Fall is finally here! I hope you all had a great summer! We’ve been very busy and have made a few changes in the business.
First off, please take note of our name change. We’re in the process of consolidating a few different businesses under one name – effective 2013, we will be operating as Emil’s Lawns. Our new website been designed so that you can order & manage your services online 24/7/365.
Secondly, we’ve hired an office manger, Laurie. She comes to us with years of experience and will be taking over our bookkeeping – please welcome her to our team.
With the temperatures dropping and leaves falling, it is time to begin fall maintenance and prepare your landscape for winter.
Does your yard struggle to come back to life each spring? There are a number of steps that you can take to stimulate your landscape, but you must be proactive now!
Do you have these done each year?
- Fall Fertilization (Turf, Trees, and Plants)
- Turf Aeration
- Sprinkler System Winterizing and Blow-Out
- Gutter Clean Out
- Fall Landscape Clean-Up
Having a healthy landscape involves the correct maintenance practices. Avoiding plant and turf disease can be easy with proper fertilization, aeration, mowing, and irrigating practices.
Proper and regular plant and turf healthcare provides your landscape the natural resistance it needs to fend of weeds, insects, diseases, and fungi, drastically reducing the need for the use of pesticides – without such care they’ll get sick just like us over the winter.
Our fall specials are listed below. To schedule service, please click here: http://emilslawns.com/order/
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Aerate for a Thicker, Greener Lawn Next Spring
Aerating is the most important thing you can do for your lawn.
Aerating your yard is an important step for proper root growth and development. In Colorado we recommend aerating your yard twice per year; once in the spring and fall. Aerating during the summer months allows warm ambient air to make contact with the roots which can dry the soil and the roots out, causing unnecessary stress.
Turf aeration reduces soil compaction, which allows water to penetrate deeper into the soils, promoting deeper root growth. When you aerate, important nutrients from both fertilizers and grass clippings are allowed to reach the roots and stimulates your yard. A healthy yard going to bed in the fall helps spring the turf back to life in the spring.
Fall is a great time to build up the root mass of all your landscape plants; properly timed aerations and fertilizations will give you a healthy plant that is ready to endure a long winter and emerge in the spring with renewed energy. A well aerated soil will thrive with less water & nutrients, and will choke out competing weeds.
Our new pneumatic aerator is guaranteed to pull the deepest plugs possible!
Aeration starts at $35.
Fall is the Most Important Time to Fertilize
Since most varieties of turf in Colorado are cool season grasses, it is important to give your yard the nutrients it needs during the spring and fall months. Cool season grass roots grow deepest in the fall. Fertilizing your yard now will trigger deeper root growth into the soil.
In the fall, Colorado cool season grasses are taking on large amounts of nutrients to overcome summer stress and to get them through the winter. As much as 75% of the total annual nitrogen requirement is obtained in the fall. Therefore fall lawn winterization is the best way to deliver the needed nutrients to your grass. It is also a great time to over-seed and recover turf areas that were stressed by summer heat.
Turf fertilizing can be done for as low as $40.
Don’t forget About Your Trees and Shrubs
In a “natural” environment, forest soils are rich in humus, which is replenished by the decay in plant and animal residues. Leaves are relatively high in accumulated nutrients and their decomposition is an important source of returning nutrients to the soil. Organic matter increases the retention and availability of most plant nutrients and improves the soil structure by “cementing” or aggregating soil particles.
In contrast, domestic and street tree soils are usually very low in humus and fertility. Leaves and other debris are removed, thus interrupting nature’s recycling program for nutrients and preventing the accumulation of organic matter. The soil elements, which were absorbed and utilized in the formation of plant tissues are not returned to the soil and should be replaced with supplemental fertilization.
Replenishing the soil’s nutrient supply in the root zone of your trees dramatically increases growth and survival of young trees & shrubs, improves color and density, increases winter hardiness and longevity, helps plants resist and overcome disease and insect damage, increases fruit production, and helps storm damaged plants regenerate. It is an integral part of landscape care that many people overlook.
Blowout Your Sprinklers to Avoid Costly Repairs
Blowing air through your sprinkler system to clear out excess water is an important step in the maintenance of your sprinklers. If not completed during the fall, you might need to perform multiple repairs during the spring due to freezing and ruptured irrigation lines. Repairing sprinkler lines can be time-consuming, and replacing back flow prevention devices are expensive.
The most important step in winterizing your irrigation system is properly turning off the system. Watch this video on how to drain the irrigation system back. There is good information in it if you’re in a pinch to beat a freeze.
With temperatures dropping quickly, it is critical that you perform this step first! Once you have completed this, the irrigation system is ready for the blow-out.
If you don’t feel comfortable draining the pipes yourself, another trick used for very brief cold snaps like we’re having this weekend is to set sprinkler timers to go off twice overnight during the coldest hours of the night (i.e. 12 AM and 5 AM) for about 5 minutes a zone. This will keep the water moving so it cannot freeze, forcing the cold water out of the pipes.
Sprinkler pipes and back flow assemblies are at risk of freezing and breaking when temperatures drop below 32 degrees. Immediate damage can occur to pipes and sprinklers with the first freeze of winter. Further damage can result as extended freezing temperatures and wind chill cause the soil to freeze at the same depth of your irrigation pipes.
It takes a while for the ground to freeze to the depths of the irrigation lines, be sure to schedule your blow-out now to ensure the underground lines don’t freeze.
In many cases homeowners are unaware their system is broken until they notice leaks in the spring!
Blowouts start at $45.
Fall Clean-Up, Garden Prep, and Pruning
Once the leaves have fallen, and the plants have gone dormant it is a great time to prune, clean and give the yard one last mowing before the winter snows make cleanup a mess.
There are plenty of tasks to do before the snow falls, but one that is often overlooked is the fall landscape clean-up.
During the fall clean-up, the annuals are removed, the shrubs and bushes are trimmed to shape and size, and leaves are cleaned up and removed. This seemingly simple task requires more plant knowledge than most think. Removing too much of a plant can stunt the growth, and possibly even kill it. Knowing what to trim, how much and when is an important part of this service. Fall is also a good time to prune & wrap young trees to prevent damage to the branches & bark during the freeze/thaw cycles of the winter, to prune all shrubs and trees for optimum growth next spring.
Our crews are equipped to handle your landscape’s last needs of the year. We’ll custom tailor your cleanups to meet your desired look AND budget.
Don’t forget to finish any lingering landscaping projects that need to be done before winter!
Set up an appointment with our account managers for a free quote on pruning, leaf cleanup, final mowing, wrapping young trees.
Ready for the Holidays?
Save yourself the time, danger and frustration of installing holiday lighting yourself and let our professional designers and installers create a worry-free lighting display for you! From custom wreaths, to tree pickup & delivery to light hanging – we do it all!
Set up an appointment with our account managers for a free quote on holiday decorating.
Hate Shoveling the Snow?
We can provide you with all of your snow removal needs from the smallest residential driveway to the largest commercial or HOA jobs. You can count on Emil’s Lawns to provide professional, timely, and reliable service when it snows this winter.
Snow shoveling starts at $35.
Schedule Your Service
Call us today if you haven’t already, spots are filling fast! October is the time to aerate, fertilize, & blow out your sprinklers. Fall cleanup and holiday decorating will be offered in November.
We are dedicated to constantly improving what we do. We would be very appreciative of any feedback that allows us to better serve you. Please drop us a note and let us know how we’re doing. Thank you for your continued business & support.
Emil & the crew
Formerly Motycka Lawn & Snow
888.970.LAWN (5296) – To Schedule Service
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