As the weather starts to cool, many people don’t give their lawn and landscaping much thought. Though springtime gets most of the attention, the reality is that fall is a growing season too and in many ways is just as important. Read on for tips on how to care for your landscaping in the fall to keep things healthy, happy and looking good.
Keep up with regular watering, especially for lawns, to help grass and plants recover from the stresses of summer heat and sun … and to prepare them to weather the winter.
Feeding your lawn with added fertilizer is as important in fall as it is in spring; again, this is a valuable growing season.
With the falling leaves of autumn on the way, now is a perfect time to make sure gutters are cleaned out so they can drain effectively in the upcoming cooler (and often wetter) seasons.
Mow Grass Short
You’ll know once the grass stops growing, and then is the time to cut it one more time before the cold temps come, this time mowing it short so that tall blades won’t smother the new grass when it sprouts in the spring.
Time to trim back any dead growth, which will make your landscape look much neater and tidier. Pruning will also promote healthy growing in the spring.
Shrubs and other plants will need the extra insulation over the fall and winter to protect them from cold weather. Plus, a fresh layer of mulch always makes things look a thousand times better and cleaner.
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” —Lauren DeStefano