Hydroscape's Fall Landscaping Guide
Many people wonder what's the point of landscaping in fall when the
winter season is coming in anyway. In reality, landscaping this time
of the year is crucial if you want to have the same
fantastic lawn landscape
the following year.
Generally speaking, you have two objectives when doing fall
- Preparing for spring
- Cleanup and storage
Let’s cover each one:
Preparing for Spring
For a lot of fall landscapers, they usually focus on the "execution"
part of landscaping. They do things like cleaning up the lawn or
preparing it for the hard winter ahead. The problem is that, by the
time they finish with execution, they don't have enough time to
plan for spring landscaping
Not you, of course! If you're someone who loves to plan, then you'll
want to start planning for spring before doing all the fall legwork.
Start by thinking which plants you want to have in your garden by
spring. Different plants have varying schedules that work best for
each of them. For most types of shrubs, for example, you want to have
planting them during the early Fall.
Bulbs, however, is a different matter. Each type of bulb has its ideal
times of planting, depending on the climate you reside in.
Different types of bulbs also have different depths at which you
should plant them. Begonias, for example, need to be planted near the
surface with parts sticking out. Daffodils grow the best when you bury
them underground, as much as 8 inches below the surface. Other
examples of flower bulbs that are ideal for planting in the Fall
include tulips, lilies, and gladiolus.
If you have space, also consider planting a fall garden. Vegetables
such as kale, cauliflower, arugula, and beets are all fantastic when
planted in Fall. It is especially true in warmer climates, where the
fall season doesn’t get as chilly.
When preparing to seed your lawn during fall, don't forget to prep the
soil first. It means the ground must be well-turned and aerated for
the nutrients to seep through successfully. Also, check if the soil is
at the proper pH level for your plants.
If you're planning to replant your lawn, consider getting or renting a
sod remover. These tools allow you to remove old grass and weeds right
at the roots successfully.
Prepping the Soil for Planting
Preparing your soil and plants for the coming winter is one of the
most crucial aspects of Fall landscaping. Remember that the harsh and
bitter cold will wreak havoc to your delicate lawn, so you must take
necessary precautions to minimize any damage.
The first step is to aerate your lawn. The soil in your yard can get
compacted from people walking over it. Compaction prevents water and
nutrients from getting deep into the ground. You can use the humble
garden fork for this purpose. However, you might want to invest in an
aerator machine for more extensive lawns.
Next, you also need to fertilize your plants. The grass and shrubs in
your lawn will continue to feed on soil nutrients until the
temperature gets to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit. So giving them ample
nutrients is crucial to their survival. Adequately fertilized lawns
will also green much faster come springtime.
Another crucial task (and one that many people hate the most) is
raking leaves. However, don't throw those leaves just yet. Stack them
in a compost bin that you can use as free fertilizer the following
After that, it's all about cleanup work. Trim any lifeless branches
from your plants, as these pose dangerous risks to you and your family
when they freeze in winter. You can also cut back on your perennials.
Oh, and one of the most important things to remember is to empty your
irrigation system. Make sure there is no standing water trapped in the
nozzles and pipes, as these can freeze and damage your system. The
easiest way is to hook up a low-pressure air compressor to your
irrigation system to blow off any excess water. It’s best to do this
when the temperature drops, right before the frost starts to appear.
Cleanup and Storage
Once all the lawn work is done, and winter is setting in, it's time to
pack your stuff.
Organizing your shed is crucial at this time. Please keep all the
gardening tools at the back of your shed, as you won’t be needing them
during this season. Instead, bring snow-clearing equipment likes
shovels near the front to make them more accessible.
Don't forget to insulate your shed, especially if you have sensitive
machinery in there. Note that rodents are an especially annoying
problem during winter, as they like to seek out warm areas. Setting
rodent traps in your shed should solve any potential critter problems.
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