7 Ways to Landscape your way into Fall

Fall is coming! As the leaves change color, now is also a good time to change the way you care for your lawn in order to prepare it for the cooler weather ahead. As temperatures drop and the days grow shorter,  grass growth begins to slow down. But during this time the grass is also absorbing energy, moisture, and nutrients, and the cool and moist weather helps grass roots develop much better than in summer. Taking advantage of this growing period now will give you a lush, healthy spring lawn. 

 1.     Keep a watering schedule:

Continue to provide supplemental moisture as needed until the ground is frozen. If your area receives one inch or more of precipitation per week, you don't need to water. Over-watered lawn may allow diseases to take hold.  But when the weather is warm and dry, continue to water a few times a week. In the case of a new lawn or one that has been over-seeded, maintain regular watering practices to establish roots and promote growth. Let our team at Shady Tree Landscaping & Irrigation provide you with the best way to help you save money on your water bill!

 2. Continue mowing:

Grass slows down but doesn’t stop growing until it frosts over in winter, so keep mowing! In late fall cut your lawn 1 to 2 inches shorter than you have the rest of the growing season and continue to mow shorter until your grass stops growing in early winter. For the last cut, have your lawn cut slightly lower.

 3. Feed the grass:

Cool-season grass will benefit from the application of fertilizer each fall, as the nutrients provided help to ensure vigorous growth in the spring. Use a slow release granular fertilizer, and water the area well unless rainfall is imminent.

 4. Keep weeds under control:

Once the leaves and snow begin to fall, it can be difficult to eradicate future spring weeds. Begin tackling unwanted spring weeds early in the fall, when cooler temperatures and slow-growth provide the ideal environment for them to take over your lawn.

 5. Sow the seeds:

Eliminate bare patches, deter the growth of weeds, and establish new growth each spring by spreading seeds across your lawn each fall. Many patches of lawn can die during the summertime, so it’s a good idea to reseed those areas. Keep in mind, however, that seeds that don’t touch the soil won’t germinate, and it can be difficult to cover an area of grass thoroughly. Contact the Shady Trees team if you want a professionally seeded lawn that will make your yard look brand new!

 6.Don’t forget aerating:

Over the summer, your lawn has probably suffered from some degree of soil compaction and heat stress. When the soil in your lawn becomes tightly compacted, air, water, and nutrients are unable to penetrate it, resulting in brown or thinned grass. Aerating will remove soil plugs from a yard and free up passageways for precious nutrients to reach the grass roots.

 7. Rake the leaves:

It's important to remove fallen leaves from your land as soon as possible. Don't wait until all the leaves have fallen from the trees to start raking. If you do, the leaves will become wet from rain and morning dew, stick together, and form an impenetrable mat that if left unmoved will suffocate the grass and breed fungal diseases.


Have Lawn Maintenance and Care question this upcoming spring? 

Give us a call today (508) 359-6082 or contact us through the website if you need any help with your lawn maintenance or landscaping projects. We provide complete residential, commercial, municipal and athletic field, maintenance, construction and full irrigation services including installations.

Looking for ways to keep the grass green but conserve water at the same time? So are we!

Let our team at Shady Tree Landscaping & Irrigation provide you with the best way to help you save money on your water bill!


Let us upgrade your outdated controller to the latest in Wi-Fi or Cellular technology! It’s time for you to realize what so many of our clients are already enjoying, huge water savings, up to 40% or more. By upgrading your irrigation controller to a new Hunter, RainBird or Weathermatic system the savings can be huge. Controller technologies today automatically adjust irrigation to local weather conditions, so watering only occurs when it’s needed, and never when it’s not. With the optional flow sensors installed, we will know about system breaks, such as broken heads, zone or main lines breaks before you do and send out a technician before incurring costly water bills or damage to your property.


EPA Water Sense-approved! Give us a call today (508) 359-6082 or contact us through the website to ask us what the best option for your situation is whether residential or commercial .

Lighting the Way Towards Summertime

Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses

It’s time to start thinking about those relaxing summer nights.   We know that outdoor lighting is important for your nighttime safety… but not safety alone.  You want that “Pop” and stunning first impression when your invited guests arrive for an evening dinner or refreshing moonlight libation.  

Don’t worry, Shady Tree’s team is here. From patio lighting to pool lighting, and all between our team of experts can sit down to understand your vision, budget, and timelines.   We’ll work with you to develop a comprehensive installation that meets your needs.

Before you even start, it’s important to know the type of light bulbs you need.  So think of important questions, such as the amount of “lumens” you need, which measure the intensity of light. Here’s a quick rundown of the lumens by lightbulb.

Source: Arch Daily

Source: Arch Daily

Energy Today recommends the following lumens for each outdoor lighting space:

  • Path lighting:100-200 lumens

  • Step lights: 12-100 lumens

  • Floodlights: 700-1300 lumens

  • Motion sensor lights: 300-700 lumens

  • Pond/pool lights: 200-400 lumens

  • Hardscape lights (on walls): 50-185

So now you know about lumens, are you ready to choose the right type of light bulbs! Here are a few basics on the types of light bulbs:

  • Incandescent Bulbs – At one time the most commonly used bulb and now being slowly phased out. They last about 700 to 1,000 hours and can be used as a dimmer, but is known for not being as energy efficient.

  • Halogen Bulbs – They are similar to incandescent bulbs, but give the closest approximation of natural daylight; thus, called the “white light.” They are more expensive, but also more energy efficient. At one time the most common bulb used in outdoor lighting, now has gave way to LED.

  • Fluorescent Bulbs – There are many types of fluorescent bulbs. From warm to cool, they produce more light and last longer, so they would work well in larger areas, such as basements.

  • LED Bulbs – These bulbs are long-lasting and some of the most energy-efficient. Widely used today for all lighting situations indoors and out. As technology advanced and costs came down, LED quickly became the primary bulbs used in outdoor lighting today.


So why Shady Tree?

  • Peace of Mind and Security - We know the importance of security and safety in outdoor lighting. Your safety is our #1 priority.

  • Cost - We provide low voltage lighting efficiency to accumulate significant long-term savings.

  • Beauty - Emphasize the most attractive features of your property!

  • Customization - We can install lighting that connects with WiFi and home automation applications that will allow you to customize your programming needs.

Don’t just enjoy your yard during the day. Be sure to utilize your pool, patio, gardens, and grill at night, and take comfort in the added security of an illuminated home and landscape.

Give us a call now to learn how we can light your needs!

Since 1991, Shady Tree Landscaping has been the leading outdoor landscaper in New England. We provide complete residential, commercial, municipal and athletic field, maintenance, construction and full irrigation services including installations.

Maintaining Your Land

Welcome, warm weather!


We’re excited to finally welcome the warm weather. However, that also means getting outside to maintain your lawn, bushes, driveway, oh and don’t forget those shrubs!

Here are a few tips and tricks to maintaining your property this spring.

  • Start raking up leaves and all of the leftover debris on your lawn that you missed last fall.

  • Test your soil. You should do this once every few years to get an accurate reading of the state of your lawn.

  • Determine if you need to fertilize based on the nutrition requirements needed by your soil conditions. If so, wait until the soil has warmed to ensure maximum use.  And remember, it’s crucial to evenly distribute the fertilizer.

  • Grass isn’t the thing that needs Fert lovin’.  Don’t forget to fertilize your trees and shrubs to get them jump started for the season.

  • Finally, inspect your irrigation system to make sure it’s in working condition. Did we mention we do irrigation services? Contact Peter@shadytreelandscaping.com, our resident irrigation expert, for more information!

Let Shady Tree Landscaping partner with you to help increase the value of your biggest investment, your property. Give us a call now to learn about our hands’ free maintenance plans!

Since 1991, Shady Tree Landscaping has been the leading outdoor landscaper in New England. We provide complete residential, commercial, municipal and athletic field, maintenance, construction and full irrigation services including installations.

Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome to the NEW Shady Tree Landscaping website! Since 1991, we have been committed to serving the New England area and look forward to continuing to provide our services to you and your family. This year, our 29th year of being in business, we’re ready to start new projects, meet new customers, and make your property look brand new! The new site was designed to make it easier to access information about our offerings, showcase our work and simplify use when accessing us via mobile-device.

We encourage you to take a look around our new website, review our portfolio and explore the breadth of services we offer. Our passionate and dedicated team are only a click or tap away if you have any questions or are looking for an estimate. Also, don’t forget to check out and follow us on our social media sites for in-progress project snapshots and to stay up-to-date on all things at Shady Tree.

We’ll be posting a few times a month on this blog to keep you on the forefront of general company announcements, landscaping tips, design trends and all other sorts of valuable tidbits.

Have Lawn Maintenance and Care question this upcoming spring? Ask our Todd@shadytreelandscaping.com our in-house expert and he’ll address it in an upcoming post.

Stay tuned for more blog posts like this and welcome to the new age of Shady Tree Landscaping. Talk to you soon!

The Shady Tree Landscaping Team