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November is a month when the Holidays are creeping up on us and your attention turns away from the landscape for a bit. If you’re still looking for things to do outside there are always things that can be done on your Lawn and Landscape.
For starters, if you haven't already gotten the leaves up, get them cleaned up, and keep them cleaned up off of the lawn. Leaves laying on the grass can kill the lawn and leave bare spots for you in the spring.
You can keep mowing the lawn every
week, even though the grass is not growing, but you will be mulching up the leaves. This works as long as you don't have too many leaves falling on the lawn. If they are very thick, it's best to remove them from the lawn so as not to increase the acid content of the soil.
Continuous mulching of the leaves on the lawn will turn the soil into an acidic soil,
making it necessary to apply lime in larger doses than you may have needed to.
Fall is the best time to apply lime. If you have no specific soil test to go by, a general rule for our soil in the West TN area is to apply one 40# bag per thousand square ft. of turf area.
Lime is one of the first nutrients to leach out of the soil, and it's hard to put too much lime down.
Fall is a great time to Aerate the lawn also. Aeration will relieve soil compaction and allow water, air, and nutrients to reach the
root zone of the grass. It will also help to eliminate moss, although aerating alone will not get rid of moss. That's a whole separate problem in itself.
Fall bulbs can still be planted in the South in November. I prefer to get them in the ground earlier than now, but Bulbs will still come up by Spring and provide your Lawn & Landscape a splash of color.
If you are in the Southern parts of Tn. or in AL, GA, MS you can still plant some Fescue grass if you are in a pinch and have nothing but mud around. Even in Northern TN and Southern KY you can still put down seed and get fair results.
There are times when you have no choice other than sodding, to cover the bare dirt. For example, if you have just finished construction on a new home and it happens to be going into Winter, you still need some grass. If you don't want to spend the money on sod, seed it and take a chance on the results. You can always reseed it in Spring.
If it gets later in the year and you just need some grass to come up to give you something other than bare dirt or mud you can plant either Perennial Rye Grass or Annual Rye Grass. These will germinate in temps down to the 40's.
It's not a permanent lawn for the south, but it gives you something green and gets rid of mud, then in Spring or next Fall you can work on getting a permanent lawn.
Have fun in the Lawn and Landscape and enjoy the downtime for the Winter!
Keeping Leaaves Raked or Mulched Will Allow Your Grass to Keep Growing
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Is getting the leaves up or lime applications or maybe lawn aeration more than you want to get into? Give our office a call for a free estimate for these and other Fall or Winter lawn and landscape chores.
We understand, you may not have the equipment, energy or even desire to get out and do this work yourself. If that's the case, we are happy to help you make your lawn and landscape the best it can be!
Do you have some landscaping ideas bouncing around in your head? Now is a good time to sit down and plan your landscape out and put what's in your head down on paper.
It's not as hard as you might think, start with your existing landscape and draw out your house outline on a sheet of paper, then start drawing in the plants that you already have or plan to keep.
It's important to keep in mind the mature size of the plants you want to put in your new landscape. Your landscaping ideas can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, and you can take as long as you like to plant it all. If you don't have the money to do it all at once, plan it out in phases and plant it a little at a time.
If you have a master plan for all your landscaping ideas, you can plant part of it now, part in the Spring, and continue doing it in phases until you have finished it all.
A rule to remember is that there is no rule to tell you that you CAN'T do it. If you like the way it looks, then it's good. It may not be how we would design your landscape, but you live there not us, so that makes it RIGHT. So take those landscaping ideas out of your head, write them down on a piece of landscaping paper, and let them come to life!