It's early October but there is still some colour left in our West Coast landscapes. It warmed me up just to be able to shoot these photos. What colour remains in your gardens?
Fall is a great time to renovate your lawn. It's still warm enough for seed to germinate, assuming you use good quality seed. Some fast-germinating seed mixes germinate in seven days.
Why renovate your lawn? One idea is to repair dog-damaged lawn areas. Unfortunately, the family dog is very likely to abuse your lawn again. Grass can't handle the daily urine assault and burns. Unless you water the dog spot religiously. In practice this happens very rarely. People are just too busy.
But hey, why not try. Put down a thin layer of good soil. Something like turf mix. Rake it over to even it or roll it. Then overseed and water. You should have germination in 7-14 days.
Below is one home owner's renovation. Note how the new soil doesn't smother the existing turf islands. New soil is nicely raked in.
I argue in my latest blog post that the landscape industry is perfect for side hustlers. Follow my link here. If you're thinking about your own side-hustle, read Chris Guillebeau's new book "Side hustle".
If you need help from a side-hustler, please contact me through this website. I'd be happy to provide you with a free quote.
As fall arrives we see our landscapes fading slowly. I still found some colour. Budleja, Rosa rugose, Anemones, and second-bloom Spireas still offer some colour to look at.
Common tasks in the garden will include leaf clean-up and perennial cut-back. Red maples (Acer rubrum) will soon put on a show; Hosta flower spikes can be cut back, and once your ornamental grasses start to flop and fall down you can consider taking them down to a low mound. But don't rush, if your grasses are still standing, leave them alone.
What are you doing in your garden this fall? Please post your comments.
Here is a great article from the Washington Post. There are many lessons in it. For example don't go too deep on mulch. And not all mulch materials are good. Read the story to find out what rocks.
Americans love mulch — and many of us are misusing it
My latest blog is about working with millennials. The kid who inspired my blog is 17 so he was born when I started landscaping. You can follow this link to my blog site.
We broke the dude in 2.5 days with labour and a cell phone ban. Finding good workers who can live without their cell phones for a few hours might be challenging in the future. But I still maintain that landscape horticulture is a rewarding field.
Fall is coming so let's review some late summer colour shots. Hibiscus syriacus are great right now and Rudbeckias are fading. And when that happens you know summer is close to done. The list below shows Anemones, Liriope muscari, Rudbeckia and Hydrangeas. What colour is hanging on in your garden?
This is a great story. A woman builds a six-figure online business based on succulents. Welcome to the digital age. The lady is my hero since I'm also growing my West Coast Landscape Professional blog www.vassladek.com.
You can read my blog post about the succulents here.
Below is a link to my latest blog. It deals with a common question. What if I want to get rid of my lawn? How do I do it here on the West Coast?
Well, it turns out that Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott has already published a blog on this topic. She shows us the steps and forces us to conclude that killing our lawn is actually very easy. Good luck!
You can read my blog here.
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLT
Red Seal Journeyman Landscape Horticulturist and ISA certified arborist