Great care is taken when deciding which trees to plant where in a landscaping plan. But just as much care needs to be taken after planting to maintain a healthy root system – which can enhance the tree’s natural ability to absorb oxygen, water and nutrients. There are different kinds of tree roots. Absorptive roots are responsible for water and nutrient uptake from the soil. Transport roots act as the “pipes” that connect the absorptive roots to the main or pioneer roots. Absorptive roots are usually located within the top 6 to 15 inches of soil. That’s where we concentrate the water and nutrients we apply.
During dry months, mature trees need to be watered deeply. But it’s important to let the soil dry for several days between watering so that the oxygen can make its way to the roots. Spreading mulch underneath the tree can protect the roots and provide extra water and nutrients. Large roots anchor the trees to the ground and protect it in stormy weather. Though some tree roots are visible, we do not recommend cutting them. This can cause stress to the tree and leave it vulnerable to disease or insects.
What it is: pH is simply a measure of how acid or alkaline a substance is. As it refers to soil, pH makes all the difference as to how easily plants can get the nourishment they need. When soil pH is too low, the turf chemicals won’t work at maximum capability. Fertilizer being applied to the turf may only work at 50% or less depending upon the severity of the pH levels.
Technically speaking, the acidity or alkalinity of the soil is measured by pH (Potential Hydrogen ions). It measures the amount of lime (calcium) contained in the soil. The pH scale most commonly used ranges from 0 to 14. The higher the number, the higher the alkaline. A rating of 7.0 is considered neutral. Lime is usually added to soils to increase soil pH. It also adds calcium and magnesium to the soil. Once soil pH levels have been regulated, lime application will only be necessary every 3 years or so.
Poor pH levels can cause bigger weed problems in the turf, reduce the turf’s ability to fight against disease, cause an increase in time needed to recover from stresses caused by drought and reduce overall turf quality. You’ll be spending more money and getting fewer positive results.
Soil tests can be taken at any time of the year. But should be conducted at once if you notice plants or turf in one section of your landscape not faring well.
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Autumn Hill Landscape Management is seeking experienced and qualified snow removal sub-contractors to join our service network for the upcoming 2016/2017 Winter season. Service areas include FULL removal operations to HOA, Condo/Townhome developments and corporate centers throughout Bucks, Montgomery and Chester Counties.
Qualified applicants must be dependable and available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day during the winter season, NO EXCEPTIONS. We are looking for subcontractors with: -Hand crews for shoveling sidewalks and applying ice melt -Plow Trucks -Skid Steers -Backhoes
We REQUIRE liability and auto insurance with certificates on file during sub-contract.
ALL personnel must be able to accurately complete and submit job tickets and timesheets during and immediately after any service in order to be paid. We pay well and we pay on time but this is NOT casual snow removal. Hours can be long and excessive depending on any given storm and its severity. Therefore, ONLY EXPERIENCED AND RELIABLE COMMERCIAL SNOW REMOVAL CONTRACTORS will be considered. This is a GREAT opportunity to earn a significant amount of money over a 3-4 month period!
For immediate consideration and information on rates and agreements, please contact:
Keith Klaassen, Vice President
Autumn Hill Landscape Management
Overseeding is the practice of putting down seed and fresh soil over areas of existing grass to make your property’s grass grow stronger, thicker and fuller. It helps fill in bald spots and areas that need extra attention.
The time to overseed in the Northeast is now –mid-August to mid-September.
At this time the ground is still warm, which will cause the seeds to germinate quicker. As the air cools in September, the young grass will thrive; having several months to grow strong before freezing temperatures arrive.
Overseeding a lawn is the easiest way to maintain the lush look of your landscaping. At Autumn Hill, we carefully aerate your lawn before overseeding to allow nutrients and grass seed to fully penetrate the soil. By doing this, we give your grass a head start for the spring.
Have questions about how overseeding can help your landscaping? Give us a call.
To avoid serious drainage issues, and to ensure that your retention pond is functioning properly, we recommend regular maintenance by experienced professionals. There are often state and local regulations that must be adhered to when dealing with wet ponds/storm water basins.
These ponds provide two key services to the environment. First, they assist with flood management. And secondly, by improving water quality. It is estimated that a properly functioning retention pond can remove up to 80% of certain pollutants, chemicals and debris from the water before it enters nearby streams, and eventually, the water supply.
Regular inspections for pests and erosion are recommended. Buffer areas must be mowed regularly. Sedimentation, debris and excess algae should be removed periodically.
Regular treatments with aquatic algaecides and dyes may be necessary for maintaining a healthy detention or retention pond. As algae blooms and dies off, it sinks to the bottom of the pond and builds up as decomposing organic muck. This muck increases nitrogen levels in the pond and increases the likelihood of more algae blooms.
Sun light causes much of the algae on the pond floor to grown and flourish. Aquatic dyes help reduce UV light in the water and aid in the prevention of algae.
Breaking this cycle and preventing algae blooms is key to a healthy pond.
At Autumn Hill, our experts are trained to maintain your retention ponds to avoid serious erosion and drainage issues.
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Bare patches on your lawn could be caused by drought or lack of fertilizer. But it also could be grubs. Grubs aren’t just ugly to look at – they can damage or devastate your lawn quickly.
Lawn grubs are small, worm-looking larvae growing in soil. Because grubs live and grown underground, you often don’t know you have a problem until it’s too late. One way to tell – if you see flocks of birds feeding on your bare patches of lawn. The eggs live in the soil, hatching into white grubs in early spring. During this period, they are feeding on your grass roots. In summer, the adults appear. They then mate, and start the process all over again, laying eggs in the soil.
In our area, the most common type of grubs hatch into Japanese beetles. Grubs attack your lawn, but the adults eat ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers. Beetles are most apparent during June and the first two weeks of July. Most of the damage they do occurs in August early September.
The best way to control Japanese beetles and prevent major damage to your lawn and landscaping is to proactively guard against them. We recommend preventative treatments applied now.
By treating your lawn now, we can prevent grub damage this fall and the following spring.
We also offer a program to trap and kill Japanese beetles, for those who currently have an infestation problem.
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Traditionally, 25th anniversaries are called “silver.” But for one Bucks County-based company, the only color that counts is “green” – as in beautiful green lawns, trees and more. Autumn Hill Landscape Management has been providing imaginative, cost-effective landscaping and ground maintenance services to companies and residential developments throughout the tri-state area since 1991.
Appropriately, 1991 was the year the Energizer bunny was introduced. And, like that famous rabbit, Autumn Hill keeps on going and going. Started by Chuck Mohn and his brother Steve, the company is named for a Lancaster County farm that Steve once owned. Their original plan was to focus their landscaping business in the areas near Steve’s farm. But as more work came from Bucks County, Chuck bought out his brother’s share of the company and became sole owner of the young – but thriving – Autumn Hill.
The first year of business, the company mainly did residential work – landscaping, mowing, tree removals and pruning. In 1992, they received their first commercial customer – a 96-acre community in Elkins Park. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Autumn Hill team of experienced, professional, uniformed employees provides such diverse services as mowing, pruning and mulch installation to wetlands reclamation, custom hardscaping and irrigation systems. A full list of their services can be found on their website.
A lot has changed in 25 years of landscaping. Mohn says that Home Owner Associations and Community Parks have been turning from big national companies to smaller, local companies such as Autumn Hill to handle their landscaping needs.
Autumn Hill has earned a solid reputation as a reliable, dependable company offering superior customer service and satisfaction. They pride themselves on keeping the lines of communication open – and also offer 24-hour emergency service. These are just a few of the reasons why they have such a high client retention rate, and why so much of their business comes from referrals.
To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Autumn Hill has updated their logo, colors and website. Give them a call 215-497-9577 (toll-free: 888.416.8524).
By Kate Galbraith
Published: June 12, 2011
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