Get ready for fall and spring!

Fall & Winter Enhancements 2011

It is that time of year again. The summer is winding down and fall is just around the corner. All of our landscapes have endured the summer heat and now it is time to start sprucing them up and getting ready for the winter. We have several seasonal services that we offer at this time of year to help us do so.

This summer has really taken a toll on all of the Fescue lawns in Atlanta. Many Fescue lawns were damaged by the extreme heat that came later in the season. We will begin Fescue lawn renovations in September. This helps bring all of the Fescue lawns back to its lush green state that it was in the spring. Our maintenance crew will be lowering the height of the grass and raking out any thatch build-up to prepare for this. After the grass is lowered and the thatch has been removed, our enhancements team will be scheduled to come out and do the aerating, seeding, and fertilizing, with your approval. If you have a Fescue lawn I am attaching a quote for this service. Please let me know as soon as possible if this service is approved.

We will begin fall seasonal color installations in late September thru the month of October. As always, I am available to design your beds for you. If you already have some ideas that you would like to try this year, please let me know and I will incorporate those ideas into your seasonal color designs this fall. There are not a lot of different plants to choose from, just the typical Pansies, Violas, Snapdragons, Kales, Cabbages, and Tulips. But there are many different colors and mixes to choose from.

Another great and economical way to add some color into your garden during the winter months is to plant bulbs. Bulbs are typically installed in December and start blooming right before Spring. In order for us to get the varieties and the quantities that we need, we have to have all of our orders into the growers in Holland by the end of September. Tulips are a great bulb that you could add into your annual beds to give them that extra pop. As pretty as they are, they do have a downside; Tulips usually only bloom once and the blooms are short lived. I would limit them just to your Seasonal color beds. If you would like a bulb that will come back every year, I suggest using Daffodils, Muscari (Grape Hyacinth), Crocus, Hyacinths, or Alliums. I typically like to plant these in areas that are bare in the winter months such as; dormant perennial beds, Rose beds, patches of Daylilies, and in groundcovers.

Last but not least, is winterizing your irrigation system. Our technician will come out and drain all of the irrigation lines and winterize the system for the cooler months. This is very important to do so that repairs are minimal in the spring. I don’t recommend doing this until all of your lawns have been aerated, flowers are planted, and bulbs are installed. December is the best time to do this, unless temperatures drop below freezing in November.

Please keep in mind that our design and installation departments are always ready to transform your yard into your own little paradise or intown retreat. Our seasoned Mason’s, Carpenter’s, and Installation Supervisors are some of the best in the Atlanta area. Please let us know if we can help you with any upcoming projects that you may have.