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The Thanksgiving table isn’t the only place to see a turkey these days. Wild turkeys are everywhere!

As we have been working on properties throughout Bergen and Rockland Counties and the Central and Hudson Valleys this fall, we have been struck by how many wild turkeys we are seeing this year!

There are many conflicting studies about whether the native turkey population is rising or falling in the US, but whatever the case, it sure seems like there are more around. And we all have heard stories about them “flying” in front of cars, or acting aggressively towards homeowners,

All these encounters we have had this fall led us to look into the issue. Here is an interesting article about the wild turkey population. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Happy Halloween!

Bergen, Rockland and Orange Counties are blessed with perfect Halloween weather. Enjoy!

While we are hard at work on fall yard cleanups and looking toward the coming winter, we are thrilled to have beautiful weather for Halloween!

It should be a fantastic night for our trick-or-treaters here in Rockland and Bergen Counties and the Lower Hudson Valley. To get you excited, here’s a cute look at some of Bergen County’s cutest costumes. Have a great evening!

 

Winter Predictions Time

It’s one of our industry’s favorite pastimes: guessing what the winter will bring! What do the scientists have to say?

This week has definitely had the first real chill in the air of the fall. Vermont has ski area openings this weekend, snow fell this week just north of us in the Catskills: we daresay winter is on the horizon even though we have not trick-or-treated yet.

As professionals, we would be lying if we said we were not hoping for SOME bad winter weather. Our livelihoods are dependent on some snow and ice during the non-green seasons. But most everyone else feels better thinking there won’t be much cold and snow this year.

Hot off the presses, the National Weather Service just released their long range winter forecast. Bottom line: warmer, but wetter in the Mid-Atlantic. So it looks like Bergen and Rockland Counties can hold off on one layer of clothing, but keep some extra salt on hand.

Or save yourself the trouble and contact us for all your winter maintenance needs!

 

 

So What kind of Pumpkin Am I Carving This Year?

Ever give any thought to the type of pumpkin turning into your jack-o-lantern? Here’s an interesting guide to pumpkin varietals.

If you get your Halloween pumpkin for carving at the supermarket, there is probably just a big bin full of dozens of pumpkins of the same general shape and size. Even if you pick your own, there are probably just a couple of options, one kind of varying sizes clearly for carving, and another clearly for decoration.

But that does not do the mighty pumpkin’s variety justice. Just in the United States alone there are 35 different varieties grown!

From our friends at The Spruce, here is an interesting guide to the different types of pumpkins available, many of them grown right here in Bergen, Rockland, and Orange Counties. Happy Fall!

Mowing Season End Is In Sight

That real fall chill is finally in the air, so the end of lawn mowing season is in sight. When and how should you wrap it up for the year?

Now that the season has finally started to turn, our thoughts and work has turned to fall services. One question we often get is when is the best time to mow the lawn one last time for the season. To what length? Should all growth have stopped?

The simple answer as to when is when it stops growing! This is generally when the daytime temperature starts staying below 50 degrees, and we are seeing nighttime frosts. (Usually late October or early November in Bergen and Rockland Counties, perhaps a bit earlier in Orange and points north.)

A for length, ideally you want to slowly reduce the length of your grass the last two or three times you mow for the season, with the last mowing coming in at two to two-and-a-half inches in blade length. This length will allow your grass to maintain peak photosynthesis (yes, this even occurs during the winter) and as a result resiliency through the cold months. It also fights snow mold, and is ideal for winter root growth.

Lawn maintenance really is a year round process. But if you follow the above pre-winter plan, you are setting your grass up for a beautiful next spring and summer. And remember, Beautiful Outdoors can handle all this lawn work for you, and keep your property maintained through the whole winter.

Fall Is In The Air!

Labor Day is behind us, kids are back in school… Time to start planning your fall yard cleanup!

Well, one of the most beautiful summers we can remember is just about behind us! Yes, it rained a lot… But it has all helped us get our customers’ properties looking better than ever!

With the end of summer of course comes the beginning of fall. And for us, that means we are starting to move into our fall services. Chief among that is getting our customers’ yards cleaned up and prepped for the off-season.

But what goes into that? From our friends at This Old House, here is an article outlining the basic steps your property needs to transition from summer to fall and then into the off-season.

Remember, we can handle all your property cleanup and off-season prep needs. Contact us for a consultation!

Just a Reminder!

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Dog Days of Summer

As Summer draws to a close, we are hardly taking it easy!

This has definitely been one of those summers where we wonder where all the time has gone. With all the rain though, we are happy to see that our customers’ properties have remained vibrant and full of natural life right through the season, and as a result we’ve had our hands full!

We are excited, however, to say that we are also hard at work enhancing our presence in Bergen County and other nearby areas of northern New Jersey as we continue to offer to the same high level of service we always have to Rockland and Orange in New York.

As part of that, we are excited to offer that we will soon have a new website dedicated to our service in Northern New Jersey! You can see a sneak peek here. Full site will be live in the coming days.

Dog days of summer indeed, but we are enjoying it both at work and at leisure!

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We are proud to be a partner with Suez and Rain Bird in their water conservation efforts in Rockland County!  (Learn more here.)

For a limited time, Suez and Rain Bird are offering their partners’ customers a $50 rebate on their newest conservation technology, Rain Bird WaterSense Irrigation Controllers.

Control your sprinkler system from anywhere, anytime with NEW WiFi Controller and Free Rain Bird mobile APP.

  • WiFi access.
    Control your sprinkler system from anywhere with your phone or tablet.
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    EPA WaterSense certified system! Automatically adjusts your watering schedule based on internet weather data.
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    Quickly and easily upgrade your system with the LNK Ready ESP-ME controller and LNK WiFi Module.

Beautiful Outdoors is your go-to source for all your irrigation needs. Contact us today to upgrade your controller.

 

 

Summer Fun

As summer moves into the home stretch, a fun look at some summer-staples from New Jersey’s past.

If you’re like us, you have fond memories of a child going to the Jersey Shore during your summers. Ice cream on the boardwalk, Stewart Shops, burger stands. Oh, the food! Every once in a while we still catch a whiff from a burger grill, and we’re taken back!

From nj.com, here is a fun gallery of vintage summer New Jersey eateries, some of them right here in Bergen County!

Enjoy, and happy summer!