You’ve spent the spring and summer making your landscape look great! Just because the colder weather is here doesn’t mean your work is done. In fact, now is the time to transition your landscape from summer to fall.
Follow these tips to ensure your landscape is healthier in the spring.
1. Remove dead annuals, leaves, and branches
It’s yard cleanup time. Along with the colder weather comes the end of your annuals’ life. So, it’s time to remove dead annuals. However, some will reseed so you can leave some in the gardens for the winter to see what sprouts in the spring. Snapdragons, violas, pansies, dianthus and portulaca are all good candidates. It surprises me how many have come back in my garden the next season.
Fall brings lots of leaves and other debris that needs to be removed. Cleaning these out now makes spring cleanup a lot easier.
2. Cut back your perennials
Most of your perennials should be done blooming with the exception of chrysanthemums. Cut the dead growth so they can rest for the winter and have room to sprout in the spring.
3. Deal with lawn issues and let it grow
Fall is a good time to take care of problems looming in your lawn. You should reseed any bare patches. The cooler weather creates a better opportunity for the seeds to germinate. It’s also important to aerate your lawn. When you remove small pieces of soil throughout your lawn, providing an opportunity for more oxygen to reach the roots. This process will create a healthier lawn.
Finally, give your lawnmower a break. By not mowing, you’re also giving your lawn a break. This time will allow it to recover, as it won’t have to use energy to regrow.
4. Pull weeds.
Did you know weeds begin germinating in early fall? And if you pull them during this time they’re easier to kill. So, you’ll have a healthier landscape come springtime.
Fall is ideal for lawn fertilization. Why? Morning dew is prevalent during the fall and it provides the perfect amount of moisture for your grass to absorb the fertilizer. Further, the fertilizer gives your yard a boost before the long winter. It also supports root growth and that will create a greener lawn in spring.
6. Plant, plant, plant.
Fall is arguably the best time to plant most perennials because their root systems have time to establish themselves before spring growing season.
You can also plant new trees and shrubs during the fall for the same reason. Additionally, your soil is more flexible during the fall. This situation allows the plants an easier time to take root.
7. Trim hedges.
It’s important to prune your hedges in the fall to prepare for a snowy winter. Cut the branches at the sides and then make it narrow as you move up. This will allow freezing rain or snow to get between the branches.
Bushes like spiraea, or meadowsweets, can be cut to the ground. These wonderful flowering plants will grow back healthier and nicely shaped.
8. Tune up your tools.
First, clean your tools. Then, inspect them. Are there chips or broken pieces? Maybe it’s time to replace a couple of them.
If they don’t need replacing, check for rust. And most importantly sharpen your tools. Sharp tools will make your pruning job easier come spring. Check out this website for DIY tune-up tips
Be sure to follow these tips to transition your landscape from summer to fall and ensure it’s healthier and greener next spring.