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OCCASIONAL NEWSLETTER of Wetter Landscaping



Wetter Landscaping, Inc., 2110 Wentz Church, Lansdale, PA 19446 • Email: wetterlandscaping@gmail.com • Phone: 215-661-1966

Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: CLOSED

PA Licensed Contractor #059812



Fall 2017

Nothing But Upsides to Fall Aeration and Seeding



2110 Wentz Church Road

Lansdale, PA 19446

Email: wetterlandscaping@gmail.com • Phone: 215-661-1966

Business Hours:

Monday - Friday:

8:00 am - 5:30 pm,

Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: CLOSED

PA Licensed Contractor #059812




Hurry to get on our fall leaf cleanup schedule


AND for help with your fall planting projects.


We have mums, cabbage,  pansies and violas.


Call Wetter Landscaping Today!!

215-661-1966


There are two obvious choices when it comes to doing your fall leaf clean-up: do it yourself or hire a professional. Wetter Landscaping provides this service and we take great pains to make sure we do it for you as efficiently as possible to keep costs down. We'll provide a free estimate based on your property and nature of the clean-up.

     Many people don't realize that a fall leaf cleanup isn't necessarily a once-a-season task.  It depends on the length of the fall season and the degree of neat and tidy you want on your property. Adjoining property owners may not have a similar philosophy as yours and their leaves can end up on your property adding to the job.

     The good news is that do-it-yourself leaf removal doesn't have to be a blister-inducing, exhausting project. With the right tools, leaves can be gone before Sunday afternoon kick-off time.


Doing it yourself? Tips for making it easier


     Come this time of year, drop your lawnmower settings down as low as it'll go without scalping the turf. Short grass gives leaves less to get caught on as they drift around the neighborhood. It also means the mower will vaporize any leaves that have already fallen.

     You can also purchase a mulching mower—the kind without a bag that pulverizes clippings and drops them back into the turf to feed it. If you're going to use a leaf blower stay away from the wimpy types  that can barely blow out a candle. The typical plug-in version usually isn't powerful enough to do the job efficiently. Invest a few extra bucks and get one that can handle the job properly.

     Use a large tarp to move large leaf piles to either the curb for pick-up or the woods. Even better are leaf haulers which usually have sidewalls to keep the leaves corralled. They are not expensive and can save a lot of aggravation.

     If you must pack your leaves into brown paper bags for municipal curb pickup, check out the Leaf Chute ($9 at Lowe's or Home Depot). It's a low-tech, three-sided plastic tube that props open the empty bag and has a wide mouth for easy loading. Once the bag is full enough to stand on its own, remove the chute and pack in as many more leaves as you can stamp down.

     We all think about just letting nature take its course when it comes to fall leaf cleanup. Before choosing to just let things take care of themselves, remember that excess leaves on the lawn blocks sunlight and reduces water evaporation, which can cause fungus, mold and disease. If leaves get too thick, they can cause stress to a lawn and require re-seeding or even worse for your lawn, Wet, decomposing leaves can also be a breeding ground for mosquitoes so weigh the risks before choosing to cross a fall leaf cleanup off your list.

     Cleaning up your fall leaves can be a relatively simple project when you choose to work smarter, not harder.





Winterizing your irrigation system

Without proper preparation your sprinkler system might be damaged by freezing temperatures. Here are some tips from Rain Bird on how to prepare your irrigation system for winter conditions.


1. Insulate your assets:  Shut off the water supply to the irrigation system. The main shut off valve for your irrigation system needs to be protected against freezing. Make sure it is wrapped with insulation (foam insulation tape and a plastic bag) to protect it from harsh winter temperatures and prevent it from freezing. If you do not have a main shut off valve, you might consider installing one as a preventative investment. Also, any above ground piping needs to be insulated. Self-sticking foam-insulating tape or foam insulating tubes commonly found at home supply stores are fine.


2. Stay in control: If you have an automatic system then you will need to "shut down" the controller (timer). Most controllers have a "rain-mode" which simply shuts off the signals to the valves. The controller continues to keep time, the programming information isn't lost (start times, valve run times, etc.) and the clock continues to run throughout the winter. The only change is that the valves will not activate. If your controller is responsible for activating a pump, as a precaution you should remove the wires that are connected to the MV (Master Valve) and common terminals. This will prevent the possibility of the pump being accidentally activated which could cause damage from overheating. An alternative to using the rain mode is simply to shut off the power to the controller. If you do, you'll need to reprogram the time and potentially all your other settings as well, in the spring.


3. Drain the pipes: Now you need to remove the water from the pipes and sprinklers so that it won't freeze/expand and break the pipe. There are several ways to drain your pipes: a manual drain valve, an automatic drain valve or the compressed air blow-out method. However, since there could be potential safety risks we recommend contacting Wetter Landscaping as we offer sprinkler winterization services this time of year for many of our customers.


4. Protect valves and backflow preventers: Insulate backflow preventers and valves if they are above ground. You can also use insulation tape for this. Be sure not to block the air vents and drain outlets on backflow preventers.


Reprinted from RainBird

Nothing But Upsides to Fall Aeration and Seeding

Fall Clean-Up:

Why Do it?


Aerating and seeding in the fall season is one of the most important aspects of year-round maintenance for your lawn and property. Although they can be done separately, it is typically best to consider both aeration and seeding services together, as your lawn is most viable for seed growth right after aeration is completed


Aeration Benefits


Aeration is a pretty big deal in the lawn-care world, and you probably have seen the after-effects, even if you did not realize that it was called aeration. Aeration is the process through which air is circulated through, mixed with or dissolved in a liquid or a substance. The technical definition is a bit complicated, so to simplify with respect to lawn care: aeration is the process through which soil is either pounded down with spikes, or removed as core samples. In both cases the effect is the same, i.e., pockets appear where air can enter the soil more easily. Experts recommend aerating twice a year, once in spring (March-May), and once in fall (August-November). If you missed the first season, then don't stress! Just make sure to get the fall aeration done to ensure a healthy lawn throughout the winter.


The benefits of aeration compared to the time and money you may invest to accomplish the task are overwhelming. Aeration offers some of the most easily recognizable, and quickest results of any lawn maintenance operation. and below is a list of just seven of the benefits of aeration:


     1.     Water and Fertilizer can be used more efficiently by your lawn

     2.     Thatch will be minimized

     3.     Grass roots can grow deeper and healthier

     4.     Soil compaction is reduced

     5.     Improved lawn health

     6.     Improved lawn appearance

     7.     Ability of lawn to withstand more activity


Year-Long Beauty


Items 2 and 7 on the list, cannot be overstated enough. Thatch is a layer of dead, mostly plant tissue that protects lawns by regulating temperature. Too much thatch however, can limit soil oxygenation and watering effectiveness! Giving your lawn a good once-over with a rake can prevent some of the negative side-effects of thatch, but to truly make sure your lawn is great, aeration is necessary. Number 7 is especially important for people who like to gather outside. Anyone who has ever had a bonfire, or a party outdoors, knows that the lawn looks beaten down the next day. Aeration prevents soil from compacting under heavy strain, and also allows your grass to return more quickly to its natural state, minimizing the chance for damage.


Aeration and Grass Growth


“So what does this mean for grass growth?” You might ask. The answer is two-fold. When aeration is performed alone, the existing grass gains deeper roots, but this can lead to spotty grass due to over-competition for nutrients. To truly capitalize on your newly aerated lawn, over-seeding must be performed, and now is the perfect time to do it! Over-seeding is the process in which more grass seed than needed is laid down to increase the chance of seed germination. The whole process takes about 8-10 weeks, hence why we recommend doing it now, and almost always leads to a healthier and denser lawn. Putting down lots of grass seed also ensures that your existing grass does not grow its roots too long, which is also why we recommend performing over-seeding as soon as possible after aeration.


We hope that this summary has been helpful. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an aeration and seeding, or any other lawn care service, call us during business hours. Wetter's team of trained professionals will ensure that your lawn is the health, happy, and beautiful.