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What are Tar Spots?

Tar Spots on Maple Leaves  The weather is cooler and leaves are changing colors.  Fall is truly a beautiful time of year and Maple trees are a show-piece with their vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow.  However, this year you may notice that some of your Maple’s leaves have tiny black spots that look like tar.  These spots are actually a fungus that delveloped in late spring and continued to spread throughout summer.  The great news is, these tar spots are seldomly detrimental to the overall health of your trees but they may cause premature defoliation.  Here are a few things you can do to help prevent these spots from returning next year.

Since Infection occurs when leaf surfaces are moist;

1.Improve air circulation by thinning crowded plants and pruning overly dense growth.

2.Avoid overhead irrigation.

3.Water only in the morning to ensure leaves dry quickly.

4.Rake up fallen leaves and destroy them.

Good Luck to you and enjoy those fall colors!!

Fall Yard Maintenance

Fall lawn careYard landscaping for next year doesn’t begin next spring, rather, it begins this fall. Proper fall yard maintenance lowers the risk of plant diseases next spring. Raking the lawn ensures your grass won’t smother under a burden of fallen leaves. Of course, fall yard maintenance means winterizing: putting your plants to bed properly, sheltering them where possible from the rigors of winter.
 
Get Started this weekend before it gets too cold!!

“Mums” the word

Nothing says fall like beautiful red, yelllow and orange Mums.  Here are a few tips to keep these festive bloomers looking their best all season long.

Add mums for beautiful fall display1. Start with a healthy plant.  Look for a plant with moist soil and  with the least amount of open flowers.

2. Provide proper care. Apply liquid plant fertilizer to the soil immediately after planting and once per month thereafter. Deadhead (pinching off the expired blooms) regularly. 

3. Mums prefer temperatures above 60 degrees.  The nights and days where the temperature falls below 60 pull your potted Mum inside of the garage or if they are planted, cover your plants with plastic.
 

Now that you know how to keep garden mums blooming longer, you will have beautiful plants instead of green foliage with no flowers. Your beautiful blooming Mums will be the centerpiece of your fall landscaping.

2 Benefits to Overseeding in Fall

Overseeding provides a lusher lawnOverseeding is one of the most important lawn care tasks, yet few homeowners ever do it. So, you ask, if I fertilize my lawn properly, why do I need to add new seed, especially if my grass looks pretty good right now? The answer is grass is not immortal. After five or six years, grass plants will slow down their reproduction rates; they get tired just like we do as we age. Thin grass invites weeds.

Overseeding compensates for that natural slow down of the turf’s reproduction. There are two major benefits to overseeding every five or six  years. First, you insure your lawn stays thick and dense, or if it has thinned, you will make it thick again. Thick grass has few if any weeds if it is mowed over 2 inches tall.

The second benefit is disease resistance. The new varieties of seed you sow this year will have better disease resistance than those varieties already in your lawn.

Raking your Lawn

A few things to remember when raking up your fall leaves. 

A few hints when raking your lawn this fall.It is important to remove all large piles of debris that cannot be mulched back into the lawn with your lawn mower. Lawn mower attachments are available that chop grass and leaves into tiny bits that provide a light top dressing which will supply nutrients to the soil as they breakdown. Large quantities of debris will not breakdown quickly, and so will damage the lawn by suffocating it, and by giving a moist home to damaging disease organisms. Please contact the office of you local Weed Man for more information.

Enjoy your weekend!!