Growing with You
Designing Sustainable Growth for a Changing Environment
September 2016 Newsletter

2877 T C Steele Rd, Nashville, IN 47448

It's the Time of the Season for Planting

Autumn is a great time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials. Give them a head start and find your landscape healthier and more established next summer. When selecting plants and deciding where to put them, keep the following requirements in mind.
  • Sun
  • Water
  • Soil
  • Climate
  • Eventual Size
  • Maintenance And Pruning

Healthy Landscapes are the Root of Happiness.

Healthy lawns and landscapes enrich the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
  • Healthy landscapes don't just play a protective role, they are also great providers, offering incredible health benefits to communities.
  • Neighborhoods that incorporate community green spaces have lower incidences of stress, have lower health care costs and have an improved quality of life.
  • Research shows that looking at plants and trees, even through a window, can reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
  • Walking in a natural environment with plants and trees has been shown to improve attention and memory.
  • Neighborhoods with tree lined streets and larger yards have reduced crime rates.

Snow Removal Services Available Now! Residential and Commercial.

September Lawn Tips

Autumn officially begins the 22nd and that means cooler temperatures, BBQ's, colorful foliage, and enjoying the outdoors. Now is the time to provide the essential maintenance to the cornerstone of your landscape, the lawn!  Aeration, over seeding, and applying herbicide can be incredibly beneficial to your lawn if done properly.
  • Over seeding should be done before the second week of October.
  • Aerate before over seeding.
  • If you are over seeding and applying herbicide, read the label of the herbicide!
    • Even if you are not over seeding, please read the label.

We discussed these topics in the May newsletter but here are some definitions again.

Over seeding: Applying more grass seed to an existing lawn, it's usually accompanied with aeration and is a common practice for golf courses.

Aeration:  Basically a process of poking a bunch of holes in your yard to alleviate soil compactness. These holes allow air and water to penetrate deeper into the soil providing a more suitable environment for your grass to grow. It should be considered if your lawn is heavily used, was established by sod, was newly established, dries out easily, or you just want it to look and feel it's best.

Slit Seeding: Often used to repair empty patches in lawns. A machine slices the ground then deposits seeds directly into the groves. This process increases seed to soil contact  increasing germination rates. A second pass is performed at a right angle to maximize coverage. Cover with a thin layer of top dressing and water for best results.

he world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May." - Edwin Way Teale  
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