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Why didn’t someone warn us that we were in for hurricane-like conditions?! I think it’s safe to say that nobody was quite as prepared as they might have liked to be in order to deal with the amount of water that poured into Hendersonville recently. With how badly the roads flooded, our minds were on the many lawns that could have acted as impromptu swimming pools had the weather been warmer. So you might be wondering, what is the best course of action to take as your lawn begins to drain? How should you handle the newly landed leaves, and what is the appropriate time to wait before you even think about mowing? We’re here to help.

After a big rain the biggest obstacle is knowing what to do to help your lawn as it begins the process of drying. One thing that will definitely speed that process along is making sure that you’ve turned off any sprinkler or irrigation systems that you have. It is easy to forget about these systems, especially if they are automatic, but adding moisture to the ground that is already sopping wet, is not a bright idea.

As your ground begins to dry, you can add fertilizer back to the lawn to replenish any lost nutrients. Adding fertilizer will also help encourage strong root growth, which help to protect your lawn from being completely ruined in a big rain.

There were a lot of trees that went down around Hendersonville during the storm. If this also happened in your yard, it is a good idea to remove the debris from the lawn, if you are no longer under water. Leaving these debris in place will hinder drying and you can risk bacteria or mold beginning to form. We also suggest that, apart from removing debris, you stay off of your lawn until it’s had the chance to recover. Treading on wet grass can encourage impaction, and you’re more likely to accidentally rip up roots of your grass and plants since the ground is soggy.

In terms of mowing after a big rain, we encourage you to wait a few days. When we experience rain for days or weeks on end, it can also take weeks for the ground to completely dry out. In our case, since it was just a day of hard rain, it shouldn't take weeks, but you do have to be careful. Don’t mow for a few days to make sure that the ground is drying successfully. Mowing wet grass can cause impaction, which will damage your lawn. You also risk damaging your equipment, and if you are using a riding lawn mower it is especially dangerous in our hilly landscape to attempt to mow when your lawn is still muddy.

Can you smell that? It’s the smell of fall hitting the Blue Ridge Mountains at long last! The leaves are changing, so be sure to head up to the Blue Ridge Parkway before the winds pick up too much and the trees lose their color. We have talked about not allowing leaves to stay on the ground for too long, especially after a heavy rain, and the best removal is your old friend, the rake.

It’s best to try to choose a raking day that is not particularly blustery. The added wind will not help as you are trying to gather leaves in a central location to prepare for removal. If you don't have much of a choice of the day when you have time to complete this yard work, try to work with the wind and not against it. You might even consider utilizing a tarp or alternative covering, not only to catch the leave, but also to keep your leaf pile in place while you continue to work.

Patience is key when raking. Fall can be a frustrating time to keep your lawn clean and neat looking. Make sure that the tools you're using are working with you and not against you. Maybe you’ve had your current rake for 20 years and it has never failed you, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the most effective tool. There are tools on the market currently such as a power rake... and even push powered leaf collectors!

In the same vein, make sure you’re listening to your body as you embark on a day of yard work. Hunching over to rake can be hard on your back!

It’s much easier to get leaves up and collected when the weather is dry, so perhaps consider raking if you know that rain is in the forecast to save yourself the frustration of wet raking.

We also suggest making it fun! Employ the use of younger family members to help you move quicker. The end result is a clean lawn for you, and a fun leaf pile for them to enjoy before you bag it up; it’s a win-win situation!
Even though it’s beginning to feel a lot like fall, it is probable that you haven’t been able to stop mowing your lawn. The warm weather has kept our grass growing later into the year than usual, and that also means you have weed control that you have to take care of. Weeds like dandelions are the frustration of many yard gurus alike. They sprout up and seem to take over your lawn before you even have time to react. This is the time of year to fight back against these pests. This is the time of year that dandelions are in their energy-absorbing mode. They soak up any bit of moisture thrown their way in order to survive. Apply herbicides now that they are sure to drink up. Actions such as this can prevent these weeds from returning in the spring.

We’ve talked about different ways to protect your lawn and garden from various pests throughout the summer and fall, but what about those annoyances that aren’t preventable? We’re talking about leaves. Fall in Western North Carolina is a time full of vibrant color that has people traveling from afar to get a glimpse. We all enjoy the beauty of the changing leaves, but what about when they fall? Our recent wind and rain has caused some premature falling of leaves, and we’re here to help.

Spending your weekends blowing off your driveway or lawn, just to get a handle on the amount of leaves, is the last thing anyone wants to do. So consider hiring a professional to take care of it.

We’re here to advise you on the benefits of utilizing a professional service. The size of your lawn can be a strong determinate when it comes to deciding how best to take care of your lawn. Many people love to have beautiful big yards, but they don’t have the time to maintain. That is where we can help! So why should you pay for a lawn care company to help you maintain your yard?

 

Efficiency

When hiring a professional service you can count on the experts to treat this job seriously. Multiple people working on a large yard is simply faster than one person working alone. Professional companies also possess the type of equipment that can pick up even the smallest leaf particles from your yard, and collect them all in a space to be taken away. If you are blowing the leaves yourself, you then have to decide where to put them so that they are not in the way of your lawn in the future.

 

Leaves Are Bad

Excess leaves can effectively suffocate the grass growing underneath. Professionals agree that you should not leave leaves sitting on your lawn for too long, because you risk the grass dying. Being covered restricts plant access to sunlight and can cause molds or fungus to grow. Wet leaves can also attract pests like mosquitos. Lawns that receive TLC on a regular basis can bounce back from some of these occurrences, but you don’t want to test your lawn for too long. A lawn that is already suffering can be completely wiped out with the disregard for fallen leaves, which will cause much more work for you in the spring.


The cost of hiring a professional company varies based on the size of your lawn. When we give you a ballpark estimate, it is because of that variation. The biggest benefit of hiring a company is that the work is taken care of, while you enjoy doing literally anything else! To ensure a good looking lawn in the winter, you have to take care of it in the fall. The more you take care of it now, the less time you will have to spend reviving your lawn come spring when the ground begins to thaw! Referrals are the biggest compliment that you as our loyal customer can give us, so we ant to give back to you as well! Refer a friend to TPS Landscaping and receive 10% off your next leaf removal.

If you are an avid gardener then you already know that the end of spring and summer does not mark the end of prime gardening season. Plants that you should consider planting in the month of September include vegetables like Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage and Collards.

These plants will flourish in the fall. Don’t be alarmed if you see some vegetables on that list that you also planted for spring harvest, some produce is able to grow in the spring and in the fall weather. With a garden full of these crops you will have the perfect vegetables to create your best and favorite comfort foods as the weather begins to cool! Make sure that you are continuing to tend to your garden and watch out for pests, as they are still alive and well even as the weather cools.