Summer is over, kids are back in school, and the pumpkin spice frenzy has begun.
Fall is here.
If left untreated, your once beautiful grass, flowers, and trees will fall victim to the cold temperatures of fall and winter and when spring rolls around, you will be left with piles of dead foliage.
There are many DIY steps you can take to protect your yard and landscaping. With the proper care and preparation, your yard and landscaping will live to see next spring.
In this blog post by Signature Exteriors, they discuss how getting rid of dead foliage is one step in prepping for colder temperatures:
5 Landscaping Tips to Prepare Your Home for Fall
Now that Starbucks has brought out their annual Pumpkin Spice Latte, you know that summer is commercially, if not officially, over and the fall season is on its way. That means unpacking your sweaters and scarves, thinking about your Halloween costume, and sending the kids off to school.
The end of summer and beginning of autumn also means that homeowners should start to prepare their exterior property for the harsh winter weather to ensure that come spring, you’re ready to enjoy your garden or yard. Not only will this make sure that your home’s curb appeal is at its best, but any necessary repairs that you discover in the spring will be a lot easier to take care of.
Here are five tips to prepare your home’s exterior for the fall and keep your property in tip-top shape.
Get Rid of Dead Foliage
Just as you would wash and mend your summer clothes before putting them in storage for the winter, you’ll want to get rid of any dead plants, leaves and branches before the winter. This will make your yard look cleaner and less like you’ve abandoned your property for the winter. Removing dead landscaping includes cutting back dead annuals, perennials, grass, shrub and tree branches, as well as raking leaves and fixing any dead or brown patches on your lawn.
Getting rid of dead plants and leaves is a great place to start, but the work doesn’t stop there. Lisa Kaplan Gordon of Houselogic talks about how spreading new mulch can protect your plants from harsh temperatures:
Fall Landscaping Ideas: How to Prepare Your Yard for Winter
Fall landscaping preparation ideas ready your yard for a long winter and glorious spring.
Fall landscaping chores are your last chance to prepare your property for winter, and to protect that curb appeal you’ve worked so hard to create. So pull on some gloves, grab your tools, and get ready to mulch, prune, and plant before snow and frozen ground turn the lights out on your landscaping.
“Fall mulching is better for the plants than spring mulching,” says Dan Taft, owner of The Cutting Edge in Chantilly, Va. “It helps protect roots from frost and helps retain moisture during a cold and dry winter.”
Spread 2 to 3 inches of fresh mulch around shrubs and trees. Taft warns home owners to avoid using free mulch from municipal piles, which often contain disease spores; instead, buy hardwood shredded mulch from home and garden centers, he says.
“Cheap, dump mulch mainly is made from trees that have died from disease,” Taft says. “Many diseases will linger in the mulch, like leaf spot and pine bark borers. You don’t want ground-up diseased plants around your landscaping.”
Both of these tips are great ways to make sure your home’s curb appeal is still strong come next spring. After your landscaping has been prepped for the cold, Beth Kaufman of House Beautiful has one last crucial step to add:
10 Things Pro Landscapers Do to Their Yards Every Autumn
When your chores are done, bring in all of your tools, sprinklers and, especially, hoses. “Water in the hose will expand when it freezes and damage the hose,” says Olivieri. “And don’t forget to have all irrigation lines blown out so lines, heads and valves don’t crack.”
Now that fall is here, there is no time to waste!
Get started now with these helpful tips and tricks to protect your landscaping, make your spring yard work easier, and maintain that beautiful curb appeal for your home.