Fall landscaping is your last chance to prepare your property for winter and to protect that curb appeal you’ve worked so hard to create. With a little effort now you can ensure your yard is healthy and vibrant next year. Fall landscaping is your opportunity to fix what you don’t like about your landscaping and enhance what you do like. Click To Tweet
Fall Landscaping Tips To Prep Your Yard for Winter
While brilliant fall foliage can make your home look more attractive, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on lawn maintenance with approaching cold weather. Keep winter damage at bay by preparing your yard to emerge next year better than it is now!
- Test Your Soil
- Reseed Your Lawn
1) Test Your Soil
Fall is a good time to apply grass seed, but before you do that, the soil should be tested to determine pH and nutrient availability, Deficiencies need to be corrected or you’re just wasting time and money reseeding. You can have a landscape professional test the soil, or you can send it in for a small fee.
Before you add new mulch in preparation for colder weather, turn the existing mulch. Take a sturdy rake and fluff and turn to give flower beds a fresh look and cut down the need for more, fresh mulch. When you add new mulch keep the pile around two to three inches thick. Mulching will protect your plant roots from a freeze.
3) Reseed Your Lawn
Once the soil is tested and deficiencies are corrected, it’s time to aerate and seed the parts of your lawn that are stressed from the summer heat or damaged from foot traffic. It depends on the condition of the lawn, but you typically need about three pounds for every 1,000 square feet of lawn. (If you’re overwhelmed by the steps involved in lawn maintenance, consider synthetic turf instead.)
Trees and shrubs typically need a heavy pruning before winter arrives. Some need it to help prevent damage from freezing temperatures and some just to control size for next spring,” says Kane. Just don’t prune certain flowering plants like hydrangeas, lilacs, and viburnum, because it could spoil the spring bloom.
While many people think of Spring as the growing season, Fall is a great time to plant. See what plants need to be divided or re-spaced (especially perennials) and what areas of the landscape need to be filled in to look even better the next year.
Keep It Green
Even when plants are dormant and dropping needles or leaves, they still need tending to in order to come back vibrant in the spring. Follow these tips, or contact a professional to help preserve and enhance your yard’s beauty.
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