July 2013 Newsletter

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Trees and Shrubs for Fabulous Fall Color

While we think of the spring and summer months as a time of vibrant color and thriving plant growth, the fall can be just as beautiful with warm, rich tones as the seasons change once again. Planning your landscaping around fall plants can yield a stunning result that will last for many months and make your property warmer and more welcoming as well.

When selecting trees to plant at any time of the year, pay attention to the colors of their fall foliage. Having trees that turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red will make any landscape more interesting and attractive. Trees are not the only element in your garden that can show bold colors, however. Many shrubs and bushes will also have leaves change color.

Pairing these plants together to compliment the warm tones with some darker evergreens will be a dramatic statement and a delicious pop of color along a side walk, in front of a building or around a water feature. Rather than looking just for the orange and red tones that characterize fall, mix in darker tones as well such as those evergreen boughs or perhaps some darker strands of purple or even brown elements like decorative grasses to create striking notes of color and add depth to your plantings.

Call Landscape Associates for your fall landscape. We can design a landscape for you that will add color and drama to your property every autumn for years to come.

Fall Aeration & Overseeding 

The hottest months of summer are not ideal for planting, but once the cooler months of fall roll around, it’s easy to get excited about being outside again and enjoying your outdoor spaces. The cooler  weather and reduction of blistering midday sun make the fall months an especially good time to work on lawns and grass.

Over the hot months of summer, a layer of dry grasses builds up down near the ground in your lawn. This thatch makes it a challenge for grass to thrive. The process of aeration removes spikes of grass and digs holes down into the yard to help remove thatch and allow nutrients and water to once again reach the roots of the soil effectively.

Once the yard has been aerated, a process called overseeding is used to fill those left-behind holes with new grass seed. Often a second variety of grass is used to help thicken the lawn and fill in patches that may have been left behind over the hotter summer months.

Call Landscape Associates for core aeration and reseeding services for your lawn this fall. 

Pest of the Month: Tent Caterpillars
While many landscapes include plants designed to draw caterpillars and butterflies, there is definitely such as thing as too much of a good thing. The tent caterpillar does not grow into a beautiful butterfly. It develops into a moth, and the caterpillars can appear in terrific numbers in your garden or landscaping and cause a serious damage.

Tent caterpillars build large nests of silken strands spread between  branches in trees and shrubs. In addition to unattractive nests, when they emerge, the caterpillars will destroy large quantities of foliage on plants. This creates a double problem. The bare patches in plants are unattractive and often the ugly nests of the tent caterpillar fill in the open spaces creating a significant eyesore.

Removing tent caterpillars requires a great deal of preventative maintenance. During the cooler months of the fall and winter, when the nests are most exposed, remove the tents and with them the egg sacs of the caterpillars. To remove an infestation of caterpillars that have already hatched, garden pesticides can help to reduce or remove the problem insects completely.

Let Landscape Associates be your pest authority. Call us to help handle any pests in your lawn or outdoor areas.

Landscape Tip of the Month: August

Landscaping to Conserve Energy

It may not be the first thing to pop in your head when you think of saving money on energy bills, but landscaping can have a huge impact on how much you spend heating or cooling your properties ever month.

The biggest helper in terms of energy conservation is a mature tree. A tree that stretches out enough to shade the roof of a building can reduce temperatures in that building by as much as ten degrees in the summer months when air conditioning bills can soar. A deciduous tree will then lose its leaves in the winter months allowing the sunshine to fall on the roof helping to trap heat inside the building and reducing heating costs.

Vines and shrubs can also work as excellent insulation against the outside of walls. By growing vines along the walls of a building, the plants can help to insulate the walls themselves and the cracks found there against winter winds. A wind break, or a row of tall shrubs or trees planted in a line, can effective stop or reduce cold winds in the winter as well, reducing gusts and helping keep your heating costs down as well.

A windbreak can be built far from the home to protect wide areas of land or a row of thick hedges can be planted closer to a building to work as both insulation and protection against the wind. This is particularly effective on the north and northwest side of properties where colder winds tend to blow.

Fall is a great time to plant trees, and it’s just around the corner. Call LAI Pros for the right placement of new trees.

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