What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you contemplate fall? Pumpkin spice? Apple cider? Football season?
Those are all valid connections, but if you own or manage a property, it’s also time to start thinking about fall yard cleanup. By preparing at the right time, you will set the stage for a beautiful backyard once the spring thaw sets in. To help you get started, we’ve put together some tips for an easier and more thorough fall cleanup.
Clean all the Debris and Leaves
Start by clearing your lawn of debris, such as fallen leaves, broken branches, and any debris that may have blown into your yard, such as plastic bottles. If you’ve got a lot of leaves to clear away, consider using a leaf blower. Afterwards, you can use them as compost for the plants in your garden.
Mow and Fertilize the Grass
The best way to maintain a healthy lawn is to mow it regularly. The grass also should be given the required nutrients before going into hibernation. In winter, nutrients help the grass to withstand harsh conditions and stay lush and healthy. (You can use organic and homemade compost if you prefer a natural approach.) Any dead or yellow grass should be removed and replaced with sod to restore your lawn.
Plant Your Shrubs and Other Plants
The fall season is the best time to plant shrubs or perennials in your lawn. Having a cold and moist soil helps plants establish their roots and establish themselves in the yard. The best spring bulbs include tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths while pansies and violas are great fall choices due to their hardiness and ability to withstand winter conditions.
Take Care of Trees and Shrubs
Trees and shrubs are best pruned and transplanted in the autumn. Spring or summer are the times when they are budding or blooming, so trying it then can cause them to go into shock. Branches that are dead or low-hanging may also need to be trimmed back or removed, since Ontario winter storms can cause them to break loose and blow away, sometimes resulting in property damage.
Mulch the Plants
Make new beds for the plants and fill them with mulch made from chopped leaves and kitchen waste. If you have a vegetable garden, you’ll want to provide it with the same treatment. Make sure the mulching occurs after the weather chills but before the ground freezes. Organic mulch prevents soil erosion and keeps it warm, which will contribute to a healthy garden in the spring.
Need Professional Help With Your Fall Cleanup?
A fall yard cleanup may be time-consuming, but your hard work will pay off in the form of a healthy and lush lawn and garden that you and your family will enjoy next year. However, if work and family commitments prevent you from doing an extensive cleanup, the landscaping maintenance team at Green Collar Landscaping can take care of it for you. If you have questions about our services or would like a free quote, contact us today.