As summer comes to an end and temperatures begin to fall, it is important to start preparing your yard for winter. The following tips for landscaping your yard for fall should help you create a beautiful outdoor space that will take you through the autumn season and into the coming winter.
1. Apply mulch to your trees and shrubs in the fall. Mulch can help provide essential protection for plants that overwinter. This includes trees and shrubs as well as any evergreen perennials. Mulching during the autumn season helps protect the roots of the plant from freezing temperatures. This can ensure that they make it through the winter and look beautiful the following spring.
2. Clean up your flower beds. When temperatures get low during the autumn, most annuals and the leaves of some perennials will die. Removing these dead plants from your flower beds can help create a clean, tidy appearance for winter. Pull up the roots of any annuals to clear out your flower bed for the following season. Check winter care instructions for any perennials that you have to see if they should be trimmed back or left as-is for the winter season.
3. Prune your trees. Generally, autumn is the best time for pruning since the trees have not yet put out their new growth. Simply trim back any unruly branches using a sharp pair of pruning shears.
4. Rake up dead leaves. If you have trees on your property, be sure to rake up the leaves before they start to rot. To make quick work of large piles of leaves, rake them onto a tarp that you have stretched out on the ground. You can then easily pick them up in the tarp and transfer them to a bag.
5. Mow your lawn. Depending on where you live, your lawn most likely won’t grow during the winter season. That means that fall is the perfect time to do one final mowing before cold weather sets in. We needed a good landscaping maintenance company for our Vancouver home because mowing the lawn is my least favorite chore.
6. Turn off your outside water. Drain your hose and shut off the water supply to your outside faucets. This can help prevent cracks in your hose or broken pipes when temperatures drop below freezing. Water expands when it freezes, which is why it is so important to make sure that there is no remaining water in your hose or in your outdoor pipes.
7. Apply fertilizer to your lawn. If you are planning on fertilizing your lawn, fall is the perfect time to do it. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for whatever brand of fertilizer you purchase so that you get the results you want.
Landscaping your yard for fall can make a real difference in its appearance during the winter season. Perhaps more importantly, it can also set you up for success during the following spring and summer seasons. These tips should have you well on your way to having a beautiful yard that you can be proud of, both during the fall and well into the winter season.