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Greener Pastures: 5 Lawn Maintenance Tips for Fall

September 24, 2015 1:18 am

(Family Features) Come autumn, caring for your lawn should go beyond a weekly mowing. In fact, there are many steps homeowners can take to ensure their lawn remains healthy, green and beautiful for many seasons to come, according to the TruGreen lawn care experts:

1. Aerating

Aeration involves removal of soil cores to improve water and air movement in compacted soils, and aids in promoting deeper and increased root growth and thatch management. Long-term, your lawn will respond quicker to fertilizer and water runoff will be reduced when irrigating.

2. Overseeding

When it comes to increasing lawn thickness and health, overseeding can be essential. It can help discourage future weeds while also aiding recovery from summer heat, disease and insect activity. Seeding during late summer or early fall will give grass the maximum time to develop a deep extensive root system and mature before the onset of winter stresses.

Aeration is recommended when overseeding to give seeds more soil contact and provide a moist, protected environment required for germination.

3. Feeding

Fall feeding gives your landscape the nutrients needed to prepare for a healthy, green spring revival. Hiring a trained specialist with a plan customized to your region will help trees and shrubs thrive. If you fertilize your own lawn, make sure to follow the product directions and sweep all fertilizer that may reach pavement back onto your lawn.

4. Maintaining

Throughout the fall, remove fallen tree leaves and debris from your lawn. Studies have shown mulching tree leaves back into your lawn effectively clears away tree leaf debris that otherwise can become matted and damage your lawn over the winter. Clean and edge landscape beds, leaving no more than 2-3 inches of mulch in the beds.

Lowering the mower height by one or two settings during the last few mowings before winter reduces grass diseases associated with snow. Avoid walking on frost-covered lawns, as doing so may cause brown footprints to appear later that can remain visible until spring.

5. Pruning


Pruning is an essential maintenance practice for trees and shrubs. Landscapes can quickly become overgrown if not cared for, but yearly pruning will maintain trees and shrubs to an ideal size and shape. Remove dead or damaged branches from trees and shrubs to prevent rot organisms from invading the trunk and stems of plants.

"A healthy lawn encourages you to live life outside more with your family, friends and neighbors," says TruGreen Chief Science Officer Dr. Kirk Hurto. "There's no time like late summer and early fall to start preparing your yard for those spring and summertime outdoor gatherings."

Source: TruGreen

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6 Safety Tips for Storm Cleanup on Your Property

September 24, 2015 1:18 am

In the aftermath of a storm, many homeowners take the DIY approach when clearing debris from their properties. This approach, however, can be risky, especially when removing downed trees or tree limbs.

Outdoor power product manufacturer Husqvarna recommends the following tips for a safe storm cleanup:

1. Purchase power tools – and get adequate training for them – before a crisis strikes. Check with your local outdoor power product retailer for course recommendations, and supplement training by viewing online videos. And don't forget to thoroughly read the manufacturer's owner's manual.

“You aren’t going to go buy safety equipment right after a storm if you can’t get out of your driveway,” says Dante Terzigni of Do-Cut Sales and Service in Youngstown, Ohio.

2. Don't use a chainsaw without a complete regimen of personal protective equipment (PPE). Essential elements include a helmet, a visor and protective glasses to avoid scratches and sawdust spray, earmuffs to protect against harmful loud noises, chaps, work gloves and protective boots.

3. Before you begin removing tree debris, assess the full scope of damage. Create a plan for how to prioritize the work.

“Carefully walk the property and look for downed power lines,” says Mike Hope, a certified arborist in Cape Cod, Mass. "Never cut a tree that is laying on or touching a power line."

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Don't volunteer for a job you're unprepared to handle. Tackle tasks you can comfortably and safely undertake. Be sure to take plenty of breaks and stay hydrated.

5. When operating a chainsaw, it is best to start on flat ground, with the chain brake engaged. Don't "cut" corners during cleanup efforts.

6. Ongoing maintenance is critical. Pause often to clean filters and tighten chains.

"It's wise to have extra chains and files to sharpen them," says Bill Johnson of Coastal Equipment Rentals in Cape Cod, Mass. "Many downed trees are in the dirt and chains can dull quickly."

Source: Husqvarna

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