Landscape Checklist for the Fall Season

In Winter on October 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Written by admin
Homeowners have spent the entire summer maintaining their landscapes and the fall season is no time to pack it in.  In fact, the fall is the opportune time to prep lawns and landscapes for the next season.  The following is a checklist of things that homeowners can do themselves to prepare their lawns for the winter and ensure a quick recovery in the spring. Aerations Performing an aeration on a lawn will loosen up compacted soil, remove thatch layers, and improve the movement of water, air, seed, and nutrients within the soil so they can reach the root system.  Aerations can be done with a garden fork for small yards or by lawn care professionals with an aerator. Fertilization Fertilization applications should be done deep into the fall because grass continues to grow until the temperature drops to about 40 degrees.  Using a high phosphorus blend will help strengthen the root system as well as encourage quick and early growth in the spring. Final Mow It is recommended that for the last mow of the season, the grass should be cut shorter to about 1¼ inches.  The shorter grass will make it difficult for diseases to form and spread and falling leaves will not latch as easily to the grass.  Be careful not to cut the grass too short though because that could kill the grass blades. Rake Leaves Raking leaves is a major part of fall landscaping and it is beneficial to the lawn because leaves can smother a lawn and deprive it of sunlight as well as cause other problems such as mold growth.  Some homeowners may go even further and compost collected leaves to use on lawns, flower beds, and shrubs the next year. Shrub Planting Fall is a great time to plant new shrubs because they have a chance to establish their roots in the moist soil before the winter.  To plant a shrub, make a hole that is twice the diameter of the root ball and make sure the top of the root ball is at ground level when placing it in the hole.  Then fill in the soil until it covers the entire root ball followed by a layer of mulch. Remove Dead Limbs and Perennials Dead limbs and branches should be removed because the snow and wind of the winter will cause them to break which could lead to further damage.  Perennial plants should also be cut to the ground because this will stimulate the roots to grow the next season. Mulch New Plantings If you have added a new shrub or planting bed to your landscape this summer, the fall is the time to mulch them.  This is most effective when done after a light frost but before the temperature drops enough to freeze the soil.  For proper mulching, apply a layer of decomposed organic mulch directly on the soil followed by a 2 to 4 inch layer of fresh mulch. Be sure to give your landscape the proper attention this fall to get a head start on the next growing season.  Green T Landscaping offers fall cleanup services to help our customers prep their landscapes to survive the winter.  Contact us to learn more about our cleanup service or proper fall landscape care. Comment »
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