While Autumn may be one of the most beautiful times of year, it is also one of the busiest – for your yard. With the changing of the seasons, it is important to spruce up your property with a little Fall clean-up. A little preparation for Winter in the Fall will have huge benefits come Springtime. Here are some of our suggestions:
1) Keep up with your raking! Be sure to clear your lawn of all leaves on a weekly basis – freshly dropped leaves are easier to clean then wet heavy ones. If you do not have a landscaper to remove the leaves, check with your town to see if they have weekly curb-side leaf cleanup. *It is important to do this before the first snowfall to avoid snow pressing leaves into your lawn/garden & potentially killing them.
2) Once leaf debris has been cleared from the lawn, do one final mowing. It is then best to apply a slow release winter fertilizer to the lawn to help feed it through the winter months.
3) When it comes to cleaning out your gardens, some prefer not to remove leaves from the beds because they find it provides protection and insulation for the plants, we prefer to clean them out as it saves time from doing so in the Spring and keeps the new growth from being damaged. It also provides the perfect opportunity for you to cut back all of your perennials – leave them 3-4″ above the soil surface & mark them with a small flag or plant marker so that they can be located in the Spring when it’s time to mulch. This is also the perfect time to plant your Spring bulbs – such as tulips & daffodils. Be sure not to plant them too early or they will sprout before Winter, but not too late to where the ground is too hard and roots cannot establish.
4) If you have a vegetable garden, this is a great time to clean it out and rid of any old fruits or veggies that are no longer edible. You do not want to avoid this until Spring or you will have a rotten mess on your hands. Once the garden is cleared, it is a good time to do a soil test. If the soil test results recommend that you to add lime do so right before tilling, to help break down over the winter months.
Taking all of these steps will help ensure that your lawn & garden will be ready for Winter and prepared for the following Spring!