Fall Cleanups for a Healthy Spring

It’s amazing how much the timing of fall weather dictates the status of your property going into the winter. We’ve all had years when a sunny November day allows for a thorough leaf raking and final mowing – a great way to put your property to bed for the year. Or it would have been, if the following week’s windstorm hadn’t deposited the vast majority of leaves from a neighboring oak tree throughout your lawn and flower beds!

This time of year, it’s easy to check out from yard work, especially when it seems you’ve completed the requisite amount of cleanup. However, leaving a blanket of leaves on your lawn through the winter can be detrimental to your turf’s health. Leaves block needed sunlight from reaching your lawn, weakening your turf and making spring rejuvenation difficult. Matted leaves also provide a favorable environment for damaging fungus and insects.

While it is important to remove the worst of the leaves, a few stragglers can actually help your lawn. Once decomposed, scattered fallen leaves can provide valuable nutrients to your lawn and beds. Most often, one final pass with a mulching mower can do the trick.

Fall Is Fantastic for Adding Looks and Livability to Your Landscape

Fall may sometimes be associated with the slowing of your outdoor work, but it’s actually a good time to have landscape work done.

If your landscape needs some reworking or a complete redo, fall is a great time. We’ll clean up, give your property a great “face lift,” and leave your place primed for spring enjoyment. From the entryway to the driveway, and from ground covers to lawns, fall is for planting!

New plantings can easily go in now. Fall-planted shrubs and trees establish quickly, because their green parts have stopped growing, making nutrients more available to their roots. The root system that develops now will support rapid growth and green-up in the spring. Supplies and selection are great in the fall, so let us install that longed-for spring bloomer or row of screening shrubs.

Maybe your entryway could benefit from some sprucing up. If shrubs are straggly, blocking views from inside or detracting from your home’s exterior features, we can help. We’ll trim up or pull out those monsters, tidy up ground cover areas, and widen beds. We can help you choose shrubs that will stay in line and provide seasonal color and year-round beauty that you’ll love coming home to. We also have lots of ways to improve and widen walkways to make your home more accessible and welcoming.

Are you ready to finally add the pool, gazebo or hot tub your family has been asking for? Make next year’s outdoor season complete by having it put in now. You’ll be able to enjoy it from the first warm days. Whatever your landscape needs, we’re ready to help. Please give us a call with questions or to schedule a personal consultation.

These are our final monthly tips for 2021. We wish you and your family a wonderful and happy holiday season. Our monthly tips will return next March. We truly appreciate your continued business!