Finally. We’ve finally gotten the regular, soaking rains we’ve been waiting for, for more than 2 months. Over the past several weeks, we’ve had several soaking, more than ½-1” rain events that have softened the earth, and returned lawns to the beautiful, lush, dark green we expect in this area at this time of the year. And, along with the regular rains, we’ve continued to have lovely, mild temperatures that are so needed for seed germination. We did have our first killing frost on October 19th, so we are officially into winter dormancy for trees, shrubs, perennials and other landscape plantings. Since the frost, overnight low temperatures were generally in the 40s and low 50s, allowing for several of our seed mix varieties to continue germinating nicely through October. At this point though, we recommend seeding with our EVERGREEN grass seed mixture only, with full seed germination anticipated through the end of November.
Because the lawns are growing so nicely now, we strongly encourage you all to continue mowing your lawns regularly. At the Lawn Depot and at my house, we’re still on a 5-day mowing cycle, and we’re mowing at 3 ¼”. It’s too soon to be dropping mowing decks to lower than 3”. They’re still growing too actively, and they look better at 3 ¼ – 3 ½”. Also, at this time of the year, the leaves are falling profusely, and we need regular mowing to chop up what has recently fallen.
Lawn Depot Turf Management has now begun its last regular, WINTERFEAST fertilizing application, which we expect will continue until around Thanksgiving. We’re also finishing up with late core aeration jobs, and finishing up with our late fall liming jobs. It has really been a terrific year for the Turf Management group, having completed more work over the fall season than ever before. We appreciate your tremendous loyalty and support, and we expect that 2020 will be better still. Any of you who would like to consider using our premium Turf Management service in 2020, whether for the full annual program or for special individual jobs (core aerating, liming, seeding, etc.), are encouraged to either give us a call (215-348-5553) or find us on the internet (www.lawndepotinc.com) and request an estimate. We’ll evaluate your lawn shortly and send out your 2020 Proposal shortly after the New Year. We look forward to communicating with you soon.
The Lawn Depot Garden Center will continue to be open (except on Thanksgiving) every day through November, Monday-Saturday 8-5, Sunday 9-3. The Garden Center is having an end of season sale in the Nursery Yard offering a generous 45% off of many lovely varieties of perennials and shrubs to be planted this fall for spring beauty. Come on in and take a look!
Inside the Garden Center you’ll find all the seed, fertilizer, lime and tools you need to tidy up and ready your lawn and landscapes for winter. We carry full lines of pest (deer, moles, voles, rabbits, etc.) repellent products, tree and shrub fertilizers, winter protection for vulnerable trees and shrubs, and a great selection wild bird supplies. Plus a few fun things like Bedrock Tree Farm Fir Needle Candles and Karma Cure soaps and lotions, just the thing for dry hardworking hands! And don’t forget a Lawn Depot Gift Card makes an excellent gift this holiday season!
This will be our last Newsletter for 2019. It has been another fun year for us, because we still have the best customers anywhere. For 45 years now we’ve enjoyed knowing and doing business with the people of Central Bucks and surrounding towns, and I can still say I love hanging out and visiting with long-loyal customers and friends at the store. Our staff, both Store and Turf Management appreciate your friendship and loyalty, and look forward to seeing you all both between now and the end of the gardening year and again in 2020. Thanks, and Happy Holidays to all.