Late Fall 2018 News Letter

Late Fall Newsletter

We wanted to contact you before we started our Late Fall Service. The record rainfall, high temperatures, high humidity and the lack of sunny days prevented the grass from producing chlorophyll in September and early October.  These conditions caused damaged areas on the lawns.  Therefore, besides applying lime, fertilizer and weed control which we normally apply in the Late Fall Service, we will continue to repair the areas of the lawns, that have not recovered, for as long as the weather permits.

To assist in your lawn’s recovery this Fall, please try to remove the heavy leaves that fall on your lawn as quickly as possible.  Leaves that are left on the turf block the sunlight so the grass cannot produce chlorophyll.  This was the same problem that occurred in September and early October.  Since Winter doesn’t begin until December 21st, there is still time for your lawn and landscape to recover this season.

Leaf Removal

The easiest and safest way of removing leaves from your lawn is to remove them with a lawn mower bag while cutting. For heavier amounts of leaves, raking is not a problem on established turf.  Please note on newly-seeded, shady or shallow-rooted areas, heavy raking may be damaging to the lawn.  A suggestion might be to either rake these areas lightly or (if you have one) to use a leaf blower that would remove the leaves off the weak areas onto established turf, driveway, street or sidewalk where they can be raked into bags. It is important that you continue to remove the leaves from your lawn as long as they continue to fall, especially where they can create a problem.  This means raking and clearing right into December and January.  Leaves left on the lawn cause dead areas and other problems.

            If you need any assistance in leaf removal, please contact us early and we will make arrangements for a cleanup.

Mowing Procedures

  1. Use a sharp blade.
  2. Mow with regularity, although you may only need to mow your lawn every 10 to 14 days, but do not wait any longer than that.
  3. Due to the arrival of cooler temperatures and the fact that it is easier to clean up your leaves, you may lower your mowing height to 3 inches at this time; however, please    never lower your mowing height below the 3-inch mowing height.
  4. Continue to recycle or mulch clippings, until such time as the leaves start to fall heavily. At that time, we would recommend bagging the clippings, which will remove the leaves          at the same time.
  5. Alternate mowing directions.
  6. Mow when lawn is completely dry.
  7. Mow the lawn for as long as necessary, especially as the grass continues growing into late November and early December.  It is not healthy for your lawn blades to be very high          and bending over.  In addition, at the regular cutting height, blowing leaves are less likely    to get caught in the grass.

Watering Requirements

After your lawn service is completed, give your lawn a good soaking to water the products into the soil.      If it is too cold to water your lawn after your service, it is advisable to delay cutting your lawn or raking the leaves for a few days to allow the products to work into the soil.  In the Autumn, the lawns become drier than most people realize due to windy days, trees absorbing moisture before winter dormancy and cooler temperatures. Therefore, your lawn should be watered as needed.  If there is no measurable rainfall for a week, make sure that you provide a good soaking, especially if extensive seeding was done in the Fall service. Continue watering until the weather prohibits.

For those customers who have a sprinkler system, you will need to water three times a week because of the amount of time needed to be sure each zone is properly watered – especially if extensive seeding was done in the Fall.  Due to the cooler temperatures this time of year, you need to set your sprinkler to start later in the morning, for example at 10 a.m. rather than 5 a.m.  You may also reduce the amount of time each zone is on.  Please do not set the system to come on the day your lawn is scheduled to be mowed.  Unless directed otherwise by our company, you can schedule your sprinkler system’s winterization after November 15th.

Your Landscape

Evaluate your shrubs and trees at this time to see how they survived the wet conditions of September and early October.  If you need to replace dead or dying plants, the Fall is the best time.   For Deciduous trees that lose their leaves and go dormant, Winter is the best time to have the dead wood cut out and to have the trees thinned to prevent future damage.  Since it is easier to trim trees when there are no leaves on them and in order to keep their crews busy, arborists usually will give you a discount if you do this work during the Late Fall and Winter.

In conclusion, working with the weather is one of the most frustrating parts of our job.  But to put this in perspective, we must remember that because of the unusual weather of September and October, many farmers had crops that rotted in the fields and our neighbors in southern states faced two hurricanes which caused loss of lives, communities and homes.  Therefore, I guess if all we have to deal with is a few dead areas in the lawns, we should be thankful.

This is just a reminder that with the start of our company in February both our email and mailing addresses changed.  So, please be sure to use the following when trying to contact us.

Finocchiaro Lawn & Landscape Inc.
P.O. Box 9524
Wilmington Delaware 19809

Email Address:


Gabe Clouser, President
Eric Plummer, Vice President

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Fall 2018 News Letter

Fall Newsletter



It is hard to believe that it is the end of August. Where did the summer go?!

This Summer, as you know, we experienced extreme weather conditions with excessive heat and dry conditions from late June to the middle of July and then the over-abundance of rain from the middle of July into August and then high humidity throughout the Summer. These conditions created an unhealthy environment for your lawn and landscape.

Here are some suggestions for some corrective measures you should consider for this Fall:

Your Lawn

Certain areas of your lawn may thin out each year because of annual grasses, summer stress, insects and diseases; therefore, it will be necessary to have these areas reseeded which would be included in your Fall Treatment.

Prior to your Fall Service, we would like you to be aware of the following.

  • This is an excellent time to give your lawn a good raking.  As in the Spring, get your leaf rake or thatch rake and in any damaged or thin areas rake out those dead grasses; therefore, when your reseeding is done, the seed will be able to make the necessary soil contact needed to germinate.
  • For reducing more of a thatch buildup on your lawn, dethatching or verticutting may be necessary.  In some cases, core aeration will alleviate the problem.  We offer these services at an additional cost and the work would be done at the time of your Fall Service.  Therefore, if you would like us to do the core aeration on your lawn, please let us know now.
  •            All this above-mentioned work should be completed before your Fall lawn service.  Your cooperation with this work is much appreciated.  Our joint efforts allow us to provide the best possible service.
  •  Your Landscape
  • Evaluate your shrubs and trees to see how they survived this Summer.  If you need to replace dead or dying plants, Fall is the best time to do that.  The only late Summer/early Fall pruning would be for the Summer flowering perennials, for example Hydrangeas, which should be pruned as the blooms begin to fade in order to not cut off next year’s blooms.  


For those who pay for our service through their bank’s online pay site, please be sure to go in and correct our name and mailing address to this new one.

Finocchiaro Lawn & Landscape, Inc
P. O. Box 9524
Wilmington DE 19809

Please note that the company’s new mailing address is:

We will be starting our Fall Service shortly.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on 302-792-2201 or at

In some of the areas of your landscape, the mulch may be washed away or compacted and faded looking.  There is a tool called the Garden Weasel which you can find on the internet.  If you use the Garden Weasel running over the mulch, it will not only alleviate the compaction and fading issues, but also could help spread the mulch evenly in the washed out areas.  If some of the mulch areas are less than 2 inches thick, it would be a good time to add a little mulch in these areas.  This will provide protection for the roots of your plants throughout the Fall and Winter months.


             After raking or dethatching you should fill in any thin or low areas or holes in the turf by adding small amounts of topsoil.  This can be done by lightly topdressing ½ to 1 inch spreading the soil into the ground with a garden rake.  This soil can be purchased in 40 lb. bags.  For those who want topdressing, but cannot do it yourselves, our company offers this service at an extra charge.  The topdressing will be done at the time of your Fall Service.

Enjoy the remainder of your Summer!

Gabriel L. Clouser, President
Eric M. Plummer, Vice President


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