5 Ways to Prepare Your Landscape for Fall

We had a few crazy-hot days this September, but fall is fast approaching. If you’ve been putting off preparing your landscape for cooler weather, now is the time! Fortunately, we’ve broken the preparation into 5 tasks that your landscaping company can do in no time.

  1. The Lawn: The days are getting shorter, and this means less sunlight for your yard. You can begin by scheduling your irrigation specialist to cut back on watering and landscape team to mow once a week. You will want to have your lawn fertilized and aerated to allow oxygen and moisture to reach the roots of the grass.
  2. The Flowers: Perennials will bloom again in the spring, but it’s best to clean out old debris and dead plants to prevent the spread of disease when the weather warms again. Annuals can be removed after the first killing frost of the season.
  3. The Trees: Shrubs and trees will need some layers of mulch around their base to help keep them warm during the winter and protect them from the harsh winds. About 2-3 inches should be enough. Small shrubs and young trees should be wrapped or covered in burlap to protect them from fluctuating temperatures throughout the day.
  4. The Sprinklers: Any water left in your irrigation system over the winter could freeze and burst a pipe, causing even more trouble in the spring. Scheduling your landscape professional to blow out your sprinklers will help better prepare your system for the cold months ahead.
  5. The Gutters: Gutters and downspouts can easily get clogged in the fall, especially if you have a lot of trees in your yard. Clean them out before it snows so that your home can effectively expel water. A plumber’s snake can be a useful tool for unclogging the downspouts.

And that’s it! If you have any questions about winterizing your landscape, our experts are happy to help! Call us at 970-226-2296 to schedule an irrigation system blow out or other lawn maintenance tasks.