The change among the seasons will affect your landscape garden, especially when the sign of falling leaves notices the incoming autumn. Some gardeners have the wrong thought that once the summer ended, they’ll have to take the responsibility for lawn care no more till the spring comes. However, the debris or leaf litter that fell off the trees will bring trouble to your lawn health.
You should spend time dealing with these organic materials before they cause problems with insects and disease for your plant yard. Also, this is the most ideal time to prepare to protect your lawn garden from chilly winter for a healthy spring. The fall clean-up services will include all the work of eliminating debris, pruning the trees, and protecting plants.
Keep reading and this article will show you which are included in the fall cleanup in detail. Or you can call Green Arbor Landscaping for a free estimate of a thorough fall clean-up project.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO TAKE THE FALL CLEAN-UP?
Fall is often considered to be the season in which each red, orange, and yellow foliage of trees will fall without control. If you just leave the falling leaves on your lawn, it will cause some issues with other plants that include suffocating the grass, depriving oxygen and sunlight of garden plants. Leaving the leaves will also create problems with fungi, which are caused by enticing moisture, and cause dead branches in your garden.
The cleanup project in the fall is the essential job to prepare a nap in cold winter and a green spring for your lawn yard. A thorough project is not just removing leaves but all the work relevant to protect the plants.
I. REMOVE DEAD TREES AND SHRUBS
Once the summer wraps up, you should notice if there are any green signs of life underneath the bark of the trees and shrubs in your garden. If not, they might be dead and it’ll be better to cut them down all before the ground is frozen. You might easily plant new trees and shrubs for a fresh-green life again because fall is the best ideal time ever.Understand the tree bark.
This fall clean-up project requires an amount of time that you don’t need to rush to finish within one day as the season change happens just slowly. And cleanup will be easier for you if you prune your trees and shrubs at the end of fall and early winter. This recommendation results from the hard soil of the garden in the cold weather, which keeps the dead plants in the right position and will not destroy other plants during the fall clean process to handle them.
Also, the dead branches need pruning to avoid pest troubles for your lawn yard.
II. FALL CLEANUP OF DEBRIS
Once the falling leaves are shed and full-filled your tree garden, it’s a shelter for pests to destroy your landscaping. As we said above, the falling leaves and debris without control will suffocate the grass yard and deprive oxygen and sunlight of landscaping beds. If you’re too lazy to take out regularly the debris, you should know that you are preventing the grass growth in your own garden and leaving the leaves and debris onto the surface garden during winter, and come spring, your yard will have some “holes”!
However, you need to balance between eliminating the falling leaves, along with the debris, and keeping the beneficial organic for soil health. Don’t do the fall clean-up without considering which will benefit your lawn.
Beyond removing all the debris and leaves out of your yard, you should ensure that they are free and not getting caught up in your drainage system. If not, they will result in snow and moisture problems that might lead to blockages.
Tips for you: You should rake all the leaves and debris into rows and then rake them onto a tarp to easily move to another place for management. You can use the leaves as lawn fertilizer by mowing the autumn grass and they will decompose into organic fertilizer.
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III. PROTECT PERENNIAL PLANTS
The perennial plants don’t need pruning in the fall because of their nature and it’s better to wait until the early spring, the new growth will appear at the same height as them in the previous year. In fact, if you’re going to cut back the perennials in the fall will bring them at risk of winter damage when the snow will freeze their tops. At that time, you’ll precisely regret losing the entire plant of your yard.
You’ll never want to prune evergreens because they protect your trees during the cold of winter. However, there are several perennials that need cutting back after the first frost of fall – the middle of October to avoid some problems about the diseased plant. As the trees like peonies, lilies, or perennial grass, you should consider pruning them not to compost the diseased plant and create a mess on your landscape.
Tips: Remember to divide the diseased perennials from other healthy trees and kill them when the first frost comes because the entire plant is still limp. Use a sharp spade to dig the soil around the diseased one and lift it up to another area.
The grass perennials are dormant in the winter. That’s why you should cut them back in the first frost and go to the dormant prune until the spring comes and after the cold winter has been over. Our cold temperatures in winter have recently had an extreme impact on the grass that the winter snow will stress on these grass, so you should consider leaving more branches than ever before, just take out the branch has been dying and diseased.
IV. MULCH PLANTS AND TREES FOR WINTER PROTECTION
A full fall clean-up project requires all effort to protect the plants from winter damage and get ready for a new healthy spring by adding organic mulch and reducing weed pressure on lawns. Ensure that you give enough space with 2 – 3 inches of the layer to mulch the lawns yard to keep them surviving from the harsh season. Mulching around the landscaping with organic mulch such as pine needles, fallen leaves, etc., will reduce soil erosion, add more nutrients into the soil, and eliminate weed growth.
Mulching them until the early spring, right after the trees stop their “hibernate” period, and then rake them gently around landscape beds to clear all the overwintering pests which are still sheltered.
V. IMPROVE FALL SOIL
Fall is the best season to provide essential nutrients when the soil hasn’t gotten wet yet, and check whether pH is good enough. Mix the organic materials such as compost, fallen leaf, or fertilizer and add them into the soil when your trees plan to go dormant. When the spring comes, the landscaping yard absolutely needs planting without worrying about the soil work in the next year.
FIND A PROFESSIONAL TO FINISH THE FALL CLEAN-UP PROJECT
A thorough fall clean-up might be easy for almost all homeowners DIY. In case you want to hire a professional to finish all of the work for you without hesitation and worry, find them on the Internet which you can easily contact to get all information. They have experience and the right tools for each work of this project and prepare all the tools and materials for you.
Green Arbor Landscaping is a landscape company that provides full services of landscaping work with 35 years of experience in this field. The services include yard clean-up, landscaping hardscape construction, and maintenance. You will find all you need in just one company which will satisfy you with the skills and professional services. If you are searching for a professional in landscape work in general, and fall clean-up in particular, contact us today. We believe that you will enjoy the experience.
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