It's mid-November and fall clean-up is in full swing. Below is a typical residential client example. A huge maple in front finished dropping its leafs ( leaf senescence). So I quickly cleaned it up and moved to the back.
There was more fun to be had in the back. Bramble encroaching from the back wild zone had to be pushed back and taken off cedar hedges.
No, it's not always beautiful work. Some projects are total grinds but this client had a real, I would say overdue, problem with encroaching bramble.
I grabbed a brush cutter attachment, safety hard hat with visor and headset attached, gloves, some gas and I went to work. An hour later it was all good.
All that's left to do is bedwork. Some minor hand pruning, evergreen shearing and leaf and weed removal. Then we'll have a happy client set for winter.
Also note that the lawns are clear of any crow damage. We applied nematodes this summer and, fingers crossed, the lawns will remain damage-free. The only bad news with nematodes is that they will have to be re-applied again next summer. But this particular client loves his lawn so there will be a fight.
This was my first nematode application and it was an important test. We know nematodes work. Especially in this setting. Large strata sites are more difficult to treat.
Once your fall clean up is completed you can look forward to next spring!
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLT