Did you know that Fall is a great time t

Did you know that Fall is a great time to plant perennials, bulbs, trees and shrubs? It absolutely is. Container plants and balled-and-burlapped specimens usually have well-developed root systems. Because roots don’t have to supply nutrients and water to growing stems and new leaves, they can concentrate on getting established. Roots grow — although slowly — even when soil temperature is as low as 40 degrees.
Before you plant, make sure to allow enough time for the roots to get settled in and acclimated before cold weather sets in. Be sure to mulch well to conserve soil temperature too.
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A seasonal tip: Cutting back on fertiliz

A seasonal tip: Cutting back on fertilizer in late summer prevents perennials from wasting energy on leaf production. Grass roots keep growing until the ground gets down to around 40 degrees, so this is a good time to feed them. Apply a high-phosphorus (12-25-12) mix to lawns in fall to encourage roots, so turf greens up earlier in spring. For more tips call Scenic Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. at 410-672-3200 and let us help. http://ow.ly/i/nome1

Don’t forget to plant spring bulbs this

Don’t forget to plant spring bulbs this fall for colorful blooms next year!

The fall is the best time to start thinking about colorful flowers sprouting in the spring. Check with your local nursery on what flowering bulbs are best to plant now while the soil is still soft before winter’s frost. You will love how your fall planting now will lead to a gorgeous garden in the spring. Ensure you follow grower’s directions and plant them low enough into the ground to prevent freezing of your bulbs and hard work!

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The end of summer doesn’t mean the end

The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of lawn care. Take these simple steps with your grass now and you’ll have a head start on a healthy lawn for next spring:

Keep on Mowing!
Continue to water and mow your lawn, as needed, throughout the fall. Then as the season draws to a close, drop the mower’s blade to its lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year. That will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass, and there will be less leaf to turn brown during the winter.
*Note: As you lower the blade, just remember not to trim off more than one-third of the grass blades at any one time. If necessary, gradually lower the cutting height until the time of the final two cuttings.

Aerate the Soil…
Fall is also an ideal time to aerate your lawn so that oxygen, water, and fertilizer can easily reach the grass’s roots. You can rent a gas-powered, walk-behind lawn aerator for about $70 per day. The self-propelled machine will quickly punch holes into the soil and extract plugs of dirt. If you’ve got a very large yard—say, more than 3 or 4 acres—and don’t feel like aerating it yourself, hire a landscaping contractor.

Rake the Leaves
I know raking leaves is no one’s idea of fun, but it’s important to remove fallen leaves from your lawn as soon as possible. Don’t wait until all the leaves have fallen from the trees to start raking. If you do, the leaves will become wet from rain and morning dew, stick together, and form an impenetrable mat that if left unmoved will suffocate the grass and breed fungal diseases.
An alternative to raking leaves is to use a lawnmower fitted with a collection bag or vacuum system. These methods are particularly effective if you have a very large yard with many deciduous trees. Regardless of whether you use a rake or a lawnmower, just be sure to remove the leaves before they turn into a soggy, suffocating mess.

Fertilize for Future Growth:
Most lawn experts agree: If you fertilize your lawn only once a year, do it in the fall. The reason? Grass leaves grow much more slowly as the weather turns cool, but the grass roots and rhizomes continue to grow quickly. (Rhizomes are the horizontal plant stems that lie just beneath the soil’s surface; they produce the blades of grass above and the roots below.) A fall application of fertilizer delivers essential nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots now and to keep nutrients on reserve for a healthy start next spring.
Wait until mid-to-late fall, then apply a dry lawn fertilizer to all grassy areas; be careful not to miss any spots. You could use a crank-style broadcast spreader, but for optimum coverage, consider using a walk-behind drop spreader. It takes a little longer, especially on hilly yards, but a drop spreader provides the best way to apply an even, consistent layer of fertilizer.

Fill in the Bald Spots:
Autumn is also a great time of year to fix any bare, bald spots in your lawn. The quickest, easiest way to do this is with an all-in-one lawn repair mixture. Sold at most garden shops and home centers, this ready-to-use mixture contains grass seed, a special quick-starter lawn fertilizer, and organic mulch.
Use a garden rake to scratch loose the soil at the bald spot in your lawn. Then spread a thick layer of the lawn repair mixture over the area. Lightly compact the mixture, then water thoroughly, and continue to water every other day for two weeks.

Weed Control
If broadleaf weeds like dandelions have taken over your lawn, now’s the time to fight back. Weeds, like most plants, are in the energy-absorbing mode during the fall. They’re drinking in everything that comes their way, including weed killers. Apply an herbicide now and the weeds won’t return in the spring.
Read the package label before use. Most herbicide manufacturers recommend applying the weed killer during early-to-mid autumn, when daytime temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Here’s a lawncare tip from Scenic Lawns

Here’s a lawncare tip from Scenic Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. for the Fall season:
Mulch! Mulching can help protect roots from frost and help them retain their moisture throughout winter. Spread out 2-3” of mulch around shrubs and trees after the first light frost.
Make sure to use hardwood shredded mulch from a reliable source as opposed to free mulch from municipal piles. This type of mulch may be made of diseased trees that can contain disease spores. You don’t want to add that to your landscaping.
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Mosquitoes are really biting right now.

Mosquitoes are really biting right now. A last meal, maybe. If you want to keep them from biting – Here’s a few easy ways:

A few squirts of dish soap, left in a saucer will keep the occupied.
Fabric Softener Sheets – Rubbed onto the skin does keep them away.
Turns out that mosquitoes are attracted to those who drink beer. So, give them what they want. Beer in a big shallow bowl will make them party hardy and stay away.

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Why use our pavers? Concrete pavers are

Why use our pavers?

Concrete pavers are made in a mold the packs the aggregate, cement and sand much tighter than you can ever achieve with poured concrete. This means the pavers are sturdier than poured concrete. Concrete pavers expand and contract with the seasons, but do not crack like slabs of concrete. Joints between the pavers allow for any seasonal or seismic movement. It’s not necessary to add reinforcement material or rebar under pavers to strengthen them.

Concrete pavers are ready to use as a driveway or patio as soon as we set them, unlike concrete, which much cure for several days before you can use it. Pavers have a rough surface that makes them naturally slip resistant. Deicing salts don’t affect the surface of the pavers. You can shovel or plow snow from them without damaging them.

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