We are starting to feel the first chills of fall in the air. The summer is coming to an end and that means it’s time to start thinking ahead to next year. You have put a lot of time, effort, and money into your landscape this year. It’s time to keep the momentum going so it all pays off in the spring. Here are a few tips to help get you started.
Everything else in your garden might stop growing in the fall but cool-season grasses do not. You will want to keep moving until the first frost hits. Keeping your grass short will prevent it from becoming home to pests like mole crickets.
We’ve talked about spring weed control and summer weed control. Now it’s time for the most important time for weed control. The fall weeds that are in your yard now will be the bearers of the next generation of weeds in the spring. Unless you take action now. Use liquid post-emergent weed killer that only kills weeds and not your lawn. The goal is to prevent the weeds from spreading seeds all over your lawn so get them before they flower and turn to seed.
The most dreaded task of the fall is raking leaves. But as tiresome as it is, it has to be done. Wet leaves can smother and kill your grass while at the same time creating ideal conditions for mold and other lawn diseases. Piles of leaves can also be attractive to overwintering pests and rodents.
Believe it or not, leaves and grass clippings can be reused for your own benefit. Leaves and grass clippings are organic and full of vital nutrients your grass needs to thrive. You can place them in your compost bins for use next year, or you can chop them up with your lawnmower and use them this fall as mulch, fertilizer, or even a weed barrier.
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It shelters you from the rain and sun and keeps the heat in during the winter. Yet, the roof is often overlooked because you never see it.
Are you planning on adding some new trees to your yard this year? Well, wait until your trees go dormant. Planting a tree while it is dormant actually helps it adapt better because it doesn’t have to worry about getting watered every day, pests, or disease. The same holds true for pruning.
In the fall, insects and rodents will be searching for warm places to spend the winter. Make sure you check all of your screens for rips and tears and re-caulk your cracks if necessary. Keep firewood at least twenty feet away from your home and only bring wood inside that you intend to burn.
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