It’s Time to Get Your Fall On!

Quite often in previous September Newsletters, I’ve referred positively to the effects of recent “near miss” hurricanes and named tropical storms and how they have helped bring us the favorable fall growing conditions that we so need to help lawns and landscapes recover from the ravages of hot, dry summers.  Now, I’m no meteorologist, but I have spent many years trying to advise and otherwise help homeowners grow, maintain, and upgrade their lawns.  During the summer months, the prevailing winds in this region come west to east; they bring hot and dry air to those of us along the Eastern U. S.  This weather is great for outdoor activities and vacations, but it can be devastating to lawns, particularly those comprised of cool season grasses (the ones we all have in our lawns).  Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, that will all have changed and we’ll be having the plentiful and regular rainfall we need for our lawns and landscapes.

 September is, without argument, the prime month of the prime season for starting, upgrading, repairing or just maintaining lawns.  We return to cooler nights, which benefit cool season grasses to germinate, establish, and/or recover from the summer.  We get more regular rainfall, which softens the earth and gives us the heavy morning dews that both new and established grasses thrive on.  And it gives us more moderate daytime high temperatures, which allows new and existing grasses to thicken, return to the deep green color we love so much, and begin to produce deeper and denser root systems.  This is why we love the fall.

 Lawn Depot Turf Management is well into our early fall activities, both regular applications and special jobs.  Obviously, we too have been hampered by the continued summer-like weather, but we’ve been able to proceed carefully with the work, knowing that when the rains come and the temperatures cool, the applications will be properly effective.  We’re still adding new customers for both regular applications (fertilizing and weed control) or special jobs (core aeration, seeding, grub control, liming).  If you’re interested in a quote, look us up on the web ( and select “Request an Estimate” or call us at 215-348-5553.  We’re doing estimates 6 days a week now, and will respond to your request with a visit within several days, measure and evaluate your lawn, and email you an estimate.  We’re busy every fall because of the clearly defined weather conditions and how long they last; this year this situation is exacerbated by the slow start of ideal conditions.  We will do our best to accommodate all of you who elect to use our high-quality services.

 Lawn Depot Garden Center is open every day (Mon. -Fri. 8-6, Sat. 8-5, Sun. 9-3), and will continue with this schedule through the end of Daylight Savings Time (Nov. 6), after which we’ll close weekdays at 5.  We’ve got all the products and tools you’ll need in the store for fixing up or upgrading your lawns, controlling your weeds, and feeding all your landscape plantings.  In the Nursery Yard we’re fully loaded with all the beautiful perennials you’ll want to enhance your landscapes, with hundreds of mums and fall-blooming asters in bloom and bud for lasting beautiful fall color.  And, as usual, both in the store and Nursery Yard, we’ve got the friendly, knowledgeable staff to help you succeed with whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish in your yards this fall.  Come in or give us a call; do it often.    We’re looking forward to helping all of you as you proceed with your yardly ventures this fall.

                                                                                                                Bob Button

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