Pumpkin Spice Season

Fall is the season of pumpkin spice lattes (and everything else pumpkin spice) and football. The kids are back in school and the days are getting shorter. The bears are going into hibernation and so is your yard. But is your yard ready? Aside from cleaning up the leaves off your lawn and beds, here is a list of items to keep your yard looking good all winter:

The Lawn


By this time of year your lawn’s growth rate has slowed tremendously, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need any maintenance. While the fall may mean you need to mow less there are a few things you can do to keep your lawn looking great all winter and be ready to go come spring time:

  1. Fertilize/Lime: Fertilizing your lawn in the fall will give it the food it needs to stay green and healthy all winter long. Fall fertilizers also help to promote root growth so that your lawn will be healthier and greener come spring. Applying lime in the fall gives it all winter to be worked into the soil. Applying lime helps to adjust the pH level of your soil. If your soil is acidic you should apply lime, since grass grows best in neutral soils. Another benefit is that moss prefers acidic soils and changing the pH level of your soil can help prevent moss infestations. 
  2. Aeration: Aerating your lawn in the fall is a good idea because it helps with drainage. Aerating in conjunction with fertilizer or lime will also help your lawn to utilize the fertilizer better. 
  3. Seeding: Seeding your lawn in early fall will help fill in sparse areas or patches in your lawn. The morning dew and rain showers will help to keep your new seed moist until it germinates. The warm soil temperatures will also help seed to fill in.

Shrubs/Trees/Ornamentals

    As the season winds down your shrubs and trees will also require some attention. 

    1. Thinning: As deciduous trees and shrubs lose there leaves it makes pruning much easier. Thinning and removing dead wood is much easier once the leaves have fallen. Thinning and removing dead wood is good for your shrubs and trees because it makes room for new growth and focuses the new growth on the outside. 
    2. Trimming Perennials: Some plants need to be cut down each year to allow for new growth in the spring. These plants should be cut back in the fall to keep them healthy and looking great year after year. 

    Irrigation 


    Your irrigation system needs fall maintenance too. It should have the water shutoff and be winterized. Winterizing your irrigation system requires using a high CFM commercial air compressor to blow out all the water in your system. This is very important to prevent water from freezing in the lines and bursting pipes. 

    Need help?

    If you need help with any items on your Fall checklist we are here to help you. Contact us today and we will give you an estimate for your Fall cleanup. We can simply clean all the fallen leaves in your yard, or we can prepare your whole yard for the winter. Let us know what you need. 


    Drainage Problems?

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    Living in the Pacific Northwest has many advantages. The natural beauty of the majestic landscapes, an ample supply of coffee, and a very unique culture that is unmatched by any other place in the world. Despite the aspects of living in this region that make it absolutely awesome, there are a couple drawbacks and as a home/business owner you may be familiar with. If you have lived in the Pacific Northwest for any amount of time you are very familiar with the long rainy days we experience much of the year. While this may seem advantageous as it saves you time watering your yard in the summer, this unique benefit is paired with a major downside: poor drainage.

    While your landscape may require adequate amounts of water, an excess amount of water can be problematic to your landscape. Excessive amounts of water can lead to severe plant disorders such as root rot, fungal infections, and moss infestations. In addition to the damage excessive water can cause to your plants, it can cause structural damages if it is allowed to buildup near your home, including foundation damage and mold infestations. A less concerning inconvenience of excess water buildup is the soggy yard that defers many outdoor activities until the summer time.

    What is the solution to our unique situation? Fortunately the solution can be quite simple. To address the poor drainage issues, Cascade Lawn Care can work with you to develop a site plan that will evacuate the appropriate amounts of water from your yard. Depending on the location and the scenario this water may be stored for later use by your irrigation system, or simply routed to a safe place to for the water to return to the earth.

    If poor drainage has your landscape looking more like a swamp than the beautiful yard you enjoy all summer long, contact us to setup your free consultation!

    Charlie Dunlap
    Cascade Lawn Care
    (360) 389-2557
    charliedunlap@cascadelawncare.com

     

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    Charlie Dunlap
    Cascade Lawn Care
    (360) 389-2557
    charliedunlap@cascadelawncare.com