much deserved break!

December

  • 1. Winter tip for watering: In the event of a freeze advisory, please be certain to run your irrigation to fortify your plants and flowers. It takes longer for well-watered plants to freeze. After watering, then cover all the plants and flowers that are susceptible to freeze damage. Commercial landscaping stores sell rolls of white, woven fabric expressly made for quick and easy covering of plants. If some plants do get freeze damage, do not trim off the dead parts until late January, when most of the severe weather has passed. The dead parts will help defend the plants and flowers from another freeze.

  • 2. The irrigation schedule can be set to once a week until February if the rainfall has been moderate.

  • 3. Info on winter watering needs: Contrary to popular belief, the winter is a very dry climate. Ever got chapped lips? The fact is that the cooling weather withdraws moisture from the plants, moisture which has to be replaced to maintain the lawn and landscape in optimal condition.

  • 4. Mowing this month can slow down to a minimum, depending on the weather. For appearances, the leaves may be blown and collected and the mowing postponed.

  • 5. Prune the roses that are spent to promote additional blooming during the holidays. Afterwards, aerate the soil lightly around them and add Color Star blooming fertilizer to each one.

  • 6. Broadcast Color Star blooming fertilizer among all the seasonal flowers are where the bulbs are planted.

  • 7. If your irrigation system does not have a rain sensor, and the rainfall is plenteous, feel free to turn off your sprinkler system until a time you deem proper.

  • 8. Winter info on insects: Severe weather is a natural insect exterminator. Hurray!

  • Come back every month for another tip! Have a blessed holiday season and rest with your family and loved ones. May the Lord bless you and keep you! Numbers 6: 24-26

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Year round!