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The past few days have soaked the Montgomery County area. This large downfall has wrecked havoc with a recent clean up and mulching. Even though we made 4 inch edges around the beds the amount of water that fell carried the mulch out of the beds. Of course we returned as soon as the weather broke to rake up all the mulch and replaced it in the beds.

Other issues we have encountered are areas that have recently been seeded - the seed has been washed away. Or the ground becoming so soaked a tree fell over destroying a Japanese Maple. My ornamental grasses and many others through out the County have fallen under the heavy pounding. And the many calls of standing water and the request for solutions.

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Fall is for Pumpkins and Mums. Get those Mums in the ground now! Grab some from the nursery that are close to blooming and install them in front of any beds maybe add some pumpkins or gourds to brighten up your yard.


Ornamental Cabbage get more colorful the colder it gets and provide a visual appeal with its large exotic circular leaf structure. They are great as an edging plant or install them in a pot with pansies.



As for those pansies planting them now may very well reward you with pansies returning in the spring.

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Over-Seeding is broadcasting about a pound of seed per thousand square feet onto an already established lawn.

Golf courses over-seed in the Spring and Fall. You need only over-seed in the Fall to replace any grasses that have died over the year.

Nature does its own over-seeding at the end of summer when the grasses drop their seed. However your lawn is cut regularly so that the grasses do not go to seed. You must perform this renewal for your lawn or it will slowly depopulate.

Over seeding when done in conjuction with Aeration gives you the best results.

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Fertilizer Business Licenses are Required by Professionals under the law going into effect October 1, 2013. Seneca Gardens obtained its license and is in compliance with the regulations effecting everyone from farmers, municipalities, counties, commercial applicators, and home owners.

Soil Test are mandatory for the application of Phosphorus in the lawn. Retailers will need to ask for a copy of your soil test before they are allowed to sell you fertilizer with phosphorus. Lawn care companies will not be allowed to apply fertilizers with phosphorus with out a soil test.

How to take a soil sample.

Use Clean Sampling Equipment

Use a soil-sampling probe, an auger, a spade or shovel. Tools should be either stainless steel or chrome-plated. Do not use brass, bronze, or galvanized tools because they will contaminate samples with copper and/or zinc. If a shovel or a spade is used, dig a V-shaped hole to sample depth (4-6’’), then cut a thin slice as shown on the leftt. Mix soil cores for each sample in a clean, plastic bucket. If the bucket has been used to hold fertilizer or other chemicals, wash it thoroughly before using it for soil samples.

Sampling Area

Each sample should represent only one soil type or area—for example, a lawn, vegetable garden or perennially landscaped area. For each unique area, take at least six to eight samples. Place all the samples for one unique area in a plastic bucket and mix thoroughly. Use the mixture in the bucket to fill a soil sample bag about two-thirds full. Look for the fill line on the bag. If one area of your yard seems healthy and another has bare or yellow areas, sample healthy and unhealthy areas separately even if both are lawn grasses or flower gardens, etc.

We need to be responsible with our use of fertilizers both as a company and as a homeowner. By following the regulations of the State Law and the recommendations of the Maryland State University we can enjoy a healthy Chesapeake Bay.


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