October was just what we needed, a wet one, 8.83” of rain (187% of average) and temperatures averaged a balmy 9 degrees a day above average. Here it is November 7th and we have yet to have a killing freeze, making this one of the longest growing seasons I can remember. One example, my roses are still happy, they are still blooming away (over 24 flowers still on them) they are looking like it is July. Though looking at the forecast their season is about to end later this week. The winter forecast calls for average precipitation (lets hope that is the case) and above normal temperatures. For those of you buying live Christmas trees, Balsam fir are the most fragrant, Frazier fir hold their needles the longest and Douglas fir has a fragrance that is slightly citrus. Enjoy our cold season!
As winter approaches, here are some things to consider for your property:
- Don’t put your pots away! Have your entryway look spectacular this holiday season (winterberry, variegated boxwood, magnolia, birchwood, holly, incensed cedar, eucalyptus, juniper and other branches etc.). You can have them look great for the whole holiday season and beyond. Many of last years containers still looked great when we did the spring clean up this year. Doing containers is how I started in the industry and I love doing them for you!
- Protect evergreen shrubs and conifers from being eaten by deer, using sprays or netting.
- Have your house be festive all winter long with outside holiday decorations.
- Mulch to protect the roots of trees and shrubs from cold and or dry weather
- Tie branches (i.e. arborvitae, boxwood) to prevent branches from breaking under snow weight
- Spray an anti-desiccant on your evergreens to prevent winter-kill of their branches.
- Fertilize your spring bulbs so they all come up beautiful next year, you can still plant them too. Using the right Bulbs can also be a great way to keep critters out of your garden.
- Let us chip your woodpile for you and use the wood chips to suppress weeds and later on to feed your soil.
- We can shred your leaves and turn them into mulch for you. Why pay to have them hauled away or dragged to the edges of your property.
- Final clean up of leaves and debris, gutters too. Put critter repellant where necessary, especially for voles and rabbits.
- Cut down invasives or bramble (i.e. bittersweet) off trees and shrubs to prevent snow & ice load damage and for invasive control. Stake young trees so they do not fall over.
Policy Notes: When we do your fall leaf cleanup, our practice is to not blow mulch out of your beds (so it is there to protect plant material roots from freezing). That means that we may leave some leaves in those areas until spring when we do a full clean up. Near high profile areas, entrances etc., we will do a more thorough round up of leaves. If you have any questions or adjustments you would like to make, please let me know.
To lower our emissions we now have battery-operated blowers and weed trimmers to go along with our gas powered machines. Depending on the size of the job, we use what we think will give you the best value. As of now the battery powered machines are about 70-80% as powerful as the gas machines. If you have a particular request which to use please let us know.
Please contact me if you have any questions or if you are interested in using my services at 978.274.5633.
Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!!! Thank you for your business and for your trust.
Sophia Update: One of our fall highlights is the haunted house that we do here at New View in west Acton. This year Sophia was a ghoul hanging from the ceiling scaring us all. Horses continue to be a love of hers and her major school project this year will be on mustangs. Sophia is now the same height as Jen. Sophia just about daily measures herself in anticipation of the day she can say she is taller than her mother! Literally growing up.
Some Poems for the soul and the season. .
does not have to do anything
to be of service,
it only has to be a flower.
That is enough.
A human being,
a true human being,
to make the whole world rejoice
Thich Nhat Hanh
The snow began slowly,
a soft and easy sprinkling
then clouds of flakes
in the baskets of the wind
and the branches of the trees –
oh, so pretty.
through the growing stillness,
as the flakes
prickled the path,
then covered it,
as in curds and drifts,
as the wind grew stronger,
shaping its work less delicately,
taking greater steps
over the hills
and through the trees
until, finally, we were cold,
and far from home.
We turned and followed our long shadows back to the house,
stamped our feet,
went inside, and shut the door.
Through the window we could see
how far away it was to the gates of April.
Let the fire now put on its red hat and sing to us.
Now through the white orchard my little dog
romps, breaking the new snow
with wild feet.
Running here running there, excited,
hardly able to stop, he leaps, he spins
until the white snow is written upon
in large, exuberant letters,
a long sentence, expressing
the pleasures of the body in this world.
Oh, I could not have said it better myself.