Fall is fast approaching and there are plenty of things you can be doing in preparation for your lawn, garden and yard. Follow these simple tips to ensure the healthy growth and development of your yard during this year’s fall season!
7 Fall Yard, Garden & Landscaping Tips to Follow this Season:
1. Aerate the Lawn: In order to break down your soil, by the time spring comes, it’s important to aerate your lawn during the fall months. This will allow more oxygen into the ground in order to give your grass better access to water and the nutrients that it needs.
2. Mow your lawn for the last time: Cut your lawn down to about 1 ¼ inches for the last cut of the season. It has been known and proven that grass disease has a more difficult time growing on shorter grass. This will also help to decrease the amount of deal, fallen leaves from your lawn because they will have nothing to clasp onto.
3. Pick up Your Leaves: In order to protect your lawn from dead, fallen leaves it is very important that you pick them up so your lawn does not suffocate next year. Rake your leaves up or purchase a leaf vacuum to combine them quickly and effectively. Don’t, however, dispose of the leaves. You can keep them stored until next year and then use the leaves as a natural fertilizer for your lawn, flowers beds and shrub borders.
4. Plant New Shrubs: It may seem a tad strange to suggest planting shrubs during the fall season; however, it has been known that planting shrubs during the September & October months can actually give plants a head start to rooting in the season’s cool, damp soil.
5. Trim Dead Limbs: In order to protect your trees from getting damaged during the winter snow and winds, you can trim up the dead and cracked limbs close to the trunk. This will also protect your home and surrounding environment from any dead branches that may break off.
6. Evict Tired Annuals & Cut Back Perennials: Cut out any dead annuals that exist in your garden beds and dispose of any of the snails and slugs that tend to feed and breed on them during the fall season. It is also important to trim up any spent perennial foliage down to the ground, as this sends liveliness to the roots for the next season!
7. Provide New Beds with Mulch: It’s important that right after a light frost, you nourish young plants and new beds with a layer of mulch; that is, wood chips, old leaves, weed-free straw. This is to ensure that the beds and plants stay nourished during the early stages of development.
Preparation is the key to a successful, healthy looking yard, lawn and garden. Stay informed on what each season will bring for your home and we promise you will fall in love with the results!