Here Comes that October Air

Here Comes that October Air

by PJ Kratohvil
of Complete Solutions

Walking the kids to the park, grabbing dinner on the patio, everything is more enjoyable when the weather is right. For us patio season is in full swing, our Landscape crews are starting to get booked out and the maintenance guys are hard at work getting beds cleaned out in preparation for fall color! Very exiting time of year to be in the business.

October is one of the most critical months when it comes to the exterior and landscape maintenance around your home. Here are a few things to contract out or add to your “To-do” list over the next few weeks:

• Ensure Windows and doors are properly sealed. Restricting unwanted airflow will keep things comfortable inside and help reduce any unwanted guests.
• All exposed wood surfaces are painted or sealed to ensure as the cold weather and rain moves in and out, things are protected and less effected by weather.
• Check out your roof to make sure no shingles have come off during our last round of summer storms and that the gutters are clean and free of debris.

• Cutback and prune this year’s growth. This will not only help to keep your beds organized but also promote new growth come spring.
• Remove, cultivate, fertilize and add new 2” layer of mulch. We lean towards a shredded mulch vs. bark or large cut. It will hold the best, not float, and as it breaks down to offer a great weed / moisture barrier (ensure the mulch is kept below the brick line so you don’t chance having rainwater get in the weep holes during a rain event).
• Oct. thru Dec. is a great time to plant larger shrubs and trees. Allowing them to start rooting over the winter months will make the heat of summer a lot less hazardous to their health.
• Go ahead as things cool off and cut back on the irrigation. Watering a couple of times a week and ensuring your rain sensor is operating effectively should be sufficient and help your monthly spending.

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