Transition your Landscape to Fall

As the seasons change, so should your landscaping practices. The challenges you face when tending to your garden and your lawn during the summer are different than those you will face in the fall. Read on to learn some tips for transitioning your landscape from summer to fall:

  • Fall is a good time to deal with problems with your lawn. Start with core aeration, the practice of mechanically removing small bits of thatch and soil from your lawn to help it breathe. Also, as the summer’s hottest temperatures recede; it is a good time to reseed.
  • Adjusting the irrigation timer/controller is important because your landscape needs less water as the days get cooler. You can reduce the watering days, the watering cycle time, or both.
  • Have you been thinking “I should start composting?” Fall is the perfect time to do it. Those leaves that will be falling from your trees in the next few weeks will make a great base for your new compost pile.
  • Do you have fruit trees on your property? Check the ground underneath the trees for rotting fruit. Rotting fruit can bring pests and diseases into your yard, which could harm your other plants.
  • Fall is also a good time to plant a tree or shrub. The soil is more pliable, making it easier for plants to take root, and you can take advantage of cooler temperatures to reduce watering requirements during the establishment period.
  • In addition to new shrubs and trees, you can get ready to plant fall flowers. Shop in the summer to find a good selection, but avoid the temptation to plant right away. Putting the bulbs in the ground too early can lead them to sprout prematurely and die during the winter.
  • Give your hedges a fall haircut. Hard prune those large or aging shrubs to promote new growth in the upcoming growing season.
  • Do you enjoy watching birds in your yard? If you want them returning throughout the autumn and winter, you’ll need to give them an incentive. Install a bird feeder or birdhouse, and create a source of clean water for your avian visitors.

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