Is Your HOA Landscaping Ready for Colder Weather?

If you run an HOA for the residents in the Medford, Oregon area this fall, you may want to consider having your community ready for cold weather as soon as possible.  If the HOA cares for the lawns, trees, or plants in front of homes or a central building, then there may be a big list of things to get done before winter.

Trees

Trees may need pruning services and to have mulch put around them to keep water around the roots as much as possible throughout the winter months. 

Leaves

You may already have leaves falling.  Gathering the leaves is essential so that they don’t become a problem when they get wet.  Leaving leaves on the ground can cause people to slip and fall and may sometimes cause problems for the grass and soil that it covers.  It is best to have leaves removed from the property, and it also looks more managed.

Fertilizing

If the plants, yards, or grounds need to be fertilized this fall, then we can help you get the grass fertilized and ready for good spring growth.

Trash and Debris

The fall months can mean that trash blows around the community more often.  We can help you gather the garbage when we are in the area taking care of your HOA landscaping needs. 

Prune Shrubs

Some shrubs may need a trim to make sure they stay healthy and grow better in the spring.  Any plants that look overgrown or unhealthy should have pruning services so they look good and can withstand the colder temperatures better.

Planting

If new trees are going into the landscaping in your community.  Fall is the time to get them in the ground.  Then, they will grow with the other trees in the spring, so the growth is natural.

Irrigation

If you aren’t going to use the sprinkler system during the winter.  Fall is the time to have it shut off and repaired if needed. 

Bumgardners Landscape is ready with a qualified team to help get your HOA prepared for the coldest months of the year!

Fall Landscaping Checklist for Your Commercial Location in Medford, OR

During the fall months, landscaping can become much more work than in the summer.  Everything at your commercial location should still look presentable even though the plants are all starting to change, which makes landscaping a bit more challenging.  Consider seasonal help to get through your checklist faster, so that you are ready for the coldest months of the year.

  1. Aeration and fertilization are essential if you have soil that is compact or grass that needs a little extra boost for spring.  Fertilizer also helps turf withstand the colder months.
  2. Making sure that fallen leaves are gathered on your commercial property can be a full-time job in the fall.  The clean-up efforts are important if leaves cover your sidewalks and cause a hazard.
  3. Pruning is essential for many plants and trees.  Cutting back the dead or overgrowth will help them look great when they start to grow again.
  4. If you want to plant new things in your commercial landscaping, then fall is the best time to plant.  Then, everything can grow together in the spring months.
  5. Fall is also the best time to plant tree seeds and late-flowering plants or shrubs.
  6. If you need to mulch to insulate plants from the cold, then fall is the best time to do so. 
  7. Container plants should be brought indoors or replanted in the spring, as they will start to die in the fall weather and look bad in your landscaping.
  8. Consider seeding the lawn at your business if you want the grass to be healthier next spring.  Spreading a layer of seed, or over-seeding will help you have a lush lawn.
  9. Fall is also an excellent time to have your sprinkler systems serviced and turned off if you no longer need it.
  10. You may have trash or debris that blows around more often because of the wind in the fall.  Consider a daily schedule to keep the property as clean as possible.

If you need help tackling your fall checklist at your commercial location in Medford, Bumgardners Landscape can make sure your business is presentable and well-cared for all year.

Plant Your Trees and Shrubs this Fall

Fall is an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs for your landscape.  If your home in Medford, Oregon, needs an updated landscape next year, consider planting in the fall so everything will grow together in the spring. 

You may want to start a shade tree, plant some fruit trees, or put up privacy hedges.  All these plants do well when they are installed and cared for in the fall months.  Planting them in the fall will also increase root growth and allow the plant to thrive in the spring.

The Right Soil

If you start with a plant in a container, make sure the plant is watered and wet down to the root ball.  Soak the plant several hours before transferring it to the ground.  A good mixture of soil for backfill is 30 percent compost and 70 percent of the soil in your yard.  This gives your plant a vibrant mix of soil to start the root growing process.

Digging

Your utility companies can tell you where it is safe to dig in your yard.  If you know you have underground lines, contact the right people, and get a map of where the lines are on your property.

Dig the hole up to a foot deeper and one or two feet wider than the root ball.  Mix the compost with the soil in the ground.  Use a shovel or spade to mix.  Then add water a few times and let it drain out.   Repeat this step a few times until you have a good mixture of compost and native soil.

Planting

Take your plant out of the container it came in and break up the root ball a little bit.  The root system shouldn’t be matted tightly.

Add some backfill to the bottom of the hole and then place the plant on top of it.  Fill in the hole with backfill until it is mounded on top of the level ground. 

If you need assistance installing shrubs and trees into your landscaping, the professionals at Bumgardners Landscape can have everything installed fast, so you can focus on enjoying your yard!

A Checklist for Fall Lawn Care

Many people think that fall means that they can spend less time caring for their lawn.  You may spend less time mowing or watering, but there are other things you should do to ready your lawn for the different seasons. 

Mowing and Watering

It is essential that you mow and water your lawn as needed.  Your mower should be at the lowest setting during your last few cuts of the season. 

Water your grass and other plants as needed throughout the fall months. 

Aerate

Aerating your lawn in the fall will allow it to be healthier.  Aerating allows oxygen, water, and fertilizer to reach the roots of your yard.  You can aerate your lawn yourself or hire a professional to aerate and fertilize in the fall.

Rake the Leaves on Your Lawn

Some people won’t clean up leaves that fall throughout the season.  It is best to rake them as they fall because they will get wet and then cause fungal diseases.  The soggier the leaves in your lawn get, the more damage they can do to your yard.

Fertilize Your Lawn

Fertilizing your lawn helps your grass remain healthy throughout the winter.  If you do fertilize, the later fall months are an ideal time of year.

Fill in Holes

If you have holes or bare spots in your yard, then you should fill them in during the fall months.  Mulch, grass seed, and fertilizer mixed will create a way to speed up the growing process, so you don’t have bare spots any longer.  This mixture will stick throughout the year and come back as lush grass in the spring. 

Weeds

Taking care of weeds in the fall months will lessen the likelihood that they will return in the fall.  If you have a big weed problem, we can help you control the weeds in your lawn and landscaping this fall, so your yard is easier to manage when it grows back.

If you don’t have time to prepare your lawn for the colder months in the Medford, Oregon area, Bumgardners Landscape can assist you with getting it ready!

Choosing the Right Decorative Rocks for Your Landscaping Project

Using rock in landscaping is a growing trend in Medford, OR.  They are popular because they help conserve water and even allow more water to saturate plants in the landscaping for longer during hot months.  There are many types of decorative landscaping rocks.  Each type of rock has a great color and adds to the beauty of a garden or landscaped yard, but they all also serve different purposes in landscaping.

River Rock

River rock is colorful!  You will see colors like brown, red, white, black, and grey.  Using river rock in larger beds helps keep them bright and looking more colorful than other rocks.  They are best used for big areas because they are larger, flatter, and more colorful than the other types of decorative rocks.

Chipped Rock

Chipped rock is around the same size as river rock, and it is pieces of larger rocks that are chipped into pieces.  They are not a smooth landscaping rock.  Chipped rock is usually just one color, and the most popular color is white.  These rocks look good in a flower bed or around a pool.  If you have a potted garden, chipped rocks are also good for this type of garden.

Lava Rock

Little pieces of lava are red and typically used for accenting areas of landscaping that would otherwise be bare.  They are great for large and small areas, but they are not smooth, so people shouldn’t walk barefoot on them!

Flagstone

Flagstone is a great stone to use for steppingstones or building paths throughout your landscaping.  Flagstone looks natural and tends to flow with other rocks in your landscaping.  While this rock is not something that replaces a mulch or other filler for landscaping, it is a great type of rock to use in areas that you need places to step or as a border around beds.

If you need help coming up with a plan for your landscaping this summer, Bumgardners Landscape in Medford can help you decide on the rocks and plants that right for your yard or property.