There’s nothing that compares to the brilliant array of colorful leaves during the fall season. As trees shed their leaves, they blanket the landscape with eye-catching tones of orange, yellow, brown and red.
While visually appealing, this time of year also poses a headache for many homeowners. So, what steps can you take to maintain a healthy yard this fall?
Rake the Leaves
Let’s face it, no one enjoys raking leaves. It’s a tedious, time-consuming – and not to mention laborious – process. Nonetheless, it’s still a task that homeowners should perform during the fall season.
When leaves blanket your lawn, it restricts the grass from much-needed sunlight and nutrients; thus, stressing the grass and making it susceptible to shock.
Protect Trees and Plants with Mulch
Try spreading mulch around your prized trees and plants. Mulch serves a few different purposes, one of which is added nutrients. It contains beneficial nutrients that act as fertilizer, helping your plants and trees grow and sustain good health.
Another benefit of mulch, however, is protection from the cold weather. It acts like a barrier of insulation, keeping your plants warm during those bone-chilling days late in the fall season.
Mow Less Frequently… and with a Higher Blade Setting
Once summer is over, you can begin mowing your lawn less frequently – and that’s actually a good thing as it reduces unnecessary stress for your grass. In addition, though, you should set your lawn mower to a higher blade setting.
Trim Before Winter
Fall offers the perfect opportunity for homeowners to trim overgrown trees and shrubs, before winter.
When winter hits, they’ll be too stressed to safely trim, which is why it’s a good idea to do it now instead of then.
Of course, you should also fertilize your landscape during the fall. This is the time of year when plants need the most nutrients, as their energy is being exhausted down towards their root structure.
Many green thumbs recommend fertilizing twice during the fall, once early in the season and another late in the season.
Bring Container Plants Indoors
You can’t exactly bring all of your plants indoors, but you can bring potted and other container plants indoors.
If the local weather is calling for a severe cold snap, go ahead and bring your container plants indoors. Doing so will protect them from the cold temperatures, which could otherwise shock and kill them.
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