It is that time of year again – time for the last mow of the season! The trees have lost their leaves, the sunlight angle is getting lower and lower, and you are about to celebrate a time honored activity of mowing the grass for the last time before the winter sets in in earnest. Here are just a few things to consider when enjoying this last mow.
- Cutting Height – Remember the Rule of Thirds – cut no more than one third of the height of your lawn every time. This is just as true now as during the regular season. You will probably have it at about 2-3 inches for this last run through.
- Fertilization Care – Cutting your grass isn’t the only thing that you should do to get your lawn ready for dormancy. Apply a slow-release 10-10-10 fertilizer several weeks before your final cut; while the grass will not use all of the fertilizer now, it will remain in the soil around the roots to help boost growth when the grass comes out of dormancy.
- Pest Treatments – Consider any pests or weeds you may have during the last mow in order to take care of them once and for all so they do not make a resurgence in the spring.
- Mulcher Mower – If you usually bag your clippings consider, for this last time using the mulching feature on your mower. The clippings left in the grass can serve as organic matter that will decompose into the soil and leave your grass healthier.
Enjoy the last mow of the season and know that you have cared for your landscaping well. See you next spring, sleep well lawn.
A few minutes pruning the small trees in your yard is one of the best things you can do for the plants in your yard. When you prune (or remove) parts of your trees properly, you actually help stimulate the plant growth, improve the plant’s vigor, and overall, create a nicer tree shape. Unfortunately many homeowners don’t take the time to figure out what and how a bush or tree needs to be pruned. Fruit trees differ from conifers and bushes or shrubs. In this blog we will be looking at how to prune small trees or bushes. Check back with us for more pruning tips on fruit trees and other plant life in your yard.
Roger Cook, a contractor for This Old House reports that many homeowners neglect this task because the risks of butchery are far too high and the rewards too low. Here are some of his suggestions on how to trim so that you can get thicker foliage, and ultimately healthier trees and bushes.
- Avoid pruning young or new trees as they need time to grow leaves before pruning begins. After a year or two you can begin to shape the tree or bush depending upon what you are looking for.
- Remove any dead or diseased wood first. This may be all that is needed each year or you may need to prune out branches that are tangled, too think or that give the tree/bush an irregular shape.
- Consult a lawn and garden expert to find the right tool for the job you have in mind: from hand trimmers to larger Loppers.
- Keep all pruning tools clean to stop the spread diseases all over your garden.
- Prune no more than one-fourth of the tree’s total leaf area in a single year. To raise the tree’s crown or create clearance beneath it, remove the lowest branches. Also target branches that are spaced too closely together or that join the trunk at a narrow angle