1. Cleanup, Cleanup, Everybody Do Their Share
Not that having a tidy lawn isn’t something to aspire to year-round, your chances of making that happen when you execute a strategy of engaging a “spring cleaning” session in every season – especially late summer/early autumn. Keeping your maintenance game strong is helped when there are a couple of days of a little extra elbow grease thrown in the mix.
With a few additional chores and ideas, your landscape can weather the winter none the worse for the wear, ready for the fresh dew of spring. We know as we are just heading into late summer, thinking about next spring may seem a little extra, but trust us, early planning will save you a host of heartache.
2. Last Minute Mowing
Your grass has been eating up the moisture and sunshine of the summer – just like you’re eating up that BBQ and drinking a cold one. But we’ve just left the dog days of summer behind – which means preparing your space for the changes blowing in the breeze.
Your lawn gets mowed in at certain heights and intervals throughout the summer months and when the mower returns to full service in the spring. As we move into a greet fall, mowing may become a little less in duration and different heights until we reach the day when we say it’s the last mow for the year. So prepare yourself for that final mow, as it will be here before you know it.
3. Absolutely Aerate (and Overseed)
We aren’t quite there yet, but the exciting days of aeration and overseeding are on their way. Your lawn may not have sustained any significant damage, but the partnership of aeration – creating valuable pathways to the root of your grass – and overseeding – filling these holes with new life – will keep your lawn healthy and fresh as it wakes up next spring.
4. Everybody (Plants and Trees Too!) Needs a Good Trim
Just like your hair, your plants, trees, flowers, and shrubs all need a good trim frequently as well. There’s no better time to ensure that they are getting this trim than late summer early fall. Throughout the heat of summer, some limbs may not have made out very well. Making sure these limbs are removed from the equation will help keep the rest of the plants healthy and thriving throughout the colder months.
5. Mulch Meaningful
A couple of times of year are good times to reevaluate your mulch situation in your flowerbeds – and late summer early fall is one of the best. Mulch often needs to be refreshed or added to, sometimes even changed over completely.
Since mulch insulates your flowers from the bitter cold of winter – and keeps the moisture, they need to power through locked in – keeping your mulch excellent and ready to go is essential. If you went organic, those nutrients have been doing a great job of keeping your flowers fed through summer and can continue to feed through winter.
6. Be the Rake Your Yard Needs
The winds of change are going to be blowing soon. The colors are going to start changing, vibrant, and gorgeous. That change indicates that those same leaves will soon begin to fall, drifting to the ground below and creating a bed of orange, yellow and green.
While these beds may be the most fun jumping spots ever, left unattended throughout winter will bring you a host of problems in spring. In addition, snow mold, pests, and dead grass can directly result from debris left throughout the winter months, so get to raking while the raking is good.
7. Duck and Cover
Sometimes mulch isn’t possible around your trees or shrubs or even flowers. And as impressive as mulch is, sometimes it doesn’t solve all winter issues either. Taking the late summer and early fall to prep for winterizing your yard will make the process that much more straightforward.
Take inventory of which of your plants and flowers would not survive the winter without a little extra help. This will allow you to get all the supplies you may need to cover those plants and flowers that may need them.
8. Investigate Irrigation
Irrigation systems provide an incredible amount of value to your landscape. They keep track of your watering schedule, so you don’t have – making sure your grass, plants, and flowers get the right amount of water at the right time.
The danger of winter is the cold – and the significant issues it can present to irrigation. Pipes, water, and freeze don’t play well together and can cause a lot of frustration for you. Evaluate your irrigation system with a specialist to determine when it should be turned down and off.
9. Breathe a Sigh of Relief
All of these tasks culminate into a variety of benefits for you and your landscape. When winter has run its course and spring is back again, your to-do list will be so much shorter if you have completed late summer and early autumn tasks.
You will reduce the risks of pests making a winter home of leftover leaves, twigs, and other debris scattered about your lawn. Insects don’t necessarily die out with the harsh cold; like many other animals, they may go into more of a hibernation period. The best place to do that is here in the leftovers of summer.
Lawn diseases also find these spots comfy and safe to spread themselves out, wreaking havoc on the rest of your otherwise healthy outdoor spaces. Removing this detritus helps remove the home for these gross diseases to spread.
10. Teamwork Makes Your Autumn Dream Work
This is a pretty sizable list; we get it. Your late summer and early fall should be consisting of the last bits of fun in the sun, getting Halloween costumes chosen, the kids back to school, and planning for holiday events. Of course, the last thing you want to do is get outside with a rake. No worries, friends, because you have a friend in us!
Divine Lawns have cultivated our business on the ethics of top-notch service and excellent results. Our team offers a wide array of services, including yard cleanup, lawn treatments, aeration, mulching, and – when the time comes – snow removal. After all, your autumn lawns shouldn’t be cluttered and dangerous; they should be Divine.