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Happy Thanksgiving – November Newsletter

Nov 23, 2020 | Top Notch Newsletter

Thanksgiving Feast

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

Leaves are changing colors, the brisk cool breeze is blowing in. The wind even smells different. Ahhh. I sure do miss this weather. Sweaters, beanies, and fires in the fireplace, it doesn’t get much better. And who isn’t excited about the holidays coming up!? I love Thanksgiving! A special time carved out of the year to get together with family and enjoy all the blessings life has given us. At its essence, a time to give thanks. It’s good for the soul. The power of a thankful heart is immeasurable. As we celebrate this season of thankfulness and giving, I want you to know I appreciate you. 


King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 18:20

…and says “From the fruit of their mouths people’s stomachs are filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.” What comes from our mouths is important and it should be words of gratitude feeding ourselves and others with joy. 

Paul the Apostle wrote to the Thessalonians in Thessalonians 5:18 saying “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” It’s not one of the wills of God but is the will of God to give thanks. He’s saying this is God’s number one priority for us. This is a powerful statement and shows the importance of this season. 

Charles Dickens, a 19th-century English writer wrote, “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your misfortunes, of which all men have some.

Marcel Proust, a turn of the century French novelist wrote, “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Epictetus, an ancient Greek philosopher, wrote “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

This is an important time of the year…

Thankful & Blessed

…and has been for a long time. Let’s keep the tradition alive and spread gratitude to everyone around us. I want to thank you for reading this newsletter. If you have given us the honor of earning your business, thank you.

If you have trusted us enough to refer us to a friend or family member, thank you. 


What have we been up to

This month we have been busy with five one to three day jobs. They have all been typical to what we do a lot of. 

We ripped out old overgrown shrubs and removed river rock from a large flower bed.

We added some mortared stone edging, mexican beach pebble and mulch to a new build in Caddo Mills. We also added some drain basins to their existing drainage system because their beds were holding water.

We rerouted some irrigation and added some drain basins to a house in Royse City. We should be back soon to finish out a full installation in their backyard complete with a water feature. I’m excited to do another water fall!

Finally, we rerouted some irrigation after a pool build and added some drain pipe to the patio and overflow pipe at a house down the road from us in Caddo Mills. Then, we installed a new flower bed around the pool with stone edging, mulch, and plants in our classic Texas theme. The bed has Texas Sage, Muhly Grass, Yucca, Agave, Cactus, and we planted some pansies and kale for the winter. We’ll be back in the spring to plant some Palms and perennial flowers.


In addition to these small landscaping jobs, we have been spraying our final round of fall pre-emergent along with spot spraying broadleaves and dallisgrass. The weather has been difficult for us. There have been several rainy days and we have had 2 weeks straight of windy days. By law, we can’t spray when the wind is over 10 MPH so this makes scheduling difficult for us. But, we were able to get a good application down and should see some great results. 

With the change in the season…

….also comes a beautiful display of fall colors. Talk about a reason to be thankful! What a sight to see. The trees transition into winter dormancy is fascinating from a scientific perspective. It has to

Fall Colors
Fall Colors

do with the tree type, the weather trends during the year, and the plants overall health. I found an excellent article from Texas A&M Today that explains winter dormancy in trees very well. Follow the link to read it and come back to see what to do in your garden this time of year. Texas A&M Today – Why Do Trees Change Color?


What to do in the garden

Prepare for freezes by insulating faucets and draining garden hoses. Your gutters may need to be cleaned as well given that the leaves are beginning to drop. 

Frost Leaves

The frost has hit sensitive plants by this time of year. Cut back dead tissue and mulch over the base of the plant. Prune off the dead wood of herbaceous perennials such as lantana and beautyberry after the first couple of freezes. Also, mulch the entire bed if you haven’t already to maintain at least a 4” deep layer. 

Evergreen plants still loose water through their leaves during the winter, unlike deciduous plants with no leaves. Continue to water them through the winter if there is not enough rain. Remember: watering plants insulates the roots because air freezes faster than water. 

Even though ornamental grasses may not look the best at this time, there’s no need to cut them back. Put on a pair of leather gloves and fluff the up from the bases removing dead foliage. 

Now is the best time…

…to plant fruiting and ornamental trees. As the plants go dormant they become more tolerant of temperature, water, and shock from planting and pruning. Take advantage of this trait and plant them now. Even though they are not growing leaves they are growing roots. 

The lawn has gone dormant and there won’t be much mowing to do. I’ve found that the lawn only needs maybe one mowing a month during dormant season. This is a good time to mulch in the leaves as well adding nutrients back to the soil. A second, late round of pre-emergent can be applied and a broadleaf herbicide applied to kill off any dandelion or henbit that is starting to sprout. 

Thanks for reading our newsletter! Enjoy all that comes with fall, the cooler weather, food, and family.

Be thankful for everything you have. We are thankful for you!

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