October Garden Tips 2016 #1

In an almost strange way, October can be compared to May.

In May, the weather is almost perfect for growing everything; in October, the heat of summer is over and all plants (except warm-season grasses) are enjoying the coolness, and flourishing. In May, trees and shrubs are showing off their new foliage and blossoms; in October, trees and shrubs are showing the beauty of fanciful colored leaves. But, while in May we look forward to months of growth, in October, we are looking forward to months of dormancy.


Advances in horticultural care have been outstanding. For turf, it has meant lower costs with better results. In tree and shrub care, it means that more people can afford to take advantage of those advances to ensure a continuing healthy landscape that appreciates in value, and enjoyment.

At one time, tree and shrub care was the domain of estates. But with rising interest in home landscapes, pressure was on to really learn about the care of trees and shrubs. Instead of the almost knee-jerk methods used, study disparaged many of those prior methods, especially the blanket use of very strong chemicals to create an insect-free zone.

Studies showed the importance of a healthy soil as the basis for healthy plants. It was also discovered that insects were not as attracted to healthy plants as they were to unhealthy ones, which also were infected with diseases. In fact, one pioneer practitioner demonstrated conclusively that by helping shrubs to become healthier, chemical intervention was cut by 80%, and the shrubbery looked more robust.

It has been learned that mulch improves the soil, along with root growth stimulation including supplemental nutrients, ideally by soil test. Very judicious insect control leaves plenty of room for beneficial insects to live and assist in keeping damaging insects under control. The result is healthier trees and shrubs.

More homeowners now enjoy a vibrant and healthy landscape.  This is due to the efforts of many pioneer practitioners and many university studies that found out how to really cooperate with natural processes in order to affordably nurture a beautiful landscape.

Sharing knowledge and ideas to benefit you and your landscape is an integral part of our Professional Level Care.

So, here is timely advice. Few landscape owners know how many shrubs, evergreens, ornamental trees or shade trees they have on their property, or their sizes. It is a good idea to know, because how many trees and shrubs there are determines the value of the landscape, and how much needs to be invested in its care.

Moreover, if a winter storm does rip through your landscape, your insurance carrier will need to have evidence of your loss; so pictures are also recommended.

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