Fall Cleanup Time

In Summer on September 6, 2016 at 2:29 pm | Written by gtadmin20

It is that time again to put your landscaping beds to bed for the winter. This a very important step if you want your landscape looking fresh and revived in the spring. We’ve got a great team here to take that large or small job off your hands. Below is a list of what you want to do every fall to your landscape beds.

Collect Leaves

Collecting the leaves not only will help keep your yard looking clean and well kept, but it reduces the chances for mildew build up underneath them after a long winter. Mildew build up can leave your yard more susceptible to disease when spring arrives. Clean up the fallen leaves to keep your lawn healthy.

Plant New Shrubs

Planting shrubs in early fall gives the plants a head start at establishing roots in the season’s cool, moist soil. The soil is also warmer now than in the spring, so there is still time for roots to form before the unwanted snow falls. Roots can grow in soil as cold as 40 degrees, and the soil remains warm long after the temperature becomes frigid.

Think Spring!

Here we are talking about preparing for winter and now were telling you to think spring; let’s clarify. Just like with planting new shrubs, it is important to think about your spring perennials so they look extra awesome in the spring. By planting them in the fall, they have a better chance of establishing root growth, and getting more buds. Pictured above are daffodils, one of our favorites! They’re beautiful in spring. The best time to plant these flowers are 2 to 4 weeks before the ground freezes. Plants these this fall to give your yard a pop of color this spring!

Trim Dead Limbs

Trimming out lifeless branches can help protect small ornamental trees from further damage by cutting cracked, loose, and diseased limbs close to (but not flush with) the trunk; leave the wounds exposed to heal. The benefit of trimming back the dead limbs is that it allows nutrients to flow to the healthy limbs, which allows the tree or shrub grow much stronger. It also helps prevent further decay.

Cut Back Perennials

This probably one of the best chores you could do this fall. Removing the old flowers is beneficial for the plant because it promotes the growth of new flowers. If the dead flowers are left on the plants they will eventually consume the majority of the plant’s energy. By removing the dead flowers, the plants energy is now focused on root growth, which contribute to a stronger plant.

Mulch Young Plants

Mulch provides insulation to soil around the newly planted plants, which would help protect the roots from colder temperatures associated with fall. It also retains water helping to keep the roots moist. Mulch provides protection from weeds.

Whether your job is big or small, call us today to schedule your Fall Clean Up Estimate!

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