Anthony's Lawn Care - October 2023

Get Ahead of the Cold

If you have a backyard garden, you may find yourself looking for new ways to use all the crops you’ve grown. After all, there are only so many pumpkins you can carve, seeds you can roast, or squash you can spaghetti.

Your Pre-Winter Lawn Maintenance Checklist

So, instead of looking up “squash recipes” for the hundredth time this week, consider these indoor decor tips that utilize your garden’s

As the air cools and plants begin to die, it’s clear that winter is just around the corner. Lawn care and landscaping are usually kept to a minimum during winter, but the upcoming dormant season still requires preparation. October is the perfect time to protect your investments so you start spring on the right foot. There are three main areas where homeowners should focus their efforts.

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A Centerpiece Fall fruits and vegetables make great centerpiece arrangements because they have

Grass Your lawn will probably survive the winter, but you can improve its chances and create a healthier early-spring landscape with pre-season maintenance. Start by raking up any leaves, branches, or other debris from the yard; snow could compress these materials into the ground and kill your grass if left. Once the yard is clear, mow a final time at a shorter length, ideally 2–2.5 inches. Finally, now is the perfect time of year to consider aerating and fertilizing your lawn. Trees The best way to shield your trees from winter is to apply a 2-inch layer of mulch around the base. It will help the roots retain moisture, but remember to leave a few inches between the mulch and the tree trunk. Remove any weak or loose branches to guard against the coming snow and ice. If you have young trees or shrubs, protect them from the elements and hungry wildlife with wire mesh or snow fencing. Flowers Before the cold sets in, remove any leaves, debris, weeds, or dead plants from your flower beds. Remember to remove the entire plant, including the roots. This is also the best time to remove any annuals from your garden and plant or redistribute spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils. You’ll appreciate your hard work once the weather warms up. Finally, do your best to keep salt and snow melt off your natural surfaces this winter. While salt improves safety on sidewalks and driveways, it can get into the ground and kill your plants! Distribute minimally and with caution. If you’re struggling to make time for the above tasks, Anthony’s Lawn Care and Landscaping would gladly help. Call us today for an estimate on winter preparation services and any of your yard’s other needs!

both seasonal colors and unique textures. Consider arranging a few squash or pumpkins in a bowl or basket and topping them with a bouquet of festive flowers. You can also mix herbs like basil, parsley, thyme, or rosemary into the bouquet for fragrance and a fuller appearance. Play with the different shapes and sizes of your gourds. Have them lean against each other or stack them for variation and depth in your display. A Natural Wreath Fresh herbs, flowers, or leaves from your fall harvest are perfect for an autumn wreath. All you need is a wreath form, which you can buy from your local craft store or online, and some floral U-pins. Use large leaves as a base (pumpkin leaves are great), then layer on smaller seasonal herbs such as sage, rosemary, or oregano. Finally, attach some flowers to it! Squash or pumpkin blossoms work beautifully, but you can use any seasonal flower you have growing. An Autumnal Herb Swag A “door swag” is a traditional holiday decoration, and it’s an easy way to add some color to your door without creating an entire wreath. To make a swag, grab a few bundles of your favorite herbs, secure the stems with a rubber band, wrap them with twine, and tie them off, leaving a few inches of twine on both sides. Then, tie those ends together to form a loop and hang the swag on your door!



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