Fall is definitely here and we are all enjoying these cooler days and nights. This month we will be tending all that beautiful fescue grass that we have aerated and over seeded in last month. Most lawns will be receiving reduced mowing's on the new fescue this month and then we will not be fertilizing and weed treating again till December. Warm season turf will begin to go dormant and start to discolor as the nights have been getting colder.
With the cooler weather there has been a sharp drop in humidity and our managers and crews are watching the irrigation and watering to make sure new plant installations are not being over watered.
Fall flower installations are underway and our seasonal color design specialist are continuing to design seasonal color beds and pots. In addition to designing they are also making sure their designs are being installed as planned by our wonderful seasonal color installation crews.
Fall leaf removal has just started and we plan on completion by late December if Mother Nature cooperates. We can already tell that the leaf drop is about 1 week behind compared to a normal year. Crews will be tarping leaves, mowing leaves, and removing leaves weekly on the property until they are all up.
Remember that Fall through late Winter to early Spring is the optimal time to plant new shrubs and trees. Please get with our account managers or our Landscape Architects to begin designing your next project. Our installation teams are fortunate to be very busy now and booking out each month. We now have five Landscape Architects on staff to serve your needs.
Zoysia fungal patch could become active over the next two months as the Zoysia begins to go into winter dormancy. Warm season turf like Bermuda and Zoysia are in transition and therefor are in a weaker state than in the active growing season. This is why we see the fungus attack the turf when the turf grass is most vulnerable. Turf fungicides are recommended usually two rounds are needed to help prevent the fungus.
Boxwood fungal issues can flare up over the next two months. Volutella blight and root rot are two problems that we can have if we get into rainy cool weather with cloudy days. Boxwoods are very susceptible to root rot due to our clay soils. We can treat with fungicides if we suspect and see any issues.
Thank you so much for your continued business. We at Gibbs Landscape will always strive do to the best each day for you and your properties. Thanks for allowing us to serve you!
The Gibbs Landscape Team