By Pat Maurer
To ensure your lawn’s health and beauty come spring, there are several important yard work projects to complete in the fall. Raking leaves and aerating will prevent your lawn and garden beds from suffocating, while fertilizing and winterizing grass, trees, and shrubs will allow your greenery to enter its winter slumber comfortably and properly nourished. Professional lawn care services will make quick work of these projects, freeing up your time for family, friends, and football.
Mike Jenkins, owner of Elm Creek Lawn and Landscaping in Farwell, said “Fall is a great time for fixing up your lawn – reseeding, fertilizing and weed control.
He added, “One of the most important things to do is to continue watering. People think the rain and cooler weather of fall are enough, but it is important to make sure your plants have enough water before the ground freezes to get them through the winter.”
Fall is also the perfect time to divide or move perennials. Remove dead annuals and mulch hardy perennials. Annuals typically die when temperatures drop below freezing. But perennials often appear as though they too have bitten the bullet. That’s because their top growth dies back, although in most cases the root ball is hardy enough to survive even extreme temperatures, especially if it’s covered with a layer of mulch.
The best time to mulch perennials is after the first hard freeze. Just make sure you don’t cover the crown or center of the plant, because that can lead to rot.
Clean garden tools before storing for the winter.
Trim dead branches out the trees to prevent them from coming down and causing damage in a winter storm
Fall is the Perfect Time to Plant Trees
Most homeowners think spring is the only time to plant trees. However, the fall months offer ideal conditions for planting new trees or transferring small trees to a new location. The weather is cool, the ground is soft, and the fall months offer plenty of time for the roots to take hold before the cold winter arrives.
Tips for successful fall planting include:
Choose trees that are container grown or are balled and burlapped. Avoid bare-root trees for fall planting. Check with your local nursery to learn which species are best for fall planting.
Wait to plant or move large trees in the spring. The soil conditions, and the winter dormancy, are best for large trees.
Water your newly planted trees thoroughly, providing about one inch of water each week. Continue to water until the ground freezes, even after deciduous varieties have lost their leaves.
Include the entire family in the fall planting. Kids can help select tree varieties, dig the hole for the new tree, and participate in the daily watering.