Fall Clean Up

Fall Yard Clean Up To-Do List

Fall is in full swing and that means it’s time to properly clean up your landscape for winter.  The better you prepare your lawn and garden now, the healthier and more attractive it will be when spring comes around.  Here are a few fall clean up tips to get your yard ready for the cold.

1. Aerate and dethatch the lawn

  • Perforating your lawn with small holes reduces compaction that restricts root growth and allows water, oxygen, and fertilizer to more easily reach the soil. 

2. Apply a dose of fertilizer and weedAn application of fertilizer before winter arrives will allow your lawn to soak up essential nutrients to recover from the summer heat.  Come spring your lawn will be rejuvenated.

3. Mow one final timeDon’t let your lawn head into winter without one final mowing.  Cut the lawn shorter than usual to allow it to take in oxygen over the winter.

4. Remove weeds from the lawn and planting bedsWeed removal in fall is one of the best ways to prevent an invasion in the following spring and summer. 

5. Remove leaves from the yardA heavy layering of leaves can smother and kill the lawn once the snow falls.

6. Trim dead and overgrown tree limbsPruning can help your trees stay healthy and disease free so grab that chain saw and get to it.  Don’t go overboard thought because too much pruning can cause harm to your trees.  Use pruning shears for smaller branches. 

7. Cut back perennialsMost perennials should be cut back in late fall to prevent foliage from becoming insect breeding grounds.  Some perennials, such as Black-eyed Susans, can be left uncut until spring because they provide food for birds and some ornamental grasses can also provide winter interest if left uncut.

8. Plant spring bulbsFor an attractive yard as soon as the warm spring weather hits, you’ll need to plant your spring bulbs now.  Bulbs need time to establish before the freezing temperatures hit so plant when the temperature average 40 to 50 degrees. 

Questions? Contact Jared at [email protected] or 610-265-8323.

Jared Lowman, RLA is a project manager in Nave Newell’s Land Planning and Landscape Architecture Department. 

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