Autumn means it is time to prepare your yard for winter. Proper preparation will now save you time, energy, and extra money when spring comes, and will provide you and your family with the beautiful yard all year round. Make sure you get the most out of your yard next year by following our checklist of fall cleanup services.
Spring/Fall Care and Cleaning Services
1. CLEAN OUT DEBRIS.
Fallen leaves and weeds are an ideal place to populate pests in winter. Clear the flower beds to keep them away. Pay special attention to rose beds, as their foliage can contribute to the disease in winter.
2. TILL THE VEGETABLE GARDEN BEDS, ADD COMPOST, USE ‘GREEN FERTILIZING’
and you won't need chemicals for growing and harvesting next season.
3. CLEAN OUT THE GUTTERS.
4. DRY EVERYTHING OUT.
Drain all water from hoses, fountains and drip irrigation systems and store them in a dry place. Water leftover during the winter can damage your equipment.
5. AERATE THE LAWN.
Break the soil to prevent the accumulation of water and make sure that the nutrients reach the roots during the winter.
6. FEED THE LAWN.
Send your yard in the winter with the nutrients it needs in order to survive a long, cold sleep. Add fertilizer to lawns in the fall with a high phosphorus content to stimulate root growth and enjoy the lush green lawn in spring.
7. MOW THE LAWN AND MULCH FALLEN LEAVES
Before the winter starts, give the lawn one last mow. This will help to mulch all the leaves and clean the lawn, which dries the ground faster in the spring and leads to a more lusher lawn.
8. PRUNE TREES AND SHRUBS.
Pruning any large or unsuitable tree branches that can cause problems in winter. You do not want branches to break and fall during snowfall. Trim any dead branches and prune overgrown trees and bushes. If you have flowering perennials, such as clematis or roses, now is the time to prune them and train the branches.
9. DIVIDE AND CUT BACK PERENNIALS.
If your perennials really took off this year divide plants and add them to other flower beds where they will also do well.
10. PROTECT COLD-SENSITIVE PLANTS.
Keep sensitive perennials, shrubs, and roses in great shape on cold winter days. Add mulch to the base and wrap the plants in cloth barriers to prevent damage from freezing.
11. PLANT BULBS, SHRUBS, AND FALL ANNUALS.
Some plants do best when planted in the fall. If you want to add new shrubs or spring bulbs, now is the time to get them in the ground.
12. PROTECT THE DECK.
Prevent the growth of mold and mildew by giving the deck a good power wash. Once the deck is clean and dry, add a weatherproofing stain to protect the wood from moisture damage over the winter.