Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which means in 2 more weeks we will be in March!!!! Will the weather change with the month, we’ll see!
Wow, it’s been a crazy week! We’ve had -5 degree weather and 60 degree weather! Rain, snow, sleet, and currently it has been flurrying between snow and rain. Midwest..
So far, the Kenosha area has been missed by the snow storms. Will this continue all winter long?
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!!
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.
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.
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.
Overseeding 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.
A few things to remember when raking up your fall leaves.
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!!