As beautiful and colorful as the autumn season can make your landscape look, your yard still needs to be prepped for the cold winter ahead. Ensuring your yard is thoroughly cleaned and primed for the cold can be a difficult task, but if you take all the proper steps to do the job right, the process is highly rewarding. Though a lot of your fall clean up routine is based around raking and blowing leaves, there are several other factors- such as pruning your grass and preparing your plants- that you should include to ascertain your property remains in its best shape.
Removing Autumn Leaves
One of the first thoughts that pop into any property owner’s mind when they think about fall cleanup is leaf removal. As gorgeous as the various shades of orange and yellow look, you will need to remove them from the turf to give your landscape the pristine appearance you desire.
If you have oak trees, they will shed 70% of their leaves in the early fall so you will have to start cleaning up right at the beginning of the autumn season. Other trees such as magnolia trees are more resistant and they keep their leaves until the weather gets a lot colder so if you own these trees you can put off the major leaf collection process until later and focus on other aspects of your fall yard cleanup.
You can use a rake to help collect the leaves or you can use a leaf blower to make your life a lot easier. Though a leaf blower is more convenient, it is also more expensive. If you have a large property and you won’t be getting much help with your yard makeover, the expense is well worth it because of how much time and energy you can save using a leaf blower as opposed to a rake.
Drainage Leaf Removal
To carry out proper leaf removal, you also need to make sure that all the gutters are thoroughly cleaned as well. Leaves can easily get caught in your gutters and block your downspouts. If you decide to leave them there throughout the winter, then you may have to deal with flooding so it’s best to get them removed as soon as possible. Leaves that are left in your gutters can also lead to leaks in your roof.
When removing the leaves and other debris, use a soaked towel to help loosen anything that has solidified inside. You should then clean the gutters with a hose and if there are any clogs, you can get rid of it using a plumber’s auger. A professional lawn care service such as Divine Lawns can help you thoroughly remove all the leaves on your property and inside your gutters, so no unnecessary complications arise later.
Pruning the Grass
If you have tall perennial grasses on your property, it’s a wise idea to remove them or cut them down in the autumn season, so they can grow back healthy in the spring. If you decide to leave these grasses they can suffer from the cold and start dying out. Shorter perennial grasses should not be cut and should be left as they are, or they may fail to grow back when the weather warms up again.
You should lightly prune dead branches, but you should refrain from pruning evergreens. It is vital that you don’t go overboard in the pruning process as doing so can make it harder for the trees to survive through the cold winter ahead.
Protecting Your Plants and Deck
To improve your chances of having a clear yard in the spring, you should apply fertilizers during the autumn season that help prevent the germination of weeds. You should place the first application in early fall, and then the second application as soon as spring arrives to get the best results.
Apart from protecting your yard from weeds, you should also take steps to protect plants that are vulnerable to the cold and the snow. This can be done by spraying anti desiccants and oils on the plants to prevent them from drying out and to keep them as warm as possible. If you have larger plants, you can tie them with string, so they do not break when a lot of snow falls. You should also continue watering your plants and trees at least once a week during the cold unless it rains or snows.
The autumn is also the perfect time to wash your deck with a pressure washer and then cover it with weather-proofing stain, so the upcoming snow does minimal damage.
Composting for the Environment
The autumn is also the perfect time to collect items for your compost pile. You should pull out any old vegetables and plants in your garden and add them to your compost. You should then cover the newly tilled soil with compost at a volume of around 33% to prepare the ground for the spring season.
Throughout the year, you usually have enough nitrogen-based materials for your compost such as vegetable peelings, and grass clippings. However, carbon-based materials are harder to come by and that is why they should be collected amply during the fall. Vines, straw, dried garden waste and leaves are all great sources of carbon and when used the right way they can help your garden thrive.
Hiring a Professional Lawn Care Service
If you have a large property or want to make sure your fall cleanup is done right, you should hire Divine Lawns to take care of the heavy-duty work on your behalf. We use the best equipment to get the job done the right way so you don’t have to worry about cleaning, and so you can focus on actually enjoying the season.
Cleaning up your yard in the autumn can be quite a bit of work, if you decide to do most of the cleaning on your own, you should make sure you do a thorough job by cleaning the leaves from your yard and gutter, pruning the grass, and protecting the plant life on your property from the upcoming winter weather.
Speak with a landscape professional at Divine Lawns today to get help and advice with your autumn cleanup this year.