It is hard to believe that 2017 is winding down. As we get closer to the end of the season, the mowers start to slow down and the blowers start to crank up. We wanted to give everyone a break down on how we are planning to close out the season and some steps to consider on your property.
By now, everyone who was on our list has had their aeration service completed (Please notify us if this is not the case). Based on our property checks, it looks as if everyone has been following our recommended irrigation schedule, so way to go! We saw some good results this year, despite the rough weather towards the end of September / first of October. It looks as if some cooler temperatures are starting to roll in. With that being said, we can go ahead and get those irrigation systems turned down to 3 days a week, 12 minutes per zone, once a day. Please adjust your bed irrigation accordingly too, which can vary depending on plant material. 1-2 times per week, no more than 7 minutes a zone should suffice for most. We still recommend keeping it watered, as germination will continue over the next few weeks. We will begin our irrigation winterization services around the first of December. Feel free to cut the system off as we get closer to that date. Ground temperatures will still be plenty warm, so your pipes will be just fine!
With the onset of Fall comes the dreaded task of leaf removal. This is very important to ensure your lawn continues its new growth. It is best to have the leaves blown from the turf vs. using a rake, such as to keep the sensitive seedlings in tact! Our leaf removal services will begin November 1st. Until then, properties may be cleared (turf only) into beds or natural areas to make sure the seed keeps going. If you have questions regarding your leaf removal services, or to get on a specific schedule per your request, please contact our office.
The city of Richmond has a new leaf removal policy for 2017 that will affect our city customers. They will no longer be doing street clean ups like they have done previously. All leaf collections will need to be scheduled, and there is a fee for pick up. They are also asking to not have the leaves blown to the streets and collected, and could result in fines by the city. Glen Allen Grounds will NO LONGER be able to blow leaves to the streets for our city customers, and will have to collect them instead. Please contact our office to discuss further options so we can make sure your property is taken care of. See below for more information:
Mowing / General Maintenance
We will begin monitoring properties immediately, scaling back on mowing as needed to protect the overall health of the turf. As it gets colder, we will need to monitor frost conditions as well. We expect to complete our mowing schedules by December 1st. Properties will continue to be monitored after that date to verify growth has stopped for the season. Cutting will continue as needed on certain properties until the grass has gone dormant. Yes, we were mowing grass well into December of 2016!
All property pruning visits have begun this month (if applicable), and we should get those wrapped up by December 1st as well. We have also begun preparations for annual installation. The nurseries have started to get stock in, although slim. We typically like to wait until their first batch is through, as the seconds are usually in better shape. We will keep everyone posted for those who have annual installations.
That is all for now! If you have any further questions regarding your services, please feel free to contact our office. As always, we appreciate everyone’s support and hope to make the end of 2017 the best one yet!