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Healthy, Happy Lawns

It’s a great time of year to really keep your lawn happy and healthy to show off when October 31st rolls around.

Here are some ideas as to how to do this:

– Keep deep watering your lawn. This allows your lawn’s roots to go deeper as well as seek richer soil and more water sources during this dry fall season.

Water in the wee hours of the morning. This prevents root rot, and makes sure the water soaks into the ground before it has time to evaporate.

– Cover up any open patches of dirt. If you have sections of your yard on which grass simply won’t grow, cover them up with compost, wood chips or hardy plants.

– Overseed and feed your lawn. This lets your lawn regenerate with healthy new sprouts, along with keeping the older, deep-rooted lawn fed and happy.

– Watch for water run off. If your lawn is sloped or irregular, it’s a good idea to see where the water is going. Consult with your local landscaper about sorting out any water run off problems.

– Try to keep decorations and people off your lawn. You can do this by hanging neat Halloween decorations on trees or stringing them between lamps or other tall objects. Additionally, you can make sure your paths are well-lit to light the way for children and their parents as they come to your home to seek treats.

Here’s to a fun and colorful Autumn!

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Fall is Here

There are about a million pumpkins in front of the grocery stores, yards are full of gravestones and haunts, kids and adults are shopping for a costume… fall has officially arrived.

So, what does this mean for your yard or garden?  Beyond, of course, more leaves in the swimming pool.

Unless you are going for a dead, creepy, messy garden look for Halloween, get rid of all the dead stuff. I know I said this in a previous post, but it remains true. Now is the time to pull up dead plants and rake up all those dead leaves. I know we don’t have a ton of fall color in Southern California, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t trees that shed their leaves. Bag all that up and use it for compost or send it out in the yard waste bin. (If you do want to compost it, I’d recommend deciding on the size and location of your pile. If you want it out in the yard and not in a container of some sort, consult with a local landscaper for the best place to put it so it doesn’t mar your yard.)

Another good idea is to reseed and aerate your lawn if you have dense soil like that common to the Thousand Oaks area.

Now is a great time to start up any landscaping projects as plants go dormant in cooler temperatures – and though it’s been pretty warm, the weather is cooling down, so it’s the perfect time to get your old plants dug up and your yard re-modeled for a gorgeous spring.

Finally, tis the season to have exciting lawn decorations with pumpkin, corn, squash, bales of hay and spooky surprises for that day where kids around the US go begging for candy.  So, decorate to your heart’s content.  I have to say my favorite decorations when I was a kid were those houses which went all out and really got into the season, weather it be with a cute pumpkin patch or a scary graveyard, so think about what you want your yard to look like this Halloween and have fun with it!

Here’s hoping your yard is not filled with fright this October. 🙂

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