Your Fall Lawn To Do List
As the fall season draws to a close, it might be hard to think ahead to a time when your lawn will be lush and verdant once again.
However, fall is actually one of the best times to start thinking ahead towards spring. The fall to-do list you check off now will lead to better growth next year.
Here are a few lawn to-dos that you shouldn’t miss this fall:
Spread Seed and Fertilizer
After the brutal summer heat has died down, it’s time to replenish the food supply for your grass so it can have plenty of nutrients to access all winter before coming back strong next spring. Pay special attention to areas that might have seen heavy summer traffic or been squashed by fixtures like outdoor furniture or kiddie pools. Now is the time to reseed and feed those areas.
Trim it Back
Once all the leaf coverage is gone, everything becomes a lot more visible, including dead spots in your hedges and flower bed. Now is the time to remove any annuals and deadhead your perennials. Remove dead branches, especially any that might be at risk of falling on your house during a winter storm.
Before going overboard with the pruning shears however, be aware that you mostly want to remove dead weight instead of actually pruning anything living since this is a dormant season. Some plants, such as hydrangeas, will suffer come spring if you deadhead them at all. When in doubt, trust your landscaping professionals!
Although for the most part fall is a time when the foliage is getting trimmed back, there are a few seasonal fall plants to bear in mind if you want to add a pop of color after digging out flower beds full of annuals. Mums are a classic choice for some flowering fall color. If you tend to enjoy having attractive landscaping year round, it’s worth considering some plants like hydrangeas or viburnums, which look great in every season.
Winterize Your Watering
Although there aren’t many hard freezes in a Texas winter, it only takes one to burst a pipe in your sprinkler system. In addition to turning off the water supply to your sprinkler system, you can use an air compressor to blow out any residual water. This will prevent your pipes from freezing and leaving you with a frozen, damaged lawn.
While we’re talking about watering, it’s worth noting that even with the sprinklers turned off, some things will still need watering. Make sure your evergreens are staying hydrated so they stay bright all winter long.
Light it Up
You might not have a lot of plants to make your house stand out this time of year, but that’s OK: you now have room for Christmas lights! A good lighting display lends to curb appeal and more than makes up for the lack of greenery in the colder months. Fall is the time to make plans for how you can your yard shine.
If you need help knocking out your fall to-do list, we’re here to help with all your seasonal lawn care needs! Let us know how we can help.
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