As Thanksgiving approaches, our lawns are seeded, aerated, fed and shaping-up nicely for a terrific spring. It’s time to focus on our landscapes so, here’s a few fall landscape tips:
Plant now. Fall is the time to plant bulbs such as, daffodils and tulips for a colorful spring landscape. It’s also a great time to plant trees and shrubs. The warm soil is good for root development and the plants will have several months to establish themselves before the summer heat stress returns.
Leaf Mulch. Compost fall leaves, whole or chipped by a power mower, as winter mulch around rose bushes, landscape plants or even in your natural areas. A 2-inch layer of mulch will reduce water loss and help maintain uniform soil temperature around the roots.
Water. Give trees and shrubs a deep watering after the leaves fall from trees and just before turning the outside faucet off for the season. Remember, evergreen plants continue to lose water through their leaves, even in the winter. Well-hydrated plants have a better chance for survival.
Mow. Keep your grass at 2 to 2½ inches tall throughout the fall. If your grass gets much taller (more than 3 inches) it will mat, and this could lead to winter lawn disease problems such as, snow mold. If you cut it shorter than 2 inches, you’ll severely limit its ability to make and store food for growth in the spring.
Cut. Trim most perennials back close to the ground.
Maintenance. Clean, oil, and sharpen gardening tools before storing for the season.
Water System. Shut off water lines to the outside then, drain and store your hoses for next season. If you have an automatic irrigation system, avoid damage by having it blown out with compressed air before the water freezes in the pipes.
Proper maintenance now will help to protect and preserve the health of your landscape for a more beautiful and enjoyable spring.
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