A Lawn Full of Leaves

Fall FoliageIt is that time of year again, Autumn.  The air is getting crisper, the nights are cooler.  The pumpkin flavored treats are in all the stores and the apples are being picked.  The leaves are changing color and falling off the trees.   They are so beautiful as they swirl down on a breeze.  But don’t let them linger too long on the lawn or you may run into trouble!

Your lawn still needs sunshine and rain to grow the roots that will sustain it over the winter.  Over time the leaves will create a mat and block out the sun and rain causing damage to your lawn.

And, yes, there are nutrients in the decaying leaves, but these are better for your garden then your lawn.  If you truly, truly do not want to rake/blow the leaves up you can mow them.  This will break them up and prevent the matting that can damage your lawn!  They are also great for the mulch pile.

Here are a few more reasons to remove the leaves.  First is safety.  Leaves can be very slippery and create a slip and fall hazard, especially if they are on the driveway or walkway.  Another reason to remove leaves is purely aesthetic.  Your home just looks better when the leaves are gone and this will make the neighbors happy!












Landscaping Tips for Hurricane Season

It is that time of year again.  Hurricane Season!  And although Hurricane Season started in JuneHurricane Prep we here in Hampton Roads are entering the prime time for us to be impacted.  Although there has not been much activity in the Tropics this year it only takes one strong storm to do a lot of damage.  Let’s hope this season remains slow, but just in case here are some tips to help you and your property weather the storm.

Things to do Before the Storm even forms:

Make sure limbs are trimmed back away from the house.  The limbs you cut down now are ones you won’t have to haul out later!

Consider switching from gravel/rock material in your beds to mulch.  All those rocks can become tiny missiles aimed at your windows!

Make sure water has a way to run off away from your home.  During the next rain storm check your property.  Check that drains are working properly.  Check for areas that have ponding.  You may need to redesign that area so the water can run off.

As the Storm Approaches:

Clear your yard of any loose materials.  Planters, tools, watering cans, etc.  Also pick up any sticks or branches that may have fallen.

For people who live in associations or town homes it is recommended to go out and check for loose items in the common areas.

Follow local radio and television to track the storms progress and hear emergency advisories.

If told to evacuate do so!  Don’t wait until it is too late!

After the storm:

Follow all local authorities directions.

Proceed with caution.

Make sure there are no downed power lines around your home.

Do not step in standing water.

Be cautious of broken limbs that may still be in the trees.

And finally

Always use Professional, Licensed Contractors.

















Saving Your Lawn From Summer Sun

Virginia Commercial MaintenanceWhen the heat of the summer hits Hampton Roads and our many cities and country areas, lawns can suffer greatly.  Here are a few tips to help you save your lawn.

1.  Water regularly – Your lawn is a plant and needs water to survive.  When the rain doesn’t fall you need to supply your lawn with some moisture.

2.  Fertilize – A healthy lawn can survive the stress of a drought.  Be sure to feed your lawn per the directions or have a professional feed it.

3.  Cut  – When mowing your grass, be sure your blades are very sharp.  While it may seem like it saves time to cut your lawn shorter, it is best to only remove 1/3 of each blade of grass.  This will keep your lawn healthy and keep the weeds out.

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