Wrights’ Nursery & Landscaping: Fall’s Top Lawn Tasks

Since combining his degree in business with his lifelong love for horticulture, Chris Wrights has operated Wrights’ Nursery & Landscaping in his hometown of Clemmons, with such a personal touch that many of his clients are now friends.

“It’s always nice to go back for a visit and see a job once all the plants have matured,” says Chris.

For the past 15 years, he’s proven his commitment to every job—both large and small—by being personally on site throughout the process. Lucky for Chris, he’s combining two of his favorite things—spending time outdoors and working with his hands—to be able to enjoy his true passion every single day, while raising his own children right where he grew up.

With the onset of fall, Chris is eager to remind his regular clients and potential new clients (homeowners with yards in need of some tender loving care, take note!) of his Top Five To-Do List for the month of October.

  1. Plant those shrubs and trees you’ve been thinking about. While many people like to plant in the spring, fall is actually the ideal time. Fall planting is highly recommended, because as the top of the plant begins to go dormant, the root system continues to grow. Leaf function slows and stops as days grow shorter, even in evergreens. The plant’s roots, however, can now “concentrate” on growing, rather that supporting the moisture and other needs of the top part of the plant.
  2. Control those weeds! Although an obvious—and common—issue, if your lawn is being overtaken by pesky broadleaf weeds of crab grass, then early fall is the perfect time to apply an herbicide to kill them, in preparation for #3, aeration.
  3. Aerate and seed your lawn. As temperatures start to drop, and fall rains soften the soil, it’s the best time for aerating and seeding your lawn. Throughout the year, the soil becomes compacted and covered with thatch—a thick layer of roots, stems, and debris that blocks water, oxygen, and nutrients from reaching the soil. Using a core aerator to remove plugs of soil allows for significantly better seed growth, and for oxygen, water, and fertilizer to reach the grass roots. It is essential to do this every fall!
  4. Fertilize, fertilize, fertilize. As temperatures continue to fall, grass blades begin to grow more slowly, but the roots continue to grow rapidly. A fall application of fertilizer delivers essential nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots now, and to keep nutrients on reserve for a healthy start next spring.
  5. Leaf removal. After all, it’s fall, right? Once leaves start to fall it’s essential to blow or rake them off your lawn as often as possible. Leaves prevent sunlight from reaching your lawn, while also holding in moisture, which can do severe damage to the overall condition of your lawn.

For both commercial and residential customers, Chris has a keen eye for landscape design and can walk you through your vision for the perfect addition to your yard or office area. His services also include retaining walls and decorative stone walls, along with grass cutting, shrub pruning, pine needle and mulch spreading, leaf and debris pickup, and expert pesticide application. If you’ve been dreaming of redefining your outdoor living space, share your ideas with Chris and watch the plan to come to life!

To schedule a consultation, where estimates are always free, or discuss a creative landscaping project, you can reach Wrights’ Nursery & Landscaping at 336-978-0816, 2156 Lewisville-Clemmons Road, Clemmons, NC. Be sure to follow them on Facebook for news and specials, and online at wrightsnurseryandlandscaping.com.