Fall Landscaping Checklist

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Fall is finally here! It may be 85 degrees with 100% humidity, but at some point in the near future, we can look forward to cooler temperatures, less bugs, and colorful mountain scenery. Cheers to then, whenever it may be!

Seasoned landscapers know that fall, as a transitional season, is a very busy time of year. There are lots of landscaping chores to be crossed off in these next few months, while temperatures are still moderate and the ground remains soft. You should have started your fall landscaping checklist already, but, for those who are still busy wrapping up your summer to-do list, we can help you out. Here’s our fall landscaping checklist:

Aerate and Feed Your Lawn

As we’ve mentioned before, fall is the prime time to aerate your lawn! For homeowners looking to DIY, check out this nifty how-to we published a few weeks back: http://www.roanokelandscapes.com/2016/08/30/lawn-aeration-step-step-guide/

It’s also a good time to apply fertilizer. We recommend a high-phosphorous blend that will strengthen grass roots and encourage growth in the spring.

Oh, and let’s not forget, mowing season is almost through! Mow your lawn a few last times, you’re about to get a much deserved break.

Collect Leaves

Believe it or not, in a few weeks leaves will begin to turn and fall, creating a colorful kaleidoscope on top of your lawn. This may be pretty for a few days, but don’t let dead leaves pile up! Leaf rot will smother your grass. Plus, if you collect those dead leaves, you can turn them into compost: a yummy, nutrient-rich blend of organics that your plants will love. Check out this post for a how-to guide: http://www.roanokelandscapes.com/tag/compost/

Plant Shrubs

Many landscapers recommend planting shrubs in the early fall. The cool, moist soil is more accommodating to root growth, and shrubs planted in early fall are often sturdier than those planted in the summer.

Prune and Trim

Dead, brittle branches easily fall prey to winter winds and snow. To avoid future damage to our property, trim dead and dying branches now. You can also cut back perennials around this time of year. Trimming spent perennials to the ground will encourage fresh growth come spring, and it will keep away slugs and other pests that feed on plant rot.

Turn Off Irrigation System

When water is left in an irrigation system over the winter, it can freeze and crack dry irrigation tubing, resulting in expensive damage. You’ll need to blow the water out with an air compressor. You can do this manually, or contact an irrigation company for help!

Touch Up Your Hardscapes

Walkways, patios, and driveways are an important part of your landscape. If they become cracked over time, those cracks could fill with water, freeze over the winter, and cause more severe damage. If you notice any cracking—even small, subtle cracks—fill them now, before it gets cold.

Once you’ve crossed off every item on your checklist, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your landscape is prepared to face another winter. That means you’ll have more time to focus on the things that really matter to you, like picking pumpkins, navigating corn mazes, and eating Halloween candy!

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