Annapolis Landscape Design
24 Nutwell Rd, Lothian,
MD, 20711
Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
28 Sep 2016

Fall Maintenance for Your Turf & Landscape

As the summer wraps up and fall begins, you may not be thinking spring flowers just yet. However, NOW is the time to prepare your turf and landscape for successful seasons next year. Many of the services we do during fall maintenance have a direct impact on how your landscape performs in the future.

One of the most common mistakes we see homeowners make is pruning their trees, shrubs, and perennials at the wrong time of year. If plants are pruned too late in the growing season, new growth does not have time harden off before the winter becoming susceptible to injury and dieback.

Landscape beds should be cleaned out and any tired perennials, flowers, or grasses should be cut back and removed. Existing mulch can be cultivated to allow for air and water movement during fall maintenance (see photo below). Additional mulch may be needed to properly insulate the roots and protect them during the cold winter months. New mulch adds color to your landscape and will look fresh for the winter.

Refreshed Bed after Cultivation

Throughout the fall and the winter, leaves need to be removed from the beds on a regular basis. Any leaves that are left in the beds create a breeding ground for disease and an excellent over-wintering location for insects. These leaves should be composted or chopped up and dispersed throughout the yard to provide vital nutrients. If you do have a lot of trees, we would suggest to remove and dispose of offsite.

Your turf needs special attention as well.  As discussed in my earlier post, now is the time to aerate and over-seed your lawn. Aerating will reduce compaction, help eliminate thatch, and allow for the proper exchange of water, nutrients, and air.

During the fall and early winter, your turf is working hard to rebuild its root system and stock pile energy for next year. Fall fertilizers provide nutrients to fuel this regrowth. It is also important to remove leaves and debris from the turf to help prevent disease.

With proper planning and maintenance during the fall, you lay the necessary building blocks to maintain a healthy and vibrant landscape all year long.

Contact the professionals at Exterior Image to step up a consultation and plan for your landscape this fall.

By: Corey Rill, Maintenance and Garden Manager

29 Jun 2016

How is your Lawn Reacting to the Heat?

Summer heat and dry weather have arrived.  With the change in the weather we are seeing a lot of lawns suffer from the lack of moisture if there is no irrigation system in place.  In irrigated lawns, we are also seeing turf suffer from over-watering or improperly adjusted systems.  An irrigation system that is not set up properly will over water areas and/or not apply enough water in other areas.  Too much water is often times more harmful to turf than not enough water.  If you over water, you are not only wasting water, you are welcoming diseases that will kill your turf.  This damage is expensive to repair and may require a complete renovation.

Turf and all plants for that matter, need air space in the soil to breathe (exchange gases) and if these spaces are filled with an abundance of water (from over watering)  the plants suffocate and die.  One extremely important component of any irrigation system is the rain sensor.  This sensor will shut off the system during a rain event to help prevent over-watering.

How do you tell if you have problem with your system not watering enough or not working properly?

If you see small areas of your turf in circular patterns turning brown you may have a sprinkler that is out of adjustment or clogged.  If a large area is brown and the rest of the lawn is green you may have a problem with one of your valves.  If your entire lawn is brown you may have a problem with the controller or rain sensor.

Burn spot on grass from lack of watering
Burn spot on grass from lack of watering

How do you tell if your system is watering too much?

If after your irrigation system runs you have standing water or water comes up around your feet when you walk on the turf you are putting out too much water.  Your turf may also feel soft and spongey if it is too wet.  Areas of your lawn turning yellow or thinning out could be a result of too much water.  If areas of your lawn begin to rapidly decline and die it is most likely a disease that could be caused by too much water.

Over-saturated lawn due to an excess of watering
Over-saturated lawn due to an excess of watering

Spongy, wet turf due to leak in irrigation system

Spongy, wet turf due to leak in irrigation system

It is extremely important to properly maintain your system to promote and maintain a healthy landscape.  The experts at Exterior Image are equipped with the knowledge and tools to adjust and maintain your irrigation system at its optimum level. Contact us at 410-956-1344 to have your irrigation system check scheduled today.